How do u get better at web design?

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  1. Ning Wong

    Ning Wong Stunt Coordinator

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    Are there any good books out there?

    I'm a newbie web designer, and i wnat to learn how to be better.....

    I know there are tons of online sites as well.

    Can someone point me in the right direction?
    thanks!
     
  2. Brian Mansure

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    Not really a "design" site but for good ole HTML help I'd start at www.htmlgoodies.com .
    Really good basic to intermediate tutorials that are easy to follow and very informative IMO.
    Concepts and design will eventually come to you but ya gotta have solid knowledge/background in HTML to do web design.
    Once you learn HTML you can branch off into DHTML, ColdFusion, ASP, PHP, javascript... the list goes on.
    HTML will allow you to design and maintain static web sites but the future of the web is dynamically driven sites and applications.
    Good luck,
    Brian
     
  3. MikeFR

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    For websites check out w3schools.com for basic reference, as for books I recommend the HTML Black Book, Coriolis is the publisher I believe. Excellent book for both examples and reference at the same time and it presents topics in a friendly organized manner. By far the best text book on web design Ive used... its so good I dont need it anymore [​IMG]
    The Black book also offers a very good intro to style sheets and javascript which leads into some basic DHTML. Also covers basic PERL and XML.
     
  4. Dave E H

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    Are you asking about how do you get better at visual design or get better at HTML?
     
  5. John K Carter

    John K Carter Stunt Coordinator

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    For books take a look at McGraw Hill's Web Design The Complete Reference 2nd Edition. 900 pages

    A few of the things covered: Site Types & Architectures, Navigation Theory, Color harmony & Image formats, Standard sizes for buttons, banners and so on. Good one to have on the shelf.

    I agree with Brian Mansure. After design basics head straight for something that gives you database capability you'll lose a lot of work without these skills. A good book you can use with any database platform you choose is SQL Queries for Mere Mortal. Connecting to a database is one thing, getting the information you need is another this book will help with understanding & writing SQL queries.
     
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    For a practical application, why don't you start by designing your personal home theatre website like many of the memebrs here have done. Then you can put what you know to the test.
     
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    Step one: Spell out the word "you".

    -Vince
     
  9. Brice

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    what's always helped me is to sketch out the site design on paper and then try to apply what you get (and like) to the site you are creating... Another major thing to do is just fool around and experiment (you don't have to upload these "experiments") but by fooling around with how and where things are placed you will find out what works and what doesn't and whay you yourself will like the best. Another thing that I have been told is to go out and find a site that works and then ask yourself why do I like it's design... take notes if you have to. Then if you run across a site that you don't like, take notes on why you think this as well, and then when you are making your site then you'll know what works and what doesn't without having to go and experiment with try and fail over, and over again...
     
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