Posts tagged: Computer Essentials

Learn How To Style Web Pages With CSS Starting 3/2

By , February 25, 2014 8:00 am


What is CSS, you ask?

It’s Cascading Style Sheets and it is what designers use to style web pages. With CSS we add art direction – typography, layout, color and background images to our pages.

My next CSS class on FIT campus  starts Sunday, March 2 and ends the following Sunday. We go from 10 AM – 5Pm and if you’re nice to me  I will even let you take me to lunch.

Here are the topics we do with hands on exercises and demonstrations:

1. Smart ways to set font size.
2. Working with color and background properties.
3. Tried and true layout techniques.
4. Rollover navigation without javascript.

Plus we will get a good look at what Responsive Design is all about.

Yes, CSS3 is built into what I teach.

Since most web sites today are built upon a pre-existing framework I will introduce you to that idea as well. And if you have ever seen me create a customized WordPress theme and want to do it yourself this class is a must!!

This class is good for anyone but web design and developer wannabes wool love it the most. You will need to know some HTML before you take this class.

Now Go And Register Before It’s Too Late!!


Bud Kraus teaches CTD 600 Web Design: HTML , CTD 605 Web Design: Cascading Style Sheets, and CTD 613: WordPress.

4 Reason To LOL About Learning Online

By , March 19, 2013 8:21 am

Thinking of taking an online class, like my Web Design class, here at FIT?

Let me give you some reasons that you will not see any where else on why learning online just might be fore you.

  1. You can eat anything you want in class. Order a pizza and a coke and spill it over your keyboard. No one will tell you that you can’t have food in the lab.
  2. You can wear anything you want. Fashion is totally up to you when you take an online class. Work in your T-shirt or even a little less.
  3. When you get up at 2am, rather than eat a piece of chocolate cake, you can feed your brain with something good to learn.
  4. Didn’t swallow a bottle of Scope just before class? Not to worry. Bad breath is not a problem.


Some Online Classes that start soon
CEO 003: Formulating Your Financial Strategy
CTD 361: AutoCAD I
CTD 525: Interactive Design for Tablets and Smart Phones
SUS 001: Introduction to Sustainability
SUS 032: Sustainable Design Technology
SUS 041: Sustainable Product Development II
Click for all Online Classes offered


Bud Kraus teaches CTD 600 Web Design: HTML , CTD 605 Web Design: Cascading Style Sheets, and CTD 613: WordPress.


Summer 2012 Catalog & Registration

By , May 17, 2012 4:17 pm

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ESL / Fashion Business Program

By , May 4, 2012 11:50 am

English is the language of the global fashion business!

Do you want to improve your English language skills?
Are you interested in fashion design, promotion, retail buying, the fragrance business, fashion trend forecasting or global fashion business development?  
Would you like to spend several weeks in New York City?  
Then FIT’s Summer English as a Second Language / Fashion Business Program is for you!

July 5, 2012 – July 26, 2012
This three-week intensive session offered in partnership with FIT’s Educational Skills department includes an ESL course and classes in fashion business and design topics. Attendees meet a variety of fashion-related industry experts in the classroom and at special events.
Earn a Professional Studies Certificate of Completion.

ESL photos
Standard Programs:
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Fragrance Product Development
Fashion Promotion

Elite/Accelerated Programs:
Fashion Trend Forecasting
Global Fashion Business

For a complete brochure, download this PDF.
To register, go to, select ESL Programs, choose the track of your choice, and proceed to check out.


Tiffany’s Window goes hand in hand with their digital storybook

By , December 13, 2011 2:27 pm



During the Winter Holidays, the windows of every establishment are so lavishly decorated to initiate the beginnings of the Holiday season.

This year, luxury Jeweler Tiffany & Co. created a story, “The Winter Carousel,” that translated from their 2011 whimsical holiday windows to send traffic to their digital storybook to learn more.

Click here to Read / Hear “The Winter Carousel Story”

The concept focuses on a magical carousel that comes to life along with a young boy and his grandfather in a major landmark in New York, Central Park. The young boy, his grandfather and the carousel animals then visit the Tiffany flagship store on Fifth Avenue to discover that they had been there many times before.

Tiffany is able to convey their association of a boy’s childhood experience with diamonds, which highlights the season of gift giving and include their branded products through their digital storybook as well as their relate-able three-dimensional Holiday Windows.

Dalia Strum teaches SXF 120: Blogging Smarts for Business.

Volunteering Can Be Good for Business

By , December 3, 2011 1:02 pm

The holiday season isn’t the only time to think of giving back. In these hard pressed financial times, it may be easier to give of your time than to make a cash donation. Have you considered being a volunteer? For those of you thinking, what’s in it for me? I have one word for you plenty!

Where do you find volunteer opportunities? A good place to start is the website By putting in a location (NY, NY) and trying out a few different key words such as fashion, sewing, retail business, small business and the word intern, numerous volunteer opportunities were displayed around the NYC area. These included working in public relations, IT, media/communications, event planning and web development/web design. These opportunities appeared at a myriad of organizations including the Japan Society, Dress for Success, the Police Museum and the International Hostels.

Remember the question, what’s in it for me? Being a volunteer can help to answer one of the most common questions I hear from my students. How do I get a job as an intern? It’s a great way to gain experience and lead to a paying job in the future. (Sometimes where you were a volunteer.) And, living in the NY area, the second most common question I hear from people I know… how do I meet people? You get to spend time with like-minded individuals giving of their time for a cause or organization that means something to them. It’s one of the best ways to network and meet people that I know.

Jill Youngerman teaches CEO 008: Marketing Techniques for Promoting Your Business.

Are you a story teller of sorts? And a visual artist?

By , October 10, 2011 7:05 am

Joanne Sherrow @

Why not combine the talents and try your hand at creating a mini-comic in this 6 week class of visual sequential art. Whether you want to draw graphic novels, manga, superhero, auto-biographical, strips or web comics, this class is a good starting point.

You will develop worlds, characters, and moods. We will discuss story lines and genres. We will map out the entire mini (12 pages) as a story board layout and discuss balloons, panels, pacing, the function of the gutter, icons, using color, and lettering. Hone your personal style.You will become familiar with the tools, techniques and technology possibilities for creating comics. By the end of the class you will have a proof of your creation ready to be printed as an edition.

Joanne Sherrow teaches CTD 213: Photoshop II: Fashion Design & CTD 910: Comics, Cartooning, and the Computer.

WordPress – The Way To Make Web Sites Without Having To Know How To Do It

By , July 12, 2011 2:36 pm

If you are writing the snappy stuff of Hot Topics Insider – or if you’re the casual reader – you just may want to know how to use WordPress.

WordPress is about as hot as a summer sun gets when it comes to Content Management Systems for web sites. And it happens to be what is used to make and manage the pages here on Hot Topics Insider.

On July 28th at 7PM I’ll be doing a one hour webinar. Here’s a little video of just a few of things I will be demonstrating.

Details And Registration

Here’s What You’ll Be Learning In The Webinar

  1. What the difference is between a web site on and a self-hosted WordPress site.
  2. How to create and manage pages and posts – and the difference between the two.
  3. How to use and work with sidebar widgets.
  4. Where the style comes from in a WordPress site.
  5. The power of plugins – where to find them and how to get them to work with a WordPress site.

In The Fall I’ll Be Teaching These Classes On Web Design And Development

My 3 classes stress the value of understanding and using web design standards, the way good web sites are made today.

Title Course No. Starts and Meets Time
Web Design:XHTML (online) CTD 600 OL1 Aug 29 – Oct 2 n/a
WebDesign: XHTML (online) CTD 600 OL2 Oct 10 – Nov 6 n/a
Web Design: CSS CTD 605 55A Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 6:20 – 9:10
Web Design: CSS CTD 606 55B Nov 5, 12, 19 10AM – 5PM
WordPress For Beginners CTD 613 55A Nov 3, 10, 16, 17 6:20 – 9:10


Bud Kraus teaches CTD 600 Web Design: XHTML , CTD 605 Web Design: Cascading Style Sheets, and CTD 613: WordPress.

What’s Hot And What’s Shot

By , June 21, 2011 8:27 am

Google Trends

I’ll bet you didn’t know that Google has (what doesn’t Google have) a nice tool to tell us what is on everyone’s mind.

It’s Google Trends. Just enter a keyword and Google will do all the heavy lifting.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a perfect science but it will give you  a real good notion of what people are thinking of.

Here are a few interesting keywords to try out just to get the hang of it.

  • Anthony Weiner – candle just lit and it’s about to go out.
  • Cropped pants – Heading in the up direction.
  • Barack Obama – Huge spike when he’s running for President. Once he’s President, ok, we know the guy.
  • Maxi dresses – Very hot a couple of years ago.

When you get a result following your query you’ll see that you can click on links that will tell your more about your term at various points in time. How cool is that?!?!?!

Do you have a favorite Google tool? Maybe it’s something that you love but a lot of people don’t know about. Tell us by leaving  a comment below. OR maybe you found a very interesting result with Google Trends.  Tell  us!!


Bud Kraus teaches CTD 600 Web Design: XHTML , CTD 605 Web Design: Cascading Style Sheets, and CTD 613: WordPress.

Where To Learn CSS

By , June 7, 2011 10:03 am

This one’s a layup.

I will be teaching (CTD 605) Web Design: CSS (that’s Cascading Style Sheets) on campus starting Tuesday, June, 21 from 6:20 to 9:10. The class meets for six consecutive Tuesdays and it’s not just useful — it’s too much fun!!

If you know a little XHTML (HTML is fine too) then you are good for this class but don’t take it unless you have some comfort with that.

The course is required if you are working on a Web Design Certificate through The Enterprise Center. Heck, I think it should be required if all you do is surf the web. it’s that important.

CSS is all about a web page’s style, layout and typography. CSS is about making great web sites!!

Just A Few Things You Will Learn

* Layout pages without tables (Yippee!!)
* How to set font-sizes in pixels or em units
* How to create modern navigation interfaces
* How to use background images
* A quick look into the future of CSS – that’s CSS3

To get a sense of what CSS is see What Is CSS?


Bud Kraus teaches CTD 600 Web Design: XHTML , CTD 605 Web Design: Cascading Style Sheets, and CTD 613: WordPress.

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