May 17, 2011
Web Design has changed dramatically over the last 6 years when I reflect upon my design skills back then to present. Where you would once have to learn the ins and outs of complicated coding, now anyone can have a site up and running in minutes. Flashing logos and long load times are also becoming a thing of the past, with clean web 2.0 savvy design leading the way (thankfully!). But even in this landscape of web-based installations and site-builder wizards everyone needs a helping hand once in a while; whether that’s brushing up on some outdated techniques, to more advanced OOP scripting to 3D rendered designs one should never stop learning and improving the skills to master their trade and the Dev.Blog with be right their leading the charge!
Over the next two months Virtually(Creative) Dev.Blog is going to cover some awesome step-by-step guides to cover all the new major players in the web design game and review the updates to some classics like HTML, CSS, PHP, jQuery, Photoshop & Illustrator CS3+ templating, Dreamweaver CS3+ tips and tricks and WordPress hints and tidbits which will help make you a savvy web guru in no time.
Now their is a lot to be said about good design as well, not just development. You could have the most powerful engine in a car, but sometimes you just want to oogle the bodywork. You can have the best development team in the world, but if you don’t have a creative way to present your application/framework/website to a user who has little knowlege then how effective is it really?
Sometimes I have tonnes of ideas for websites, and can start building all of the foundations right away, but when it comes time to design and add that attractive flair it falls short. Alongside our new regime of updates are going to be some great inspirational design resources to help get those creative juices flowing. If you’re like myself and have some issues in the design department don’t worry! After a couple of web workshops you’ll even be able to understand more than just the fundmentals of web design.