Working in web design involves creating UI (user interface) elements icons, graphics, wireframes, and mockups. Adobe Photoshop provides the capabilities needed to make these design elements transition smoothly and easily to production.
In this course, learn how to use Photoshop for modern web design workflows.
Join PFA tutors as they take you through a responsive web design project, including setup, using templates, making comps, and exporting for the web.
We also show you how to work with artboards, libraries, and smart objects. PFA demonstrates the process for creating several deliverables wireframes, mockups, mood boards, style guides, navigation elements, and more.
Adobe Illustrator is a key tool for creating web content and assets. Using the strong layout and color management tools in Illustrator along with the ability to use vector-based assets, designers can create vibrant web assets.
In this course, Proline Film Academy's tutors break down the key features and workflows that web designers need to know to get up and running quickly.
We cover topics such as designing responsively, using the library for asset management, and how using graphic and typographic styles and symbols allow you to streamline and control elements globally.
PFA through this course also goes over the development process including how to create site maps, wireframes, moodboards, and comps—and we explain how to create and export optimized web graphics and SVG files for scalable, resolution-independent graphics in the browser.
PHP persistent sessions allow for communication between the server and client. This allows web applications to remember the identities of visitors as well as any variables or other data.
This practical and challenging project-based course will help developers take the data that PHP normally stores in plain text files and write them into a more secure database, where the records can be read and destroyed as needed.
Discover how to write more readable, maintainable PHP code by taking up functional programming.
In this course, PFA helps you get up and running with this popular programming paradigm.
We begin by covering fundamental concepts, including why functions and data are kept separate in functional programming and how to work with first-class functions in PHP. Implement namespaces, extend interfaces, create your first Trait, dive into object-oriented programming, and discover versatile scripting methods with this course.
PFA Web developer tutors take you into the advanced parts of the PHP server-side language, including abstract classes, iterators, generators, and password hashing.
PHP is the most popular server-side language used to build dynamic websites, and though it is not especially difficult to use, nonprogrammers often find it intimidating.
This introductory class from PFA is designed to change that by teaching you PHP through a series of clear, focused, easy-to-follow lessons. User retention and sales conversion is directly impacted by a site's speed.
However, enhancing the performance of a large website can be tricky, and requires a mix of art and science. In this course, learn about a variety of tools and techniques for developing high-performing PHP software.
Today's web designer balances clear, concise design skills alongside a strong foundational background in the technology of the web. Our class cover the skills you need to design rich, engaging websites and applications that look beautiful on both desktop and mobile devices.
Joining Proline Film Academy means you are more than just a student. We are dedicated to your success, both during the program and in launching your professional career after graduation. Many PFA students have received grants, and made the selection of prestigious festivals right out of school.
In addition to supporting and promoting your projects, we offer on-going assistance by building your network of industry contacts and connecting you with job opportunities.
Photoshop isn't just for manipulating photography, but a key tool for designing and producing assets for today's responsive web experiences. In this learning path you can learn the basics of Photoshop, and then dive into specific techniques and workflows for defining and exporting bitmap graphics for web design projects.
Through Advanced Web designing we transform youth to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs into agents of change as you advance your life and discover your purpose in order to close the unemployment gap within the youth.
PFA offers tips to web designers who would want to enhance their design, software, and freelance business skills and streamline their workflow. Whether you're new to web design or working professionally as a seasoned designer, you'll discover techniques that can help you become more proficient at your craft. Tips and topics include typography; SEO; design software like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver; and web coding in HTML and CSS.
Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. PFA also in this course shares knowledge on how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more.... PFA also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.
Design patterns are the nexus of interaction design, visual design, and technology. Web applications are more complex than standard web interfaces, requiring robust patterns and paradigms to ensure usability. In this course, PFA tutors explore a variety of common web and software application patterns, showing how they're used in practice, as well as how to apply them to more efficiently create great products. While practicing designers may already recognize some of the patterns covered in this course, PFA highlights new approaches and contexts that make revisiting each pattern a valuable exercise. Plus, we delve into key design principles, as well as core web and software application interactions such as navigation and tables.
Optimize the design phase of your workflow by examining the approach of another web designer in action. This course allows you to do just that by observing how PFA tutors taking a web design project from start to finish.
We walk you through a project step by step, from wireframing and sketching all the way to the final mockup. You can follow along and learn ideal sequences, best practices, and new techniques. This course is designed to help boost the abilities of web designers and graphic designers, improving productivity and creativity.
- All creatives with a passion for visual communication and arts who would like to get advanced training in web design.
- Graphic designers who would like to design and develop their own website.
- Marketing and communication professionals who would like to gain a better understanding of the creative workflow.
