.. and just like that, we’ve come to the end of our second workshop, this time on HTML and CSS! Thank you to all the amazing coaches and ladies who participated. We are truly impressed by the hard work and effort. 🙂 For the benefit of those who are keen to learn as well, here’s a quick recap of what we’ve covered and where to go next!
The Plan – we chose to follow with an online syllabus and try a study group model this time around, mainly because we know that web design resources are all out there for you to find, but you just need to have to know what and where to search. It’s also more flexible because we all learn at different speeds and easier to follow for those who get bored of w3c schools.. Thank you Nicole for introducing this video course to us, this is the link to the syllabus that we followed – http://learncss.tutsplus.com/. The idea is to watch 30 videos in 30 days, each averaging 10 mins, so that you can build you own website in a month! Try it.
Design Ideation – We started this course with a quick design ideation session the night before the first study group session, mainly to get everyone to jot down and sketch what they want to build at the end of the course. It’s important to motivate yourself by setting a project / end goal to work on, which is the whole point of the exercise. Awesome also to see that everyone came with an idea of what they wanted to create, whether it was a portfolio, e-commerce or personal blog! If you’re wondering how to go about it, check out this awesome website goal setting presentation by Ester, our guest speaker at our last design workshop.
The study group sessions – this was an interesting workshop for us to conduct, because we were following an online syllabus but knew that it wouldn’t be enough. Supremely grateful to all the helpful coaches who came on Saturday mornings to answer questions and offering to give talks for free! Here’s also a crazy awesome list they compiled to for additional resources/inspiration sources / cheatsheets that you can refer to in your journey of learning web design.
Guest Speakers – We went beyond the syllabus in week 3 and week 4 by having the coaches share about their own web development experiences, tips / hacks / resources.
Vinay’s session on the best CSS practices is really important. The better you are at following these habits, the less confusing it will be when you are designing your site! Check out his presentation on best CSS practices. ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!***
Coach Ariff – who runs a startup called referoll.com, shared about some basic design concepts and the best resources to look for inspiration. (His slides will be shared later!)
Show and Tell – we decided from the start that it is important to have a Show and Tell at the end of the 4 weeks, because having a deadline always pushes people to complete their projects and ship code. This was hands-down, my favourite part of the 4 weeks. Its great to see that the hard work the ladies put in paying off! Here are a couple of the sites that were done by the ladies. 🙂
that she’s done.
All in all, it was a really great effort by everyone! We hope you had fun learning and creating these awesome sites. Keep practicing! 🙂 Till the next time everyone! And a big big thank you to all our coaches, who without we would have never been able to pull this off!! 😀