Web Design

How Do You Become a Web Designer?

Web design can be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. It’s a trade that combines technical skills with creative ability. If you feel comfortable with computer technology and enjoy creating documents, web design can be a great way to combine the two interests.

That being said, it’s always overwhelming to consider learning a new skill. Before learning how to become a web designer, ask yourself, “Should I become a web designer?”

I’ve been learning web design since I was ten, in 1994. I now do a lot of web design for myself and some small business clients. There have been plenty of pleasures but also plenty of frustrations. If you’re considering becoming a web designer, there are some things you should keep in mind.

If you have a lot of time to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Photoshop, it’s possible to learn the basics in a few months. Be ready to spend some money on manuals, books, and applications.

No matter how you decide to learn web design and how you choose to enter the field, some people can become web designers more than others.
You will encounter some frustrations when programming, even using a simple language like HTML and a helpful application like Dreamweaver. Sometimes, when I create an HTML document, I spend much more time making corrections and problem-solving than doing fun stuff. Are you prepared to spend a lot of time testing and making little changes? No matter how you approach web design, medium can’t be completely avoided. If you’re easily frustrated and discouraged, web design might not be for you.

Unless web design is a hobby, you will have clients to work with. Sometimes clients have a lot of specific expectations. Some clients have experience with web design themselves, but others may demand things without knowing the technical limitations. Before starting any project for clients, it’s best to have a thorough conversation with them about what they want and need. That can save you a lot of time. How would you like to spend weeks developing a website only to discover that your client wants completely different fonts, colors, graphics, site organization, and content? If you’re going to get into designing web pages for other people, you will have to be ready to make many compromises and take a lot of criticism. Are you prepared for that?


Finally, ask yourself if you have the time and energy to promote yourself. Suppose you want to be hired by a web design firm, learn skills, and possibly obtain certifications. In that case, you must be ready to pound the pavement with your resume and portfolio. It might take you over a year to find a job. Be prepared to attend a lot of job interviews and possibly get a lot of rejections.

If you’re going to become a freelancer, like I am, you’ve got to devote a lot of energy to self-promotion. Set up a website, preferably with your domain. Be ready to spend some money on advertising. Spend a lot of time promoting your services with social media – Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and so on. Scan classified ads, particularly online classifieds. Print business cards and distribute them wherever you can. Use your connections and word-of-mouth to your advantage. Tell everyone you know that you’re a web designer, and maybe someone knows someone who could be your first client. Sometimes I spend more time promoting myself than doing the work itself.

If you’re ready to spend a little bit of money, do a lot of tedious work, take some criticism, and do a lot of self-promotion, then web design may be the field for you.

First, you’ve got to start the learning process. If you enjoy classroom instruction and having teachers, sign up for web design and graphic design courses through your local community college. If you’d rather start learning independently, buy some good books, look at the source codes of the web pages you visit, and go through some online tutorials. Even if you start learning web design in a school setting, be prepared to do a lot of learning in your free time.

It’s important to learn HTML, especially HTML5. Learn Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), up to CSS3. JavaScript, possibly some server-side scripting languages, and Flash are beneficial, too. Don’t forget to learn how to use Photoshop. If you don’t have the money to buy Photoshop immediately, download some free graphic design programs like Paint.Net and GIMP. You can learn some of the basics of graphic design that way and possibly be better prepared when you finally buy the most recent version of Photoshop.

These days, people access the web in more ways than possible. When you’re web designing, you want to make your web pages work in multiple browsers and on various devices. Even basic cell phones can access the web today, not just smartphones like BlackBerrys and iPhones. Even video game game-play instruments like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi have web browsers. Web surfers could be using tiny screens or enormous screens. They could be using a variety of different browsers and versions of browsers. Users may have various plug-ins and fonts; Adobe Flash is a browser plug-in. When learning web design, try surfing the web in many ways.

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