Web Design Curriculum for 2017-2018
May 19, 2017
I started building websites in 1994 and started teaching web design in 2000. Since even the early 2000’s (I won’t even talk about the 1990’s!) much has changed when it comes to building web sites!
… If you are teaching your students ‘old-school’ methods from that era (ex: XHTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop) that is akin to teaching them how to use typewriter. In fact, teaching old web design methods might even be worse than teaching students to use a typewriter, because students will have a harder time unlearning antiquated methods.
Web design in 2017 is so different from just 4-5 years ago, that you should probably be throwing out all old training materials from before 2013. Learning the old techniques, will just make learning modern web design that much more difficult.
Several years ago, I had to unlearn old web design techniques and practices. For example, one of the things that was core to web design, was using Photoshop to create page layouts.
We would create our pages in Photoshop, then using Photoshop’s image slicing tools, you would export the images into a web design program like Dreamweaver, to reassemble the pieces. This is not the way it is done today. In fact, Photoshop, once central to the web design process, is now at best an afterthought.
… Modern day web design with HTML5 and CSS3, make old-school practices like Photoshop slicing a relic of the past. The new methods are far easier, less time consuming and flexible.