Web Design for Beginners: Designing for the Web Recap

Thanks to everyone who joined us for today’s session on Designing for the Web! Patrick McNeil reassured us that making the jump from print to digital design is an adventure.

There are obviously going to be challenges, but they don’t exclusively affect beginners—because the web is ALWAYS changing, you never stop learning web design. Another thing he emphasized is that web sites are living documents—they can be tweaked and changed based on users’ needs and are never truly “done.” How cool is that? (And it’s good for business.)

On the ever-popular question of what software is best for web design, Patrick recommends using Photoshop for mockups. This website offers Photoshop tips for web designers. We also had a lot of questions about content management systems. Choosing the right one for the site you’re designing depends on what you want to do. You can find out what system any site is using with this CMS detector. And you can get an idea of what browser sizes the average internet user has here.

There’s still a lot to learn, and we hope you’ll join us for the next session on March 7: Web Design for Beginners: Essential Tools and Concepts. You’ll start getting into the nitty gritty with wire frames, grids, site maps and a lot of other useful tools.

If you’d like to jump in on the Web Design for Beginners series, you still totally can! People who register for the series now will get a recording of the first two sessions and will be able to access the rest of the DesignCasts live. If you need hands-on advice for learning web design, Patrick also teaches classes over at HOW U