Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

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The hosts of Shop Talk show podcast (Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert) get asked a lot of questions about how to learn web development. Their mantra is “just build websites”; there’s even a soundbite for it. As a person who learns by doing, I agree that getting your hands dirty with some web projects and filling in the gaps in your knowledge along the way is a beautiful way of doing things.

What if you don’t know what kind of website to “just build”? The following is a brainstormed list of different projects you can give yourself to practice your web design and development chops.

Lots of good ideas here for when you’re lacking inspiration for what to work on. I don’t struggle with this sort of thing myself, most days there simply aren’t enough hours, but at work, the apprentices and work experience students often struggle for ideas as to what to practice on.

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