FADN303 Web Design
Roski School of Art and Design
University of Southern California Spring, 2017

Instructor: Joe Potts, Email: josephpo@usc.edu
Classroom: Harris Hall 112D
Class time: Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Office hours: Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (by appointment)

Web Design/Tools



What is UX/IxD?

Usability and Testing

Portfolios and Design Guidelines

Prototyping and Tools

User Interface

Design Process



Image Resources

Web Design Community


Design Studios

Magazines and Blogs

Associations, Forums, and Platforms


Organizations and Activism





  • Beirut, Michael, et al., ed. Looking Closer 3: Classic Writings on Graphic Design. New York: Allworth Press, 1999.
  • Blechman, Nicholas, Christoph Niemann, Paul Sahre. Fresh Dialog One: New Voices in Graphic Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 2000.
  • Bush, Akiko. Design is Super. Metropololis Books, 2002
  • Gomez, Edward M. ed. New Design. Los Angeles. Gloucester MA: Rockport Press, 1999.
  • Green, Stephen. Information Design Systems. London and Boston: International Thomson Computer Press, 1996.
  • Heller, Steven. Design Literacy (Continued): Understanding Graphic Design. New York: Allworth Press, 1999.
  • Jacobson, Robert, ed. Information Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.
  • Kennedy, Bill. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide (6th Edition). O'Reilly Media
  • Lawson, Bryan. How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1997.
  • MacDonald, Mathew. Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual. Pogue Press
  • McLuhan, Marshall. The Medium is the Message.
  • McNeil, Patrick. The Web Designer's Idea Book, Vol. 2: More of the Best Themes, Trends and Styles in Website Design. HOW Publisher
  • McNeil, Patrick. The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design (Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design). HOW Publisher
  • Mills, Jason. WebWorks Typography. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Press, 1998.
  • Peterson, Bryan. Using Design Basics To Get Creative Results. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books, 1996.
  • Pirouz, Raymond, Lynda Weiman. Click Here: Web Communication Design (Lynda Weinman's Web Design Guides). New Riders Publishing, 1997
  • Robbins, Jennifer Niederst. Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics. 3rd Edition. O'Reilly Media Publishing
  • Sparkle, Penny. Design in Context. Chartwell Books, 1987
  • Spiekerman, Erik. Stop Stealing Sheep. Mountain View, CA: Adobe Press, 1993
  • Tonfoni, Graziella. Information Design: The Knowledge Architect's Toolkit. Lanham, M: Scarecrow Press, 1998
  • Ware, Colin. Information Visualization: Perception for Design. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufman, 2000
  • Wong, Wucious. Principles of Form and Design. Van Nostrand Rienhold, 1993.