Web Design: Self-Taught or Formally Educated?

When it comes to web design, being self-taught is probably the right choice. On the other hand, learning solo can be tough and despairing. While I don't consider myself as professional in the subject, I'm interested in sharing a thought I recently had about being self-taught versus formally educated in web design.

I've been in both kinds of situations, studying web design by myself at home and at school. I was a beginner back in 2006 and we had to rebuild a website that was presented to us as an image in order to avoid cheating. So sure, I rebuilt it - but by using tables and old markup! Another time, we used Dreamweaver for the smart WYSISWYG (which didn't really teach us anything) and I remember asking my teacher what was the automated code between my tags, and she said not to pay attention to that. Later on I figured it was called CSS and that it is one of the most advanced technologies related to web design.

 

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The entry "Web Design: Self-Taught or Formally Educated?" was posted on March 16, 2009 at 20:49 by Dor Dan.

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27 Beautiful, Typography-Based Web Designs.

Web typography is much more than a cool font. It's a font with a size, a color, a typeface. It's spacing all over. It's about knowing where, when and how to display it on a web page. It's a lot of things - and that's what makes it so interesting! It's art.

We can't avoid the fact that typography has evolved to be one of the most important roles in modern web design. These days, typography requires lots of attention I believe every web designer should pay for their works; because after all, typography does play a big role in user experience.

Agree or not, but the web is built of mostly content (text) whose purpose is mainly to send messages to users. Sadly, users don't read anymore – they scan - and scanning is, my friends, what makes this whole story so interesting!

 

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The entry "27 Beautiful, Typography-Based Web Designs." was posted on November 02, 2008 at 12:12 by Dor Dan.

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You know you're a web designer if...

Here are a few situations I found my self in that got me thinking how influenced am I from the whole web design business. Important to mention that all of the below situations really happened to me – no kidding.

You know you’re a web designer if…

  • If you hope that IE6 will soon be extinct, then you're definitely a web designer.   
    I have a feeling we're all on the same side here.
  • If you make a mistake in real life and mentally press Command/Ctrl+Z, then you're a web designer.   
    This happens to me quite often and I find it pretty sad.

 

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The entry "You know you're a web designer if..." was posted on October 20, 2008 at 16:44 by Dor Dan.

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My Web Design Workflow and Tools.

Lately, I've been reading a few posts about design workflow processes and the tools used. I personally find it very interesting to hear about other's workflows since it's a self-taught kind of job. So I thought I'll share mine too and would love to hear about yours as well.

The standard process starts by gathering information that determines the project’s cost. No design related questions are yet asked unless related to the price. Before a price range is mentioned, we tend to ask the client for a rough budget that he’s willing to spend on this project just so we know who and what we are dealing with.

After the first step, I begin with the usual; I gather as much design-related information as I’m able to in order to help me visualize a stable wireframe and overall design. I then analyze and write down the basic elements of the site that might have to take up room in the layout's space; that way I know which elements to include in the wireframes.

When all elements are written down, I go old-fashioned and take out my sketching notebook and pen and start sketching about four or five messy wireframes. I prefer doing it in the old fashion way since it lets me sketch faster and couple more wireframes with ease.

 

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The entry "My Web Design Workflow and Tools." was posted on October 16, 2008 at 00:05 by Dor Dan.

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Say hello to a whole new Thuiven!

Like most other passionate web designers, it's hard for me to be a 100% satisfied with my works. I always feel I need to change some pixels to ensure the site carries the new web design trends. Unfortunately, changing and redesigning isn't something done on a day time while also taking on client works. I believe that's the reason why Thuiven's redesign took so long. But that's not the point right now. So...

A condition for the site's redesign was that I will no longer design dark! We needed a design that content will no longer be color: #ffffff;. I tried different layouts and mockups. We even got to code a whole different design, front-end and back-end! However, we weren't satisfied with it, so yes... we redesigned the redesigned design :) . Regarding the whole "dark-no-more" issue, I wanted to bring a warm feeling into the site which is a kind of website I always wanted to have, so I hope the design accomplishes that.

 

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The entry "Say hello to a whole new Thuiven!" was posted on September 23, 2008 at 16:29 by Dor Dan.

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C.S.I in XHTML and CSS coding.

Let's start with the idea that code is design by itself - in some way. It needs to be organized, optimized, and above all it needs to have a decent and uncomplicated browsing layout.

The following technique I only started to work with on recent client works and realized it was the best method for me to code large CSS and XHTML files in order to keep them organized and easily managed anytime needed. Because as well all know ' it's never fun to search for a particular selector in such big mess.

 

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The entry "C.S.I in XHTML and CSS coding." was posted on February 08, 2008 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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