Category Archives: Web Design

Cupcake-tastic Lorem Ipsum Alternatives

When designers are working on the look and feel of a website, they often use Lorem ipsum to temporarily fill out the content:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras eleifend faucibus nunc nec venenatis. Ut lacinia ligula ut est laoreet vitae blandit metus vulputate. Sed at metus urna, ac bibendum urna. Maecenas est metus, mattis ut egestas quis, semper nec odio. (courtesy

Variations of this legitimate Latin text have been used since the 1960’s. As traditional Lorem ipsum is a lil’ old school at this point, I wanted to make sure all were aware of the awesome alternatives!

Cupcake ipsum

Cupcake Ipsum logo

Cupcake ipsum dolor sit amet brownie I love applicake. Faworki donut gummies. Biscuit chocolate cake candy canes dessert dessert sesame snaps soufflé ice cream powder. Pie sesame snaps toffee carrot cake. Pastry sweet roll toffee gummi bears applicake bear claw powder tart croissant. (courtesy

Zombie ipsum

Zombie Ipsum logo

Zombie ipsum brains reversus ab cerebellum viral inferno, brein nam rick mend grimes malum cerveau cerebro. De carne cerebro lumbering animata cervello corpora quaeritis. Summus thalamus brains sit​​, morbo basal ganglia vel maleficia? De braaaiiiins apocalypsi gorger omero prefrontal cortex undead survivor fornix dictum mauris. (courtesy

Comic Book ipsum

Superman magda professor x metron nightmare captain france thor scarlet spider robbie robertson fandral wyatt wingfoot. Derek morgan, the principal valerie hart angel salvadore vykni zatanna, captain britain. Miles morales plastic man professor x bishop daphne powell gah lak tus cecilia reyes? (courtesy


Web 2 Project Assessment

Attention all Web 2 students:::

As we discussed in class today, you (especially seniors) should now be doing four things to finish up your projects:

  1. Finish adding all the content and features you have been working on to your teacher’s site.
  2. Meet with your client to show them your site and get any final feedback from them on the project.
  3. Write up a project assessment document, summarizing your findings about the project, SchoolFusion, and the process you went through. I have made up a template for you to modify, based on our discussion today. Download this Project Assessment document and replace my instructions in each section with your answers to the questions.
  4. Assemble your portfolio of materials from the project. This should include the following items, which you should already have completed for earlier assignments. Put them in a binder or folder with tabs neatly labeled to make a professional presentation.
    • Project Proposal
    • Market Survey
    • User Research
    • Site Summary — this is new, screen shots of the site are enough.
    • Project Assessment

The Filter Bubble

Today we’re going to try an experiment to explore something called the “Filter Bubble.”

The TED video features Eli Pariser, the founder of an organization called, talking about how current online search systems are really starting to control how we see the world.

After watching this video, we’ll do our own experiment with search and filter bubbles.

For more information about this issue, you can read this article on the NY Times website about online personalization: “The Trouble With the Echo Chamber Online,” by Natasha Singer.


This week, while I am still out, you’ll get a chance to watch an excellent documentary film about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

This is an aspect of web design that we haven’t touched on very much yet this semester. It is an important complement to mastering the technology.

The film, called “Helvetica,” was made by Gary Hustwit. It looks at the “proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.”

WD 1 accounts

Web Design 1 students:

For your site accounts to be accessible on school computers, I need to get them unlocked. To help me organize that, please go to this form, Web Design 1 wordpress accounts, and make an entry there with your name and the name of the site you chose.