Personas Lesson Plan on Moodle

A great lesson plan on Firefox Personas, using Moodle originally, reformatted for the Web.   Originally from Brad Cook, Graphics teacher at Gresham High School.



All you need to do is create two graphics files in your favorite graphics editing program (e.g., Photoshop). To get started read more about how to create a Persona.

Save final copies (PNG or JPG) – but be sure to check to ensure they don’t exceed 300k in filesize!. (Note: This will only test your Persona on the platform you are currently using)

Uploading New Personas.
You will need to create an account with Personas. Follow the directions in the site. click here

Frequently Ask Questions:

What are Personas?
Personas are lightweight “skins” that change the look of your Firefox web browser. You can easily switch between Personas with just a few clicks. There are hundreds of Personas to choose from, with more added every day. You can even create your own and share it with others.

How do I add Personas to my Firefox?
In less than 60 seconds, you can install a Persona and transform the look of your Firefox web browser. Visit and click the download button. After installation, you will be asked to restart Firefox.

If you want to see how it works, you can watch a quick video demonstration here.

Once Personas are installed, you’ll be able to choose and change your selected Persona any time simply by clicking on the little fox mask in the lower left-hand corner of your browser window.

How can I add or change my current Persona?
There are two easy ways to change your Persona:

  1. Visit the Personas website at, check out the gallery, choose your favorite Persona, and click on your choice to instantly change the look of your browser.
  2. Click on the little fox mask in the lower left hand corner of your browser, then select a Persona that suits your style.



Photoshop File

Demo on Firefox Personas header and footer

The footer image is displayed as the background of the bottom of the browser window, behind the status and find bars.

The footer image should be PNG or JPG, 3000 pixels wide and 100 pixels tall and no larger than 300kb in filesize.



Image Overlays/Backgrounds will need to extend into the
white portion of the document

20 years ago, the World Wide Web was born

20 years ago, the World Wide Web was born –

By Elise Ackerman

Mercury News
Posted: 03/12/2009 01:24:59 PM PDT

It all began 20 years ago today with a frustrated 29-year-old programmer who had a passion for order.

Tim Berners-Lee, now famous as the founder of the World Wide Web, was working as an obscure consultant at Cern, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the suburbs of Geneva. Berners-Lee loved the laboratory. It was full of stimulating projects and creative people, but his work, and the work of his colleagues, was stymied by the lack of institutional knowledge.

So Berners-Lee proposed adding “hypertext” to the Cern network, basically embedding software in documents that would point to other related documents. And thus was born the Web, a global communications network that has shaken up industries, created enormous wealth and transformed the way ordinary people live their lives.

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My Answers to the Animation Quiz

Mr. Walker (I am into the third person speak today).

I started with the example you gave in class last time of Googling “animation storyboards” and remembering how you push everyone to read the first ten pages and not just the first link I found the following for research.

Animation Careers – sounds dull but a GREAT READ Animation – A great section on animation, especially sketching in flash, but also the poll, this was a great jumping off place. The blog entry with the template to put into a sketchbook is an example of the work.

Proving History isn’t dull, I found this example of an actual Stimpy’s Storyboard

I like this person’s work as an example of what a professional does in a workshop about storyboards and how to lay them out, short YouTube video was useful, if slightly out of focus.

A professional YouTube example of a storyboard and how much detail to LEAVE OUT.

Everyone has to put in an example from Wikipedia, here is Storyboards, just so I know what is due on Friday.

Blah, blah, blah, I wasn’t into Storyboards, so I researched How to Draw Animations and came up with this book on Google Books so I could see some of it, I wasn’t going to read all of it, in any event.

This list is reprinted on

Top 36 Cool Backgrounds and Patterns Resources for all Designers

Top 36 Cool Backgrounds and Patterns Resources for all Designers

Searching for that perfect background for your design can be pretty difficult, from these resources you can browse through 1000s upon 1000s of backgrounds and patterns. Hopefully this will make your search that little bit easier, mind you with this number of resources it may make it harder. Happy browsing!!!

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Big Buck Bunny

Big Buck Bunny is an animated short, released under the Creative Common Attribution license.

The film is about “a giant rabbit with a heart bigger than himself. When one sunny day three rodents rudely harass him, something snaps… and the rabbit ain’t no bunny anymore! In the typical cartoon tradition he prepares the nasty rodents a comical revenge.”

The film is a project of the Blender Foundation. Blender is a free open source 3D content creation suite.This “open movie” project had as main targets:

  • Developing tools in Blender for editing and rendering hair, fur or grass
  • Improve character animation tools for cartoonish motion and deformation
  • Test Blender with giant outdoor environments, with large grassy fields and many trees with leaves
  • Further validate Blender as a professional animation creation suite

And secondary:

  • Create a great and good looking animation short, licensed freely as open content
  • Provide content for other artists to learn from or to re-use, including documentation and tutorials

It’s a cool project – and it’s an animated flick that’s free for you to remix and reuse!