WEEK 13: Portfolio – Design
(April 12-16)

To Do This Week:

Assignment: Research/Sketch Portfolio Projects

Complete Narrative Projects by Wednesday at midnight

Video Lecture:


HTML5 Start Template with Reset

HTML5 Start Template with Grid

Process for Designing Portfolio:

  • Research portfolio sites for design ideas (screen grabs, inspect element to find out fonts and colors)
  • Storyboard/Sketch a multipage website (minimum 4 pages or sections for the portfolio project: about, gallery, contact, etc)
  • Gather media and copy (images, screen grabs of projects, text)
  • Build HTML
  • CSS for responsive design and navigation (colored borders on elements)
  • Add Content
  • Final CSS design


  • mobile first! – default css is for mobile
  • flexible design (using % instead of px)
  • width: auto; is default and adjusts padding and margins
  • cascade principle -location and inheritance
     (only change styles that need to change)
  • max-width and min-width (set limit with max or min width)
  • height values are tricky! use by pixels or set height on parent
  • responsive images (100% of container parent or img {width: 100%;})
  • breakpoints based on design not device
  • turning off iOS resize:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

Media Queries Overview

How to Make a Nav Bar


google fonts


CSS Grid:


Portfolio  – 20%

Sites Completed for Peer Critique  (10% of grade) – BY TUESDAY (class time) APRIL 27th

Sites Due for Grading  – BY TUESDAY MAY 4th at midnight

Using HTML5 and CSS, hand-code a multiple-page* responsive portfolio website that allows you to present and promote yourself and your work to potential employers and friends.

*If you would like to design a single-page scroll website with anchor links, please message me.

Project Statements
Include a short statement about the Blackbird, Recipe and Narrative projects on your portfolio site. Always include a short statement on projects in your portfolio. What was the nature of the assignment? Describe the tools, design ideas, code and/or specific processes. This is for you to properly document your work for your portfolio.

It is important that you finish a majority of  your site’s design and content for the scheduled critique/usability testing. On this day, I will grade this portion of your portfolio.

Portfolio website grading will be based on the following criteria:

Design 30%

  • Website must have a color scheme that is in harmony (use Abobe Kuler!).
  • Typography is legible and text boxes are aligned properly,
  • Navigation is functioning, clear and accessible.
  • Pages are consistent throughout the site; there is unity in the design.
  • Clear visual hierarchy is used in overall design. Layout, color and imagery evoke information (difference) and context (repetition) effectively.

HTML5 and CSS mark-up  30%

  • The start home/page is index.html
  • Your name is the main heading or  <h1>  for each page of the site. The subheading for “about’ or “gallery” pages would be the <h2>.
  • HTML5 and CSS mark-up is “validated”.  Semantic elements and divs are properly nested with good hierarchical page structure.
  • A single external stylesheet (inline styles and internal stylesheets can be occasionally used to override external css).
  • The site is responsive to device widths, using percentages and media queries
  • HTML and CSS are hand-coded; no WYSIWYG editors or templates. Plugins for galleries are OK. Please see me if you have questions about this.
  • HTML and CSS are well formatted – indentation is used  to indicate nested elements.
  • Navigation must be in the form of a CSS-styled unordered list <ul> and enclosed in <nav>.

Content 30%

  • Content is your own and complete. Images that are not created by you and/or in the Public Domain must be clearly labeled with ownership and copyright information. Text is  grammatically correct, spell-checked and images are compressed for web with proper aspect ratio.
  • The website must have at least 4 pages all together. Suggestions include: About or bio, Statement, Resume or discussion of your skills and abilities, Samples or Galleries of your writing, photography, or artwork, Contact information, Information about your favorite causes, Links to resources or other things you think are worthwhile, etc.



Portfolio website – who, what, why?

Other Examples:

DTC Portfolio Project:

Other student portfolios:

Portfolios Fall 01 2020

Portfolios Fall 02 2020

Portfolios Spring 2020

Portfolio Fall 2019

Portfolio Spring 2019

Portfolio Fall 2018

Portfolio Spring 2018