Network Media / DESMA 161 / UCLA Design Media Arts


Weeklies are due before the start of class on Thursdays. Starting week 2, your index page should have a section with a link to each weekly. Weekly P/F grades are posted here, if you want to dispute a P/F you are responsible for notifying the TA within two weeks.

Weekly #4 (Due 4/26)

This week, as you design your portfolios or website, the readings are about internet aesthetics and alternatives. Consider these in contrast with Frank Chimero’s essay from week 1.

  1. Read Nick Douglas, It’s Supposed to Look Like Shit: The Internet Ugly Aesthetic and Olia Lialina, Rich User Experience, UX and Desktopization of War.
  2. Create a new HTML page to hold your fourth weekly response, and link to it from your index page. Post one image that you find in one of your own social media feeds (Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, etc) that you consider “ugly” and one that you consider “beautiful”. Choose your own definition of these terms based on the readings and your own thoughts on the subject.

Weekly #3 (Due 4/19)

This week reflects on themes of network surveillance and identity online. While you are thinking about your portfolio/websites, consider how you would like to be seen. What do you want to highlight, what do you want to keep private?

Weekly #2 (Due 4/12)

  • Read Frank Chimero, What Screens Want.
  • Design and style your index page, and updating it to hold links to all of your work this semester. Upload it to your DMA webspace, replacing your page from last week. From now on, post all of your assignments—both projects and weeklies—linking from this page.
  • Create an additional HTML page for your second weekly response and link to it from your index page.
  • Weekly response: Take an internet dérive through at least five links. Post the five links with a couple sentences that frame the journey by explaining the links relationship to each other.

Weekly #1 (Due 4/5)

Pikachu with a jackhammer standing in front of a banner that says "under construction"

Create a placeholder COMING SOON or UNDER CONSTRUCTION index.html with some text and an animated GIF on the page using this template. Just edit the paragraph text and replace the image for now; we’ll spend more time on styling next week!

Check that your image has been uploaded correctly by visiting your site at (“yourusername” is what you use to log into and the DMA cloud)