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College Resource Center : Web Design and Development : HTML: CSS/JavaScript/DHTML : Project Ideas

Project Ideas

This page includes a listing of project suggestions that you can peruse when researching ideas for individual and team project assignments. Also provided are links to Web sites that you can visit to get ideas or inspiration.

Note: Some of these links are excellent examples of Web design. However, others are not good design examples; they are presented to show the diversity of Web pages that can be created. This collection of links illustrates the wide range of topics, contents, focuses, and purposes that can be incorporated into Web pages.

Create a Personal Page

A personal page can be about anything about yourself you want to present on the Web.

Examples:

http://www.sullivanet.com/katie.html About Katie Sullivan
http://www.wendylu.net/ Welcome to WendyLu.net
http://students.washington.edu/bbsmith/ Benjamin Smith's Home Page
http://students.washington.edu/essun/ Welcome to Eileen's Page
http://filebox.vt.edu/users/jburn/jen.html Jen Home Page
http://www.orchidlady.com/linda.html The Orchid Lady's Personal Page
http://www.vex.net/~emily/ Emily Way Home Page

Present a Paper

Publish an essay or paper you have written. Include footnotes or endnote links (with return links).

Examples:

http://www.ibiblio.org/cmc/mag/1995/mar/kaplan.html Politexts, Hypertexts, and Other Cultural Formations in the Late Age of Print by Nancy Kaplan
http://www.fordham.edu/philosophy/lc/babich/tech.htm The Essence of Questioning After Technology: Techne as Constraint and the Saving Power by Babette Babich
http://www.carleton.ca/~abrook/SCHOPENY.htm SCHOPENHAUER AND FREUD by Christopher Young and Andrew Brook
http://csmaclab-www.uchicago.edu/philosophyProject/LOT/KAYEAS.html How to Avoid Holism and Draw the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction by Lawrence J. Kaye

Write a Book Review

Write a book review and publish it as a Web page or create a page that features book reviews. To create a sharper focus, create a page of reviews of books on a particular topic or specific field. Note: For guidance on how to write an effective book review, see http://library.queensu.ca/inforef/bookreview/write_review.htm How to Write a Book Review

Examples:

http://www.blackbooknetwork.com/ The Black Book Network
http://dannyreviews.com/ Danny Yee's Book Reviews
http://www.themilitarybookreview.com/ The Military Book Review
http://bostonphoenix.com/archive/books/97/11/06/ALIAS_SHAKESPEARE.html Much ado about nothing: Why Shakespeare was not, is not, and never will be the Earl of Oxford
http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/pschmid1/essays/pynchon/mason.html Line, Vortex, and Mound: On First Reading Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dixon
Note: Students can sign up as an affiliate of Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble and earn a commission on any sales resulting from their review or reviews.
http://www.curledup.com/fantasy.htm Curled Up With a Good Book

Compose a Bibliography

Create a page that presents a bibliography of important references for a particular topic. Include book, article, and online references.

Examples:

http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/arts/humss/bioethic/biobib.htm Bioethics Bibliography
http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~eemoise/bibliography.html Vietnam War Bibliography
http://nmnhwww.si.edu/anthro/outreach/Indbibl/ A Critical Bibliography on North American Indians

Compose an FAQ

Create a page that presents (and organizes) questions and answers on a particular topic. Note: For an FAQ on FAQs, students can go to http://www.faqs.org/faqs/faqs/about-faqs/.

Examples:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions
http://faq.thekrib.com/ The Aquaria FAQs
http://www.daimi.aau.dk/~bouvin/tolkienfaq.html Welcome to the hypertextualized Tolkien FAQ

Compose a Glossary

Create a glossary or lexicon that presents terms and definitions for a particular field, area, group, or region.

Examples:

http://ftp.std.com/homepages/jimf/biking/slang.html The Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang
http://www.intranet.csupomona.edu/~jasanders/judi2.html The College Slang Page
http://www.matisse.net/files/glossary.html Glossary of Internet Terms
http://www.weather.com/glossary/ Weather Glossary
http://www.firstbasesports.com/football_glossary.html Football Glossary
http://www.pitt.edu/~medart/menuglossary/ Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture
http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/rhetoric.html Rhetorical Figures: A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/glossary.html Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary
http://www.miskatonic.org/slang.html Twists, Slugs, and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang

Take a Stand

Publish a "broadside" page that takes a position on an important current issue of local, regional, national, or international interest, arguing for your position and refuting counterarguments. Include links to other resources on the Web that support or substantiate your position.

Create an Informational Page

Create a page that presents facts and information about a particular topic or subject matter.

Examples:

http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/~mrosenbl/spamfacts.html Spam Facts
http://www.jamm.com/strawberry/facts.html The Original Strawberry Facts Page
http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm Rainforest Facts

Create a Chronology or Timeline

Create a page that presents a chronology or timeline for the history or development of a technology, movement, or other phenomenon.

Examples:

http://www.wshs.org/text/timeline.htm Washington History Timeline
http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index.html The History Place presents The Vietnam War

Create a Genealogy Page

Create a page featuring your family history.

Examples:

http://members.aol.com/marwomack/welcome.htm Martha's Genealogy
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~friends1995/ An American Portrait - The Friend Family
http://home.pacbell.net/rgadley/nez_perce.html Darlene Gadley's Nez Perce Genealogy Page

Create a History Page or Site

Create a page or site that is focused on the history of a place, locale, region, trail, migration, invention, or other historical phenomenon.

