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GitHub for Web Designers

with James Williamson

Video: Welcome

Learn how to use GitHub to manage and collaborate on web projects.
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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 26s
  2. 12m 18s
    1. What is GitHub?
      6m 27s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 23s
    3. GitHub documentation
      2m 28s
  3. 1h 35m
    1. Version control overview
      3m 52s
    2. Using the command line
      4m 37s
    3. Installing Git on a Mac
      8m 15s
    4. Installing Git on Windows
      6m 6s
    5. How Git works
      4m 41s
    6. Creating a repo
      3m 34s
    7. Checking current status
      1m 58s
    8. Adding files
      4m 17s
    9. Making a commit
      6m 28s
    10. Modifying files
      2m 47s
    11. Checking differences
      3m 34s
    12. Creating a branch
      3m 19s
    13. Switching between branches
      2m 58s
    14. Updating branches
      8m 13s
    15. Understanding merging
      4m 5s
    16. Basic merging
      7m 25s
    17. Resolving conflicts
      6m 49s
    18. Managing branches
      3m 43s
    19. Pushing files to remote repos
      7m 6s
    20. Learning Git
      2m 12s
  4. 27m 59s
    1. Creating a new repository
      3m 34s
    2. Adding a README file
      5m 30s
    3. Adding a gitignore file
      7m 16s
    4. Editing files
      3m 54s
    5. Cloning the repo locally
      4m 5s
    6. Deleting a repo
      3m 40s
  5. 1h 5m
    1. Exploring the Windows client
      6m 7s
    2. Project overview
      3m 0s
    3. Adding an existing project
      6m 13s
    4. Updating files
      4m 29s
    5. Adding new files
      1m 53s
    6. Pulling remote files
      3m 55s
    7. Creating new branches
      3m 40s
    8. Managing branches
      6m 0s
    9. Merging branches
      3m 43s
    10. Resolving conflicts
      5m 19s
    11. Dealing with binary files
      8m 29s
    12. Deleting branches
      4m 1s
    13. Reverting and rolling back commits
      8m 59s
  6. 26m 46s
    1. Adding collaborators
      3m 37s
    2. Adding commit comments
      1m 59s
    3. Adding a new issue
      3m 57s
    4. Managing issues
      3m 15s
    5. Working as a collaborator
      5m 33s
    6. Creating a pull request
      4m 18s
    7. Managing pull requests
      4m 7s
  7. 4m 25s
    1. Additional resources
      4m 25s

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GitHub for Web Designers
Video duration: 0s 3h 56m Intermediate


GitHub has become the industry-standard version control and publishing platform for web developers, but it's great for designers too. This course shows web designers how GitHub can dramatically improve their workflow and assist in creating and publishing sites. Senior author James Williamson shows how to sign up for an account and install GitHub client and Git, the version control system GitHub is based on. He then shows you how to use Github to work with team members and collaborate with contributors to open-source projects.

Topics include:
  • Creating an account
  • Installing GitHub
  • Git basics
  • Adding files to Git
  • Checking differences
  • Creating, switching, and updating branches
  • Creating a new GitHub repository
  • Managing files with the GitHub client
  • Working with collaborators


Hi, I'm James Williamson, senior author at and I want to welcome you to GitHub for web designers. GitHub has become the industry standard way to share and distribute code over the Internet. Along the way, it's become an integral part of many web design workflows. However, GitHub was largely created by and for web developers. So in this course, I want to take a web designer's approach to learning and using GitHub. We'll start by examining what GitHub is, how it works, and the value that it can add to your workflow.

We'll start by creating a GitHub account, and then defining your personal profile. From there, we'll step outside of GitHub to take a brief look at Git, the Version Control System that GitHub is based of. After that, we'll download the desktop applications and get started with basic GitHub work flows. Along the way, we'll explore the concepts that are critical to using GitHub correctly. Then, we'll move on to using GitHub to collaborate with team members, and how to use it socially to collaborate on open source projects. Let's demystify GitHub and find out how it can help you be a more efficient web designer.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about GitHub for Web Designers .

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Q: Why can't I create a .nojekyll file?

A: Depending upon your operating system and platform, you may have certain restrictions which make it impossible to create a .nojekyll file through Finder or Windows Explorer. Usually you’ll receive an error message that informs you that files starting with a “.” are system files and that you lack the permissions necessary to create one. If that’s the case, you’ll need to create the file through a Terminal window or bash prompt. Here’s how you do it:

1. Open a Terminal window if you’re on a Mac, or the bash prompt from the Github client if you’re on Windows. 
2. Navigate to the repository’s root directory.
3. Type the following at the prompt: $ touch .nojekyll
4. That’s it! The next time you make a commit and push to the master branch you should see your new .nojekyll file.





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