I’ve been designing websites for more than a decade now, and I love hearing from up-and-coming web designers who are looking to hone their craft. It’s a field that allows you to be creative, all while helping business owners. If you’re hoping to become a web designer, here are some tips for continuing to improve your work:
Understand web design theory
While you’re probably eagerly anticipating getting started on your first design project, in order to enjoy a long career as a designer, you’ll need to start by learning some basic web design theory. Mastering the fundamentals of design allows you to create high-quality work for your clients. Many community colleges offer web design programs if you’re looking to further your education.
View every website you visit with an analytical eye
Even if you only want to design websites for restaurants, for example, any site you view during your daily internet travels can teach you a lot. What color schemes stand out to you? What kinds of graphics do you think look sleek? Is there anything about a particular website that you, as the user, find off-putting? Yes, this is your permission slip to spend a lot of time on the internet. It’s valuable, I swear!
Learn about SEO
You can design the most beautiful website in the world, but if no one is able to find it when they’re searching online, then your efforts will go to waste. Because of this, understanding SEO is a critical part of enjoying a successful career as a web designer.
Be open to feedback
No one likes to hear criticism of the work, but as a designer, I truly believe constructive feedback is one of the best ways to continue improving in any creative field. If you get an opportunity to have a more experienced designer critique your work, I’d highly encourage you to take it. It may sting at first, but you’ll learn so much from having someone else review your work that the temporary hit to your ego will be well worth it.
I always love chatting with aspiring web designers, so if you’ve got questions you’ve been pondering, feel free to send me an email at Keith@BuckleUpStudios.com!