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Knowledge of HTML & CSS

I feel as if it is important for graphic designers to know web design, at least the basics of HTML and CSS. As time moves on, more and more things are becoming put only online, therefore, why not open up more opportunities for design jobs? It appears the in the design world, more designers are becoming acquainted with HTML and CSS, therefore, I feel as if a graphic designer doesn’t have this basic knowledge, they’re almost putting themselves at risk. When I think of websites for learning HTML and CSS, I would always think of W3 schools. However, the design was so boring and the content wasn’t always the most exciting- therefore, W3 schools is not always an option…and then I discovered Team Treehouse. With Team Treehouse they teach you HTML, CSS, Javascript, Mobile App development, etc. I believe it’s a better option than taking a class because you’re able to work at your own pace, learn what you feel is necessary, work on your weaknesses, and even learn things that you wouldn’t in class. 14-day free trial and then $25/month (which is decent considering how much one would spend on a class to learn these kind of things). Best of all, the design of the website is beautiful, therefore, it provokes to you move forward and learn more.

Check it out.

What do you guys think? Do you think it’s necessary for designers to have basic knowledge of CSS & HTML?


-Colton M


  1. Lindsay Kempter wrote:


    You bring up an incredibly valid point. I do agree with you that designers should have rudimentary knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other coding languages. I wouldn’t go so far as to ask a print designer to create my website though. I actually have written my research paper on this very subject. I’d be happy to give you a copy next class if you’d like to read it. Good to read your thoughts on the subject.


    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  2. Christian wrote:

    Absolutely, I think its very important for designers to have this skill. Most design firms are looking for someone with a well rounded background in all kinds of design and having knowledge of website development or animation will definitely put you ahead of the competition. I personally don’t enjoy website development very much but I think it’s all a matter of practice and having the right attitude.

    This reminds me of a co-worker who says he enjoys working with all kinds of graphic design software including dreamweaver. He is not a graphic design major yet he has a great amount of knowledge with html and css all because he thinks making webpages are fun. Yet he’s never made a a dime with anything he’s designed. Every time I think of his story it makes me want to learn html and css even more.

    Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Woojung Cheon wrote:

    I agree that designers are required to be familiar with those skills today. It is not about being a programmer or anything, but the basic knowledge is important. I personally do not like how we have more elements to learn now, but it can be seen as an evidence that the field is growing in some ways.

    Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Permalink
  4. ogo wrote:

    I think graphic designers should have the basic knowledge of web design, but not necessarily the skills to code it thoroughly. Any graphic designer should be able to design a mockup for a website, but without a proper knowledge of website layout or coding limits and capabilities, a designer will not be able to deliver a practical design. I think HTML/CSS has become more demanding over the past few years and now more and more companies are demanding UX and Motion Design skills from college graduates. However, there are many graphic designers who have no idea how to code or just hire someone else to code their websites. So learning how to code is a great skill to have, especially if you are planning to work for a big design firms. Thank you for providing great recourse websites.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:13 am | Permalink
  5. Charlis Foster wrote:

    I am very old school in my approach when it comes to design, and while I think it is indeed helpful to understand how HTML and CSS work, I don’t think graphic designers should be required to have extensive knowledge of it. For one thing it’s very hard to master many skills, and honestly, you really only have time to devote to ONE subject while you are in school and that’s whatever your major is. I personally think it’s ridiculous that employers are searching for a jack of all trades when it comes to hiring designers. Because usually what they will end up with is someone who is only mediocre at everything, unless they are truly exceptional. I think design works better when there are subject area specialists that work together,combining their expertise to create a better overall product. I feel that a lot of employers don’t understand this, especially at the government or corporate levels (not design firms or other similar businesses) and they are trying to get the most for their money by employing one person to do everything. The team approach works better and keeps everyone current and fresh in their own disciplines, rather than requiring someone to split their focus and over work themselves to do something they have little knowledge or interest in.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  6. HongJae Jeon wrote:

    I think we all have same point here. and i agree with it.

    It is very important to design craft-able and efficient when it become product design.

    It is two totally different story to design one product and pull those design into reality.

    Learning HTML and CSS will provide the basic guide line to design possible and impossible.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink