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Introduction to Web Design

Web Design is the visual aesthetics and page layout of a website. It goes hand-in-hand with web development in the creation of a static website or a dynamic web application. Even if you don’t see yourself as a creative person, it’s still a good idea to learn web design. Design is a crucial part of the web design process, whether you want to make static websites or dynamic web applications. The design of a website is the first thing people will notice when they arrive on your website, and if it’s not good enough, there’s a huge chance that they’ll leave. You don’t want to create a business website that frustrates your users. Do you?
You can take some time to learn to code and in doing so, it might help you become a very valuable asset to your business.

An Overview of Web Design

The web design process starts with a visual concept that you could sketch with your hand or with software like Photoshop. After that, you could use HTML and CSS to build your business website. HTML and CSS are languages for writing web pages. While HTML handles the basic structure (i.e. bones) of your business website, CSS handles the style and overall appearance.
To become a good web designer, you should also pay attention to concepts like responsive design, usability, aesthetics, and accessibility when building your business website. Responsive design is a popular technique for making sure your website looks good and functions properly on any type of devices like a phone, tablet, or computer. It does this by setting different CSS rules for different widths of a website browser.
Aesthetics plays a big role in web design since it’s all about how a website looks. You’ve probably visited a lot of websites that look terrible. Learning a bit of aesthetic theory will help your business website not be one of them. On the hand, usability is another important part of web design. This is all about how intuitive a website is, and how easy it is for your users to find the information they’re looking for on your website, or do what they want to do on your website.
Finally, there’s accessibility. This is a very important component of web design. Accessibility is all about making websites viewable by people that use assistive devices to browse the web, which includes the deaf and the blind.

Ways to Learn Web Design

You can learn how to code in HTML and CSS, and other languages, at no charge, from Learning web design on your own is great, but using tools like or a properly written web design book could be great. A lot of people choose to learn web design from a book since it’s something that you do need to study very closely to matter, but tools like have very interactive interfaces to make learning very easy and fun.

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