Web Design for Beginners: Essential Tools and Concepts Recap

Patrick McNeil presented another awesome DesignCast this afternoon. Today’s portion of his Web Design for Beginners series covered the tools and concepts you need to understand in order to be an effective web designer. (Check out the previous recaps for Web Design 101 and Designing for the Web here.)

The most important part of the web design process? Good planning. There’s a lot to consider with web design: the user’s screen size, operating system and browser version, to name just a few—not a small job. That’s why Patrick says planning is so important. Your process should begin with site maps and then wireframes, which lay out exactly how the site will be organized. It’s like the blueprint of a house. 

If you’ve ever been confused about how your role as a designer intersects with the developer’s, you can think about it this way. You’re like an architect or interior designer; the developer plays the role of the carpenter or plumber. In his last DesignCast in the series, Working on the Web, Patrick will talk more about how to work with a development team, what you should be designing for and how coding can be an invaluable skill to take you further. Join us for Working on the Web Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific). If you need hands-on advice for learning web design, Patrick also teaches classes over at HOW U