A visual web design guidebook for developers
You open Photoshop and stare at the blank screen. You click around, making rectangles but it doesn’t look right, and it doesn’t feel right. This isn’t the first time. You’ve tried teaching yourself design and started small practice projects. But you always second guess your work because you don’t have more » the proper background. So even when you do make progress, you question whether it looks good.
You’ve learned the basic lessons that everyone advises. Hot and cold colors, mixing font families and types, everything. But there seems to be a massive leap from there to producing original and great looking designs. You can play around with Photoshop or HTML but don’t really know why you’re doing what you’re doing.
You feel stuck, asking yourself:
- Should I draw everything out with pencil and paper or start with Photoshop?
- Should I picture a design in my mind first, then move to Photoshop?
- Or should I open Photoshop and play around until something nice comes out?
- It all leaves you wasting endless afternoons spent cursing your own design work.
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It Should Be So Much Easier
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When you’re a designer that wants to learn programming there are so many choices of how to start. There are websites and courses that teach programming for complete beginners and intermediates. But what about if you’re doing it the other way around, a programmer that wants to learn design?
All the available resources just teach you design theory. They talk about typography, colors and style in an abstract academic way. Not what you need. You just want practical advice that will get you started.
Have you ever visited Dribbble for design inspiration? Then left, frustrated, overwhelmed and even intimidated by their talent and creativity? How do you move from being a great developer without any formal design knowledge, to where they are? Confident designers, confident in their ability. Able to start a project and know how to make tweaks when things look “off” so that the design matches the idea in their head.
You’ve tried to teach yourself design. Some resources have been helpful. But you still struggle to turn what you learned into actual design projects. Either the material is too abstract, or it doesn’t talk enough about web design specifically. You’ve been recommended so many different books it makes your head spin. What you need is everything in one place.
When you start learning a new programming language you write ‘hello world’. What you need is a resource that teaches design in the same way. Something that shows you what language to use, how to start and what to do when you get stuck.
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Exactly what you’ll get
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In Hello Design World you’ll learn:
- How to pick colors for your site
- The five types of design styles that you can use on any project
- How to use a creative brief in your design so you can hit the ground running
- How to use the inspiration process to jump start your design
- How to use a concept to make your design cohesive
- How to brand your site (and how to know if it even needs branding)
- The four basic types of alignment you should be using
- What makes a good composition (with examples)
- How to use fonts on the web
- What good typography looks like
- Why hierarchy is important
- The Design by Numbers framework
And you’ll learn it all quickly. Because it only includes things relevant to visual web design. It’s specific and practical. If you’ve been looking for a better way to learn web design, this is it. It’s everything you need and nothing more. With this book you’ll know how to make your designs look good and why they look good. Most importantly it will give you the confidence to create amazing looking designs and overcome any of common roadblocks that all designers hit. « less
With the advent of Material Design, developers can no longer overlook its importance and resourcefulness in web design and development. However, incorporating this toolkit in the web application can be quite a juggle. Compared to other design languages available in the market today, Materialize is the only one that adds depth and motion to its application elements.
Ideal for web designers and developers,Introducing Materializeis your comprehensive training guide to the newest design language you need to learn.
What You'll Learn
* Learn why Materialize is so popular and resourceful
* Get up and Running with this awesome toolkit
* Quick start with Materialize and creating unique designs
* Downloading and Installing the framework
* Get a grip on the fundamentals of Material Design
* Gather comprehensive knowledge about the framework
* Unearth the potential of this framework for real time implementation
Who This Book Is For
This book is an exploration of the Bootstrap framework. It begins by explaining to the reader about what Bootstrap is, where it is used and how it can be used. The Bootstrap Grid system has been explored in detail.
You will know how to create columns and rows for your web pages. Menus have also been more » explored in detail, thus, you will know how to create them.
Each website has a navigation bar. The process of creating this in Bootstrap has been discussed.
Modals have also been discussed in detail, and you will know how to create these.
Form validation has also been discussed in detail.
You will know how to make sure that the values for certain fields has been provided. Validation of the email address has also been discussed.
The book will also guide you on how to customize your Bootstrap using LESS so as to achieve the style that you need
The image carousel in Bootstrap has also been explored in detail, and you will know how to make one for your website. « less
Get a Jump Start on the up and coming power tool on the design scene, Sketch!
Sketch is fast becoming a favorite tool of modern web designers. With a simple, clean UI, and a raft of powerful features, such as intuitive grids, unlimited artboards, and granular export, Sketch is a great tool for web more » design; it's easy to see why so many top designers are adding it to their toolbox.
This book provides a rapid and practical introduction to using Sketch for web design. If you're currently a Photoshop user, you'll quickly understand how Sketch can supercharge your design process.
