Learn Web Design from Scratch with these Tools
In 1989, a British scientist at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee, invented the World Wide Web as a way for scientists to share information between universities and around the world. This means that info.cern.ch was the first website ever created. The bare bones relic is up and running, showcasing its scant information for all to see.
Fortunately, web design has come a long way since CERN. It has become a hot job for creative junkies and tech enthusiasts alike. According to Glassdoor, the national average for a web design salary is $55,000. But you don’t have to spend years of your life at college learning web design. Whether you’re interested in it for fun or as a new career path, there are plenty of online web design schools ready to get you up and running.
Take a comprehensive approach to your web design education whether you want to code and design for fun or leverage your new skills into a career change. Treehouse makes it easy to choose from specialties like Ruby on Rails, PHP developments, WordPress and Android Development. Choose what you need to learn and skip the rest until you’re ready for the next step.
Take your courses with you with the Galaxy-compatible Treehouse app. As an aspiring web designer with a high standard for display quality, the 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is what you need. Plus, you can stream all of your tutorials, not to mention movies and shows, with unlimited 4G LTE data from T-Mobile.
If you’re an aspiring 3-D artist or animator, head to Lynda.com to create your own virtual worlds and video games. Acquired by LinkedIn, Lynda offers monthly subscription plans for access to videos and tutorials from experts in their field.
The Lynda app for the iPhone and iPad offers streamlined browsing across all of your devices, so you can pick up where you left off. There’s also a personalized dashboard to stay on track and allows for streaming to your TV screen with Chromecast or AirPlay for a more enhanced experience.
The popular DIY tutorial site Wix launched its own online school. WixEd is free and teaches the ins and outs of launching your own web design business, from marketing to SEO to e-commerce. Instead of teaching you coding, WixEd focuses on using the Wix tools and building up your website whether as an e-commerce business or lifestyle website.
Code Academy is famous for turning everyday people into world-class web designers. Its star student, Sam Fellig, went from being a non-technical guy with an idea to building Outgrow.me. The site was named one of TIME’s top 50 sites of 2013.
Code Academy students tackle SQL, Java, Ruby and more to take them from novices to talented web designers and information architects. Although Code Academy can help you build apps, it isn’t known for its own robust mobile platform. For now, the company encourages you to take its courses with a desktop.
Google the words “YouTube web design tutorials” and you’ll get nearly 32 million entries. Choose courses and videos from free channels that range from basic web tutorials to responsive design to the ins and outs of coding. Or subscribe to an expert web designer’s channel to pick your own instructor and learn on the go.
Available on Google Play and the App Store, the YouTube app has mixed reviews from users. While it’s easy enough to watch videos, it may be tougher to roll up your sleeves and start coding while using it.