Learning Web Design Paperback – 7 September 2012
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Part I: Getting Started
Part I lays a foundation for everything that follows in the book. I start off with some important general information about the web design environment, including the various roles you might play, the technologies you might learn, and tools that are available to you. You’ll get your feet wet right away with HTML and CSS and learn how the Web and web pages generally work. I’ll also introduce you to some Big Concepts that get you thinking the way modern web designers think about their craft.
Part II: HTML for Structure
The chapters in Part II cover the nitty-gritty of every element and attribute available to give content semantic structure, including the new elements introduced in HTML5. We’ll cover the markup for text, links, images, tables, and forms. Part II closes out with an in-depth discussion of HTML5 and how it differs from previous standards.
Part III: CSS for Presentation
In the course of Part III, you’ll go from learning the basics of using Cascading Style Sheets for changing the presentation of text to creating multicolumn layouts and even adding time-based animation and interactivity to the page. It also addresses common CSS techniques, including how to create a page using Responsive Web Design.
Part V: Creating Web Graphics
Part V introduces the various file formats that are appropriate for the Web and describes how to optimize them to make their file size as small as possible.
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I teach introductory Web Page Design to design students at Madison College in Madison, WI. This is the textbook I require my students to buy.
More important to me and my very visual students, the book is well designed (a rarity in books about web design/development). The page layout and images used make the book's information easier to understand and make the book fun to sit down and read.
Learning Web Design is a great tool for my students, and I'm sure it serves them as a great reference as they enter their careers.
Jennifer Robbins is a remarkable teacher. She anticipates the questions and misunderstandings some readers may have, and deals with them before they become obstacles. Although she calls this a beginner's book, she writes for aspiring web professionals, and her thoroughness reflects this intent. The exercises are well-designed, and the end-of-chapter questions helpful in determining if you really
"got it" (answers are in the back of the book). I like the many references to books and web articles extending the scope of her book; she seems well-informed on the cutting edge of web design. Her writing is clear, and difficult concepts are well-explained. Digital files of all the book's examples are available on O'Reilly's website. (I appreciate that O'Reilly does not require a code to download the files. Actually, it's a good marketing strategy, because a lot of people will buy O'Reilly's books when they find out how good all their stuff is!) I love this book!
This book is a good start. I think the best way to learn is to experiment a LOT with test pages. Also, view the source codes on random web pages you visit and see how things are put together on real, polished web pages. The problem with books on technology is that within a couple years things can change so much. If you're interested in web development as a career, you definitely have to be on top of what's going on.
All in all, I am definitely happy with the purchase.