How did you learn webdesign?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Meecrob, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Meecrob macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2006
    New England
    What are some good resources for learning HTML, CSS, etc. I've been searching around, and found a few good ones for self-teaching. Anyone have some favorites?
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    I would like to know the answer to this question as well it'd would be nice to see how the web designers/developers got started around here....

    Try these resources though to get you going:

    Web Design from scratch
    Essential web tools
    Think Vitamin

    they are all good places to check out for some HTML guide's. I am currently using O'reilly "Missing Manual" Creating Web Sites for learning some basic HTML and CSS and whilst I have nothing to compare it to its doing a pretty good job at teaching me so I can recommend it.....


  3. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    I got started the same way you are, by teaching myself. I bought lots of books and did lots of research online to learn the basics. Then I learned by doing. I found people that needed websites done and I did them. If I came across something I didn't know how to do I would pull out my books or turn to Google and figure out how to do it. I think that's the best way to learn anything. I wasn't very good in the beginning, but now it's almost 10 years later and I have my own business creating websites. Practical application is always the best teacher.
  4. Butters macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2006
    To be honest I'm not actually sure how I learned :confused:. I didn't buy any books or even do much reading online when I first started out.. it just kinda came to me after about 3 years of making shabby web sites.

    I did use tutorial sites though (mainly P2L) to find out how certain things are done.
  5. Lau Guest

    Agreed — there's nothing like an actual project to make you learn stuff. I wanted to build a portfolio website, and so planned what I wanted it to look like and just googled and hunted around to find out how to do each bit, and as I've built each site I've learnt more.

    I found a good resource for HTML.
  6. Mr. Mister macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2006
    Web design has to be one of the easiest things in the world. It's extremely simple and with View Page Source there at your disposal, there are billions of examples.
  7. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Shhh! Don't give away our biggest trade secret! ;)
  8. virus1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2004
  9. radiantm3 macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2005
    San Jose, CA
    It's about as easy as becoming a painter. Anyone can throw paint on a canvas, but a fraction can paint a beautiful image. Web design is easy theoretically, but it takes years and years of practice to do well. Just because you know how to use photoshop and dreamweaver doesn't make you a good web designer. I wouldn't say web design is the easiest thing in the world. I't just easy to get started as there are countless ways to learn.

    I got started back in the late 90's reading tutorials on There's a lot of great books out there as well as websites. If you want a link list, check out this site:
  10. Mr. Mister macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2006
    Actually, I take this back. Webdesign has to be simultaneously one of the easiest and most frustrating things to do ever. It almost never works the first time, and maybe it works, but doesn't work on two out of five browsers? Or has random problems that take you days to diagnose? That's what I hate about it, there's currently nothing on the market that lets you design a web page as easily as draing it in photoshop with no div troubles or deprecation worries or anything. Calling it web design is really a misnomer, it's 50% design and, following the painting metaphor, 50% making sure your paint doesn't fall off the canvas.

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