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Leo Flapjacks Boekbinder

Web Design

The opportunity arose to design a website for the Bottom of the Cup Tea Room and got me hooked on web design, exciting field and evolving landscape that it is these days.

To do that, I learned to use Dreamweaver through a course offered at, a great, affordable source of video instruction in most software and web languages.

Here are a few of the resources I have found extremely helpful:

Matthew James Taylor whom I would like to thank for his centered dropdown menus - entirely CSS, brilliant and which I used on this site.

Ethan Marcotte. whose book "Responsive Web Design" I highly recommend, like Dan Cedarholm's (see below) very concise, readable, enjoyable and valuable.

A very useful site: CSS3

Dan Cedarholm, widely recognized CSS master, whose book I also found very concise, readable, enjoyable and valuable: CSS3 for Designers and Dan's site

This site is a gold mine of info on HTML5 and much more:

HTML5 Rocks

One of the best teachers ever, Stephanie Rewis
she also has some great presentations on Adobe's site

Another great resource is her husband Greg Rewis (after many years at Adobe), is now the VP, User Experience Engineering at Stremor Corp in Scottsdale, Arizona. And never overlook Zoe Mickley Gillenwater, another well known web and graphic designer who has shared her insights and clarified media query use, other CSS3 subject matter and much more for me.

Another great resource for self-education A List Apart

Web Monkey

And you gotta love Smashing Magazine


I found the W3Schools site and their try it editor very convenient and useful.

However, the folks at W3Fools (all brilliant developers who know a great deal more than me) have pointed out that the site has published inaccurate or misleading content.

They recommend these more reputable sources:

Opera Web Standards Curriculum - covers the basics of web standards-based design in HTML and CSS.

Google's HTML, CSS, and Javascript from the Ground Up presents the basics of web development with video tutorials presented by Google's expert web developers.

SitePoint is a pretty good reference for HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Their documentation always mentions feature support across different browsers, and describes known browser bugs.

The W3C, itself, has a wiki-based general Learn page as well as an HTML element reference.

The MDC (Mozilla's Doc Center) takes over at intermediate CSS and covers JavaScript better than anyone.

Also the list of the W3Fools site's authors provides an entire and very valuable set of resources in their sites and blogs.

Another well-known name and source of clearly written work in the web design world is Chris Coyier.

And Brad Frost whose work is an excellent resource for any web design student

And Paul Irish

Paul Irish and all the others listed at the bottom of the HTML5Boilerplate page are an immensely valuable set of blogs and learning resources!

Next up - learning JavaScript!

Try Bucky Roberts site for tutorials on any or all of it. He has a YouTube channel - I've started and am enjoying his JavaScript series.

These days web design is front and center, immersed in HTML and CSS. Learning to make a webpage is part of the new literacy, soon to be taught in schools just like writing and reading are, and it's been fun.

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