Trainer thoughts on web design techs and tools

Welcome to CSS3 and the world of trying to make browsers happy! I wish you luck. Here we go.

Check out this code:
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In CSS3 we can create smooth transitions. Transitions take effect when the property they are applied to changes value.

For a transition to be successful you will need 4 things: an initial value, an end value, the transition itself, and something to trigger it.
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Among other hot CSS3 topics, bloggers are buzzing about @font-face. A frequently overlooked topic are the legal issues associated with this new design capability.   Read the rest of this entry »

Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other website, according to a recent Nielson study. In general, Americans spend a quarter of their Internet time on social sites. For web developers, jumping into the social trend is a must.

To help students in our web design training and web development training classes, we reached out to an expert on social site development. We asked Paul deGrandis, a developer who has worked at social sites such as Etsy and Tutorspree, for his perspective on the social trend.  Read the rest of this entry »

In addition to writing code and planning Web sites, freelance designers and developers need an arsenal of business skills. To help students in our our web design training classes, we asked an expert to provide his advice. The following guest post from Neil Tortorella provides advice on the business side of web design and development.

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Neil Tortorella calls himself a “designosaur.” Why? He’s been a designer since the 80s.

Originally a graphic designer, he switched to web design in the early years of AOL’s release.   “Back then we all did strange stuff, mostly because we were pretty much clueless,” Tortorella says. “Flaming, spinning logos. Metaphor designs and all such weirdness.”

Web design has come a long way since the blinking images and scrolling text of the 90s, and so has Tortorella. He now has a successful career as a web designer and has recently published a book, Starting Your Career as a Freelance Web Designer.  We asked Tortorella the three essential questions commonly asked by newbie web designers from our web design training classes.  Here are his thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’ve ever wondered how to learn web design, these webinars are the answer! These two webinars introduce attendees to the basics of web design and key web design concepts. Those interested in learning Dreamweaver should attend “Get Started with Adobe Dreamweaver” on October 27. Anyone looking to learn HTML is invited to “Introduction to HTML” on December 14. Each webinar will provide helpful tips and suggest key resources. Below are the details for both webinars.

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When Apple announced their iPhone 4S on October 4, their website crashed, likely because of the high volume of traffic. As the iPhone trend continues to explode, seasoned programmers and IT newbies a like face an exciting new career option: iPhone app development. To help students in our iPhone training classes, we asked successful iPhone developers for their best advice on developing apps.

Meet Raphael Caixeta and Gavin Miller. Caixeta is the co-founder of Grip’d, a web and iOS development and marketing company. His projects have received attention from Techcrunch, Mashable, Lifehacker and more. Miller is the co-owner of RANDOMTYPE, a company specializing in web strategy, design, and development. His projects include web development work for Nissan USA, development of video encoding and compression software, and of course developing iPhone apps.

Here are insights on creating apps from the developers.

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Do you want to learn how to use Dreamweaver? Webucator regularly provides Dreamweaver tutorials and Dreamweaver webinars. On October 27, our trainers will present a free Dreamweaver webinar to help you get started with this program! Click here to register. To get a sample of the content, check out the tutorial below, which shows you how to set up an HTML page in Dreamweaver. Read the rest of this entry »

I had a student ask to see an example of the inherit property in CSS. It is a little hard to demonstrate, because most of the time the property does not change anything as it is the default value in most cases. However, it can be used to turn off the default browser-assigned property of a tag. Read the rest of this entry »

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