Learn the concepts of Web design, take your first steps with these tips given by Professor Armando Sotoca. Definitions, tools and recommendations
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Learn the concepts of Web design, take your first steps with these tips that Professor Armando Sotoca gives us. Definitions, tools and recommendations
Introduction to web design
Nowadays we can not imagine a life without internet or computer. Either to buy something, to communicate, to watch movies or to look for information; now we do everything using the internet, usually through web pages. But do we know exactly how this technology works? Who decides what information we see, how do we rate it and what paths do we take? And above all, where does all this take us? How will the Internet be in a few years? And in the next centuries? Perhaps the answer to any of these questions we will not see, but they are important, because they determine our future. I'm Armando Sotoca, a designer by profession, a developer when they let me spoil things, a dreamer by birth and a real curious person in the world in general. Usually, my working day (and part of my leisure time) is dedicated to the use of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch or InDesign that provide me with the ideal working environment to create and propose efficient communication solutions. In our library you will find courses created by me and by others of my colleagues on these topics. In 25 years, the world of information technology has changed completely.
That is why it is very important that designers and developers are always up-to-date. The book with which we learned HTML3 in the 90s today would be a piece of museum exhibition. My first Flash usage books have now practically fallen into oblivion. And better I do not remember when Photoshop did not have layer effects. Now we have to be renewing practically every month, every quarter, developing our skills, learning new things and discovering new trends. Our courses are created so you are aware of all these changes.
With them, you can quickly immerse yourself in the practice and find the answers to common questions, sometimes also banal, for a web designer. Whether you already have experience or have never created a website, we have the right course for you. If you already have experience with HTML, you can start practicing with web standards such as CSS. Find a knowledge about which you have special curiosity or learn what fits you personally. Learn with us what you want, or what you have to learn, at the pace you want. Take all the time you need. We have expert trainers in various areas who will teach you everything you need, and always patiently, over and over again. You just have to step back and listen to the explanation again. There is much to learn. We start?
What is web design
This category is about web design. When we talk about the Internet, we usually refer to the global computer network, the "World Wide Web" in English, and abbreviated "www". This is the visible part of the internet. They are web pages in which we find information, where we see images, fill out forms, order products, take care of our profile on social networks, watch videos and check our mail. Now, when we talk about web design or about the people who dedicate themselves to it, web designers, what do we mean? A designer has to organize things; make decisions (such as where everything goes and what can be eliminated), so that something works or so that it works better. We can find design in different disciplines: graphic design, multimedia design, web design, textile design (or fashion), and industrial design, among others. To be a good designer, there is a lot to learn, you always have to be updated and, in general, you have to specialize in one area.
What does a web designer have to know? The first web designers were graphic designers from the area of printing who had dedicated themselves to making brochures. Nowadays, web design is already an independent discipline; and within it we find several different areas: the architecture of information; the user experience (the interaction with people); content management systems (abbreviated CMS); or also the important discipline of mobile design. When we talk about web design, we have to refer also to web development. Design is appearance; development is the code that hides behind and that makes everything work. The boundaries between the two are diffuse. A web designer should know, among other things: Organize and hierarchize information. Improve the person-to-machine interface. Know how to deal with all possible mobile devices with limited resources, for example, different bandwidths or varied sizes. Have design experience of course, have a good eye to see what looks good and visually attractive. In web design, we interact with a variety of technologies, publishers, development systems and programming languages.
The most important concepts of web design
Good chefs know how to use the exact amount of spices without being able to tell us exactly how much pepper or how much basil they have added. They carry it inside, it is what is called "intuition". It takes years of experience, and there is a lot to learn along the way. For this, the best thing is that this experience is accessible in some way. That's where our courses specialize. It is the basic knowledge of web development. For many it is easy, but for others it is a little more complicated. What you can learn here is the basis of web development. It is not about the difficulty of a programming language or web technology, but of the most basic, which is what will always help us to continue growing later. For example, a web designer does not know in advance the screen sizes on which his website will be viewed, or whether it will be for a desktop computer, a tablet or a mobile. The design has to find an adequate response for everyone.
