Become a Web Designer

Learning how to become a web designer is similar to graphic design except is targeted towards website look, feel and functionality. If you already have experience in graphic design or commercial art you are well on your way to becoming a web designer with some coding / HTML knowledge.  Most good web designers start out with a college degree in web design or a related field.  A bachelor’s degree is preferred in order to obtain the necessary knowledge about the technical side of web design.  The graphic design component of the degree program is also important to help you understand how to portray the message/purpose of the website. Some people may require more schooling according to their innate artistic ability than others.

Once you have learned the necessary skills, you can choose to focus on freelance work or to work for a corporation. Freelance work gives you the ability to work the projects on your schedule and pace and deal directly with the client.  You will need to learn what to charge and how to draft up contracts to stay clear of legal issues with your work.  In addition, individuals who freelance must have excellent time management skills.

Like with graphic design, to land a good job in web design you will need to build a solid portfolio to show clients. Both design firms as well as freelance clients will want to see what type of work you are capable of and what type of style you might have to fit their needs.  You also might want to think about getting some knowledge or schooling in marketing to know who your target audience or demographic focus is because every website has a goal or product to sell.  Most web designers work for a company or design firm.  You might want to take advantage of the career center at the school you attend to find work freshly out of school.    

A Day in the Life of a Web Designer

Below are examples of individuals who have careers in web design and their experiences and viewpoints about the field.

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