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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Sleeping for creativity.

It's almost 3 AM in the morning, and you are not tired. But what really is "tired"? Do you think being "tired" is just physically speaking? Do you think when you go to sleep you're doing your body a "favor"? Did you know that during the night, the human brain is very active and tends to think much more than during the day?

How many times have you being trying to find a solution for a problem during late nights, when doing the same in the morning after a good night sleep took you just 3 minutes to solve, uh? I am sure it happened to most of us, computer gurus, out there. Long time ago, when I used to stay up late until 3 in the morning on the computer (addicted to Internet), I remember this situation happening all over again. Before going to sleep, no matter how hard I was thinking and focusing on my problem, I just wasn"t able to solve it. However, after a good night sleep, I literally woke up with the solution to the problem, it kept amazing me all over again!

 

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The entry "Sleeping for creativity." was posted on November 22, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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Emails, IM programs, and phone calls: Advantages and disadvantages.

What"s the best way to communicate with your clients? Is it IM programs, emails or simple phone call would do? Communicating with your clients is very important, that"s why you have to make sure you are both comfortable with the way you are communicating, that"s so you both understand each other well. Emails

I bet you won"t (or at least have difficulties) finding a person from age 12 to 50 that doesn"t have an email account somewhere on the net. Emails have become a long way to interact and communicate with others around the world. We can see the power of emails regarding business; people are actually using emails to do business! Even with the goodness of this online application, emails can be very annoying to use as well as problematic. Let"s look at the good and bad of email communications.

 

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The entry "Emails, IM programs, and phone calls: Advantages and disadvantages." was posted on November 19, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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