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Web Design Fundamentals is a survey of Web design and development techniques and technologies, fundamental concepts, terms, and best practices involved in professional web design. Instructor James Williamson examines popular web development tools, server-side software solutions, content management solutions, and cloud-based software, providing a high-level overview of the world of Web publishing.
When you have got the basics covered, you can explore titles on Joomla!, Drupal, Web development, and other fantastic titles. lynda.com has titles from some of the most respected authors in the world. It is a fantastic source for mastering your craft. Now, I don't normally plug individual books, but I think there are two books that need to be on every web designer's bookshelves: 'Designing With Web Standards' by Jeffrey Zeldman, and 'Don't Make Me Think!' by Steve Krug. Both of these books changed the way that I thought about Web design and convinced me that you can be a fantastic designer by paying as much attention to the user as the visual design itself.
I like to finish by mentioning some of the great resource sites where you can deepen your understanding of Web design principles and practices. First, start with the source. w3c.org is the homepage of the World Wide Web Consortium, the standards organization for the World Wide Web. If you want to read the specifications on HTML, CSS, or XML, or browse through the working drafts for the next versions of those technologies, you can do it there. Another great resource is positioniseverything.net. Position Is Everything focuses on CSS, specifically on how to ensure that your CSS will work in multiple browsers.
It provides a list of commonly known browser bugs and the workarounds to combat them. alistapart.com is a frequently updated online magazine for web designers and developers. Article subjects range from best practices, to business practices, to groundbreaking design techniques. I consider a must-read for most web designers. Now, by no means is that all of the sites, articles, or books that I frequent or recommend. You should adopt the habit of constantly searching and finding blogs, online magazines, and communities that focus on Web design.
Once you find a great community, be sure to join the conversation. Your opinion and viewpoint are unique. By contributing your own voice, you in turn become a resource for other web designers.
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