A web designer seems like quite a cosy job to get into, doesn’t it? You design the layout and formatting of web pages and get paid for it. From the outside a web designer looks like the best job in the world!
The thing is, how do you get into the web designing business? It is quite a common job to get into but you have to know where to start when it comes to becoming a professional designer and here are a few basic steps that you will have to follow to get into the industry.
Know your stuff
Like in any job you have to know what you are doing and a web designer is no different so make sure you do your homework. A web designer tackles the problem of the layout of the page, formatting and the colour schemes so a web designer must have a good grasp on the basics learn how to use the main software that every web designer will have to use when they are designing a page. Although web designers and graphic designs might be considered as the same thing, they are not and as a result a web designer must have specific knowledge of certain areas of the industry, such as the software that you have to use.
What are the main software programs?
The software programs that most web designer will come across on a daily basis are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but you are also better off learning Dreamweaver and Fireworks as well. They aren’t terribly difficult programs to use but they do take time to learn and you have to put the time in if you want to fulfil your aim of becoming a web designer.
Put the work in
Like most jobs in today’s day and age you need experience to back up your qualifications and show employers that you have in house experience and web designing is no different. You will to create a portfolio of web design that you can show off to potential employers and any potential clients you may have in mind, the only thing is how do you do this if you don’t have anyone who is willing to give you any experience? You can start by creating your own website and getting to grips with the basics of being a web designer here and then using this as a platform to move on to bigger and better things.
Get in the game
When you have all the tools of a web designer at your disposal and they are of a certain standard, your next step is become a player in the industry. This is where your portfolio comes in so any work that you have completed is essential and should be part of your portfolio folder and also make sure you keep your portfolio up to date as showing off your most recent work is vital in an industry that is ever changing.
Finally, know how to sell yourself and get your brand out to any perspective clients to maximise your work and earnings.