Monday, March 28, 2011

When I first acquired Dreamweaver 4 I felt I needed a book to teach me the ins and outs of the program.  Somewhere I managed to purchase Dreamweaver 4 H.O.T (Hands On Training) from a company called  It was very helpful as it also had a companion CD-ROM with files to accompany the lessons in the book.  It helped me create my first website.

Since those early days has come a long way.  The company has since evolved into an online training library with video courses and exercise files on just about every aspect of web design imaginable.  The courses are presented by a variety of teachers who are all specialized in different areas of the web.

As I had a small hiatus during my learning I decided to enrol in the monthly premium membership which included all the exercise files.  I found it very stimulating at first and while I was enrolled I did learn a great deal about Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS and even dynamic languages like PHP which I am sill very intrigued by.

However, I left after about 3 months.  As I did not have much money to spare, I could not justify the ongoing cost.

I feel that if you are a beginner to web design is definitely a great place to start.  I guess in my case I felt I had attained an intermediate level of knowledge on those areas that I was interested in and the fees were burning a hole in my back pocket.  The web is a very big place and if you are willing to look a bit harder, there are many people willing to give away similar information (Youtube is a great place to explore) for free.  That said, certainly got me started on my journey and I am eternally grateful to them. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Adobe - King of web design

Way back in 2000 I was thinking about getting into web design but I wasn't entirely sure how to go about it. It just so happened that I went to this party and was talking to a female friend who was working for some internet company and knew a fair bit about the subject.

She said she used these products from a web development and graphics software company called Macromedia - namely Dreamweaver for web development and its sister program Fireworks for graphic creation and editing.

I thought this would be a good place to start and as luck would have it I was a student at the time and was able to get a student discount on Dreamweaver 4, Fireworks 4 (and some other programs that I never really looked at) bundled together for a reasonable price.

With these programs I was able to create my first website with some help from a book with a companion CD-ROM from and some tutorials combined with what I was learning at tech.

Today I own both Dreamweaver and Fireworks CS5 (the latest versions) from Adobe (who took over Macromedia in 1995) and am able to create websites fairly easily combining both these superior tools.

Even though these programs are a bit expensive and many programmers I talked to along the way told me they just hand-coded in Notepad or a similar basic text editor, I think that these 2 programs are a web designers dream and I simply can't live without them. Check out the whole Adobe family!

They really rock, save you time and are just brilliant!

Web Design is fun!

Web design is something I am really passionate about. This does not mean I am an expert on the subject of the internet or particularly advanced at complicated web design. It is just really fun!

I enjoy other people's web pages, especially those about web design. I thank those people that taught me and allowed me to reach my particular level of expertise; and I hope by writing this blog I might be able to help other people beginning to learn about web design attain the same level of knowledge that I have (or hopefully surpass it!)

There are many good websites about learning about the web, articles, technical solutions or code examples of HTML, CSS etc. and I intend to link to these to help other web designers and also act as a log or history of my own learning evolution.

It is still a learning process for me ... I don't think you ever stop learning or discover more efficient techniques to help you reach your goal.

This blog is, of course, only my opinion, and is nothing particularly new. Its been done countless times before but i think this blog will make it all clearer for me and just maybe it might assist people in the same position I am now or was a few years ago.

Anyway, here goes ...