This handbook is for my students as well as anyone starting out in web design. I have been teaching web design for many years and created and accumulated quite a lot of material. Having learnt so much from the many sharing spirits out there when I started, this is my way of spreading the love, hoping to help newbies get started.
This book does not assume any knowledge and aims to give you a way to learn about the different aspects involved in designing for the web. This is merely one way to get started and the content is guided by my approach to teaching web design to newbies. Each chapter contains various resources in form of slides, articles, tutorials, inspiring examples, links to further reading to prompt you to delve in deeper and give you step-by-step practical projects to work through. Have fun!
Before we even start on the design of any project, we have to consider the context, the purpose of the design and importantly who it is for. My advice is never to use placeholders but always work with real content (even if you have to make it up for learning purposes).
While you're learning, you might feel this is not an important point to worry about. I'd argue that it is vital. Give your exercises and practice projects a purpose and you'll soon be flying ツ
Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it's decoration.Jeffrey Zeldman, 2008
This approach is referred to as working Content out — starting with the content first before moving onto the design. Working with actual content will always result in a better final design as it will focus us on the context and guide our design thinking.