HTML5 is the next iteration of the Hypertext Markup Language. It is not yet a standard, but can certainly be used since all major and modern browsers support it. With HTML5 comes many new features that help to make creating web sites a little easier.
HTML is the structure of a website. Without it all websites would just be plain text. However, it's still pretty ugly on it's own. Back in the day a web designer could "style" a web page directly in the markup, but that's not supported anymore. Now we use CSS for styling and presentation.
Responsive web design, text shadows, box shadows, border radius, multi-column layout, multiple backgrounds, opacity, and so much more. The new features to CSS3 (also not a standard just yet) are very exciting and will solve a lot of headaches for designers.
Photoshop has become a must have tool for me. This web site you're on now as well as a few examples in my Full Sail Projects were first designed in Photoshop CS5.5. I create the backgrounds, textures, layout, and even place the text where I want it. Then I "slice" it up and put it all together again using HTML5 and CSS3.
Being taught by graphic designers that have been in the industry for 15+ years was a real eye opener. I quickly found that using the default layer styles for whatever I was attempting to create is very amateurish.
More Stuff I Know
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- User Interface Design
- Responsive Design
- W3C Compliancy
- Mac OSX
Stuff I Will Know
- Media Optimization
- Mobile Device Programming