Hello, I am kinda new to the whole word of web design, I used to design in html and photoshop very poorly when I was younger and then kinda gave up for a couple of years. I have returned to it though discovering CSS and the wonders of what it can do.
However I can clearly see the world of web development is a lot greater than just CSS and html. I still have not got to grips fully with CSS and until I do I have no intentions of diving into other languages. But I was just wondering for the other more experienced developers out there what was your learning process? Eg. CSS then you went on to learn PHP, jQuery etc etc. Also what would you suggest is the best route to go down for a newbie like me.
— learn the basics of HTML/CSS first
— finally, the basics some PHP or another server-side programming language
Of course, that is only the coding side of things… It is also helpful to know a bit of Photoshop or another graphics editing program, so you can create the images that your websites will use. Depending on the kind of sites you work on, knowing a bit of Flash can be useful too.
And, as falkencreative says, a bit of graphics editing/creating knowledge is also a must, plus it can make a nice break if all the coding starts to get too much. :D
BTW, Adobe Illustrator has nothing to do with illustration… like Photoshop, great art skills aren’t really required to use it. Illustrator deals primarily with vector work that can expand/contract in size without losing quality — print work and logos are primarily what I use it for. Photoshop is primarily for raster (pixel) based work.
As falken said, the only main difference between illustrator and PS is that one is vector and the other is raster. If you can do something in PS, you can probably do it in Illustrator. Now, that assumes you don’t use any program specific tools religiously.
I wouldn’t say I feel totally comfortable with CSS yet. I can do what I want with it and anything I can’t do I have good and helpful sites like this. I think I do have quite a firm knowledge of it. Do you think it’s worth learning jQuery yet? I feel I am restricted at the moment with the things I can do on my sites with just HTML/CSS.
i have been learning the basics of html and css from htmldog.com and w3schools.com
does anyone know of any other good resources?
The single best peice of advice I can give you is BUY "Beginning CSS Web Development- From Novice to Professional" by Simon Collison.
Get stuck in and read front to back and you’ll know it in no time. It was very hard for me to get stuck into this book or books in general as I always look on the web to learn, but I was glad I did in the end.