- Week 1: Before We Begin

Week 1: Before We Begin

About Me

My name is Chris Kim, and I will be serving as your (virtual) instructor for the next six weeks.

Having graduated from Ryerson's RTA School of Media, I currently work as an independent web designer-developer for various businesses across Toronto. I am also in the midst of completing a doctoral degree in computer science with specialization in information visualization. Personally, I am infatuated with retro pop culture, jazz music vinyls, and general artsy things.


This course is all about front-end web development: page layout, content publishing, and usability. By the end of this 6-week course, I hope that you will be able to:

  • Gain basic understanding of front-end development
  • Apply existing knowledge of graphic design (ex. typography, colour, and layout) to web development
  • Obtain practical skills and strategies for building a basic website
  • Establish general perspective on the shifting landscape of digital media

This course is split into six parts, each consisting of a concept lecture (like this one) as well as a coding exercise with a screencast accompaniment. You are expected to join the course with no prior experience with web development.

Finally, you will need the following applications as you proceed with the course:

  • Code editor: Adobe Dreamweaver (application featured in tutorial) or equivalent
  • FTP client: FileZilla Client
  • Web browser: Google Chrome