* See how Sketch compares to Photoshop, and when to use one over the other
* Get to grips with Sketch's UI
* Use Sketch's built-in layout grid
* Add plugins to Sketch to boost functionality
* Export your designs into ready-to-use HTML and CSS
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*** Key Features ***
* Incorporate cutting-edge styles in your web pages with PostCSS
* Simplify the process of writing CSS to a great extent using PostCSS shortcuts, fallbacks, and pack plugins
* This in-depth, step-by-step guide will help you master PostCSS, to create amazing and responsive web more » designs
*** Book Description ***
PostCSS is a tool that has quickly emerged as the future of existing preprocessors such as SASS and Less, mainly because of its power, speed, and ease of use. This comprehensive guide offers in-depth guidance on incorporating cutting-edge styles into your web page and at the same time maintaining the performance and maintainability of your code.
The book will show how you can take advantage of PostCSS to simplify the entire process of stylesheet authoring. It covers various techniques to add dynamic and modern styling features to your web pages. As the book progresses, you will learn how to make CSS code more maintainable by taking advantage of the modular architecture of PostCSS. By the end of this book, you would have mastered the art of adding modern CSS effects to web pages by authoring high performing, maintainable stylesheets.
*** What you will learn ***
* Add mixin and variable support to PostCSS along with conditional support
* Explore the different ways of nesting code such as BEM and standard nesting within PostCSS
* Optimize media queries built with PostCSS to get the best performance
* Add dynamic styling elements such as images, fonts, grids, and SVG and retina support using existing preprocessors as well as PostCSS
* Get familiar with using plugins, and extend PostCSS with the API
* Build a fully working custom preprocessor and test it on different sites such as WordPress
* Write a custom syntax in PostCSS while still using pre-built syntaxes such as Less, SASS, or Stylus
* Provide support for future CSS such as CSS4 using current CSS3 classes
*** About the Author ***
Alex Libby's background is in IT support―he has been involved in supporting end users for almost 20 years in a variety of different environments; a recent change in role now sees Alex working as an MVT test developer for a global distributor based in the UK. Although Alex gets to play with different technologies in his day job, his first true love has always been the open source movement, and in particular, experimenting with CSS/CSS3, jQuery, and HTML5. To date, Alex has written 10 books on subjects such as jQuery, HTML5 video, SASS, and CSS for Packt and has reviewed several more―Mastering PostCSS Web Design is Alex's eleventh book for Packt.
*** Table of Contents ***
1. Introducing PostCSS
2. Creating Variables and Mixins
3. Nesting Rules
4. Building Media Queries
5. Managing Colors, Images, and Fonts
6. Creating Grids
7. Animating Elements
8. Creating PostCSS Plugins
9. Working with Shortcuts, Fallbacks, and Packs
10. Building a Custom Processor
11. Manipulating Custom Syntaxes
12. Mixing Preprocessors
13. Troubleshooting PostCSS Issues
14. Preparing for the Future « less
Bring existing static sites into today's multi-device world with responsive web design
This book shows you how to redesign your static website into a modern, fully responsive website. As the usage of mobile devices of all shapes and sizes increases exponentially every year, and dominates the manner in which many users access the web, it is now imperative for any business to have a responsive more » website that adapts seamlessly to any screen size and resolution ― a change that will impact not only your designs but the way you build your site.
Moving to Responsive Web Design shows you how to convert fixed grids, previously built on absolute units such as pixels, into fluid ones, based on relative units such as percentages or ems. You will also learn to plan how your designs and patterns will adapt across various breakpoints, and how to approach the challenge of responsive images.
The prospect of converting an existing site into responsive design, when you don’t have all the time in the world and your resources are already outstretched, can be daunting, but with this book and the right tools you can tame the scope of the project from the start and find the time for you and your team to work on making your site enjoyable on any device.Moving to Responsive Web Design is full of ideas and examples of how you can more easily plan, design, develop, and release, your responsively redesigned site.
* Provides ways of finding time in your hectic schedule to complete a project that is truly important
* Helps you to scope a responsive redesign project so it’s achievable with the resources you have available
* Provides examples of how other teams have solved some of the most common problems
What You Will Learn:
* How to find the time in your busy schedule to redesign your site.
* Engage the entire team in the plan, design and development process.
* Use your resources in clever and efficient ways.
* Avoid some of the most common problems when working on large and lengthy projects.
* Focus on reusability to save your team time and money.
* Release your first fully responsive site.
Who This Book is For:
Moving to Responsive Web Designis for busy designers, and developers who want to convert an existing site to responsive design and don’t have all the time in the world. It’s for teams who know that the move to having a responsive site is the right one, but are struggling to find the time and resources to fit such an expansive project into their already overflowing schedules. « less
Learn the fundamentals of modern web design, rather than relying on CMS programs, such as WordPress or Joomla!. You will be introduced to the essentials of good design and how to optimize for search engines. You will discover how to register a domain name and migrate a website to a remote host. Because more » you will have built the web pages yourself, you will know exactly how HTML and CSS work. You have will complete control over your websites and their maintenance.
