Adobe's (formerly Macromedia's) Dreamweaver is the standard among web design professionals and the best WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") web development tool for beginners who want to learn to design clean, attractive, and accessible web sites.
This is a resource page for those who use or would like to use Dreamweaver, particularly those interested in using the web to enhance teaching and learning. If you are interested in other ways to gain a web presence, read here. (You can lower or turn off the music at the bottom of this page.)
learn more about web design
- Yale University's Center for Advanced Instructional Media's Web Style Guide, by Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton, 2nd ed. (2002) - a great resource for understanding web design fundamentals - in a language that academics can understand. Discusses the overall process of defining the objectives and users of your site. The authors use time-tested, traditional print concepts to illustrate how to make your site interface welcoming and efficient. High-quality illustrations show how to design for overall style and professional appeal. The sections on typography and editorial style set this manual apart from many Web style guides with attention to the fine details that separate the good sites from the great. Visit the online version of the Web Style Guide, which may be all that you need.
- Web Teaching Guide: a Practical Approach to Creating Course Web Sites by Sarah Horton (2000) - another book from Yale University Press and excellent companion to the Web Style Guide, this book provides valuable insights into using technology to enhance teaching and learning as well as how to plan, develop, use, and assess a course web site.
- Yahoo > Directory > Arts > Design Arts > Graphic Design > Web Page Design and Layout - Yahoo's up-to-date, comprehensive directory of resources.
dreamweaver online resources
- Adobe Education Presentations- presentations and recorded seminars about computing, web development and other academic technology topics of interest.
- Adobe's Dreamweaver Design Center - articles, podcasts, Adobe's Dreamweaver del.icio.us bookmark's, and more Dreamweaver assistance.
- Adobe eSeminars - participate in live seminars or watch on-demand seminars to learn more about web development with Dreamweaver, other related topics, and other Adobe software.
- Educational price list - Check with your university to see if it participates in an Adobe site licensing program or buy your software on Adobe's web site.
- Dreamweaver Support Center - tutorials, tips, tech notes, and other resources on and off the Adobe site, all in one handy place! Tutorials and other resources for teaching and/or learning Dreamweaver including
- Dreamweaver Documentation - manuals, release notes, and many tutorials from Macromedia.
- Check with your university to see if it offers any web design workshops.
- My favorite Dreamweaver tutorials in book format are by Lynda.com, for example, Dreamweaver 8 Hands-On Training. Software training manuals are like tax guides. It's often best to go to a big bookstore, review what's available, and buy the one that looks most useful to you.