Want to design in the browser? Learn how to use the browser's flexible canvas and a combination of HTML and CSS to build more responsive, interactive websites and WordPress themes.
With all the web design software available, why would you design in the browser? We are living in a brave new world of responsive design. Websites can be read on mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and even on the smart watches on our wrists. Most static web design tools don't account for that. The browser is an endless, flexible canvas. It's a natural place to code, and its dynamic design surface and instant feedback allows for more responsive web designs.
In this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen explains his approach to designing in the browser, which starts well before he even starts coding. He shows how to define the layout on paper and create a "language" for the site, and then builds a baseline document with HTML5. Then he uses CSS to guide the look of the site and the layout, using media queries and Flexbox to add responsive behaviors. In chapter 3, Morten improves the site's interactivity using CSS transitions and transforms. Finally, he reveals how to use these techniques to build WordPress themes in the browser.
Each step involves design strategies, best practices, and actual code examples that will turn the web browser into your new favorite design tool.
What to know before you start this course
1. Design Preparation
Use the browser as a design canvas
Establish a design language for your site
Draft layouts with pen and paper
Map out containers by drawing boxes
Modularize the design
✓ Challenge: Create a container map and modularize the design
✓ Solution: Create a container map and modularize the design
2. Visual Design in the Browser
Tools and setup
Start with a core setup
Create a baseline document with HTML5
Sidebar: A simple RWD principle
Apply fonts and responsive typography
Work on one module at a time
A practical approach to responsive web design
Use modern technologies to simplify the design process
Create responsive layouts with Flexbox
Color tools in the browser
Color experimentation and the value of HSLA
✓ Challenge: Design the article page in the browser
✓ Solution: Design the article page in the browser