How to become a good web site designer?

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  1. nullbytes

    nullbytes New Member

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    Hello friends, Before asking you some questions let me introduce myself since i am new in this forum.
    I am shakil ahmed from Bangladesh. I am very much enthusiastic about learning web design.
    I have already finished reading of some ebooks like "html and css web design", "css the missing manual" etc. I have gained essential and some advanced knowledge of css and html.
    can anybody suggest me that how can i be a so good web designer that i could design premium wordpress themes or joomla templates. Means my themes of wordpress will worth being sold.:)
     
  2. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    so do you want to actually be a good web designer or someone who spits out shit templates for $$$?

    the problem with templates is
    1. a good web designer makes their own
    2. an incompetent web designer buys one

    someone who aspires to create templates just confuses me.
     
  3. Matt F

    Matt F New Member

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    Templates

    If you're just doing basic information sites, templates are perfect. WordPress is an amazing solution. Even a beginner can make stylish sites in no time.
     
  4. MasterTheWeb

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    Just learn it step by step.. you say you know HTML and CSS? Go learn Javascript now and go through Jquery. After you mastered those go learn/play with PHP. Then find some tutorials about wordpress templates etc.
     
  5. nullbytes

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    thanks all of you for replying. Can anybody tell me about softwares that ease website designing. Currently i am using macromedia dreamweaver and it is just rocking. which software are you using?
     
  6. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Dreamweaver is a development tool, you really need a design, as in a picture, or a sketch of what the finished layout should look like before you start any coding.
     
  7. MasterTheWeb

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    For webdesigning I recommend Adobe Fireworks, not Adobe Photoshop. That's just my personal favorite for webdesign. Use photoshop just for adjusting images, etc. Also using Dreamweaver for coding/editor is OK, just don't use the WYSIWYG-function..

    For coding i use notepad++, but lately I try to work with komodo edit 7 editor. So far I liked it.
     
  8. aaronjunited

    aaronjunited New Member

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    notepad++ for code is my choice, simple and i like.

    I used to use Dreamweaver, haven't gone back to it, although i still like it.

    Photoshop was my main interest for layouts and templates, its easier to use for edit images than making templates and layouts.

    Fireworks is the best, look around Google for fireworks vs Photoshop, there is so many amazing articles describing why you should use fireworks over Photoshop for web designing.

    One thing that's important to remember about Photoshop is the highlighted red part of the word, its for photos.
     
  9. JakClark

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    I have to be honest and say that I've always used Adobe Fireworks, as opposed to Adobe Photoshop. Started with the earliest of editions, back when it was Macromedia - though it probably wasn't the *oldest*, it was certainly old. MX 2004 it was, later upgraded to 8, and, then Adobe CS3+.

    Now on CS6, and loving it. If you're eager, Fireworks is actually easier to learn too - which will save you a considerable amount of time!
     
  10. ilovedesign

    ilovedesign New Member

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    Dreamweaver is probably the best and easiest tool to use if you want to create excellent designs.
     
  11. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Dreamweaver is a development tool. You need a design before you even start up Dreamweaver.
     
  12. JakClark

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    Dislike Dreamweaver as an IDE anyhow.
     
  13. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Wrong on all points. To DESIGN you first need some artistic talent.

    Knowing how to structure a HTML document does NOT make you a "designer"
     
  14. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    this is so true. I cant tell you how many people who know how to read and write html therefore assume immediately that they are capable of WEB DESIGN.

    it all starts on the page...if it looks good, do a mock up if that looks good, then consider the options...
     
  15. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Good! Actually being artistic and capable of MAKING a design in half the battle. Don't confuse design with development.

    Actually coding a layout requires a different skill set to making something that looks good.

    What you should do is to team up with a developer who DOES NOT need to rely on using "tools" for "slicing" the design.
     
  16. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    I'm a great believer in people just working to their strengths, developers usually make for poor designers and I stand testament to that. I can take any design and make a working layout from it, but I have no chance of making that design to start with.
     
  17. computerGeek

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    Experience must be the best teacher still on creating great website designs or at least more gathering of knowledge. :)
     
  18. jumpingspider

    jumpingspider New Member

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    Take this advice. The key points are here.
     
  19. katebently

    katebently New Member

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    Nowadays there are various web designing tools but to become a good website designer I would recommend you to start designing webpages using notepad.
     
  20. amelia-t

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