Join James Williamson for an in-depth discussion in this video Where to go from here, part of Introduction to Web Design and Development.
- It occurs to me that now that we've explored the ins and outs of web design, defined terms and concepts, and discussed various areas that you can specialize in, you might be left with one question: Now what? Well, that actually is a very good question. And before we finish, I wanna leave you with some advice about what you might want your next steps to be. First, be sure to watch the additional resource movie at the end of this course. I've created a reference site that you can access that has a ton of great web design resources.
Use that as a starting point for exploring the world of web design. If you're just starting out, it's helpful if you develop good habits early. By adopting specific workflows and techniques, you can make sure that you create sites that work properly across all devices. Make sure you focus on writing clean semantic code and that you learn how to make your sites accessible as you learn HTML. That way, accessible sites aren't something that you have to go back and modify to get. You simply build them that way from the outset.
It also helps to be patient. There's a lot to learn, and it can almost seem overwhelming at first. Just take it slow, experiment, and build as many things as you can. There's no substitute for experience. So as you're learning, be sure to put what you learn into practice as soon as possible. You're sure to break a few things along the way, but hey, that's an important part of learning. I also recommend starting a blog and documenting your progress. Not only will others learn from your experiences, you'll also find yourself referencing it later to see how you solved a particularly tricky problem.
You're also adding your voice to the conversation, which is good for all of web design. It's a great way to reinforce what you're learning, give back to the community, and to really build your own reference site. Perhaps most importantly, remember to have fun. Web design should be fun and enjoyable. If you get frustrated, take a step back, go for a walk, and try to approach the problem from another angle. Web design can be tedious at times, so be sure to give yourself plenty of breaks and take some time away from the keyboard as you learn.
Just remember, you're never done learning. Web design is an ever evolving process, so your entire career will be one of learning. And for me, that's what makes it so much fun.
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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