How To Become A Web Designer

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How to become a Web Designer

With the launch of the Internet in the 90′s and the boom of the dot-com era in the new millennium. Web Designers have had a ball with designing cool-looking sites for businesses and individuals. However, with the development of newer easy-to-use tools like Dreamweaver and Frontpage, as well as online journals and blogs like this one, some people are beginning to say that Web Design skills are no longer in demand.

THOSE PEOPLE ARE WRONG!!!

Yes, the availability of purely Web Design jobs when compared to Web Developer jobs, may have somewhat cooled down, however, to think for a second that Web Design careers or jobs will go obsolete is totally ridiculous.

Web Designers are alive and well, and cranking out more HTML and CSS than ever. As a matter of fact, with the rise of Web-based applications (and the lack of cool styling and imaging that comes with them) Web Designers are once again finding new bread in assisting ASP.NET and PHP developers with optimizing their sites with clear, good looking HTML and CSS to make their web projects look awesome.

In this article, I will show you how to become a Web Designer or how to utilize your Web Design skills.

Who is a Web Designer?

A Web Designer is someone who designs and develops web pages and websites for the internet. When working with Web Applications a Web Designer typically adds static content to the different sections and uses styling and formatting to make the site look clean and uniform.

What is the Job Outlook for Web Designers?

As I said before, while Web Design has somewhat cooled in demand when compared to Web Development skills, the Web Design industry as whole is definitely here to stay. As long as the internet and the World Wide Web exists, there will be a need for highly skilled Web Designers because a web application, website or blog has limited appeal until a web designer’s magical human touch is applied.

Web Designer’s Roles and Responsibilities

To be a Web Designer, you must be good or strong in the following:

  1. Strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS.

  2. The ability to understand, to some degree, programming languages like C#, VB.NET, PHP which you interface with while working on web application development projects.

  3. Strong analytical skills because working with HTML is very much like traditional computer programming.

  4. The ability to work with pages and sites on different browsers, like IE, Firefox, Opera, Netscape.

  5. Strong attention to detail. A small glitch on one page could present a wacky layout to an end user or to a user with another type of browser.

  6. Fast learning and the capability to keep up with the current evolving standards for HTML and CSS.

  7. At least some working knowledge of graphics design so you can manipulate graphic images to suit different layouts on a website.

How does Web Design compare to Computer Programmer?

In some ways they are very similar. Web Design and Computer Programming require coding, testing, and adjusting. Web Design code is usually read top to bottom and left to right. Also there are rules to what you can write in web design code just like there are rules to writing in each computer programming language. These web design rules are embodied in a SYNTAX known as CSS and HTML.

One advantage of Web Design over computer programing is the reduced complexity of web design jobs. While computer programming may sometimes not be easy, all Web Design is usually done on the front-end.

If your are designing a simple site, it is relatively easy to test it; all you have to do is click around the site and see if you are getting your expected results.

If you are a Web Designer working on a Web Application project, you are usually the last person to work on the site after all coding is done.

Compared to Web Design, Computer Programming is much more complex. You have databases, routines, functions, controls, and handles for user input and output and error handling. Computer Programmers not only have several layers to work on, but they also have the front-end to deal with and assist the Web Designer on, just to make sure that their Website displays well within the Web Designer’s styling.

One thing to note is that while Web Design is simpler than computer programming, computer programmers tend to earn more money, but that doesn’t mean that Web Designers are not well paid either. The average Web Designer salary in low cost of living areas is about $35,000 a year assuming a 2 year college degree and some experience.

Web Design Training Opportunities

Currently we are working on a curriculum to train Web Designers. Stay tuned!

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9 Discussions for “How To Become A Web Designer”

  1. Dhaifullah Alkhaldi

    How can I understand my manager needs while he does not know what he needs?

    By other word, he likes to have his website full of every thing and he does not know anything to put in there.

    Dhaifullah Alkhaldi
    KFSHRC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • You may need to prepare a simple cost benefit chart. Which is a chart that lists all the features that your manager wants and how much time each feature will take to complete.

