7 Tips To Start a Web Design Career
Web design is a pretty popular activity that more people with creative skills take on nowadays. Once you have the imagination and the potential, you should definitely go for it, giving that you acquire certain skills and experience in the time being. It is not that easy to succeed to get a career in this subject, so you either have to be really confident in yourself and go till the end, or give it up and find something more suitable for you. This happens because there are tons of good designers, that will be your competitors some times in the future and you have to fight to get your own place.
The hardest thing is to start a career and we all know it. There will be downfalls and successful moments so you have to be prepared for anything. But once you have your foot in the business, then you can be sure of a good income and lots of pleasant moments.
We will share with you 7 tips that might help you get around and decide whether you are ready for this career or not. Remember that there are a lot of other things to consider before starting a career in web design and this is just a short overview.
Tip Nr. 1:
One thing you should consider doing is deciding whether you want a degree in web design or not. It is definitely a strong point and you can get theoretical help that will be a strong background in your career ahead of you. All you will have to do is apply it in practice and then practice some more. On the other hand, some web designers have decided to become web designers when they were working as plumbers or even doctors. It is never too late to find the love of your life (professionally speaking). Of course these people didn’t get any degrees in web design and they didn’t go to school. They have mastered these skills on their own. And honestly when it comes to web design, potential clients won’t care if you have a degree or not, they will see your portfolio first and then decide whether they want to hire you or not.
Tip Nr. 2
Once you have decided to be in the business of web design, you have to learn from the best. Let professional web designers be your “godfathers”, and look for their tips and advice. This means you will have to spend a lot of time researching and looking for good materials that will inspire you. You have to be a part of the web designer community and learn from their mistakes or successes. This implies spending time on web design forums for instance and asking anything you want to ask before you get started. The web design community is huge and I am sure you can get help if you search for it. Follow other web designers, choose your favorites and find your own personal style, but remember do not copy other people’s work – this is truly unprofessional and you might get busted.
Practice makes perfect – this is an universal truth and I think all of you will agree on this with me. As I have mentioned before you have to practice all the time and see the world like a designer would see it, i.e. capturing all the interesting information that you see and transforming it into design. At the same time you have to try out new things. Everything that you find in theory, you should better try it out in practice – it won’t hurt, plus you never know what you might get out of this. You have to try and even if you will fail, you will learn from your mistakes, otherwise you won’t learn at all.
A painter can’t paint without his brushes right? Well it goes the same for a web designer. You have to be prepared and have your utensils always ready. This means that if you are coding you will need some text editors. There are tons of free text editors on the web, but you can also get better editors for a small price. The most expensive tool you will need is probably Photoshop, but once you get it, then you are free to practice your skills and make your dream of becoming a web designer true. There are also other graphics editing softwares that you can get for free on the Web like GIMP for instance.
Before getting the dream job in web design you are longing for, you will need a portfolio (a showcase of all your works and projects). The web designer degree might help a bit, but people would like to see your skills instead and have a visual image of what you can do. We recommend working on your own projects, like a personal website for instance, or a web site for your friend’s rock band – I am sure you will find people that are willing to do that, especially if you are doing it for free at first. It is also important to have a nice resume, stating all your successes and achievements. And only after that, be really prepared for the interview (if there is one), meaning you will have to know more information about the company than is written on the ad. Stay away from online hacks, if you are looking for a job as a web design freelancer. The Internet is full of them. Be careful and choose your potential clients carefully and it’s better to wait for another chance if you see something is fishy about your potential client.
In the end it might seem intimidating to start a career in web design. As I have mentioned before, there are a lot of good designers that could take your spot if you are not good enough. The important thing is to be confident and believe in yourself, and even if you don’t get the praise you expect, you don’t have to be discouraged. One thing to remember is that if you are a fresher, and you sometimes want to seem more professional you could fall into the temptation of doing something faster than the others, but not better. Quality comes before quantity. Don’t give out empty promises if you think you cannot manage it. If people will see that you are not professional and you lack work ethics, they will turn away and as the word spreads out easily, you might not get a future client soon.