welcome to spring 2014 semester!

Whether creating an animated graphic, an interactive kiosk or an entire Web presence, excellent design is central to a communicator’s success. Multimedia design combines the basics of visual layout with several media such as still photos, video, audio, graphics and text. The results can be extremely powerful.
This course is about being a knowledgeable journalist, a media artist, an informed designer and an innovator. A passion for ethical communication, creativity and design is essential to your success. This new, immersive form of presentation opens many possibilities, some of which we are yet to discover. The goals of this class, therefore, are to familiarize you with multimedia design concepts and allow you the opportunities to experiment, create and explore.

the essentials

  • Class time and location: 
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:50 p.m., 60 Carroll Hall
  • Instructor: 
Associate Professor Laura Ruel, Carroll 78, 919-448-8864, lruel@unc.edu
  • Office hours: 
Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. and by appointment

required purchases

  • Textbook: Don’t Make Me Think Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Usability (copyright 2014) by Steve Krug
  • ACCES to Lynda.com training library for January through April. (We will go over access issues in class.)
  • Recommended items

    • USB memory stick (1G minimum) or portable hard drive to save your work. Please be aware that you are responsible for backing up your own work.
    • Personal headphones. You will need to supply your own headphones in the lab for Web site viewing.
    • Sketchbook for tracking ideas, storyboarding class projects and brainstorming

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