Practical Website Design for Absolute Beginners centers around introducing small amounts of new code in short practical chapters and provides many website templates that can be easily adapted for your own websites. Each chapter builds on the templates created in the previous chapter. You are provided with a practical project to complete in most chapters, and taught to produce practical web pages right from the start.
In the first chapter you will install and configure a free text editor, then you will produce the structure for your first web page. You will then gradually learn to create more sophisticated and increasingly practical web pages and websites.
In this book you will be encouraged by means of a series of achievable goals, and you will be rewarded by the knowledge that you are learning something valuable and really worthwhile. You will not have to plow through daunting chapters of disembodied code theory because the code is described and explained in context within each project. Because each project is fully illustrated, you will see clearly what you are expected to achieve as you create each web page.
What You'll Learn
* Provides instructions for installing a text editor for producing HTML and CSS
* Shows you step-by-step how to build and test web pages and websites
* Teaches you how to ensure that your websites are attractive and useful
* Describes how to make the most effective use of color and images
* Teaches you the essential features of search engine optimization
* Shows you how to migrate your website to a remote host
Who This Book Is For
Practical Website Design for Absolute Beginners is for people who want to begin designing their own websites. It uses a highly motivational, easily assimilated step-by-step approach where you will start learning practical skills from the very first chapter. The book is an excellent choice for people who have computer skills but would also like to learn HTML and CSS. For readers who have little or no knowledge of HTML and CSS, the book will teach enough to complete all the projects in the book. « less
Design and deliver an optimal user experience for all devices
ABOUT THIS BOOK
* Get to grips with the core functionality of RWD through examples
* Discover how to make layouts, content and media flexible, and explore why a content-first approach is more effective
* Maximize the performance of your web pages so that they work across all browsers and devices irrespective more » of the screen size
WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR
This book is for web designers who are familiar with HTML and CSS, and want to begin with responsive web design. Web development experience and knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 is assumed.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
* Explore various layout options
* Understand what can be achieved in the browser, without the use of third-party tools
* Executing media queries to benefit responsive designs
* Understand the basics of responsive workflow and boilerplate frameworks
* Improve performance of responsive web design
* Maintain compatibility across various browsers
Responsive web design (RWD) is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—providing easy reading and navigation with minimum resizing, panning, and scrolling—and all of this across a wide range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones. Responsive web design is becoming more important as the amount of mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of the Internet’s total traffic.
This book will give you in depth knowledge about the basics of responsive web design. You will embark on a journey of building effective responsive web pages that work across a range of devices, from mobile phones to smart TVs, with nothing more than standard markup and styling techniques.
You'll begin by getting an understanding of what RWD is and its significance to the modern web. Building on the basics, you'll learn about layouts and media queries. Following this, we’ll dive into creating layouts using grid based templates. We’ll also cover the important topic of performance management, and discover how to tackle cross-browser challenges.
STYLE AND APPROACH
This is a practical example-based book which will delve into various elements and benefits of a responsive web design. It will help you understand the essential skills needed to create responsive web sites and guide you through the basics of building responsive web pages for any device. The topics are a blend of theoretical and practical essentials which will assist you to explore more about responsive web design. « less
Build websites and applications using the latest techniques in modern web development
* Create amazing modern day applications that run seamlessly across multiple platforms
* Implement multiple methodologies by creating different apps with dynamic features
* This unique project-based guide will help you build your own websites efficiently
The book more » delivers simple instructions on how to design and build modern Web using the latest trends in web development. You will learn how to design responsive websites, created with modern Flat User Interface design patterns, build deep-scrolling websites with parallax 3D effects, and roll-your-own single-page applications. Finally, you'll work through an awesome chapter that combines them all.
Each chapter features actual lines of code that you can apply right away.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
* Find out how to create responsive websites
* Create websites using the principals of Flat design
* Create deep-dive sites using parallax scrolling
* Discover how to use Ajax in single-page applications
* Create responsive padding with the box model property
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Benjamin LaGrone is a web developer who lives and works in Texas. He got his start in programming at the age of 6 when he took his first computer class at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. His first program was "choose your own adventure book", written in BASIC; he has fond memories of the days when software needed you to write line numbers. Fast forward to about thirty years later: after deciding that computers are here to stay, Ben has made a career combining two of his favorite things, art and coding―creating art from code. One of his favorite projects was using the GMaps API to map pathologies to chromosomes for cancer research. Fascinated with mobile devices for a long time, Ben thinks that the responsive Web is one of the most exciting, yet long time coming, new aspects of web development. He now works in a SaaS development shop and is the mobile and responsive Web evangelist of the team. When he's not working on some Internet project, Ben spends his time building robots, tinkering with machines, drinking coffee, surfing, and teaching Kuk Sool martial arts.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Responsive Web Design
2. Flat UI
3. Parallax Scrolling
4. Single Page Applications
5. The Death Star Chapter « less