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Web Design Question

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by macneill, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. macneill

    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

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    I think it's time I took some web design classes.

    What software should I be focusing on?

    Dreamweaver? GoLive? HTML?

    All of the above?

    Thanks.
     
  2. alstaz

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    If I were you I'd focus on Dreamweaver. If you know HTML or not, dreamweaver is a good tool. I am a professional web developer and I will both hand code HTML (or PHP...etc) and use Dreaweaver to edit my pages.
     
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    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    all of the above....database driven pages is critical, active content....on my list to learn....

    all my stuff is php-driven, lets ya skip relying on microsoft stuff...
     
  4. macneill

    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

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    Thanks. I don't know HTML, in fact I don't know jack.

    This should be interesting.
     
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    Look into database stuff. If you are into design I would also look into the power of XML and CSS. CSS is the future of design: no bloated code, no tables etc. You can make sweeping changes by simply changing one CSS file and you can posistion some of the code to get better noticed by search engines without messing up the actual design. Avoid the Microsoft stuff as much as possible.

    My cruiser site, www.seattlecruiserheads.com is all done with css.

    Good luck!

    Max
     
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    Whatever you do, realize that the Web browzing public wants one thing above all others:












































    more boobies!
     
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    Actually, you should job out the HTML or coding work to a gear head and stick with learning the creative aspects of web site creation. Not enough work goes into the user interface design and site planning that's required to create a successful site.

    Check out www.alistapart.com or anything that Zeldman does. He's there in the city, too, so you might be able to contact him directly. Most folks think that Jakob Neilsen is the go-to guy on website usability, but he has ZERO concern for aesthetics or the importance of blending art and technology. Take a look at Nielsen's site: http://www.useit.com/ and Zeldman's: http://www.zeldman.com/ and tell me which one is mo' betta?
     
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    You can also check out www.dack.com - I've enjoyed his site for years. Developer out of Minniapolis, I think.

    If you're really going to get into web dev, you will need his site eventually, or at least this link:
    http://dack.com/web/bullshit.html
     
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    crholliday Frisbeetarianist

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    Mac, what is your motivation? Is it related to your specific occupation or something you are simply interested in? A future job change?
     
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    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

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    I just wanna be a more well-rounded art director/designer. Also would rather design my own site rather than hire someone.

    And finally just to be able to design sites as an option.
     
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    Agreed, that Neilsen site looks like it's from someone stuck in the text-only internet, maybe played on too many Unix computers...or a Matt Drudge style... :D A little too much admin dot-slash-ish..
     
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    macneill Rollin’ on 33s

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    Hmmm,

    Interesting stuff, but somewhat confusing IMHO. The first time I encountered a Flash site I thought it was the clooest thing. Now I am kind of tired of heavy Flash sites, especially sites that have a lot of stupid Flash splash pages. I like it clean and simple when it comes to navigation etc. This is true for most design. I just finished working (the photography) on a major hospital's annual report. The designer did a great job: simple, direct and clean. So many designers feel they need to throw everything they know into a project.

    Check out: http://jotbe-fx.de/

    This is fun too: http://webpagesthatsuck.com/

    More CSS stuff: http://www.websitetips.com/css/index.shtml

    http://www.dezwozhere.com/links.html

    Max
     
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    i use dreamweaver and learned it almost a year ago for my first site -- which is still my only site --

    :D

    e
     
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    also, i don't like css -- it's overall too bland for me --