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What study to Web Design

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Posted Jul 23 2012 05:38 PM

Hello everyone!

I already know XHTML, CSS and Javascript, but I want start learn how to design web pages, by design I mean create headers, layouts, prepare and, if possible, create images for web, but I'm quite confusing, because when I start learn XHTML on a course the teacher already specified what learn to become a interface programmer, like: "Learn XHTML, later CSS, etc", but on Web Design i don't know where to start, I've searched on Google and O'Reilly Web Page for books, but again, I'm quite confusing.

Can you guys give me a light, tell me how to start and, if possible, good books about the topics?

Many thanks to everyone.


ps: Sorry about my english.

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  rachel.j's Photo
Posted Jul 26 2012 07:38 AM

Hi Felipe,

I think you're right that there's not as clear of a path for learning design, and that O'Reilly's books are more development focused. Some design books that might be useful to you are:
The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
Designing Web Interfaces (or the Designing Web Interfaces Master Class video)

Another book that might be helpful (and which is available to read free online) is Designing for the Web.

I think that the things that you want to learn are the principles of graphic design, graphic design for the web, typography and fonts for the web, and how to create web graphics. If you try searching for specific topics like that, you may get better results than just searching for web design, which usually is a mix of development and design.

These tutorials might give you a good place to start:

And some good websites and blogs that you might check out are:
A List Apart
Smashing Magazine

For creating graphics, logos, etc., I think it will help to pick an application, like GIMP (which is free and open source) or Adobe's Fireworks, Illustrator, or Photoshop. Once you've chosen which application you will use, you can search for tutorials specifically, like "creating a gradient in GIMP", "creating shapes in Illustrator", or "creating logos in Photoshop". Also, when you know which application you're using, you might look for books on that application. O'Reilly's Missing Manuals or One-on-One books might help in learning a new application.

I hope this helps!

Best of luck,

Rachel James
  SierraEx's Photo
Posted Jul 26 2012 04:37 PM

Hi Rachel

Thanks a lot for you answer, I now understand better how to start looking and also know about good websites that can help me in my "journey" =]

If you don't matter answer again, i got a new question, do you think I can use GIMP has a, let say, good photoshop alternate?

Thanks again
 : Jul 30 2012 06:19 AM
I think it's worth giving the GIMP a try. I've never used it for creating graphics, but I have found it to be a good alternative for photo editing.

Here are some discussions comparing Gimp to other applications:

Here are some tutorials and lists of resources that could help you to get started with the GIMP:

Adobe usually offers 30 day free trials of its applications, so you could probably also try out Fireworks, Illustrator, and Photoshop too, to see what's the best fit for you.
  SierraEx's Photo
Posted Aug 02 2012 06:07 PM

Thanks Rachel =]
  gordman's Photo
Posted Apr 19 2013 10:23 PM

If you want to have a good chance to work in web design you have a lot of work. Don't worry, it's nice work if you love web design. It's true, you have to learn XHTML, CSS, Photoshop, Java, Flash and CMSs and the list may continue, depending on where you want to stop. You can find more information on these writing websites, I am sure you'll find them all helpful. Good luck!