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The Evolving Face of Web Design Courses

17 DEC 2012
Career Path : Computers and Technology

Just as the internet has evolved, the skills and tools taught in web design courses, and the expectations for what a web designer brings to an employer have changed.


A History of Web Pages

The first web pages required very little in the way of design, just knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to make links between text documents stored on a server. Though the capacity to make these sorts of links existed via other methods since 1945, HTML was an ongoing process, with further capacities developed in the ‘60s, but it wasn’t until the ‘80s that a busy scientist invented Enquire to streamline communication by allowing the linking of arbitrary informational nodes. This scientist would go on to become the father of the World Wide Web, coining the name that we now know as the “www” at the start of web addresses, and developing a global hyper test system as part of a plan for information management during the ‘90s, including an easy to use graphical browser. For obvious reasons there were no web design courses offered during this period and IT schools were concerned with teaching programming based on the limited hardware capacity of the era, and a computer graphic design course was still confined to working with low quality images.


From Then to Today

Things really took off during the nineties, but it wasn’t until the middle of the decade that general users had the opportunity to experience the web in their homes. Until this time, web pages were solely the province of large institutions like universities and corporation and limited to internal use. With new consumers, the web developed an entertainment component, but web design courses were as slow to become available as the telephone networks that carried the pages. Because the technology was so new, even amateur designers, ones who may never have set foot in conventional IT schools, were just as much a part of the ‘dot com boom’, a period of rapid expansion that saw leaps forward in both computer hardware and capacity, but also the deployment of vast fiber optics networks. Web friendly animation software was developed, and first tables and then other organizational systems changed the appearance of web pages. The boom turned to bust, but users continued to aggregate, and with a demand for more web pages came a need for web design courses. And as the web became inescapable, and more and more visual oriented,  graphical user interface (GUI) web design programs allowed people with limited knowledge of HTML to make professional quality products, changing page creation into just another graphic design course with some specialized details. Today, web designers have gone from being programmers with a creative side to being artists who are experts with databases, and modern training reflects this.



Visit Academy of Learning College for more information on modern web design courses.