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anyone recommend anything in this area please?
Why not just read some good books/blogs/stuff online about it?
not web design.
i got me photoshop and indesign skillz but still cant get production jobs without knowing beyond basic html and css
Already most systems are moving toward keeping the coding of the site and the design very separate.
Ruby on Rails has 'views' and PHP has Smarty (and there are other templating engines) which make sure that someone can design the site for you without having to code it and vice versa.
Building a web site involves everything but if you went for a job as a web designer you would be expected to work mainly/exclusively with the design and look of the site, not the coding the works behind it.
Clearly it's hard to separate the two if you are coding a site purely in HTML and CSS but that's not going to be many professional websites these days, is it?
-get good at photoshop
-learn CSS until you EXPLODE
-look about web 2.0 websites (you can tell ebcause they're all nice and round and shiny, stuff like gamespot etc). this way you can get some idea of what colours go together etc and colours not to put together. ever.
-web design blogs are also a good source. books tend to prattle on about things of no importance and half the time get it wrong (i hope there are some GOOD web des books out there though).
-talk to people? idk. i'm struggling now.
try and get a style all of your own. It's one thing to copy all the Web 2.0 stuff, but it'll look the same as everyone elses. There are some very clever and different sites out there.