March 5th, 2017

For the month of March, 2017, I am participating in a group show at Axis Gallery. I joined this collective with two other artists, Nick Shepard and Ben Hunt at the beginning of this year. The three of us did not previously know each other at all, but there is a strange kind of pressure cooker that happens when you need to gather work and put together a show. Continue reading this article »


February 12th, 2017

This is a lesson I have been meaning to put together for a while, and when I completed it last weekend, I was really pleased with it and excited about trying it with students last week. Continue reading this article »


November 8th, 2016

It has been almost two weeks since we wrapped up our second WordCamp Sacramento conference, and I am still thinking about it and basking in warmth of an awesome WordPress community here in Sacramento. It was an amazing event, and such a great opportunity to connect with so many current and former students and Art Institute faculty in a powerful educational setting. Continue reading this article »


October 20th, 2016

This fall, I decided it was high time to redesign lessons for my Intermediate Web Design class at Art Institute. Some of these same designs can be used with my classes at UC Davis as well. Although I have made numerous tweaks to the Intermediate Web Design curriculum, it has been three years since I have done a complete redesign of it. The content I designed and created three years ago has served me well, but the web has moved on in a number of ways, both technologically and aesthetically. Continue reading this article »


September 25th, 2016

Assessment in the classroom is one of the more prickly tasks new educators face. It is something educators have given a lot of thought about, myself included, and it’s a topic I have been thinking and writing about for the past few years. I started this blog in the summer of 2016 partly as a place to express these and other ideas about design, education and web development. Continue reading this article »


September 14th, 2016

I have recently been having a lot of fun teaching an interaction design class, and had been wanting to play around with building a lazy image loader that displays a blurry low resolution very small image initially, then fades in a high resolution, larger, sharp image asynchronously, after that image has loaded. Continue reading this article »


August 8th, 2016

Real Deadlines

“In the real world…” is frequently heard at the start of a college instructor’s tirade, but students are not in the real world, they are in school. Yes, there are times when it is a good idea to simulate a real working environment, but too often, this statement is simply used as an opportunity for teachers to complain about students’ shortcomings. Continue reading this article »


August 1st, 2016

Watch for Students Gaming the System

The system I have described in my previous posts on this subject works well for most students, most of the time. However, it comes with some gotchas to watch out for. Continue reading this article »


July 25th, 2016

Micro and Macro Approaches

Finally, we get to the heart of my assessment system. You can look at one assignment and use a quantitative rubric (micro), but you can also pull the lens back and look at all the assignments for the course together as one big quantitative rubric (macro). Continue reading this article »


July 18th, 2016

Evaluation Tools

There are many tools at our disposal, and it is not my intention to describe them all in detail. Instead, in this post, we will check out a few specific tools I have found useful and the ways I use them. I hope other educators will think of ways of taking these tools and adapting them for their learning environments, and I am sure all of us can imagine other ways of using them. Continue reading this article »



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About William Mead…

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This site shows some of my front-end design and development work and shows how I use these projects to teach students about those same topics.

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Professional Qualities

  • Enthusiastic about teaching, learning, managing projects and building products for the web.
  • Deeply creative and always playful. Frequently engrossed in solving complex puzzles.
  • Thoroughly engaged in the design and web development industries.
  • A visual learner with an analytical mind.
  • Introspective and always striving for improvement.


I am particularly good at bending CSS to do my bidding, and I really enjoy creating custom interactivity with JavaScript. I am always excited about new problems that need to be tackled.

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