Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

Web Foundations Course Out!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

webmentor

Hi,

My new Web Foundations course has been released and the first lesson is available for free – now. Get it while you can:

https://webmentor.org/course/web-foundations/1

Thanks!

Stefan
killersites.com

Why you should be teaching kids PHP, and not Python or Ruby

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

These days, Python and Ruby are popular programming languages with the tech startup crowd, and so, many of the venture capital backed ‘teach code’ startups have ruby or python courses targeted at kids. The problem is, that these are not the best languages to teach programming with – especially in K12.

Why is PHP better?

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My New Web Design Book is on Amazon

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Hi,

Just announcing that my new beginners web design book is ready for pre-order on Amazon! The title is a strange one, but descriptive: Build your Website – Start Here

The first paragraph from the introduction describes the book nicely:

This book is about code and cutting-edge web design. It starts off with the big picture, and then circles in slowly for the web design kill! I won’t leave you hanging with just a bunch of nerd-code either, not knowing what to do with it—no, no, no! Not only will you know how to build a modern website, but also how to get it live on the web.

This is a beginners book but I still cover a lot of material. You will learn key fundamentals of web design and web coding. Here are just some of the topics I cover:

  • HTML, CSS, HTML5 and CSS3.
  • JavaScript and programming basics.
  • Liquid, adaptive and responsive layout – as we build a simple website.
  • How to add video and audio to web pages.
  • Bootstrap, jQuery and what web frameworks are all about.

.. And much more!

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
killersites.com

Killersites.com turns 19yrs old!

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Hi!

I can’t believe that killerSites.com has been teaching the web for 19 years! Back then, I had no white hair … if you can believe it!

A little Killersites history …

Killersites was originally created to support a best selling book on web design, Creating Killer Websites, by David D. Siegel. At the time, killersites.com only contained articles and support material for the book.

In 2002-2003, I took over and started to expand what killersites’ offered – with new articles, podcasts and video training on web design and even development.

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The Secret to Learning Web Design

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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Hi,

I’ve been building websites since 1994 and teaching web design and development since 2002 … give or take 6 months. In that time, I’ve been able to figure out the best way to both learn and teach web design:

The key is to NOT get distracted with the unimportant techniques and technology. That means being able to figure out what you really need to learn, and to cut out what isn’t so important.

… That’s where an experienced teacher and actual web developer can guide you.

Web Design is a big subject that is always evolving!

Over the years, web design has evolved considerably. The process of building websites in 2015 is very different from how we did it in the early 2000’s, let alone the 1990’s! Despite these big changes, there is a consistency in web design that has carried through to today; being able to identify these patterns (and techniques) will help you keep your skills future-proof to a large extent.

… Yes, you should always count on having to learn new techniques and technology, but you can make the process much, much easier when you have a great foundation.

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Learn Web Design at Webmentor.org – it’s like Netflix for web designers!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

webmentor

Hi,

I just wanted announce that my new web design training subscription service (webmentor.org) is live and ready to go. Start learning web design and development for free for 7 days … with no obligation.

Top 3 Reasons to join WebMentor:

1. Direct contact with the teachers – mainly me and Santo!
2. Our latest courses and classic courses updated for 2015.
3. Courses created by experienced web designers and teachers.

… Right now, you can lock in membership for $9.99/monthly or only $99 for the year!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Stefan Mischook

Web Design in 2015

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Hi,

I started building websites in 1994, making 2015 my 21st year of web design. I’ve reached the web design drinking age!

In that time, much has changed in the web design world – both in terms of the technology and the way we build websites.

… It may be obvious to some of you, that the advancement in web design technology (and the Web itself) plays a major role with the web design conventions that come about. So what’s going to happen in 2015?

Web Design in 2015

The last big shift in web design happened a few years ago with the rise of HTML5 and the death of Flash. Another trend that continues to grow is the rise of the awareness of code. Today more than ever, people realize that all web professionals should learn to code. This movement started in the early 2000’s but it just keeps accelerating where code awareness is even being recognized for its’ importance outside of the web design and development fields – even elementary, middle and high schools are adopting coding as part of curriculum!

… I’ve even developed a system (studioweb.com) that makes teaching code easy, and is now being used by over 1500 schools.

The top 3 Web Design Tech Trends for 2015

Ok, enough with the preamble, what are the top 3 trends in web design for 2015:

  1. Code is still king. Learn to code if you haven’t.
  2. Web Frameworks. In modern web design, knowing how to use Bootstrap and Jquery are almost essential.
  3. HTML5 and CSS3. As the last of the old crappy browsers disappear, the importance of HTML5 and CSS3 continues to grow. If I had to pick one thing in HTML5/CSS3 to learn, it would be CSS3 web fonts.

In another article I will go over the top 3 design trends in web design.

Bye for now,

Stefan Mischook
killersites.com

 

 

The Death of the JavaScript onMouseover

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Hi!

In JavaScript, you have a bunch of events that you can tell the web browser to watch for. Here is a short list:

  • onclick
  • onmouseover
  • onmousedown

… There are many more. The proper nerd-term for all these is ‘event listeners’ – they ‘listen’ for events to happen and when they do (ex: someone clicks on a something,) you can have JavaScript fire off some function.

Event Attributes

Instead of using JavaScript to apply eventlisteners (using the addEventListener() method) to tags on your page, you can simply use HTML event attributes. For example:

<p onclick="aFunction()">
This is some text.
</p>

In the above code, I tell the browser that if someone clicks on the paragraph tag, that the ‘aFunction’ function should be activated. Nerds will refer to this as  ‘calling a function’ instead of activating.

The Death of onMouseover?

The onMouseover event listener ‘listens’ for someone to hover their mouse over the element (HTML tag) that it is bound to – like what we did with the paragraph tag above and the onclick event.

It’s a sweet effect and works on all the browsers, except it doesn’t work on mobile devices – that sucks! You have to remember that within a few years, more than 50% of the Web’s traffic will be mobile traffic – people using smartphones and tablets.

Basically, that means you should probably not use onMouseover event listeners.

Stefan Mischook
KillerSites.com

My new web design book out in April!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

web design start here

Hi,

I just handed in the last chapter to my new book ‘Web Design Start Here’ last week. I am told it should hit the stores in April. Yep, print is slow!!

Nonetheless, the principle work is done for me and it marks the first time in years that I am in print. Last time I wrote, was for Web Designer Magazine … I would say about 4-5 years ago! Time flies …

As we get closer to publication date, I will be releasing new video tutorials that are meant to support and accompany the book.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
KillerSites.com

Fullscreen Background Videos in Web Pages

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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Hi!

Using video as the background for a webpage was once only a nerds dream – no more! Check out our new standalone video lesson on how to do this:

https://webmentor.org/lesson/fullscreen-background-video

In this video, you learn about HTML5 and cutting edge CSS techniques. As long as you know basic HTML and CSS, you should be good to watch this video lesson. And yes, all the modern web browsers support this.

… At the same time, check out our new training site: webmentor.org.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook
KillerSites.com

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