What is the best way to study web design? That is a question that we encounter frequently, especially in web-based forums where ‘techies’ exchange notes. And going through the answers that are given to this topic, certain commonalities emerge. It soon becomes clear that there are certain ‘tried and proven ways’ in which one can study web design. To be more specific, there appears to be three main ways in which one can study web design successfully, including:
- By reading books on HTML and CSS: there are two major technologies that you need to be conversant with, if you want to become a web designer. One is HTML, and the other one is CSS. Once you have a solid grasp of HTML and CSS, you will be in a position to design any type of website — that is, the design aspect, not the programming bit. It therefore follows that by simply reading books on HTML and CSS, you can get to understand web design properly.
- By going through various websites’ source code: it is possible to view any website’s source code. And by going through the source code, you get to understand how the websites are crafted. Soon you are able to design your own (similar) websites, if you are keen.
- Through the practical approach: this is where you focus on ‘learning by doing’. So you set out to design a website — you know, a prototype website. Then in the process, you get to learn (through online tutorials, books and other sources) how to get various tasks done. You may, for instance, decide to design something similar to the Mynordstrom employee guide website. The website in question is one where, among other things, Nordstrom employees are given information about the Mynordstrom employee login process. Having decided to create a similar website, you start researching, to understand the relevant technologies, which you need to use in the project. You either code directly, using HTML and CSS, or you use a program like Dreamweaver. So you endeavor to know how to create the various components, in order to end up with a website similar to that. By the time you get to the end of the project, you will surely have learnt lots of things – which you can then apply to other web design projects.