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Practical Web Design

By : Philippe Hong
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Practical Web Design

By: Philippe Hong

Overview of this book

Web design is the process of creating websites. It encompasses several different aspects, including webpage layout, content production, and graphic design. This book offers you everything you need to know to build your websites. The book starts off by explaining the importance of web design and the basic design components used in website development. It'll show you insider tips to work quickly and efficiently with web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, concluding with a project on creating a static site with good layout. Once you've got that locked down, we'll get our hands dirty by diving straight into learning JavaScript and JQuery, ending with a project on creating dynamic content for your website. After getting our basic website up and running with the dynamic functionalities you'll move on to building your own responsive websites using more advanced techniques such as Bootstrap. Later you will learn smart ways to add dynamic content, and modern UI techniques such as Adaptive UI and Material Design. This will help you understand important concepts such as server-side rendering and UI components. Finally we take a look at various developer tools to ease your web development process.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Title Page

Chapter 1. Evolution of Web Design

Istillremember back when I was a kid, I used to browse the internet with my 56k modem. It seemed terrific at the time! Websites were loading very slowly, but they were designed to minimize the consumption of data we were using since each kbit was calculated as usage (no unlimited internet, ha!). To understand how web design works, I strongly think that we need to know the history behind it, how developers and designers were designing websites when it first started in 1991 with Tim Berners-Lee's first website. The evolution of web design with table-based sites, animated text and GIF images, free page builders, and the introduction of Flash by Macromedia in 1996 was a significant advancement in the world of web design. It will really help you understand the web design principles of why and where it was heading. Let's go through these key aspects to have a precise idea of how web design has evolved and to analyze its importance in our day-to-day life in contemporary society.

In this chapter, we will cover the following: 

  • The first ever website: The beginning of the World Wide Web 
  • Table-based layouts: Introducing table markup in HTML
  • Introduction of Flash: The renaissance of web design 
  • CSS—the savior: A new way of designing websites 
  • Web 2.0: JavaScript—A new intelligence for web
  • The rise of the mobile: The boom of mobile web design 
  • Responsive web design: Designing for mobile and desktop 
  • Flat design: The rise of a new design trend