This is known as "responsive web design", or "responsive design" in English, which is very important. Among the basic knowledge we also have how the user will interact with the web, what elements are learned, what can be presupposed by the current user and what is not. Some rules of user experience design can be broken, and others can be avoided, but you always have to know what you do and its basics. And for that, you have our courses.
The best tools for web design
The theory is not always gray or boring, there may be aspects that you are passionate about and that seem very interesting to you. We like it more or less, every theoretical part in the background must be able to have a practical sense. And for that we need concrete tools and programs. Web designers have to structure information. In the Adobe family we have programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Each program focuses on something concrete. The last scream of the Adobe Creative Suite is Muse. With Muse you can create very striking web pages without having to write a line of code. If you design web pages or applications on Mac, you will find Sketch software very interesting. In all the programs there are hundreds of functions and menus, and we have to know where to click when we want to achieve something. This is something that we will teach you here.
If you want or need to access the code of the page, you need a software with the ability to create interactive websites, for example if you want to start with forms or use multimedia content. The most important tool is Adobe Dreamweaver, which works perfectly with the products of the Adobe family that you already know. However, there are other editors to write code comfortably, such as Brackets or Sublime Text, both very competent. A designer needs Photoshop, Gimp, Illustrator or Inkscape. In them you will find many functions and many menus, so you will have to know what to open to achieve a specific goal.
If you want to know these tools, you'll want to have already seen our foundation courses or have some experience. In any case, this knowledge is basic to the daily practice of a web designer.
Where do I start in web design
Where to start? The more you devote to web design and the development of web pages; the deeper you go, the more areas you will have to dedicate. And the more you know, the greater your feeling that you have much to learn. Believe me, I know how that feeling is and sometimes it can be stressful. In our library we have two types of courses. On the one hand, those of fundamental knowledge and skills, which do not focus on a specific program; On the other hand we also have courses on specific programs and tools so you can learn how to get oriented and know where each action is. In the area of design you will see them with composition, templates, publication ...; that is, "front-end" design, what the user (the person navigating the page) will see in their browser. But we also see the code, the functionality of the web pages, the communication between two or more servers, the consultation of data banks; this has to do with the so-called "back-end"; what is behind and what the visitor of the page does not see. If you want to go deeper into the subject of programming, you will find the appropriate tools in our programming and software development area.
If you do not have basic knowledge, I recommend that you start with the foundation courses. However, you also have courses on specific programs, tools and technologies to learn how to orient yourself and acquire knowledge step by step to develop your profile. As you gain experience, you can search the library for a more specific purpose. My advice is to use the search engine. For example, we write «Wordpress». Or better, check the playlists of the category.
This way you will find goals and recommended courses. You will find the link on the category's homepage. If you go a step further, you will see everything in general and the lists reproduced so far. I'm going to choose the Wordpress CMS, and I see that for beginners as well as for advanced users there are interesting itineraries from course to course, from lesson to lesson, and from video to video. By the way, the playlists are updated. Our courses are made for different situations: do you want to learn everything from scratch? Are you a designer and want to learn programming? Or the other way around, are you a programmer and want to introduce yourself to the design? For more advanced courses you need prior knowledge, and our introduction courses are perfect to give you that knowledge. The order in which you follow our courses depends on you. You will have to learn alone, but we give you all the support you need to become a web designer.
Learn with us what you want, or what you have to learn, at the pace you want. Take all the time you need. We have expert trainers in various areas who will teach you everything you need, and always patiently, over and over again. You just have to step back and listen to the explanation again. If you do not find what you need or are interested in, write it on our list of customer suggestions. Maybe others have asked for the same. In this case, you only have to click on "I also want!" We expect your comments and criticisms, and of course, also positive contributions, which you can write directly in the programming category.
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Trainers: Armando Sotoca
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Date of publication: Dec 23, 2016
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