Welcome to the Fall 2011 semester of Visual Design, Com 364, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
If you’re enrolled in this course, familiarize yourself with the material by clicking on each of the menu items above. You’ll use this site and your own blog throughout the semester. The WordPress format offers several benefits. You will develop an online space to showcase your communication skills, print less, share more, be able to see other students’ work, and communicate easily with your classmates and me. You may choose to use this site to build your design portfolio near the end of the term.
First, you’ll need to register. We will do this in class, but you can get started before then if you’d like.
1. Create a WordPress.com account. If you don’t already have one, click on this link to create a WordPress.com account. I recommend that you use your Embry-Riddle address. Make sure you use your real name (first and last OR first initial and last name OR first name and last initial) and that it appears under the “Authors” list on the main page. Please also post an image with your profile, just because it makes the list of authors look nifty.
2. Check your email to activate your account. WordPress.com will send you an email with a link to activate your account.
3. Email me your WordPress.com account info. Send me a quick email to let me know that you’ve signed up. Include the email address you used for WordPress.com as well as a link to your blog address (i.e., something.wordpress.com. Please make sure that your blog URL is appropriate for a professional environment. I will add your link to this site.
4. Set up your blog space. Select a theme, widgets, and other options for your blog. Personalize it to reflect how you would like to be professionally perceived. (Keep in mind that this is a class where looks count.) You can create a header, select fonts, add a photo gallery and/or writing samples, post a biography, offer your resume, and add links to your social networking sites (if you’d like). Note: If you work on setting up a strong presence now, you could have less work setting up your design portfolio at the end of the term.
5. Add me as a “Contributor.” On the top-menu, go to Blogs | Dashboard. On the left-menu, click Users. Enter my email address (email@example.com). You may also add other students. Regardless, please set Settings | Privacy Settings as either “visible to everyone” or “block search engines, but allow normal visitors.”
We will work on this in class. If you have questions, feel free to post them as comments to this entry, email me, or just ask me.