Develop Your Own Site Using HTML and CSS

, Artist, Creative Director, Spacial Designer

  • In this course, we'll teach you how to build and launch your own website.
  • We’ll take you from raw files, to simple HTML code and CSS styling, to your own live website that will be fully functional on all current devices.
  • We'll help you layout your site and develop the navigation.
  • You’ll learn the fundamental concepts of web development.
  • You’ll learn basic web typography.
  • We'll walk you through web hosting and domain name purchasing.
  • We'll walk you through uploading and launching your website.
  • You'll leave with a live site and the skills to maintain your site.
Looking for a cure to the common canned site? You know the deal--sites that are clearly made from a template are easy, convenient, and keep you from having to learn code. But, they look just like many other sites. They don't let you fully express who you are and what you have to offer your visitors. Don't fear the code. It's here to help. HTML and CSS are two of the easiest computer languages to learn. In this course, you'll learn the basics of how to create a custom website that presents you to the world - the way you want to be seen - in seven weeks! Your site. Your voice. Your way. You can take the tools you just learned and earn your money back doubled, tripled creating sites for your family, friends, and clients. In this course you will build and launch your unique website in seven weeks.
  • Introduction to HTML

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    Manhattan, NY

    • We'll discuss HTML and CSS and how they function in web design
    1. Introduction to basic HTML code
    2. Introduction to CSS language to create your personal look
    3. Set up web hosting
    4. Upload your pages to the web hosting server

    Assignment: You'll create sample HTML pages with basic CSS styling. Register your domain name (due several weeks from now).

    Thu, October 25th, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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  • Continuation from first session, HTML and CSS

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    Manhattan, NY

    • Working with CSS code
    1. We'll learn to control the spacing of HTML elements on the page using CSS
    2. We'll adjust the look for specific elements
    3. We'll link all the pages to create a mini website
    4. Upload your pages to the web hosting server

    Assignment:  Explore styling for your web pages. Create three different versions of your web page using different styling.

    Thu, November 1st, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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  • Web Page Layout

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    Manhattan, NY

    • In this session you'll learn how to layout web pages:
    1. You'll learn grid systems
    2. You'll create grid-based layouts
    3. You'll test browser compatibiity
    4. You will learn how to reduce browser inconsistencies
    5. Upload your pages to the web hosting server

    Assignment: Create three layouts with different grids

    Thu, November 8th, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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  • Web Site Design

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    Manhattan, NY

    • In this session you'll design your site
    1. You'll address layout
    2. You'll address structure
    3. You'll address navigation

    Assignment: Clearly articulate the design, structure, and navigation of your site. Prepare all of your images for your website. Deside on color scheme, graphics, branding, background image or texture, etc. Bring all elements in digital form with you to the next class. **Remember you'll need your domain name for the next session.

    Thu, November 15th, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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  • Website design implementation

    Upper West Side Studio

    Upper West Side
    Manhattan, NY

    • In this session, we'll apply HTML and CSS(3) coding to your new website design
    1. You'll implement the design of your website including layout, structure, navigation, etc.
    2. Upload your pages to the web hosting server

    Bravo!! You have a new website!

    Thu, November 29th, 2012

    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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E Genevieve Williams

Artist, Creative Director, Spacial Designer

Genevieve has taught typography, portfolio, and editorial design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for over twenty years. Many of her students have gone on to high profile careers in graphic design, including Pentagram, BBDO, Mother New York, R/GA, HUGE, Razorfish, Sapient Nitro, HBO, Comedy Central, Nikelodeon, MTV Networks, The New York Times, and Conde Naste (to name just a few). She is also the creative director and owner of, a multi-disciplinary design firm with clients such as the School of Visual Arts, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Eurpoean Graduate School, and Princeton University. 

Genevieve's personal career includes over 20 years of experience as an art director, including publications such as The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Globe, among others. Her professional awards are numerous: most recently she won a Silver Clio award in 2012 for the SVA yearbook.

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Genevieve Williams is an excellent instructor. I have taken several courses with her, both at the School of Visual Arts and as an independent instructor. Throughout these courses I saw marked improvement in the quality of my work. Many of the best pieces in my portfolio have arisen directly from the work I completed with her. She is a challenging and encouraging teacher and mentor. I am a much better designer for having worked with her. —Chris Beesley

I started taking classes with Gen in 2011. She goes above and beyond for every student in class and her passion for teaching and obsession with good design is evident in the attention that she gives the class as a whole and each individual student. She continues to be a major source of support and inspiration. Gen is AWESOME!

Genevieve is excellent at identifying your unique strengths and coaxing them to the fore of your work. Rather than telling you how to solve a design challenge, she points you to great resources and helps you find your own way. You'll have to put in a lot of effort, but you'll come away with work that is uniquely your own.

Genevieve has the attractive ability to teach without pointing and forcing. She gives you a hint, some direction, suggestions, and after while you notice how your work pops-up and shines. She has a very strong knowledge, very good eyes, and high taste. She is a very good teacher. I highly recommend her classes.

Gen is generous, smart, honest and intuitive about the peculiarities of each individual. As others have posted, she cares about her students above and beyond the typical professor. I did my best, most rigorous and creative work in her class.

Gen's wealth of experience and resources has helped to take my work to the next level. She takes as much time as is necessary to make sure your work is progressing and motivates you work through creative challenges to reach your goals. Gen is a mentor and friend who I highly recommend to serious design professionals looking to further their work.

Genevieve--Great! Dedicated, honest critiques. Will give you as much as you want, pushes you to find your own style. Cares about students, will go the extra mile (or 10). Amazing mentor, teacher, guide.

Gen is the reason I am at where I am now. I had her class in 2 yrs for type design and then portfolio. She inspired me to be an artist who can stand on his own ground. She has also been a very caring friend since I graduated SVA. Always thinking the world for me, and artistically inspires me to keep making new things. --Masa Nakamura

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