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Hey QBN folks,
One does not simply go online and learn 3-5 people's jobs.
Should take about a week to get you up to speed.
so you don't want to learn how to do anything, you just want to learn what is possible?
Ok, lets maybe deviate from the original question.
What is the role of a "web designer" to you?
In what scope? Some guy in his underwear in the basement, a studio, an agency?
It takes years and years to learn.
AND THEN EVERYTHING CHANGES!!!
Web designer seems an antiquated, jack of all trades notion. Even in a studio of 10, I would think you would have a designer/UI designer, a front-end dev, and a back-end dev. As the industry has matured, there is too much for one person to do, and do well.
Lets use your situation where you have an office with 10 employees with a designer/UI designer who doesn't do any of the development. The front-end and back-end development is done by their respective developers.
How do you define the designer/UI designers role?
Laguna College of Art and Design is where I went. It's in Laguna Beach California and is a great 4 year place to study art and design. Also have had a lot of interns from Hyper Island. If you can get Student Loans, just go to Laguna or Sweden for 4 years. It's like a vacation, but you're getting a BFA.
All of the information you need is out there and available for free. Why are you looking for someone to pay to teach it to you?
Ukit2: Because I don't want to fail? Seriously though, structured coursework is an efficient way to learn new skills. It gets me pointed in the right direction. It's not to say it is going to be my only avenue for learning. It is really "in addition to" online articles and such. I'm not planning on my education ending once the course is over either.
What you are asking, integrated/intertwined lessons on such broad concepts in the field, likely does not exist on some tutorial site. If you really want to cover off that much material in an actual, structured lesson plan, find a post-secondary institution. I suspect that is your best shot. Maybe a 2 year diploma.
Best practices, security etc. in both PHP and MySQL alone are both extremely broad and those who actually spend their career doing it have to constantly work to stay on top of it.
Do you feel you can be skilled and proficient in several disciplines, or are you a CD or AD that thinks by doing a few hours of training, you can better relate to your staff and the process?
Try meetup.com groups also. But its best to see in action more practical approach. not everyithing i found in online tutorial is practical.
If you do it on your own best to try to set up reallife situations or problems to solve and try to find tutorials to help you. Its still a long process of trial and error. its pain...
try this also
Ok, maybe I suck at asking the right questions. I'm looking for education that will help me "design FOR web". I will be working with a developer to do the actual development.
yurimon: Thanks for the meetup.com suggestion. I'd forgotten about that website.
ETM: Post-secondary education seems like a good idea, and I've already been looking into it. I'm just not sure it's totally feasible. We'll see. Also, I'm not programming the sites myself as mentioned above.
tredesigns: I'd found teamtreehouse.com but is focused primarily towards the developer from what I can tell. Although, there is some of the information I am looking for there. I'll look into it further.
Design for web? What's your background to begin with?
This inability to really even communicate what you want is getting a tad difficult. Best of luck.