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I teach many subjects, with a focus on web and graphic design. I do this at several venues in the Puget Sound area including Seattle Central College, North Seattle Community College and more. I happily do corporate training and even some one on one tutoring. This is a list that covers the basics in my repertoire. These are usually continuing education, multi-session, no-credit classes. My credit classes are probably not of interest to the general public.

Reviews of Hugh Miller as a teacher:

  • “He is the most engaging instructor that I know. He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach.” – Yun Moh, IT Professor, Seattle Central College
  • “Hugh Miller teaches clearly, in a strict and culminating sequence that makes a lot of sense. Best: in the case of Dreamweaver functions, he shows you the pitfalls you can’t even learn from the software manufacturer, but make you super effective in designing web pages. Excellent and attentive. Highly recommend!” – Web Design student
  • “Such a nice guy. Very helpful, good sense of humor, and generally very lenient on grading.” – MIC101 student
  • Rated 5 out of 5 on ratemyprofessors.com 

Course Catalog

Web Development and Design

HTML, CSS and Web Design
Learn HTML (the structural code of web pages) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets, the design language of the web) along with indispensable best practice and workflow techniques for success in web design. The class uses Adobe Dreamweaver, an industry standard web design software.

6 sessions. 2 hours each.

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WordPress for Web Sites
5 sessions, WordPress is a completely free and easy to use Content Management System for building and maintaining websites. Historically used for blogging, WordPress can also build powerful, database-driven websites for many purposes, including eCommerce. Join Hugh Miller for a class to get you up and running in this exciting alternative approach to building websites.

Current class 

5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Beginning Drupal
Websites like Zappos and Ikea are built with this powerful CMS (Content Management System).
This class won’t teach you how to build something THAT complex but it will introduce and demystify this amazing web site development. tool. Among the topics covered: Installation, working with the Drupal dashboard. Drupal for blogging OR websites. Styling with templates. Adding power and function with Drupal modules. Prerequisites: Must be solid on basic web concepts. Recommended background: Some experience in WordPress will make this much more understandable.

4 Sessions, 2 hours each.

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Developing your Website project
Everyone considering a new website or a major website overhaul has questions. This class is about answering those questions specifically for your project. Yes, this is a practical class for developing your website, so come with a project in mind. This class is about learning what to do before you build when you actually need that information. Topics include planning and preparing, how to place ducks in a row, and deep holes you shouldn’t fall into. Also, the “Order of Operations” correct steps in developing a project. Seeing your plan clearly. Understanding its purpose and function. Design considerations, and the many issues around appearance. How to design for the right people, that would be the visitors to your site. Getting real: Should I find a developer or do it myself? What sort of platform: HTML, content management systems? Which one? Search engine optimization. Strategizing Social Media and Advertising.
Materials for the class required: Notebook, pens or pencils, and an idea.

5 sessions, 2 hours each

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Graphic Design Tools

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is an amazing tool, but it can be a huge, intimidating program. Build your skills by exploring some of the applications more commonly used features and how to use them with confidence. Students will delve into the art of selecting exactly what they want in an image, why to save in PSD format, web VS print jobs, filter effects, image adjustment tools, and layers. The class will also explore using styles, brushes, gradients, shapes and patterns and how to make your own.

5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Introduction to Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is the industry standard desktop publishing software for graphic designers. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, and books. Besides hard-copy publishing, InDesign can also produce tablet and device ready media. Come learn the top skills beginners want to acquire (such as design and layout techniques for brochures and newsletters) and get on a solid footing for further explorations. The class will be taught using Adobe InDesign in a PC/Windows environment. Basic competence using Windows is required.

4 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Introduction to Adobe Illustrator:
This fun introduction to Illustrator brings together most of the techniques beginners would love to learn.

We explore the tools and the sometimes counter-intuitive way that they work. We dig into brushes, symbols, gradients, swatches and patterns – and how to easily make your own. The joy of filters and effects, graphic styles and how to make them. Using Illustrator to turn flat bitmap graphics into fully editable, stretchy vector images. Lots of goodies.

5 sessions. 2 hours each.

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Core Competency and Business Skills

The Ropes:
This is THE class for computer beginners. This is the one you’ve needed all these years. Clear language, common sense and humor light the way. Covers: Hardware, memory, Windows, file management, word processing, and web skills. But it all comes down to what I call common sense fluency. That’s when your desktop experience is as natural as your living room or grocery store experience. Learn to overcome the common problems that keep people stuck. No shaming!

5 sessions, 2 hours each

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MS Office 

Session 1: MS Word. Starting from the ground up in what is likely to be the most easily understood of the programs.
Session 2: MS Excel. This powerful spreadsheet program is easier to use than most people realize, as long as you keep alert to basic errors and bring your common sense.
Session 3: MS PowerPoint: “The most misused program in the world”. Best practices and barrels of fun effects. This is the graphical highlight of Microsoft Office.
Session 4: MS Access. This relational database program is a wonderful addition to your Office skills. Don’t be intimidated, it isn’t so bad.
Session 5: Mixing and matching Office programs. Tonight is about using these programs together – synthesizing their different formats into something new.

5 sessions, 3 hours each.

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Microsoft Publisher:
MS Publisher is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe InDesign. It is design software for publications, whether print or electronic. It is a comparably powerful tool for this job but with an easier, more accessible interface as well as more access to starter documents to get your project rolling. We’ll go from simple one-sheet beginnings to business cards, stationery, newsletters and more.

4 sessions, 2 hours each.

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