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Web Design Fundamentals (2014)
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Web Design Fundamentals (2014)

with James Williamson

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2h 56m Beginner Feb 28, 2014

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New to web design? Start here first. James Williamson introduces the fundamental concepts, learning approaches, and tools for web design. He explains what it means to be a web designer, the various areas of specialization, and whether web design is the right hobby or career for you. He then gives you some time to play around with the three core technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and reveals how to get up and running fast when you're just starting out. Plus, learn how to get a domain name, a web host, and all the other tools you'll need to get online, and find out where to take your education next.

Topics include:
  • What is web design?
  • What is a web designer?
  • Choosing a web host
  • Working with web servers
  • Exploring the anatomy of a website
  • What to learn first
  • Learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Choosing a code editor
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Hi. I'm James Williamson, Senior Author at and I want to welcome you to Web Design Fundamentals. This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamental concepts, learning approaches, and essential tools for anyone who is just starting out in web design. Honestly, I've included all the stuff that I wish somebody had told me when I was just starting out. First we're going to explore some of the very basics of web design and I'm going to let you experiment a little with the three fundamental technologies that drive it.

Now these are lessons that'll let you play around a little bit with the code and get a feel for what's involved in creating a web page. After that, we're going to take a deeper look into what it means to be a web designer and the various areas of web design that you might be interested in specializing in. After that, we'll talk about ways that you can get online quickly, even if you're just starting to learn the skills necessary to be a web designer. We'll then focus on the actual process of learning web design. What to learn, how to approach learning it and how design is different for the web? Finally, I'm going to show you some of the tools that are available to web designers and how to choose the tool that's right for you.

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