Confused

This blog is going to be more about my thoughts and progress and frustrations in Web Design etc. I have another blog, that will usually have more articles, tutorials, things I find I want to remember or might help me or anyone else in web development.

SO:

I must say after week 1 of class I am if anything confused as to the angle of the class. I thought I understood when I was there so when we were asked if we had any questions I confidently said nothing….oops! Anyway, coming from a background of mostly coding Web Pages and adding modules etc and an avoidance of Dreamweaver as a “design tool” ( I have used Dreamweaver mostly to code in many years ago) I’m left wondering if this is more of a class about designing in photoshop,  pushing it to dreamweaver and letting dreamweaver code for you. I’m open to it although I’m very aware in the Web Design world people say that you end up with a lot of bloated code when letting Dreamweaver code for you.  But my disclaimer is that I could just be confused overall as to the trajectory of the class and have the wrong perspective or have misinterpreted the syllabus. I will have to ask and get clarification for myself.

Either way, graphic skills are a weak point for me so no matter what, I will benefit from this class and learn to use it to add to the development of my own way of working which is what it’s all about for any designer, artist, etc.
And at least I’m gonna be learning stuff I don’t already know which is always cool & desired.

Watched a few of the Adobe videos from the syllabus. Also found a great Photoshop video tutorial website which will help with beginning Photoshop students. ( http://psd.tutsplus.com/)
I also looked up tiles for class although I find that tiles in general for websites that are not blogs or personal don’t seem to be trending anymore? (or I haven’t looked around enough which is VERY possible).
I notice that what seems to be trending is either the full picture backgrounds, or lots of clean white with nice typography, or very subtle tiled backgrounds, or a simple background color. I’m guessing with the amount of movement on websites today the focus goes there instead. SCROLLING is HUGE now. Both vertical and horizontal. Lots of jQuery plugins
showing how to add vertical and horizontal scrolling.
Would love to get to the level of the clean (and I want to say slick but it isn’t the right word) designs of today. Definitely a huge combination of Javascript, jQuery which is trending huge , HTML5 & CSS3 on the front end. All that along with  good typography which is huge with the new @font-face and the font kits available.
Grid design is also huge and obvious on a lot of sites as well. Read a bit about that and played with it a bit but would like to become more competent in that as well.  I know does it combine quite well with Photoshop for wireframing and such. Anyone, these are just the jumble of thoughts going through my head this week in Web Design.
Also spent time in the week getting ahead in my other Web Design class and looking at CSS Layouts and Floats and HTML5 new attributes etc. which I am familiar but have not completely solidified as of yet.

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