Examples:

http://www.isu.edu/%7Etrinmich/Oregontrail.html The Oregon Trail
http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml A Brief History of the Internet
http://www.ibiscom.com/auto.htm Early Adventures of the Automobile

Create a Site for a Club, Organization, or Group

Volunteer to design a Web site for a club, organization, or group at your school or in your community.

Examples:

http://home.earthlink.net/~jlbenjamin/ricc/riccmain.html Rock Island Conservation Club
http://www.mtbakersquaredancecouncil.org/ Mount Baker Square Dance Council
http://www.cockatiel.org/ North American Cockatiel Society
http://hcs.harvard.edu/~husc/ Harvard University Snowboard Club
http://www.ymow.org/ Meals on Wheels - Ypsilanti, Michigan

Create a Movie or DVD Review Page

Create a page that features reviews and rankings of current movies in theatres or of movies released on DVD.

Examples:

http://www.colincampbell.net/mplex.shtm Monkey Plex Movie Reviews
http://www.geocities.com/~polfilms/ Political Film Society
http://www.geocities.com/athens/9200/index.htm The Movie Pit
http://www.mutantreviewers.com/rmain.html The Mutant Reviewers from Hell
http://www.filmref.com/ Strictly Film School

Create a Page Dedicated to Your Pet

You can do this in the third person, or you can write the page from the first-person point of view of your pet.

Examples:

http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/4000/ The Little Dog JOSCHI Introduces Himself
http://members.aol.com/dvitro/mugsy2.htm The World According to Mugsy
http://www.angelfire.com/va/GinRichPoms/ GinRich Poms

Create a Travel Page

Write and publish an account of your travels, including favorite destinations, interesting travel experiences and stories, and a gallery of your travel photos. Or, make a travel resource site listing the best places to stay, tips, and things to see and do. For a sharper focus, target a specific type of traveler, such as families with small children or students. Note: This can be an excellent team project.

Examples:

http://www.travelinsights.org/ Travel Insights
http://www.geocities.com/studenttravelguide/ The Student Travel Guide

Create a Fanzine for Your Favorite Sports Team or Star

Create as an individual project or as a team project.

Examples:

http://www.bucpower.com/ BUCPOWER.COM
http://www.geocities.com/iluvuboone/ Carla's Mariner Web Site
http://hometown.aol.com/rustywallacelady/myhomepage/nascar.html Tina's Rusty Wallace Fan Page

Create a Fanzine Dedicated to a Favorite Actor, Actress, or Performer

Examples:

http://www.topthat.net/JeanSmart/ Officially Jean Smart
http://www.rondestefano.com/ Ron DeStefano Online
http://www.geocities.com/kirstenfan2002/ Norm's Kirsten Dunst Fanpage

Create a Page Dedicated to a Favorite Writer

Examples:

http://hometown.aol.com/wlfgnghmpl/myhomepage/index.html Betty MacDonald Fanclub
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~zealots/sjb/ The Zealot's Lore: Steven Jesse Bernstein

Create a Page of Television Program Reviews

Combine your efforts to create a page that features reviews by team members' of favorite or classic TV programs.

Example:

http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/ Television Heaven

Create an Online Art or Photo Gallery

Create images of your own or a friend's artwork using a scanner or a digital camera and present them in an online gallery.

Examples:

http://www.peaselaw.com/heald/gallery.htm Paul Heald Gallery
http://www.ambientlight.co.uk/portfolio/portfolio.htm Ambient Light 3D Image Portfolio
http://www.jimwarren.com/ Jim Warren's Official Website
http://www.mediarare.com/gwmainGal.html gwImages Gallery
http://www.titerence.com/ Ann's Art
http://www.earthboundlight.com/ Earthbound Light
http://www.serenescenes.com/ Serene Scenes

Create a Page or Site Dedicated to Your Favorite Cult Movie or TV Series

Pull together information, opinions, and resources about your favorite cult movie or TV series.

Examples:

http://home.pacbell.net/rgadley/liz/index.html Lizzy's Rocky Horror Picture Show Page
http://vzone.virgin.net/g.scully/a/SLIDERSwelc.htm Sliders Cult TV

Create a Page about Weather or Weather Phenomena

Weather is a very broad category with lots of possibilities. After all, it is the most talked about of topics.

Examples:

http://members.aol.com/Vortex100/index.htm Vortex100 Storm Chase Page
http://www.captainstanman.com/weather.asp My Weather Page
http://www.umbc.edu/tele/canton/STUDENTPROJ/wright/Hurricanes.html Hurricanes
http://www.sullivanet.com/misc/hurricanes/ Katie Sullivan's Hurricane Page

Create a History Page

Create a page about the history of something of international, national, or local interest.

Examples:

http://www.rosyinn.com/5600a04.htm Railroad History of the Black Hills
http://siouxme.com/ A History of the Sioux

Create an Online Journal or Newsletter

Examples:

http://www.geocities.com/skagitjournal/ Skagit River Journal
http://www.banjonews.com/ Banjo Newsletter
http://users.netconnect.com.au/~enews/ eNAMEL Online Newsletter

Create a Writers' Resource Page

Example:

http://garbl.home.attbi.com/ Garbl's Writing Center

Create a Recipe Site

Feature the favorite dishes, meals, and confections of your family, region, or culture. For an added feature, create digital images of the finished dishes, using a digital camera or a regular camera and a scanner, to illustrate the site.

Examples:

http://www.berksweb.com/pam/recipe.html Authentic Berks County Recipes: Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking
http://agsyst.wsu.edu/recipes.htm Farm Fresh Recipes
http://www.outernetweb.com/recipes/ My Grandma's Old World Polish Recipes



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