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Dreamweaver qualifications?

Feb 29, 2012 5:57 AM

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I am just starting a Dreamweaver web Design course at level 1 and was wondering what qualifications are needed to become a professional web designer. I already have a small UK website for dog clothes and pet accessories, but would like to convert it into a Dreamweaver site as my main project at night school. My final aim would be to get as higher level as possible and then start, or join, a professional web design business. Any comments please?

 
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:02 AM   in reply to pawpoint.co.uk

    Dreamweaver is just a tool.  So for your sake, I wouldn't recommend learning it as if it were the end-all and be-all of web design.  Dreamweaver helps you program for the web.  And there are 2 angles to take.  If you really want to be a designer, I'd recommend learning Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks and understanding design concepts and how to slice for web production vs print design.  If you don't mind getting your hands dirty with code, then dive right into DW.  The basics you need to understand are HTML and CSS.  Once you know that core pretty much inside-out, then you can move on to understanding server-side languages like PHP with a mySQL database or ASP/.NET with a MS SQL database and then mix in some client side interaction with some javascript.  There's a lot to learn, but if you are into this side of DW understanding the code will always be beneficial to you in the log run.

     
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:28 AM   in reply to pawpoint.co.uk

    One thing I would add to what snakEyez said, if you DO start working with DW, learn as much as you can by hand coding! What I mean is, DW is a great tool and very powerful. But it can be a bit of a stumbling block if you rely solely on DW's Design View for all your coding. Using the Code View allows you to hand code and see and control exactly what code is being written. Design View sometimes likes to throw in unneccessary code which is not immediatly seen by the coder.

     

    Some of the Wizards are very helpful at first, and help you to get an initial grasp of different aspects of coding, but again they can add weighty code as well and sort of remove the coder from the process. Nothing replaces hands on coding for learning.

     
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    Feb 29, 2012 1:42 PM   in reply to pawpoint.co.uk

    Honestly, there's so much to being a web developer now that few people are able to do everything well.  Subcontracting work to specialists is fairly common practice these days. 

     

    Identify your strengths and weaknesses.  If you like to work with code there is always a need for solid back end developers. If front end development is more to your liking, stick with that.  Or you may find a niche of your own in design, mobile platforms, copywriting/editing, search engine optimization, web marketing, web accessibility, etc...  Basically there's a LOT you can learn.  Dreamweaver is only about 0.1% of it.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

    http://alt-web.com/

    http://twitter.com/altweb

     
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    Sep 7, 2012 10:05 AM   in reply to pawpoint.co.uk

    All depends on what you want to learn.

    www.Lynda.com -- video training, offers hundreds of different courses by subscription.

     

    FREE WEB RESOURCES:

     

    HTML, CSS & Javascript Tutorials ~

    http://w3schools.com/

     

    How to Develop with CSS? (a must read) ~

    http://phrogz.net/css/HowToDevelopWithCSS.html

     

    Learn CSS positioning in 10 Steps ~

    http://www.barelyfitz.com/screencast/html-training/css/positioning/

     

    HTML5 Dive In ~

    http://diveintohtml5.org/table-of-contents.html

     

    CSS LAYOUTS

     

    Not Just a Grid CSS Framework

    http://www.notjustagrid.com/demo.asp

     

    Dreamweaver CSS Templates for beginners

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/dreamweaver_custom_te mplates.html

     

    New DW Starter Pages

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/introducing_new_css_l ayouts.html

      

    ADOBE TUTORIALS

     

    Adobe Developer's Center - Getting Started tutorials

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/?view=gettingstartedF

     

    Adobe TV - Learn DW CS5 (video tutorials)

    http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-dreamweaver-cs5/

     

    Creating  your first web site in DW CS5 -

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/first_website_pt1.htm l

     

    DYNAMIC SITES IN DREAMWEAVER

     

    Setting up a PHP environment in Dreamweaver

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/setup_php.html

     

    Building your first dynamic website – Part 1: Setting up your site and database connection

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/first_dynamic_site_pt 1.html

     

    That should keep you busy for a while.

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Sep 8, 2012 9:02 AM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Nancy O. wrote:

     

    All depends on what you want to learn.

    www.Lynda.com -- video training, offers hundreds of different courses by subscription.

     

    Just a reminder that lynda.com isn't the only source of video training. There's also video2brain, which creates the official Learn by Video courses for Adobe Press, including Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Learn by Video: Core Training in Web Communication by li'l ole me.

     
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    Sep 8, 2012 11:10 AM   in reply to pawpoint.co.uk

    I was stumbling over your words "professional web designer.... start or join a profesional web design business," because a designer is a designer across all media ---  it's understanding how to frame stories visually.

     

    Then, I looked at your website and it all fell into place. Use the tools (code and DW) but also learn fundamental multi-media thought processes:

     

    - read up on your 16:9 ratio and how important it is that you visually think/frame that way. When you can, display those ratios in your portfolio pieces (if pawprint is part of that, then think 16:9  here).

     

    - follow up on your favorite movie(s) and see on how stories are told visually compared to the script. Especially when the text is dull as dust see how it's told visually --- there are some amazing  solutions.  Once you understand why an art director took that particular solution over hundreds of other solutions, then look at cropping/framing/color and how those techniques support the story.

     

    What could be more dull than watching a baptism? How can you show that without not only putting people to sleep, but how can you do what you were hired to do and  strenghten and support the storyline? This is about as good as it gets, in cropping, color palette, the works:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sokkp7NA8NA

     

    - take a look at your shoes http://www.pawpoint.co.uk/   -- you can tell the story by having the image rotate 360 degrees (watch the whole thing but check out starting at frame 01:34 http://tv.adobe.com/watch/digital-publishing/transforming-the-magazine -experience-with-wired/   )  Okay, not with DW CS6 but the point is you can.

     

    - look at the latest HTML5 solutions (example, transparancy rgba) and incorporate these into your site.

     

     

    You could study print solutions as well, but it won't get you launched as quickly into a professional web business.


     

     

     

     


     


     
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