Web design is a dream job among many nowadays. The main role of a web designer is to create visual elements of a website (fonts, color themes, layout, formatting etc.). Moreover, you should have a good grasp of design fundamentals, know how to use design software, possess a bit of a talent, business savvy, dedication and time.
The job is for people with creative flair. It requires vivid imagination, inspiration and the ability to think and act independently. As a designer you’ll be required to keep up to date with the latest industry innovations to make fresh, unique, user friendly sites at all times.
If you want to form a successful business, you’ll also have to:
- Meet with clients to discuss their requirements and display your potential skills.
- Possess a high level of computer literacy.
- Be an excellent team player.
- Be flexible.
- Be objective and see the bigger picture.
Let’s look into the top design skills that you’ll need to become completely proficient in:
Any website combines code and graphic design, so you’ll have to learn both.
HTML and CSS are changing all the time. Ensure your skills are constantly up to date. There’s a great number of free online resources that make learning to code an easy-peasy task.
My top recommendations:
- Codecademy https://www.codecademy.com/
- Coursera https://www.coursera.org/
- HTML5 Rocks http://www.html5rocks.com/en/
- Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming
The general practice is to validate your HTML code after you have finished designing. The easiest way to do this is to run a page through the HTML validator. It will show you mistakes that may affect how your website is understood by web browsers and search engines.
Graphic design is a huge part of web design. As a graphic designer you’ll have to use text, illustrations, symbols, photos, textures, and colors to create web-based design. In other words, to create visual ideas using computer software. Every website relies on effective web design to communicate ideas, get user’s attention, and captivate consumers. I hope our website can be a good source of inspiration for you!
You’ll need to select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text, decide how images and text will go together, including how much space each will have.
So always keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.
You will probably also want to learn:
- search engine optimization (SEO)
- scripting languages such as PHP
- at least one content management system
- one e–commerce system
Web Design Software
There are many software options for web designers. The choice of software will depend on the complexity of the design. In any case you’ll need the basics:
- Photoshop for creating design layouts and Illustrator to create graphics.
- Notepad++ for hand programming small static websites and Sublime Text for hand coding small and large website.
- Browserstack to do cross-browser testing and Firebug to quickly find errors.
There’s only one way to show your clients that you actually can do the job – with the help of your portfolio. You may use all shapes and sizes to create a portfolio, just remember that the main aim should be to catch visitor’s attention. So make it as impressive as you can. Introduce yourself and then invite readers to get deeper into your best works and learn more about you, your skills and experience.
It’s not just the examples of work that need to blow your prospects minds it’s the way that you present them. Showcase only your best works and keep your portfolio constantly updated.
Don’t forget to include a contact form as it should be extremely easy for readers to contact you. You may simply list a phone number and mailing address, or create a “Contact” page.
If you need inspiration, great designer portfolios may be found all over the internet.
So that’s pretty much it. Web design is a challenging work. Success will require patience and determination form you. Don’t be discouraged if things do not go exactly as expected.
Guest Blogger: Brian Jens is a creative blogger and talented designer of Design Contest Team. He always uses his new brilliant ideas to impress his readers. This is always a big happiness for him, when he knows that his work is appreciated!