Moving from print to web design — helping someone start from scratch.
August 8, 2014 7:36 AM Subscribe
I need to advise a graphic designer whose skills are in print design only about expanding their skillset to include front-end web design work. At this time, the designer has a very, very basic understanding of web design.
The designer — who I’ll call Jaime — is now learning a bit about Dreamweaver as a starting point.
But Jamie does not really understand the way things fit together — HTML5/CSS/images/photos — to create a web page or an e-mailer etc. and thinks Dreamweaver is a good place to start. I am not so sure. Jamie does not see or understand the bigger picture my attempts to explain it have not gone well.
For example, I told Jamie that DW is just one tool to edit HTML, but not the best way to create/edit CSS. Now, I am not a web developer or designer (I’m more a project manager) and I can’t talk about the best tools and/or latest methods. I don’t know the best tools to edit CSS or HTML are, for example. But I explained it’s less about the tools at this point and much more important to understand the concepts first.
To that end, my attempts at explaining how CSS works (external, internal and inline) and what front-end and back-back end mean did not go well. I am not a very good explainer and this is not my area of expertise.
Ultimately, I think Jamie does need to learn some core skills — HTML5, CSS3, web graphics etc. — to update their skills.
But before that I think Jamie needs really good, simple and comprehensive overview (written for people moving from print or for total beginners) to digital design.
I am thinking of a book or website or online course that explains what print designers need to know to move into web/digital design and perhaps even compares the two disciplines to help illustrate the concepts.
In a nutshell: I am looking for something that can explain the general concepts before the person ever thinks about learning code. Does such a thing exist? I have searched the heck out of it and the info I am reading assumes a level of technical understanding that is not there yet.