Web design is a career which has taken a big boom in recent years. It has become a very desired job role as more of us move online and understand the capabilities of the web. To be a web designer you need a level of creativity and flair, and you will need the technical skill to transfer your ideas into actual websites. In this blog we will discuss the steps you could take to forge yourself a career in web design.
Web design is much more than just designing a website. The job role requires a lot communication with clients. You will be required to participate in meetings with clients to discuss desired outcomes, and time lines for example. Time management skills are also important, If a client has a certain date they want their site to go live, you need to work to that, and factor in the site build time, time for any amendments and changes etc.
More specialised skills are also desirable, a good knowledge of Adobe software and WordPress would be preferred. You can learn a lot from online tutorials, or develop skills on a specialise course within further education.
Web design isn’t simply about creating a nice looking website. Much more needs to be considered whilst creating a functional, user friendly website. SEO is an important topic to learn about, Web designers are responsible for ensuring a website is optimised to the fullest extent in order to rank highly on search engine sites. Learn about user-experience, and how to make navigation as easy as possible for any user.
Web design is a very visual, creative topic which is why it is essential for you to showcase your capabilities to a possible employer. Your portfolio is what will set you apart from other candidates, it showcases your capabilities and the style of which you work. Your portfolio can be real projects, or mockups you have created from your own briefs.
A great way to promote your portfolio is through social media, not only does this showcase your work, it also demonstrates your understanding of social media, which has become vitally important. Creating an online community is a great way to network with others in the field, and get yourself some connections. Social media also provides you the chance to learn from others and to gain some feedback.
If web design still sounds like the career fro you, we would advise you invest time in the right resources, expand your knowledge, gain as much feedback as possible, and promote your work. Instagram is a great visual platform to learn from others, and showcase your own work, whilst LinkedIn is a great platform to connect with experts and look for potential job roles. For further advice please feel free to contact us.
If you’re interested in receiving our monthly email, please opt in here:
“Darren is a hard-working and dedicated Web Designer who has great attention to detail and an admirable work-ethic.” Joel Newman, Studio Manager, BSkyB 2nd January 2020
“Darren is a hard-working and dedicated Web Designer who has great attention to detail and an admirable work-ethic.”
Joel Newman, Studio Manager, BSkyB 2nd January 2020
Answer a few simple questions about your website goals and then choose a time to suit you for your 45-minute Website Strategy Meeting