New Training Course – ASP.NET MVC for Designers

I know what you’re thinking. Designers don’t have to worry about ASP.NET. You just have to worry about Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and occasionally JavaScript, right?

Well, for the most part, you’re right; but web designers don’t live in a vacuum. I work on a team of developers, for example, with a single designer on the team who is usually in charge of skinning our apps for new clients. And where does he do most of the skinning? You guessed it: in Visual Studio. We have a core web framework that we start with, and that framework is built on the ASP.NET MVC framework. So our illustrious designer was compelled to learn at least enough of the MVC framework to plug in the HTML and CSS where it was needed.

Inspired by my designer friend, I’ve created a course called ASP.NET MVC for Designers, which was just released by TutsPlus. So if you’re a designer, and you find yourself in need of a quick ASP.NET MVC rundown, this is the course for you.

Semantic HTML – Your Content is a Mysterious Box

Browsers don’t speak English. They don’t understand your content, and they can’t parse your intentions. Even if your users know perfectly well what you’re going on about, they may never lay eyes on your website┬áif web crawlers and search engines can’t see inside the mysterious box of content that you haphazardly threw together and posted online.

Even though the greenest web designers and developers may be familiar with the phrase “semantic markup”, many of them don’t understand the extent to which it affects their websites.

In my latest TutsPlus video course, Semantic HTML: How to Structure Web Pages, I cover the basics of what semantic HTML is and why it’s crucial to be more deliberate in the way your structure your markup. Even if you hire the best copywriter in the world, your content may never find it’s intended audience if you don’t structure it in a way that makes sense to machines.

The Matrix has you.

Keeping Web Design Flat

TutsPlus just released my new course, PSD to HTML: Flat Design Build. In this training course, I cover the basics of taking a flat web design created in Photoshop and converting it to HTML and CSS. This type of training is great practice for those of you who are starting to grasp the basics of HTML but don’t fully understand how to approach a new build.

So check it out . . . you know, if you’re into that kind of thing . . . and let me know what you think!

A Strong Foundation for Responsive Design

If you’re not familiar with the Foundation web framework, it’s definitely worth checking out. The friendly folks at Zurb have created a front-end framework that’s really easy to use. For those of you familiar with Bootstrap, Foundation is a very similar offering. And just like Bootstrap, it’s absolutely free.

Why am I telling you all of this? I’m glad I asked.

TutsPlus has just released a new video training course called Responsive Web Design with Foundation, and it was authored by none other than Yours Truly. So give it a look, and let Yours Truly know what you thought of it.