      Also prepare a simple project plan that shows your progress, completed items and outstanding items, that way, your manager gets a visual report that shows how adding new features slows down the project.

      These sorts of reports will also help him realize why building a software application is a complex, time consuming activity

  2. Louis

    I would like to recieve a job in Osage Beach Missouri in Computer Software.

    I have no college degree but attended a vo-tech school in high school, an received a certificate in Dream Weaver CS4, and Weeb development, an am quite knowledgeable in computer Networking as well, which I took in High School.

    • How to get a web design job … Web Design Skills are in high-demand and freelance web design gigs are also easy to get.

      Just make sure that your skills are well-rounded and that take the time to polish or perfect them and then create a portfolio to showcase your skills.

      Learn another creative web designing tool like Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite.

      Learn HTML5

      Learn CSS

      Learn a JavaScript framework like Jquery, Ajax, etc.

      Learn a web development language like PHP and ASP.NET

      Learn a database platform like MySQL or SQL Server.

      Be more concerned about learning these skills than getting a job because it is these skills that will get you hired, easily!

      If you spend most of your time worrying about the job then you will not have the time or presence of mind to learn the skills that will actually get you hired!

      Finally, build a portfolio that shows your skills through taking freelance jobs and you will get the web-design job that you really want!

  3. Carlos

    good morning,

    I have taken some basic html courses that I have never gotten to really use…

    My goal is to be able to design and sell educational software that is accessed as a school online.

    I guess I need to have software development and webdesign as a background…

    I just dont know where to start and what I would need to obtain my goal can any one help me ?

    • Marketing, business and programming skills are needed for an online educational software business. #webdesign #marketing #webdesigner

      You will need a marketing plan that defines how you will sell your products (twitter, facebook, google adwords, blogging) and how you will price your products (based on competitive analysis or marketing research).

      You will also need strong marketing skills and strong project manageemnt skills.

      Getting web development or programming skills may be the easiest hurdle … so do not think that the rest of your business will be as easy as learning programming or web development.

      Click here to read this post on how to start a freelance programming or web business for more information

  4. Parag:

    Thanks for the perceptive note.

    Would you be surprised that I’ve worn several hats in my professional life … one of which was as a Networking / Data Communications Specialist?

    That was in the good days of Novell Netware 3.x, Lotus CC: Mail and the very early days of the Internet

    Networking as a career has a lot of good prospects. I have worked and interacted with IT Managers and Directors who seem to me to be promoted more from the Network Engineer Ranks than the Software Developer or Business Analyst Ranks.

    Again, this is strictly my personal observation … as I haven’t done a statistical study or anything like that ..

    However it seems that IT Managers and Directors tend to be promoted more from the Networking Ranks … because of the scope of responsibility commonly associated with these positions.

    From a CEO’s perspective, the Network Engineer may be a better chice for an IT Director or Manager because they are responsible for:

    1. Corporate Communications Equipment including Telephone Switches, Routers, Hubs, Email Servers, High Speed Internet Connections (T1 Lines, etc.)

    2. Servers, Intra-network, Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), etc. This includes oversight for hundreds or perhaps thousands of computers on the Corporate Network

    The total cost of all these hardware, plus the cost and responsibility of managing and monitoring them goes to the Network Engineers.

    Because the C-Level Officers (CEOs, COOs), etc. are used to seeing the Network Engineers manage so much valuable hardware infrastructure, they are seen as natural choices for IT Management.

    So, Network Engineers have a bright future.

  5. Parag

    Hi Kinglsey, you talk about how to become a web designer, web developer, computer programer, data analyst, sql programmer and business analyst. Just about every job that has to do with coding, software development or databases. But I never see you mention anything about computer networking. I was wondering if you dont like computer networking or if it does not have the scope that software development related jobs have. It seems there is a fair share of people that did not like programming that found networking exciting. So, what gives in regard networking?

  6. I Want to Become a Programmer and Web Designer. I want your help best.

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