DIY Web Design: My first day of school

I’m starting to get the hang of designer language, now it’s time for me to figure out exactly what I need to be successful.

Typically, with a DIY project I  turn to Pinterest, but for web design I thought it would be good to broaden my horizons (and my Google search skills). So I sat down with my coffee and my laptop and thankfully, I didn’t have to search too far to find websites made for people like me, on the hunt for some helpful information about DIY web design.

I know what people say “It takes money to make money” but frankly right now I don’t have the extra money to spend. So thanks to the web design gods,  I found an article that was particularly helpful in the blog of a Long Island Website Design Agency called Huemor.

The article breaks down the free resources into categories of basically everything I need to get started with for my web design project. It’s pretty easy to find whatever you’re looking for. I know that I’ll find myself going back to this article throughout my time as a “web designer in training” to take full advantage of this long list of free resources.

If you’re as excited as I am about free things here’s the link to 111 Free Online Design Resources.

Taking a break from learning about different fonts and Photoshop, I thought it would be interesting to look up other things about web design. I found this great article 20 Graphic Designers You Should Know.

There’s some pretty interesting stories on here about successful designers and if you’re looking for inspiration I suggest you start here.

Another article I think would be helpful for up-and-coming web designers is an older article by Smashing Magazine, known for it’s creative web design tidbits. This one fits that bill: Fun Approach to Creating More Successful Websites. Although it is a few years old this article shows how to add some fun into your websites. Who doesn’t like to have a little more fun?

With the help of only a few articles I already know way more than I did yesterday. Every day that I do more research about web design I feel more and more confident to start an internship. Now I need to begin my search.

One last thing before I go! My apartment is pretty small and I’m looking for some good ideas about how to turn my little space into a workspace without breaking the bank, or my neck. I’d love any ideas you might have.

Check out this video about making home offices!





I’m walking the walk, but the talk?

I know that at some point I will need to intern but first I need to really learn what the world of web design is like. And while I have a handful of designer friends who seem to live on coffee and geeky references to comics (I’ve got that part covered!), sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about. It’s like there is a whole language they have of their own that makes no sense to me. It can be intimidating.

I imagined my first day as an intern sitting in an office full of people speaking to me in an alien tongue and me just staring at them blankly.

To avoid that I did a little digging to find out some of the designer slang and what it means.

  • Here is a link to a pretty comprehensive article from Smash Magazine. It’s a little old, 2009, but it was still helpful.
  • Here is another, more up-to-date from, check out the Trendy Jargon section.

Ultimately I settled on the most basic of the basic, essentially Web Design terms 101. This article 6 Key Terms Every Graphic Designer Should Know is recent, and explains things to novices like me. It is a good foundation for learning designer-speak.

And now for some fun

One of the links I found was mostly tongue-in-cheek, and while I don’t get all of these I’m sure some of you will, and laugh!

Urban Dictionary of Designer Slang