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
This book teaches you how to use the front end CSS framework Bootstrap 4 - the newest version. CSS frameworks give front end developers the capability to create responsible or adaptive web designs that overcome the various variations of modern browsers. Bootstrap is the leading CSS framework and gives more » developers a unique way to create responsive web sites.
You will learn how to use all the components of Bootstrap 4 with easy-to-follow instructions and example code snippets. You'll understand how to use Bootstrap 4 for typography, forms, and modules. You'll understand how to structure your page and your code to be optimally efficient.
What You'll Learn
* How to use Bootstrap 4 and particularly the features require to create web applications
* Understand the basics about responsive web design using CSS3
* How to install and use the SASS framework
* How to use the templates and themes market for Bootstrap
Who This Book Is For
Design robust, powerful, and above all, modern websites across all manner of devices with ease using HTML5 and CSS3
ABOUT THIS BOOK
* Use Responsive Grid System, Bootstrap, and Foundation frameworks for responsive web design
* Learn how to use the latest features of CSS including custom fonts, nth-child selectors (and some CSS4 selectors), CSS custom properties (variables), and CSS calc
* Make a mobile website more » using jQuery mobile and mobile-first design
WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR
This course is for web developers who are familiar with HTML and CSS but want to understand the essentials of responsive web design. It is for those developers who are willing to seek innovative techniques that deliver fast, intuitive interfacing with the latest mobile Internet devices.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
* Build a semantic website structure with HTML5 elements
* Use Bower to organize website dependencies
* Make responsive media that is optimized for the specific device on which it's displayed, allowing images, videos, and other elements be fully appreciated
* Make typography that's fluidly responsive, so it's easy to read on all devices—no more hard-to-see text on a tiny mobile screen
* Get to know techniques for server-side and client-side media deployment, providing platforms that are scaled for any device that requests them
Responsive web design is an explosive area of growth in modern web development due to the huge volume of different device sizes and resolutions that are now commercially available. The Internet is going mobile. Desktop-only websites just aren't good enough anymore. With mobile internet usage still rising and tablets changing internet consumption habits, you need to know how to build websites that will just “work,” regardless of the devices used to access them. This Learning Path course explains all the key approaches necessary to create and maintain a modern responsive design using HTML5 and CSS3.
Our first module is a step-by-step introduction to ease you into the responsive world, where you will learn to build engaging websites. With coverage of Responsive Grid System, Bootstrap, and Foundation, you will discover three of the most robust frameworks in responsive web design. Next, you'll learn to create a cool blog page, a beautiful portfolio site, and a crisp professional business site and make them all totally responsive.
Packed with examples and a thorough explanation of modern techniques and syntax, the second module provides a comprehensive resource for all things “responsive.” You'll explore the most up-to-date techniques and tools needed to build great responsive designs, ensuring that your projects won't just be built “right” for today, but in the future too.
The last and the final module is your guide to obtaining full access to next generation devices and browser technology. Create responsive applications that make snappy connections for mobile browsers and give your website the latest design and development advantages to reach mobile devices. At the end of this course, you will learn to get and use all the tools you need to build and test your responsive web project performance and take your website to the next level.
This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products:
* Responsive Web Design by Example: Beginner's Guide - Second Edition by Thoriq Firdaus
* Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 - Second Edition by Ben Frain
* HTML5 and CSS3 Responsive Web Design Cookbook by Benjamin LaGrone
STYLE AND APPROACH
This Learning Path course provides a simplistic and easy way to build powerful, engaging, responsive, and future proof websites across devices using HTML5 and CSS3 to meet the demands of the modern web user. « less
Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems
In this practical guide, CSS expert Lea Verou provides 47 undocumented techniques and tips to help intermediate-to advanced CSS developers devise elegant solutions to a wide range of everyday web design problems.
Rather than focus on design, CSS Secrets shows you how to solve problems with code. You'll more » learn how to apply Lea's analytical approach to practically every CSS problem you face to attain DRY, maintainable, flexible, lightweight, and standards-compliant results.
Inspired by her popular talks at over 60 international web development conferences, Lea Verou provides a wealth of information for topics including:
* Backgrounds and Borders
* Visual Effects
* User Experience
* Structure and Layout
* Transitions and Animations « less
Typography is your design's voice and the most powerful tool you have to communicate with your readers. Learn how to wield type with care and wit: how to evaluate typefaces, consider technical constraints, create flexible typographic systems, and put together your own collection of favorite faces. Jason more » Santa Maria wants you to see type beyond code or flourishes. You'll discover how typography shapes the way we read and how you can adapt the craft's practices for the screen. So go ahead. Choose, combine, and set typefaces with ease-and invite readers in. « less