6 Rookie Web Designer Questions Answered!
Many established web designers get asked questions by hopeful rookies that aim to enter the web design industry. Our Web design Wigan team have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions, such as how to get clients and the skills needed, to hopefully help any aspiring web designers.
What skills are needed to become good at web design?
An easy answer to this question would be ‘design skills’, but this isn’t a skill in its own right. The design is the outcome of your work, and skills are needed to help reach that desired outcome.
Excellent web design is made up of many different elements, but three of the main useful skills that will help you as a web designer are:
A good understanding of proportions and spatial relationships
There are many different aspects to a web design, and fitting each section or design element together demands a good understanding of how proportion can alter perceptions as well as spatial relationships.
Understand colour theory
Good use of colour to compliment the aspects for a design to can move a design from being bland to looking professional and vibrant. Although this is a mix of art and science, it one of the easier skills to learn and implement.
Convert ideas in your head into pixels
One of the more technical requirements; knowledge of how to use the correct tools to create the design is essential, from being able to use programming languages and graphics packages. If you are unable to use these tools, you are not going to get far as a designer.
What is the best way to start learning?
The best way to learn is through trying and experimenting. You could read through information books or websites for a long time but that will only get you so far.
Start by acquiring some CSS and HTML reference sheets, and then search the web for some in-depth web design tutorials and stick with them from start to end, and this should give you a good understanding of the entire process of designing a website.
After that, look at some existing websites with tools such as Firebug to find out how they are built. Try to find the plugins and systems that have been used, and then attempt to rebuild a website from the ground up.
Is it mandatory to learn to code?
However the more code and languages you learn on top of this will always be more beneficial to you, and make you more versatile and the whole web design process.
Is it worthwhile to learn older version of CSS and HTML first?
In short, no. CSS3 and HTML5 contain all of the most up to date technology as well as including the relevant technology from older versions. If you learn the older versions first, then there will be things that have change in the newest version that you will need to re-learn again.
At what point will I need to use a graphical design program?
While it is technically possible to never need to use a graphics program (such as Photoshop) as you can design a website entirely in a browser with the use of CSS3, being able to use a graphics program will be required at some point and will ultimately make it significantly easier for you. Therefore you should learn a graphics program as early as possible.
How long will it take until I can find my first client?
The answer to this question is largely up to what you’re comfortable with. Some people have the natural confidence and talent to learn to be adequate at design in a matter of weeks, whereas with some people it may take a couple of years.
Before you do start taking on paid work, it is highly recommended that you have undertaken and completed in entirety several projects if your own first, and after that it is worth considering offering a family member or friend a free or heavily discounted website to have the experience of managing a project and working with a client.
Don’t get too ambitious to start with, take on small projects that you will be able to handle, and from there increase your design skills as well as project management to be able to take on larger projects in the future.
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