Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Locate the various types of graphic design resources on the Internet
and World Wide Web.
2. Critically assess online resources and information.
3. Use a recent Internet browser to research and bookmark pertinent
4. Use e-mail to communicate and demonstrate e-mail ettiquette
5. Evaluate Internet search engines and use search syntax to
successfully find graphic design resources.
6. Subscribe to graphic design mailing lists and participate in online
graphic design forums.
7. Search for graphics/clipart and download them for use in graphic
8. Explore online font sites and learn how to download a font to a
9. Research online software sites (including commercial, freeware and
shareware sites) for graphic design-related software.
10. Discover online career, business and educational resources for
1. Overview of Internet and World Wide Web.
2. Basic introduction to the main features of WWW browsers and tips for
3. Survey of key graphic design sites.
4. Using directories (such as Yahoo and Google) to locate graphic
5. Using search engines and correct syntax to locate relevant graphic
6. Evaluating search engine results and assessing the accuracy/quality
of online information.
7. Locating and subscribing to graphics-related online mailing lists
and/or discussion groups.
8. Comparison of commercial versus free font sites on the web.
9. Different font types and basic techniques for downloading and using
10. Survey of free and commercial clipart sites on the web.
11. Discussion of different graphic file formats and in which design
situations they can be used.
12. Copyright issues with fonts and graphics.
13. Presentation of different types of software on the web including
freeware, shareware and commercial software.
14. Methods of assessing software sites and precautions for downloading
15. Overview of career, business, and education resources for graphic
Assignments may include the following:
1. Use an online input form to introduce oneself to the rest of the
2. E-mail instructor with information about type of computer, browser,
e-mail software, Internet access and main graphic design interest.
3. Use a major graphic design directory to explore a variety of graphic
design sites. Select one site to share with the other students.
Describe the focus of the site and give reasons why it stands out.
Share one piece of information from the site.
4. Use two different directories to find specific information on a
graphic design topic. Compare the two directories in terms of
structure/organization, ease of use, quality of resources and
quantity of links. Select the most informative site and share a
piece of information from that site.
5. Use a directory to find information on a chosen graphic design
topic. Assess how current and reliable the information is.
6. Use two search engines to compare the results of searches that use a
specific syntax. Evaluate the amount and relevancy of the results.
Share the link to the highest quality site.
7. Develop specific syntax for a search on a chosen topic. Read a
review of several search engines and select the two most appropriate
search engines for the topic. Provide a link to the best site and
write a brief description of what kind of information it contains.
8. Locate a graphic design group/chat room. Read (lurk) the newsgroup
messages. Evaluate the usefulness/quality of the messages and
explain why it is (or is not) helpful to graphic designers.
9. Visit commercial and free font sites online. Assess the quality and
type of fonts available and how they are displayed. Locate
information on how to download fonts. Explore one typography site
and share an interesting piece of information from that site.
10. Visit commercial and free clipart sites online. Assess the quality and
type of graphics available. Locate information on copyright
restrictions at the sites. Download an image and send it to the
11. Explore software (commercial, shareware and freeware) sites on
the web. Evaluate how sites present information about software
downloads. Locate a piece of software that is helpful to graphic
designers and describe what it does.
12. Compare a variety of graphic designers' portfolio sites online. Select
a portfolio site that is particularly outstanding. Give the link along
with a brief description of the site.
13. Final project: gather links to the best resources (dedicated sites,
articles, discussion groups, software, search engine etc.) on a
graphic design topic chosen by the student.
14. Participate in the class discussion list on a weekly basis by:
providing links to graphic design web sites, asking and answering
questions, posing discussion topics, and offering helpful tips for
graphic designers etc.
Find it Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research, Third
Edition. Schlein, Alan M. Facts on Demand Press, August 2002.