By the end of the course, you will be fully armed to create stunning web visualizations to integrate it into your workflow.
About The Author
Ben Fhala discovered his passion for data visualization while he was working at Parsons in New York, in their data visualization department, PIIM. He is the owner of the online video training school, 02geekcom, and an Adobe ACP. He enjoys spending most of his time learning and teaching, and has a love for visual programming and visualization in general. Ben has had the honor of developing applications for members of the US Congress, Prime Ministers, and Presidents around the world.
He has built many interactive experiences for companies such as Target, AT&T, Crayola, Marriott, Neutrogena, and Nokia. He has technically directed many award-winning projects and has been part of teams that have won three Agency of the Year awards.
This video will offer an overview of the course.
Web fonts have been introduced in CSS3 and are a must in modern web design. Let's learn how to integrate web fonts into your existing web design.
Modern designs demand gentle touches to make the design cleaner. Historically, this was often found in the corners of elements instead of sharp corners that were created by controlling the softness of the corners. We help create designs that are cleaner and more modern. Until CSS3, this was done using images, which bloated up the site with extra images and scripts. In CSS3, we have a new property called border-radius that enables us to do exactly this with ease.
Most people don't know how to integrate gradients into their designs. Now that gradients are around and are a part of the CSS3 library, let us talk about how to use this new feature in the most effective way.
One of the cool new additions of gradients in CSS3 is the capability to create patterns using gradients. Let's learn how to create radial gradients, explore the logic behind its properties, and even see how to create a pattern with it.
One of the coolest effects that are around is shadows. Until CSS3, it was really hard to integrate shadows, as they involved using images and/or third-party tools such as Adobe Flash. With the help of CSS3, it is really easy for us to integrate shadows quickly and efficiently.
Until CSS3, colors were represented by RGB values. Computers have evolved and the need for more color combinations has grown. Let's shift our focus on a new color channel—the alpha channel.
Transforms in CSS are really easy. All that you need to really know about is the transform command and the methods that you can use to control and manipulate the transformation.
Before we can start drawing 3D elements, we need to prepare them. Let's create a design plan and draw our elements.
Learn how to create 3D elements in CSS using CSS3 properties. We will create an object that has a front and a back, and when we rotate it, it will show us its back.
Now that we have 3D elements, it's time for us to turn our attention to 3D space itself. We will have a look at the perspective and tweak the code just a bit more to change our perspective.
Before we learn how to integrate SVG into an HTML document, we need to know the basics of how to work with SVG.
Let's learn how to add more elements into the stage, starting with a circle. Through this sample, you will learn how to stack works in SVG, position elements, and work with SVG styles.
The process of creating SVG within HTML is very simple. Let's have a look at the relationship between styling and rules and position the SVG exactly where we want it to be.
Until now, all the shapes that we created in SVG were ready-made shapes. Let's learn how to create a polygon by defining as many points as we want into it.
There is no better way to wrap up this section on SVG by exploring how we can animate the art that we created so far. We will know how to work with the animate and animateTransform nodes of SVG.
Canvas is new, and with it, some older browsers will not support the full features. Although we won't worry about the overall experience of browsers that don't support canvas in this title, we want to show you the steps involved in figuring out whether the browser supports a feature or not.
Now that we know whether users have canvas available on their browsers, it's time for us to choose the API that we will be working with. We will choose the 2D API. Once we do so, we will go ahead and pick a color and start drawing the first shape—a rectangle.
Although we don't have time to go over all the features available in canvas, we will go ahead and jump right in by drawing a grid that will cover the entire visible area of the stage. In the process, we will learn about shapes, strokes, fills, and arcs.
Although there is much more to cover in canvas, we are ready to wrap up things by creating an animation in canvas.
Animations lie at the heart of modern web. Creating smooth and engaging animations uplift every design. Let's learn how to create a simple and cool animation, namely a typewriter effect. We will do this on the main text title.
Let's start converting the structure to queue content.
In the last video, we started to store animations that were not yet ready to trigger. In this video, we will continue going down that path by going into the current animation logic and asking it to update us when it's done using a callback. Once we have this logic in place, we have everything that we need to create an animation engine.
So far, we have created all the animations on our own without the help of an external library. Although we used jQuery, we ignored the fact that jQuery provides a few very helpful animation methods. We will learn the foundations of good animation and see it in action by using the jQuery library animations.
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