May 17 2009

A Roundup of What I’ve Learned This Past Year, and Where

Published by at 4:03 am under Web

Inspired by this article at Nettuts, I’ve decided to put down some of the best resources for aspiring web designers. Sites and articles that either inspire, or teach a concept.

One of the best ways to learn the stuff you need without wading through stuff you don’t is subscribing to RSS feeds of high quality blogs or tutorial sites.

Whatever level you’re at with your web know-how, these sites still have a lot to teach.

Tutorials: Watch and Learn

Nettuts – A tutorial site with a consistently high quality level. Along with Theme Forest, Nettuts have a couple stand-out free video tutorial series, such as:

  • Diving into PHP – You’ll love this if you’re a complete beginner getting into server-side coding like me.
  • WordPress for Designers – WordPress is one of the top open source blogging platforms out there, and with this you’ll learn how to create a complete theme from scratch. Great for portfolio sites.

Other techniques that are useful in any arsenal:

Blogs: Put That RSS to Good Use

Smashing Magazine – You really have to subscribe to their feed and check out the immense back-log of articles and free content.

A List Apart – Thoughtful articles on design, navigation, and other advice.

On Your Own

Always keep an eye out on how technology is progressing, what styles work and what styles don’t. If you’re having trouble with a current design, get some inspiration! If you’re thinking inspiration only comes from browsing other websites, that’s only the half of it. After all, anything interface-related comes from our real world. Take a look how you interact with things in your life, things you take for granted. Concepts such as lighting to separate objects, texture to give more of a inviting appearance, and so on will work in your website, too!

As always, design with a purpose in mind. Strong concepts and themes will get you farther.

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