That seems like a great question anyone should ask if they are interested in learning Web Design and Development.
I think there are two parts to this question.
1. What do you want to learn or to be able to do? Which really is: What’s the difference between Web Design and Web Development?
In a basic sense, a web designer focuses on what the user sees when they enter a website. The colors, the flow, the arrangement of the page. A web designer is going to be concerned with the creative side of the site. The web developer on the other hand is about the nuts and bolts of the site…how it works. They think about how the design is going to be implemented and what needs to be set up behind the scenes.
In many cases, designers have background in the creative arts while developers have computer science backgrounds. But with the wealth of information available online for free, the separation of these two disciplines is lessening. While large projects and teams will have their defined roles, it is possible to be both a designer and developer or at least work with elements of both disciplines. My goal at the moment is to learn parts of both to be able to create my own sites that work well from an implementation standpoint and a design perspective.
2. What is the best process or path to get started once you know what you want to learn?
More on that next time.