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Design Aesthetics for Web Design
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Responsive web: Creating CSS for different devices


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Design Aesthetics for Web Design

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Video: Responsive web: Creating CSS for different devices

Being a web designer is more than just creating designs. One must also have an awareness of special considerations beyond two dimensional design. The first concept will examine in this section on foundational topics and web design is CSS for responsive web. You may have already heard the terms 'mobile-first' and 'responsive web' in relation to web design. These concepts promote the idea of designing for smaller devices before desktop computers as well as creating website layouts that adjust when viewed on different devices.
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      38s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 9m 10s
    1. Understanding aesthetics
      4m 41s
    2. Examples from art and design
      4m 29s
  3. 35m 44s
    1. Understanding the elements of design
      1m 47s
    2. Using color to set the site's mood
      5m 50s
    3. Tweaking color values to add contrast
      3m 30s
    4. Using texture to add depth
      4m 53s
    5. Repeating shapes to unify your design
      2m 43s
    6. Structuring your layout with form
      3m 50s
    7. Using space to organize your design
      4m 38s
    8. Setting boundaries with line
      4m 36s
    9. Communicating with the right fonts
      3m 57s
  4. 38m 26s
    1. Understanding the principles of design
      1m 45s
    2. Using contrast to set areas of interest
      3m 8s
    3. Applying font styles to show emphasis
      5m 23s
    4. Aligning objects to achieve balance
      4m 40s
    5. Using hyperlink styles to create a sense of unity
      4m 10s
    6. Applying background patterns to create harmony
      3m 14s
    7. Adding movement with scrolling and animation
      3m 31s
    8. Using border styles to add rhythm and repetition
      2m 57s
    9. Achieving proportion by scaling objects and text
      2m 43s
    10. Simplifying by removing the unnecessary
      3m 21s
    11. Using gradation to create perspective
      3m 34s
  5. 37m 45s
    1. Responsive web: Creating CSS for different devices
      3m 2s
    2. Composition: Using the grid to organize space
      4m 45s
    3. Typography: Choosing and using web fonts
      5m 15s
    4. Color theory: Picking harmonious colors
      4m 16s
    5. Communication: Leading viewers through a design
      6m 30s
    6. Accessibility: Using size and color effectively
      6m 10s
    7. Originality: Stepping out of the box
      7m 47s
  6. 1m 57s
    1. Next steps
      1m 57s

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Design Aesthetics for Web Design
2h 5m Beginner Aug 29, 2013

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A basic understanding of the principles of good design (such as contrast, unity, and balance) is the foundation for creating beautiful websites. In this course, Sue Jenkins explains design aesthetics in simple terms, and shows how to incorporate the principles of design in specific ways that improve your site. Learn how to adjust adjacent colors to add contrast, create depth with texture, incorporate movement, and use repeating shapes, patterns, and borders to unify your design. Then, in the final chapter, learn about special issues designers should address in their web layouts, such as responsive design for mobile devices, accessibility, and originality.

Topics include:
  • Understanding aesthetics
  • Picking harmonious colors
  • Structuring your layout
  • Using space to organize your design
  • Communicating with the right fonts
  • Aligning objects to achieve balance
  • Adding movement with scrolling and animation
  • Achieving proportion by scaling objects and text
  • Creating CSS for different devices
Subjects:
Design Web Design Techniques Web Design
Author:
Sue Jenkins

Responsive web: Creating CSS for different devices

Being a web designer is more than just creating designs. One must also have an awareness of special considerations beyond two dimensional design. The first concept will examine in this section on foundational topics and web design is CSS for responsive web. You may have already heard the terms 'mobile-first' and 'responsive web' in relation to web design. These concepts promote the idea of designing for smaller devices before desktop computers as well as creating website layouts that adjust when viewed on different devices.

Thus, today's designer must now design responsive websites that adapt to fit the view ports of a variety of devices. At the heart of a responsive web design is a set of custom CSS styles specifically created for different size devices. For instance, we've got smart phones, tablets and touch computers, laptops and ultrabooks, desktops, and internet-ready TVs as well as gaming devices. There are many different ways to construct a responsive website.

For instance, you can develop it using Adobe Dreamweaver's fluid grid layout shown here. Or you can build it from scratch using something like Twitter Bootstrap. At their cores, each of these methods relies on HTML5, CSS3 and Media queries which hide and show content by device. For example, the main content block might require four separate CSS styles, one each for the desktop. Tablet, mobile portrait and mobile landscape.

In most cases, you begin by building the mobile version first and then scaling up for tablets and then desktop displays. Typically, in a responsive layout, all the images and text will scale, navigation buttons will shrink or change format. And the number of columns will expand or collapse as needed. To see how a responsive website works, view any responsive website in a browser and then shrink the browser window to approximate the size of a tablet and then a smart phone.

So, that's roughly tablet size. And you can see how things are shifting. And linearizing. We can go really narrow, like so. As you can see, the content reflows to fit the different viewports. lynda.com offers several courses in responsive web design including Creating a Responsive Web Design, Responsive Design Fundamentals, Applied Responsive Design, and Up and Running with Bootstrap. You can also find additional popular training on responsive design from lynda.com on their website.

One of the reasons responsive design is more challenging than traditional fix with design, is that you must now consider how the site will be viewed on different devices. If you can conceive of this flexible adaptive space during the design phase of a project. You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration when you begin to build your responsive website.

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