Hooked on HTML: Continuing Education for Web Design

What should I take next????

  • CTN 161
  • CTN 168
  • ART 210
  • Degree and certificate options at South

Tutorials

There are thousands of tutorials on the Internet.  In most cases, simply typing in the name of the topic you wish to learn and the word "tutorial" will bring up a list.  In addition, Web Monkey, http://www.webmonkey.com, is a good place to find tutorials.

Intro to Flash
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/multimedia/shockwave_flash/tutorials/tutorial6.html

PhotoShop Crash Course
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/design/graphics/tutorials/tutorial1.html

GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) Tutorials
http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

E-Commerce Tutorial
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/e-business/building/tutorials/tutorial3.html

JavaScript Tutorial
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/programming/javascript/tutorials/tutorial1.html

How to Steal JavaScript
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/99/30/index1a.html?tw=programming

Paint Shop Pro Tutorial
http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/Graphics/Tools/PSP/TOC.html

Free Training

Although free training is rare in this day and age, there are still many opportunities around for anyone interested in learning Web skills. Aside from learning on your own, using books and tutorials, there are many free online classes on the Internet, if you know where to look. And, purveyors of expensive software often offer free classes in its use, either to entice you to part with your money or to help you feel better about having already parted with it.

CodeWarriorU
http://www.codewarrioru.com
Free distance learning classes on a variety of topics including Photoshop, XML, Wed design and Java.

Barnes and Noble
http://www.bn.com
Barnes and Noble sometimes offers free classes in an effort to get you to buy books. Borrow the books from the library and the training is free. (Look for "online courses" on their home page.)

Want some free training? Many software companies offer free workshops to create interest in their products. Adobe (http://www.adobe.com/events/main.html), Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/events/) and Macromedia (http://www.macromedia.com/events/) all typically offer workshops about Web design several times a year.

Community

The best way to keep your skills up is to become active in a community that is invested in learning. There are thousands of listservs and Web forums that focus on Web design.

There are also a variety of Web design groups in the Seattle metropolitan area. User groups, or SIGs (Special Interest Groups), promote an exchange of information on a particular topic such as HTML, Flash or PhotoShop. For listings, check the Personal Technology section of the Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com, or the monthly Puget Sound Computer User, http://www.pscu.com/.

Seattle Webgrrls
http://www.webgrrls.com/seattle_wa/
Seattle Webgrrls is a highly-respected group geared to women in the Seattle metropolitan area. In addition to meetings, classes, a listserv and events, they also offer study groups on topics from Flash to CGI. (And, they have lots of job postings.)

Readings

The library offers a variety of Web design and Internet books. Some of these books can be rather expensive, so I recommend checking with the Library first.

I generally like the books by O'Reilly http://www.oreilly.com/ , Lynda Weinman http://www.lynda.com and the visual quickstart series from Peachpit Press http://www.peachpit.com/ .

More information

Web Monkey
http://www.webmonkey.com

World Wide Web Consortium
http://www.w3.org/

Project Cool
http://www.projectcool.com

Communication Arts
http://www.commarts.com

Macromedia
http://www.macromedia.com

Internet World Daily
http://www.iw.com/