Web Design Fundamentals

with James Williamson
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Web Design Fundamentals
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New to web design? Start here first. In these tutorials, James Williamson introduces the fundamental concepts, tools, and learning paths 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. Along the way, he talks to five prominent designers and developers, who have each found success in a different corner of the web.

If you want to get up and running fast, check out the chapter on getting online, choosing a domain name and web host, and getting around the backend of a standard website. Need to stock your tool chest? Learn what you'll need to build a brand new site, from web design software and content management systems, to testing and prototyping tools and development frameworks. Finally, James outlines learning paths for where to go next, touching on subjects such as standards and accessibility, responsive design, and the three core web technologies: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Topics include:
  • 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
  • Learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript


- Hi, I'm James Williamson, senior author at lynda.com and I wanna 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. First, we'll explore some of the very basics of web design, and let you experiment a little with the three fundamental technologies that drive it. These are lessons that will let you play around with the code a little bit, and get a feel for what's involved in creating a web page.

After that we'll 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. Next, 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. Then I'll show you some of the tools available to web designers and how to choose the tool that's right for you. Finally, we'll focus on the actual process of learning web design. What to learn, how to approach learning web design, and how design is different for the web.

So welcome to Web Design Fundamentals.

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