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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

Striving for fluidity, not rigidity


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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

with Laurie Burruss

Video: Striving for fluidity, not rigidity

So creating an online resume is the perfect way to really start talking about typography and what topography is like on the Web versus what it's like in print. The biggest heads-up I can give you is think fluid, not rigid. Jeffrey Zeldman really sums it up in this article on web design. "Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity, reflect or adapt to individual voices and content, and change gracefully over time while always retaining your identity." Now that's the key to being a good designer on the web.
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  1. 9m 10s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a custom font list
      3m 23s
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Overview
      1m 52s
    2. Distributing your resume
      3m 29s
    3. Resume formats
      6m 43s
    4. Comparing good and bad resumes
      11m 3s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Striving for fluidity, not rigidity
      5m 12s
    2. Font types, web-safe fonts, and font measurements
      10m 44s
    3. Principles of typography
      10m 35s
    4. Online resources and applications
      11m 29s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Setting up the web site folder
      2m 46s
    2. Defining the web site
      3m 43s
    3. Setting up a custom workspace
      5m 26s
    4. Creating a new web page with resume content
      4m 56s
    5. Marking up header tags
      3m 53s
    6. Inserting tags for unordered lists
      3m 43s
    7. Inserting tags for definition lists
      3m 12s
    8. Formatting URLs
      5m 23s
    9. Creating and linking an external style sheet
      5m 9s
    10. Styling the body tag
      15m 31s
    11. Styling the header tags
      8m 6s
    12. Styling the paragraph tags
      4m 3s
    13. Styling an unordered list
      3m 48s
    14. Styling a definition list
      6m 1s
    15. Creating a custom class style
      4m 20s
    16. Creating a custom ID style
      3m 32s
    17. Applying a print-specific CSS layout
      2m 54s
  5. 52m 24s
    1. Creating a new document in Fireworks
      6m 15s
    2. Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill
      5m 59s
    3. Slicing background tiles in Fireworks
      2m 37s
    4. Optimizing and exporting background tiles in Fireworks
      6m 12s
    5. Creating background tiles using online applications
      6m 5s
    6. Creating a page-like resume
      3m 50s
    7. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for this resume version
      1m 56s
    8. Adding a Wrapper div
      3m 33s
    9. Styling the Wrapper div
      8m 52s
    10. Controlling the vertical spacing
      1m 24s
    11. Zeroing out margins and creating a faux drop shadow
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. Setting up the HTML and CSS documents
      2m 15s
    2. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for the pro version
      1m 12s
    3. Creating the Header div
      3m 37s
    4. Creating the Content div
      2m 25s
    5. Creating the Sidebar div
      2m 20s
    6. Styling the Wrapper and Sidebar divs
      4m 56s
    7. Styling the Content div
      3m 7s
    8. Styling the Header div
      3m 33s
    9. Nesting a div tag inside the Sidebar div and styling the sidebar content
      6m 21s
    10. Inserting images to create rounded page edges
      4m 12s
    11. Styling images
      3m 59s
    12. Clearing floats
      3m 55s
    13. Creating font-size style for the Body tag
      2m 13s
    14. Fine-tuning resume styles
      4m 38s
    15. Adding a border to the Content div
      2m 38s
    16. Linking to a PDF
      4m 58s
    17. Organizing styles in the CSS panel and inserting comments in the style sheet
      4m 42s
    18. Creating and styling a print style sheet
      8m 56s
  7. 1m 33s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 33s

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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training
4h 40m Intermediate Sep 24, 2009

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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a simple text document for use inside Dreamweaver
  • Formatting HTML tags with semantic or meaningful markup such as unordered and definition lists
  • Externally linking a Cascading Style Sheet to a web page
  • Creating and applying unique styles to XHTML documents using HTML tags, compound selectors, custom classes, and IDs
  • Creating tiling background images in Fireworks
  • Using the DIV tag in combination with CSS to create effective layouts that organize content
  • Applying principles of web typography
Subject:
Web
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Striving for fluidity, not rigidity

So creating an online resume is the perfect way to really start talking about typography and what topography is like on the Web versus what it's like in print. The biggest heads-up I can give you is think fluid, not rigid. Jeffrey Zeldman really sums it up in this article on web design. "Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity, reflect or adapt to individual voices and content, and change gracefully over time while always retaining your identity." Now that's the key to being a good designer on the web.

Notice that the words or the verbs being used are all about activity and reflecting and adapting and changing. We can't think of this as being static like a piece of paper that once it's through the printer, it's done. So I want to go to his homepage, which is A List Apart, and this is considered to be one of the great examples of text or typographic design on the web. He's really used mostly a text- based layout on his homepage here. But I want to show you three things that you might not think about that really emphasize that the user has a lot of control and the browser is what we're always looking through to see our web pages.

One of the things is that if you go up to Firefox in to View and choose zoom, right off the bat, you can see that we can zoom in or zoom out using the Command+Plus or the Command+Minus or if you are on Windows, Ctrl+Plus or Ctrl+Minus and Command+0 or Ctrl+0 takes you back to the regular size. Well let's just see what kind of havoc this wreaks. So if I start doing Command+Plus, notice I can make this get very, very large. It totally changes the look and feel of this website, but there are people with disabilities who are looking at web pages in much enlarged text views, and if I do the Command+Minus and this is equally useless, because we really can't read the content.

I'll go back to Command+0. But I just wanted to show you that something that any user can do right inside their own browser. They don't need to have the web developer's toolkit, or know anything about creating web pages. Another thing that the user can do is come up to View and go to Page Style and turn that off and now we really do just have a text document, just a string of text in one column with images. Now, as a designer, this should be helpful to you, because when we turn off the styles, you see that all of this is in fact text and there are very few images on this page, just a few.

Most of it is text and most of it is unordered lists. The user can turn this off anytime they want. You don't have any control over it, because the users at their desktop doing what they want to do with their browser in their own environment. Another thing that the user can do, and I want to demonstrate this in Pasadena City College's homepage, is they can change the size of the browser. Many people at work, work with their browser in a very small viewport size, because they don't want their employer to know that they are doing other things. So they'll put their documents on top of the browser and then quickly switch back and forth.

But as you see as I move this viewport around, this text because it's in a fluid layout is resizing itself. So you print designers, this is going to drive you crazy unless you let go of control and the idea of rigidity, and think about doing things proportionally and doing things in a way that can change and adapt with the way browsers and web pages are displayed. Let's go back to Jeffrey Zeldman's homepage and let's look at some of the features that I think are outstanding. Well, first off the bat, when you look at this, your overall first impression is that it feels like a scholarly journal or an academic journal, or something you might read like the New Yorker.

He uses a lot of whitespace. It's uncrowded. He uses texture, and light, and color, and he uses varying density of text. Some things are at 100% black. Some things change when you interact with the page. Other things are just dark gray. So this limited color palette and this use of varying tones of black is also very instrumental in how you perceive this. It doesn't reach out and grab you and shake you around. It lets you sort of see level by level by level, or what we call information hierarchy.

The most important than the next level, than the third level. He does this hierarchy using size, weight, and style. He also carefully does letter spacing. One of the weakest things in any graphic design school is teaching typography but he has carefully done what he can to create letter spacing, word spacing, using italics in a way that we can see it, but it doesn't become pixelated on an all pixel screen. He's using another design element, which comes from print, which is the grid. This is very grid like if we could superimpose lines on this.

So this grid is an organizational element. All of these elements help us see the main content and see primarily a 90% text document, viewed through the viewport in a browser on a desktop. So just keep this in mind, fluid not rigid, move design with typography, keeping in mind that the user has control over the browser and how it displays.

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