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IN THIS CHAPTERContent-related disciplinesDesign specialtiesFrontend developmentBackend developmentRecommended equipmentWeb-related softwareThe web has been around for more than 25 years now, experiencing euphoricearly expansion, an economic-driven bust, an innovation-driven rebirth, andconstant evolution along the way. One thing is certain: the web as a commu-nication and commercial medium is here to stay. Not only that, it has foundits way onto devices such as smartphones, tablets, TVs, and more. There havenever been more opportunities to put web design know-how to use.Through my experience teaching web design courses and workshops, I’vehad the opportunity to meet people of all backgrounds who are interestedin learning how to build web pages. Allow me to introduce you to just a few:“I’ve been a print designer for 17 years, and now I am feeling pressure to pro-vide web design services.”“I’ve been a programmer for years, but I want shift my skills to web develop-ment because there are good job opportunities in my area.”“I tinkered with web pages in high school and I think it might be somethingI’d like to do for a living.”“I’ve made a few sites using themes in WordPress, but I’d like to expand myskills and create custom sites for small businesses.”Whatever the motivation, the first question is always the same: “Where do Istart?” It may seem like there is a mountain of stuff to learn, and it’s not easyto know where to jump in. But you have to start somewhere.This chapter provides an overview of the profession before we leap intobuilding sites. It begins with an introduction to the roles and responsibilitiesassociated with creating websites, so you can consider which role is right foryou. I will also give you a heads-up on the equipment and software you willbe likely to use—in other words, the tools of the trade.GETTING STARTEDIN WEB DESIGN1CHAPTER3
WHERE DO I START?Maybe you are reading this book as part of a full course on web design anddevelopment. Maybe you bought it to expand your current skill set on yourown. Maybe you just picked it up out of curiosity. Whatever the case, thisbook is a good place to start learning what makes the web tick.There are many levels of involvement in web design, from building a smallsite for yourself to making it a full-blown career. You may enjoy being a “full-stack” web developer or just specializing in one skill. There are a lot of waysyou can go.If you are interested in pursuing web design or production as a career, you’llneed to bring your skills up to a professional level. Employers may notrequire a web design degree, but they will expect to see working sample sitesthat demonstrate your skills and experience. These sites can be the result ofclass assignments, personal projects, or a site for a small business or organiza-tion. What’s important is that they look professional and have well-written,clean HTML; style sheets; and scripts behind the scenes.

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