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How Get Started in Web Design

How Get Started in Web Design

Elisha-Rio Apilado

It’s Tool Time

Just like painters know what brushes work with what paints and graphic designers know what software to use when designing certain illustrations, web designer must know the tools that will help them design the best site. For example, Adobe Dreamweaver has become the main tool for website development, as it offers the ability to code the look, function and style of the website. When designing the website’s layout, Photoshop and/or Illustrator may be used to create graphics and output them as website-ready files. If you want to get even fancier, tools for animated websites, such as Adobe Flash and After Effects, are available.

Name That Font!

1. Name this font :

Arial
Helvetica
Garamond

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is also another program you may need. It allows the designer to connect to the website and add documents and images. When learning to use these tools, it’s best to either take classes or do intensive research online. There are some great video tutorials available on Youtube. Next, in order to have your website live and running on the internet, you will need a web hosting service in order to purchase your domain.

Decoding Codes

HTML, CSS, XHTML — What the heck does all this mean? They’re codes made to develop your website from design to function. Yes, coding may be scary and confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be seond-nature. Firstly, understanding the structure of codes is standard (yes, there are many structures). The basic website structure includes the header, body, and footer. The codes you place within these segments are solely up to you.

Now there are a million kinds of codes, but you don’t have to memorize each and every one. There are helpful websites that provides many codes for the purposes of copy and paste. Don’t shy away from Dreamweaver; it can even help you out. A tip: Look at the source code of other websites (look, don’t steal) by right clicking on the page. This will provide the code used and can better explain the site’s organization in code language.

There is a system of organization within the codes and knowing how it works can be helpful. Sure there are weird symbols like brackets and equal signs in these codes, but believe me, they are important to include. It’s a very meticulous process, so being detail oriented and highly organized is a must.

A Movable Canvas

The internet is your canvas and unlike actual paper, websites are interactive and constantly changing. Although the layout and style of the web page may change from time to time, the navigation must always be consistent and two steps ahead of the user. The design of a website always varies, but applying what you know about color, composition and aesthetics is necessary for creating an appealing website. That’s why you have a job! But DO remember, there are limitations around how extravagant the website can be. This is because of computer screen resolutions and coding. Don’t see these limitations as obstacles, but instead as creative challenges.

A Whole New World

As a web designer, you will be living and breathing the pixilated world of computer screens and RGB colored environments. Print design required images and documents to always be at 300 dpi in order to be printed smoothly, however, in web design, that 300 drops down to 72. The purpose of this is to understand that web page has a limited amount of memory (bandwidth) and can only hold so much. Having images at this 72 dpi size will allow the website to run quickly and display your content efficiently. Keep in mind that the user will be clicking through your website, so quickness is key.

The field of web design is a fun and highly interactive category of design. It takes a very meticulous, patient and functionally minded artist to succeed in this role. Just like any art form, web design is constantly growing and changing and web designers must be comfortable in both technology and the arts.


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