Coding for Designers is a free, self-paced introductory course to HTML and CSS for designers with graphic design experience. No prior web or coding experience is necessary.
Learn How to Be a Web Designer that Developers Love
Lesson 1: How Web Design is Different from Print Design
An introduction to design principles on the web. We’ll explore examples and discuss context, but won’t begin coding yet.
Lesson 2: “Hello World,” Coding Pages, and Fixing Problems
An introduction to coding HTML5 and CSS. We’ll set up our tools and start building pages.
Lesson 3: Page Layout and Color With CSS
A deep-dive into CSS and how to merge visual design with website language. We’ll cover layout boxes, shapes, color, and the basics of page layout.
Lesson 4: Typography on the Web
A focused introduction to what can (and can’t) be done with type on web pages. We’ll cover typefaces and licensing, sizing type, leading and kerning, and drop shadows.
Lesson 5: Create a Mobile Website
The “mobile first” philosophy and why it’s useful for web designers. We’ll cover buttons, links, and scrolling layouts.
Lesson 6: Create a Complete Website With Twitter Bootstrap
It’s time to apply for the final project: building a desktop website from a comp with the help of the very popular Twitter Bootstrap framework.
- 5+ Years professional graphic/web design experience (page layout, color, typography, visual communication).
- Expertise with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, or equivalent graphic design software.
- No coding experience required (in fact, if you know how to code, you might be bored).
The software requirements for this class are somewhat flexible. It makes no difference whether your computer setup is old or more modern, or whether you have the Adobe suite of design software or not. Many of the assignments can use whatever design software you are most familiar with. That being said, here's what you'll need:
- Mac or Windows desktop or laptop
- A text editor built for HTML/CSS (We suggest Atom, it’s free, and available for Mac, Windows, and Linux)
- Google Chrome web browser