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Your learning is my objective. Learning about Web portfolios and applying techniques and processes to develop a Web portfolio are important objectives for you to achieve. The following are the learning objectives I want you to achieve during your experiences with this web design tutorial.

  • Understanding what a Web portfolio is and is not
  • Commit to building your design and technology skill by creating a Web portfolio
  • Define and execute the conceptualization process used in Web portfolio design
  • Define and execute information design for Web portfolio development
  • Define and execute visual design for Web portfolio development
  • Define and execute asset collection and graphic art creation for Web portfolio development
  • Define and execute Web page design for Web portfolio development
  • Define and execute Web authoring for Web portfolio development
  • Define and develop motion graphics for Web portfolio development
  • Develop an applied understanding for uploading, testing, and re-uploading
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of how to create a Web portfolio for you or your business by completing the Web portfolio creation and development process
  • Understand the social and technological theories and impacts that Web portfolios are having and will continue to have as they ascend in importance due to the demands of society and industry for the knowledge worker of the information society.

Philosophy and Aims

This web design tutorial contains theoretical and technical web design lessons which offer a compre- hensive view and valuable resource in your journey towards developing a Web portfolio or electronic portfolio program at your institution.

Regardless if you are student, a faculty member, a freelancer, or a business owner, you will get value from the ideas presented in this text.

The focus of this web design tutorial is to assist you in exploring different aspects of Web portfolios. To do this, I realize that I must give you my viewpoint and the viewpoints of others who have been researching electronic portfolios and Web portfolios since the early 1990s. Giving you background and theory is important to helping you grasp the subject of portfolio development as a whole.

In addition, I try to present ideas that are seen across disciplines.

Most published material that I came across was specific to a discipline. Education, art, and information technology seem to lead the pack. With backgrounds in all three of these areas, I decided to take a pan disciplinary approach and not rely on one interpretation of what a Web portfolio should be.

With this interdisciplinary approach in mind, I present a well rounded cache of viewpoints and theories that put the Web portfolio into an applicable perspec- tive to achieve goals.

I also give viewpoint as to what the future of the electronic portfolio and Web portfolio will be as the information society continues to flourish.

I give these points of view with hope that you will establish your own definition of an electronic portfolio that fits into your disciplinary context. As well, my goal for this text is to provide somewhat of a technical guideweb design tutorial to help you build your Web portfolio using industry standard tools.

I have helped hundreds of students and individuals develop Web portfolios across disciplines. In my experience, I have seen the technical obstacles that stand in the way of developing a great and effective Web portfolio and I have realized solutions.

These solutions are presented in this text. This web design tutorial is written in modular steps.

I did this because the process presented in this web design tutorial can guide you towards creating a real Web portfolio. However, each module is filled with sub-processes that provide completely new learning and skills on their own.

Each web design lesson holds a piece of the Web portfolio development process but also provides information on a reusable skill that can be utilized in future projects.

I tried to give you the nuts and bolts for each step in the Web portfolio development process. The best way for you to learn about Web portfolio design is to work through creating a real Web portfolio.

As we do this, moving through the web design tutorial, we’re going to use www.portfolio.cc, a fully functional Web portfolio that serves me as an educator and as a communication design consultant as a working prototype. The portfolio was built with academic content and business content. This site will be out in the real world as a commercial project.

It can be viewed as a business Web portfolio or an educator’s Web portfolio. This fits my specific goal of using the site as a portal for my professional and academic endeavors. When you complete your Web portfolio, I give you instructions on how to upload it and provide suggestions for low cost and free Web portfolio hosting.

My site is used for examples presented throughout the web design tutorial and I strongly state that my Web portfolio is only one example and it is specific to me. You should use the technical samples as reference as you develop your own style, visual and technical designs.

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