- Entrepreneurs who would like to be able to create their own corporate website and also design web graphics for their communication such as web banners and email flyers.
Our film school is recognized as a place dedicated to developing your unique voice as a filmmaker and ultimately the place from which you can launch your career through the work you will produce and the many industry professionals you will meet during your time with us..
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Our mission is to inspire a new generation of creative professionals. We bring the education and screen industries together in a creative environment, driven by great teaching and practical, hands-on experience, led by inspiring role models.
Web designers use their creative skills and technical abilities to design and build user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing websites.
The job requires a blend of artistic talent, technical knowledge, business savvy and people skills.
While some characteristics of a successful professional may come naturally, there are other aspects that must be learned.
Understanding the basics of this dynamic field is the first step towards building a successful website.
First things first…
a website is a compilation of web pages that are accessed on the Internet.
It is what is seen on a computer screen when a user types in a web address, puts a query into a search engine or clicks on a link.
A website designer designs websites.
The design aspect takes not only creative and artistic talent, but also entails making sure the site is easy to use and the information is easy to access for all users.
The overall look of a website – colors, easy-to-read fonts, and layout are all important aspects of a website as these elements create the site’s personality.
For example, a site that is designed with bright colors, large fun illustrations or pictures, and an oversized typeface may appeal to a younger audience, while a site with bold fonts and muted colors, like greys and blacks, may have a more corporate feel and appeal to professional businesses.
But, beyond the look of a site is how well the site functions and how easy or difficult it is for a user to find information quickly.
This is the behind-the-scenes aspect of website design, but it is just as important as the overall look, as they each work hand-in-hand to translate the client’s needs, as well as any visitors to the site.
It’s the job of a website designer to understand what a client or business is expecting prior to creating the site and ensure their needs are met.
A designer is innovative and artistic, but also understands how a website is to function.
They stay up-to-date with design technology and software, and leverage their client’s communication requirements and brand identity, while keeping in mind the site’s audience.
Designers shape identities, organize information, and create unforgettable experiences that satisfy and fulfill a requisite, but also entertain and make a lasting impression.
What Does a Website Designer Do?
People who are not immediately involved in the world of website design or development often use the two terms interchangeably.
While some people do choose a career that enables them to both design and develop a website, it’s more common to specialize in one of these two areas.
A broad overview of the differences is that website designers create the artistic aspects of a website while developers write and troubleshoot the technical aspects.
That said, most website design careers do incorporate some development work as well.
Website designers meet with clients, their superiors, or a creative team to create the look and feel of multiple pages on a website.
They work with computer graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create these designs.
People in this role are also expected to have experience working with a variety of media programs to add film clips or sound to a website.
The ultimate goal of web design is to create pages that grab the attention of website visitors to convert them into paying customers or provide specific information about a product, company, or organization.
Websites can entertain, may contain “how to’s” or instructions, guidance, and support.
There are also social media websites and blogs that entertain and allow users to build a network of connections.
While each page has a unique purpose, the overall website should have a uniform message and design.
Website designers may provide written content to their clients as well.
They may outsource this work to professional copywriters or simply edit and format the work provided to them by a client.
For web designers who specialize in a certain niche, researching and keeping up-to-date on the industry on an ongoing basis is critically important.
They need to know the types of designs and multimedia that will be well-received by a website audience, as well as help their client rank high in search engine results.
On occasion, clients also rely on web designers to update their company website with a fresh look.
An outdated website will quickly lose visitors and ranking, something all parties definitely want to avoid.
Some web design professionals worked in graphic design before deciding to specialize in designing only websites.
Creativity, technical ability, and professional communication skills are all necessary to succeed at this career.
The ability to adapt to changing trends and work with strict deadlines is also essential.
The ability to compromise and to not becoming too emotionally invested in using certain or personally preferred designs for the website are key elements to success in this creative and interesting career field.
Where Does a Website Designer Work?
Most web designers work full-time, with a high percentage of them being self-employed.
Someone who works as a self-employed web designer advertises for their own clients and decides which projects they want to take on.
They may have a dedicated home office or rent office space away from home. At a minimum, they need to invest in a computer with high-speed Internet access, several computer software programs, and a desk that provides a large enough work space to spread papers out for drawing and sketching designs.Website designers who work for a company, non-profit, advertising agency, in the publishing sector, or any other industry that relies on a website typically work in an open-plan office environment.
That means their desks are situated close to other members of their creative team.
This allows for frequent and easy collaboration as well as the sharing of ideas and techniques.
Whether working directly for clients or through an employer, those who pursue this career should expect to work overtime as business needs dictate.