Join James Williamson for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started with web design, part of Introduction to Web Design and Development.
- Web design is a huge field with multiple areas of specialization, and often the term is used to identify anything from creating the visual design of sites all the way through the development of sophisticated web applications. Because of this, it's really difficult to summarize which skill sets someone will need to master in order to become a web designer. Much of that is gonna depend upon the area of web design that you wanna focus on. However, there are some basic core skills that almost all web designers will need to learn.
Some people tend to have anxiety over learning to code while others just naturally dive right into it. If you're one of the ones that are a little hesitant about it, let me reassure you that coding is not hard, and picking up the basics is incredibly easy. To show you how easy, this first chapter is gonna be a quick introduction into those three languages. We're not gonna do any deep dives, or focus too much on syntax. Rather, I want you to experience firsthand how simple most of the code that's required for websites really is. I found that once people get in, write a few lines of code, and then see it work, all that anxiety tends to melt away.
We'll start our next movie by exploring the foundation of all web pages: HTML. I think it's important to set expectations at the outset here. This is not a hands-on course. Although we'll be doing some basic exercises over the next few movies, this course is more focused on the concepts and approaches of learning web design. At the end of the course, I'll provide links to courses that will allow you to practice the concepts that we'll cover here in an applied way.
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- What is web design?
- What is a web designer?
- Learning to code
- Choosing a web host
- Working with a CMS
- Exploring how websites are structured
- Choosing your framework or software
- Designing with standards and accessibility in mind