21 Best Websites for Teaching Yourself Web Development

I remember how popular web design was even 5 or 10 years ago. Kids in high school were teaching themselves HTML and building small web pages from scratch. And nowadays this is possible because of the thousands of free tutorials and code online. Open source has dramatically shaped an industry of high-tech and high demand.

But it can still be difficult pinpointing exactly what you want to learn. Beyond straight HTML/CSS there is jQuery for frontend animation, PHP/RoR for backend web apps, and even Java/Objective-C for mobile apps. With this collection you should be able to track down a few tutorials in whatever topic catches your interest. If you notice we’ve missed a resource feel free to share with us in the post discussion area below.

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Building an E-mail Request Invite Form with jQuery

Using jQuery we can build some incredible web-based applications. The animations and manipulation of DOM elements using jQuery are much more intuitive than coding regular JavaScript. Because the syntax is so minimalist it’s possible to scale a very complex idea within a few hours time.

In this tutorial I’ll demonstrate how we can build an HTML5 invite form and check the results through jQuery. I haven’t gone into any backend PHP as this isn’t always the best solution for an invitation system. You may want to tie into another e-mail campaign such as MailChimp or Campaign Monitor. But with this technique running the frontend you can quickly implement a backend language to manage the e-mail submissions.

jQuery email invite form tutorial - demo screenshot

Using CSS3 Animations to Build a Sleek Box UI

Back just a few years ago it was required for web developers use JavaScript/jQuery to perform animated effects in-browser. CSS3 has dramatically changed the rules of the game where you can animate any standard property of an HTML element. This opens up a whole new room of effects you can put together in just 15-20 minutes of tinkering with code.

My example below uses a few Dribbble shots as a demo of how you can setup animated box effects. The style appears when you hover over each image to display some further information such as the title, description, and publication date. I’ll be explaining how to build a similar effect on your own website using nothing but HTML5 and CSS3 techniques.

CSS3 hover box animation effects demo page

Tips for Designing a Compact Website Layout

It can take a lot of additional effort to build mobile-specific website templates. HTML and CSS have come a long way but there are still plenty of standards and loopholes to jump through. And with the mounting increase of various mobile devices there are more platforms now than ever before.

In this guide I would like to share some of the most common tips when designing for mobile screens. The web is a fluid beast constantly changing with the times. You have to limit your knowledge of building for desktop browsers in exchange for newer compact designs. The learning process is devious but after a bit of practice you’ll pickup mobile design very quickly.

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16 Must-Read Tutorials for New HTML5/CSS3 Techniques

The year 2012 has kicked off with a booming design and web industry. More developers are entering the web than ever before and it’s the perfect time to brush up on your coding. These tutorials I’ve added below are fresh off the presses and will help you catch up on all the latest HTML5 & CSS3 trends. With just a bit of practice you can pickup on all these skills and really improve the quality of your coding standards.

Create A Minimal Single Page Portfolio With HTML5/CSS3

Designing a Custom iPhone App Navigation Bar

App development for iPhone and iPod Touch has become a booming industry. Designers from all over the world are jumping at the chance to have their ideas published into the App Store. It’s no surprise more tech enthusiasts are moving onto Apple devices.

It can be tough to build an entire app from scratch and Xcode menus don’t make things easier. In this tutorial I’m hoping to introduce some bare-bones essential ideas for customizing an application’s top navigation bar. There is a bit of Objective-C code required but it shouldn’t be too overwhelming. It’s also worth noting that you will need a computer running Mac OS X in order to install Xcode and compile these apps in the first place.

Featured image - custom iPhone app navigation bar

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45 Useful Photoshop Tutorials From 2011

In this roundup we have collected 45 outstanding Photoshop tutorials released in 2011. If you like these photoshop tutorials you might also want to check out some of our previous posts below. Enjoy!

35 Amazing Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorials

30 Awesome Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

Create a Powerful Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

How to Properly Design a Print CSS Stylesheet

Targeting unique CSS styles is a simple process based around media queries. Web designers have been using these techniques for years to much success. Yet in just a short couple of years recently stylesheets have grown in tremendous popularity. Now more than ever it’s important to offer not only mobile but print layouts for your visitors.

I’ve put together this small guide for beginners to quickly craft a print-based design. There are standard concepts and layout techniques you should utilize for quicker loading speeds. You also need to be conscious of page length when the design is printed on paper.