Thank You, Texas State

Dave, Reagan, and I had a great time speaking at Texas State University yesterday. It was a privilege to see the School of Art & Design first hand and hear about their approach to teaching for the web. Sam Kapila, Grayson Lawrence, and other faculty members meet regularly throughout the year to discuss curriculum changes in order to keep up with the ever-changing state of the web. This enables them to add things like responsive web design to the lineup in a timely manner.

Think about it. Right now, students are learning about the multi-device web. They won’t have to unlearn fixed-width or desktop-centric ways of thinking. They’ll graduate with an accurate perception of what the web really is and the ability to build for it.

Paravel Sketches

To top things off, Henri Couvillion gave us his mugshot sketch notes (above), and get this—Sam and her students put together a responsive GIF thank you page (below).

thank you gifs

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  • Perry Azevedo

    Love it!

  • Stéphane Lambion

    Hi Trent,

    That’s a great article!
    However, I don’t fully agree with this part:

    “Students are learning about the multi-device web. They won’t have to unlearn fixed-width or desktop-centric ways of thinking. They’ll graduate with an accurate perception of what the web really is and the ability to build for it.”

    Actually, I don’t think that a web designer who worked with fixed widths in the past will have more difficulties understanding the notion of progressive enhancement. On the contrary, to me, having faced the older situation (which is to say, fixed widths and desktop centered designs) helps understanding and measuring the importance of what the progressive enhancement (and the mobile-first approach) will bring to the web design world.

    Well, that’s just my opinion.

  • Ryan Boone

    Cool! My sister went there and now teaches there in the Science department. Thanks for giving back, guys!

  • Brendan

    It’s really inspiring to hear that some teachers are making it their responsibility to keep up-to-date with current events in web design, and updating their curriculum to match. I’ve known a few friends that feel like they wasted their schooling on web design, because the industry had passed by before they were done.

    Also, the girl in the 3rd row second from the left either has her gif backward, or intentionally made a “You <3 Me”, instead of an “I <3 you” gif.

  • Stéphane Lambion

    @Trent: Yes! I definitely agree with what you wrote there.

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