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Web Design is an incredibly fun skill to learn—combining the latest toys of technology with the creativity of design! On top of that, learning web design is unique in that we can learn directly from current professionals who publish their techniques for all to read on their own Web-logs!
The idea of the Web started with Tim Berners-Lee during 1989, while he was working at CERN. His vision was to create a global level hypertext based project, and his implementation with a browser was with WorldWideWeb in 1991. During the early days only text based pages could be used on single lined web browsers. There was no integration of multimedia elements like images, sound and others. However the arrival of the Mosaic web browser allowed integration of multimedia elements. In October 1994, W3C was founded to develop standards for the Web, which process still continues. Since about 2000, many browsers like Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome have been released into the market, and new browsers are still coming.
You'll find below a growing number of topics that we think provide a good foundation for any web designer. We're also working on the requirements for formal qualifications, so you can start collecting evidence of your skills towards a formal qualification in your country. Of course, if you have anything to add or improve then please join us and contribute!
What you can learn hereEdit
The following topics have been ordered to help provide a pathway for you to learn the main skills of web design. Of course, you might deviate from that path—or create a new path!
- Build a basic web page —Get started creating your own web pages and learning how to style them! You will also find valuable information on what makes a good web design. All of this information is fundamental to getting started.
- Build a small website —Building on your skills to create structured HTML content that can be styled and laid out with your stylesheets (Includes 10 CSS Challenges!)
- Developing a Client Project —Applying your HTML/CSS skills to your first real client project where you'll learn some project management, information architecture and usability along the way! Now featuring the Information Architecture Challenges
- CSS3 Animations − Animate your website with the CSS3 animations
- An Introduction to Dynamic Websites with PHP —Learn the basics of server-side scripting, including page templates and form handling. Now including PHP Challenges!
- What to consider when creating resource identifiers.
Each topic includes an outline, suggested activities and learning resources to help you along your way.
Topics under developmentEdit
- Using the Internet as a Learning Tool – Start learning how you can keep up-to-date with the world of web-design.
- Design Principles for Web Design – Before getting too technical, get started with some all important graphic design principles as they're applied to the web!
- Emerging Technologies – There are some pretty nifty tools and technologies constantly working their way into Web design... start to find out about them! Now with XML Challenges.
- Accessibility – Start using the right practices from the start!
- Design Suggestions – Suggestions for Design resources.
- Getting Your Site On the Web – So you've got your site, now you need to get it on the web for everyone to see!
- Useful Applications – Make sure you have the right tools for the job! Here you'll find a listing of HTML/CSS editors both WYSIWYG and text-based.
- CSS – Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
- Dynamic websites
- Google Web Designer
Some countries offer official Web design certificates and qualifications.
There are various types of web designing courses available, including:
- Web Development Bootcamps: Intensive, short-term courses that provide a comprehensive overview of web development and design principles.
- HTML and CSS Courses: These courses focus on the fundamentals of web design, including HTML and CSS coding, page structure, and layout.
- Responsive Design Courses: These courses teach students how to design and develop websites that adjust to different screen sizes and devices.
- User Experience (UX) Design Courses: These courses teach students how to design websites that meet user needs and create an effective user experience.
- Full-Stack Web Development Courses: These courses provide a comprehensive understanding of web development, including both front-end and back-end development.
- Graphic Design Courses: These courses focus on the visual design elements of web design, including color theory, typography, and graphic design principles.
These different types of web designing courses can be taken online or in-person, and range in length from short-term boot camps to long-term degree programs. It's important to choose a course that aligns with your interests and career goals, and provides the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the field of web design.
- Web design (in Wikipedia)