If you are considering entering the web design industry, now is a great time to make that leap. Perhaps you are a high school student thinking about their college and career options, or maybe you are an older worker who may be looking for a career change and long-term employment. Either way, the web design industry can offer you a challenging and rewarding opportunity.
According to Salary.com, web designers today earn a media salary of around $72,000. The low end of the pay scale for web designers is about $50k while the high end tops $90k. All you need is getting the right books and/or courses and lot of learning and practicing. Also, here are some usefull steps how to become web design professional:
Learn from other great web designers and programmers. Take a look at other well-designed websites, and note how a menu or content area is laid out and then use that knowledge in your designs.
Get the right tools. Start by getting a good vector graphics editor such as Adobe Illustrator. Making images using vector graphics is the easiest way to grasp graphics design, so spending some money on something like Illustrator or Fireworks will be a great help. Inkscape is a nice free and open-source alternative for beginners.
To become professional web designer you need to have following skills:
1. VISUAL DESIGN
Design principles are what sets the look and feel of a site. It ranges from proportions to typography, grid systems to color theory, and it’s your chance to dig into creating mood boards and type hierarchy and experimenting with web fonts and color palettes.
Here come those funny abbreviations! UX stands for user experience, or how people feel (calm, frustrated, etc.) when they use a website. Of course you want the users of your sites to feel as happy as a puppy romping in a field of dandelions!
3. DESIGN SOFTWARE
While designing a site can be done right in a web browser now, tools like Photoshop and Sketch are ones that almost all designers use for important parts of their job like creating mockups, designing assets such as logos and images, and of course modifying and enhancing photos.
You might not have imagined that a web designer would need to code. But, nowadays, it’s an expected skill for most design jobs
And then there’s HTML’s partner, CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is the code that tells browsers how to format and style HTML for a web page.
Let us know how your learning experience and path went :)