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Web Design for Beginners: Real World Coding in HTML & CSS

Launch a career as a web designer by learning HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, Sass, cross device compatibility and more!
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Created by Brad Schiff
Last updated 10/2014
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You can launch a new career in web development today by learning HTML & CSS. You don't need a computer science degree or expensive software. All you need is a computer, a bit of time, a lot of determination, and a teacher you trust. I've taught HTML and CSS to countless coworkers and held training sessions for fortune 100 companies. I am that teacher you can trust.

Don't limit yourself by creating websites with some cheesy “site-builder" tool. This course teaches you how to take 100% control over your webpages by using the same concepts that every professional website is created with.

This course does not assume any prior experience. We start at square one and learn together bit by bit. By the end of the course you will have created (by hand) a website that looks great on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops alike.

I have helped over 4,000 students and have received the following feedback:

“…A fantastic course… clear, definite and engaging."

“…Presentation is concise without being tedious… you honestly feel that you have a thorough understanding of the subject."

“…[Brad] explained the process. Not memorize this or that, he explained the process. If you're looking to take a course to understand the foundations of creating websites, look no further."

“Brad definitely has some of the best techniques to embed the lesson into your mind… hands down these are the best tutorials I have had the opportunity to view."

“I found this course really helpful and I highly recommend it… all things you learn are seen in action instantly."

“Brad has put together a great foundation for any body wishing to get a good understanding with front end web-development."

“…I would definitely recommend this course to most folks I know who want to learn web design."

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to build websites the "professional" way
  • Anyone who has practiced web design as a hobby but is not confident about their skillset in a professional arena
  • Experienced developers looking to renew their HTML5 & CSS3 knowledge
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What Will I Learn?
Create any website layout you can imagine
Support any device size with Responsive (mobile-friendly) Design
Add tasteful animations and effects with CSS3
Use common vocabulary from the design industry
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  • No prerequisite knowledge required
  • No special ($$$) software required
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 58 Lectures Collapse All 58 Lectures 08:55:26
1 Lecture 01:59
HTML Essentials
7 Lectures 32:07

I strongly encourage you to use a dedicated text editor. I recommend the freely available Sublime Text.

Hands On! Create your First HTML File

Russian Stacking Dolls: Bulleted Lists

HTML Document Structure

First Look at Attributes: Linking Pages Together

Section 1 Review
Adding Media to a Web Page
3 Lectures 19:26

In this lesson we learn how to insert an image into a webpage. If you want to edit or resize an image before placing it on your webpage and you do not have access to Adobe Photoshop I recommend the free image editing software named GIMP.


In this lesson we learn about the "<audio>" element which allows us to include audio clips directly on our pages without relying on third party software (Flash). Download the supplementary material .zip file for a working demo of the audio element.

Audio Files

In this lesson we learn about the "<video>" element which allows us to natively include video clips on our pages. However, we learn that there are several factors which make including video on our pages without the help of third party services quite tricky.

Video Files
Text Basics
4 Lectures 19:56


Bold & Italic

For a larger list of available HTML special characters visit this University page.

Also please note that in the video lesson I incorrectly referred to the "&" symbol as "ampersands" (plural). In this case the correct phrase would be simply "ampersand."

Special Characters
Semantics & Organization
5 Lectures 24:30
Semantic Structural Elements


Non-semantic Elements ("div" and "span")

HTML Comments

The "Section" Element
3 Lectures 25:15

Different Types of Inputs

Choosing Between a set of options
2 Lectures 09:04
How to Create a Table of Data

Do Not Use Tables for Layout
CSS Essentials
6 Lectures 57:53

CSS Selectors

The Cascade

Box Model

Creating a Page Layout with Floats

Let's apply what we've learned about CSS so far to make our page easier on the eyes.

If you are looking for a color picker I recommend the free Adobe Kuler website / tool. Not only can you click on a circle in the color wheel to find color codes, but Kuler will also provide additional complimentary colors.

Beauty School! Apply What We've Learned
Intermediate CSS
2 Lectures 23:08
Styling Navigation Menu

Overlapping Content & Transparent Backgrounds
Less Exciting Yet Still Necessary CSS Tasks
2 Lectures 30:06
Styling Data Tables

In this lesson we learn how to customize the appearance of HTML forms. The lesson mentions third party CSS libraries you can leverage to tackle cross browser styling issues. Here are some of the most popular options in the webDev community:



Note that Formalize is strictly focused on forms, while Normalize helps level the playing field for all elements across all browsers (e.g. h1-h6, p, table, etc...).

Styling Forms
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About the Instructor
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Hi, I'm Brad and I’ve taught web development to countless coworkers and held training sessions for fortune 100 companies.

I also teach local night classes and run a somewhat popular YouTube channel named LearnWebCode.

I’m a front-end developer, designer, and educator. I’ve been building user interfaces for over a decade for the world's largest brands, international technology leaders, and national political campaigns.

I'm fortunate to enjoy the development work I do, but my true passion is helping people learn.

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