Becoming a web designer is not an easy feat, particularly when there is so much to learn with new techniques and technologies coming and going at a lightning pace. If you’ve just decided to get into the industry, then you’re going to need to know what to learn first and what to learn next. So let’s take a look at how we can accomplish that by making sure we get you started out on the right path.
The modern-day web designer’s role is somewhat varied. One day you may be designing web page mock-ups in your chosen design application, and the next day coding HTML/CSS in your favorite text editor. You could also be involved with the UX design strategy or even an SEO campaign. Like I said, it varies and is also dependent upon your clients. For example, if you are going to be working for yourself, then you’re going to be taking on many different roles. But if you are working for a large web agency, then chances are there will be a whole team involved in each project doing specific roles.
So here is a learning pathway that I would like to suggest to anyone who is new to the web design industry and needs to understand what the prerequisites are so they can get that first “junior” position. Alternatively, this pathway could help someone who is looking at learning a new skill to advance their career.
If you want to stay current and become “effective” in your career, then you need to know what skills to learn now and what skills are good to know for the future. In other words, you need to stay ahead of the game, identify new trends and find ways of learning without affecting your current skill set.
This goes without saying, as it’s imperative that we start with the language that all websites are built with. And because HTML5 is the most current version, it would only make sense to start with that.
In Decoding HTML5, Jeffrey Way dives straight in and delivers something that the every day designer or developer can immediately pick up and understand!
Without Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), we would read some boring, messy and no doubt confusing websites. So once we have mastered the structure of our web pages (using HTML), it’s time to move on to the presentation. As you may already know, CSS3 is the most current version and offers some very cool features.
This eBook “Mastering CSS3” features recent CSS3 techniques, a detailed overview of advanced CSS3 pseudo-classes, CSS3 Flexbox, CSS animations and 3D transforms and modern techniques for constructing page layouts, among others.
In this course, we’ll cover the essentials of what you absolutely must know about CSS3.
Like it or not, Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard as it offers a lot of great tools for creating stylish and very effective graphic elements for websites. As a result, it is a skill that most employers are looking for, so to ignore Photoshop would be like putting yourself at the bottom of the pile.
Mastering Photoshop for Web Design Vol. 2 contains 11 articles that cover useful and partly unknown Photoshop techniques and tricks from experts in the field.
Geared especially for new web designers, Ben Gribbin teaches important techniques and workflow tips that are vital to any web professional working in Photoshop.
This eBook contains just the orientation you need to optimize your forthcoming jQuery projects!
In this course, Jeffrey Way will bring you up to speed with jQuery. You will learn the fundamentals and then on to more advanced techniques, such as effects, plugin development and AJAX.
Responsive Web Design
Almost every new client these days wants a mobile version of their website. Responsive Web design(RWD) is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. So in this section of our guide, we will take a look at some of the best courses on Tuts+ Premium that will bring you up to speed with RWD.
Want to get into this relatively new field and learn the basics? Then watch and learn as Ian Yates teaches you the fundamentals of responsive web design.
In this course, Craig Campbell walks you through Foundation and how you can use it for your RWD workflow. Is this framework for you? Let’s find out.
This eBook, “Responsive Design” provides an overview on responsive Web design, showing many situations and techniques in which this approach can be applied to mobile devices.