Become a web designer

Employment of web designers is projected to grow by 20% by 2022

What is it?
Is it right for me?
How do I get there?

Web design involves a range of disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites.

A web designer creates a good front end user experience, which includes clear navigational features, and any relevant tools required.

A team of product managers, content managers, and user experience designers surround a web designer and the development team who they work closely with.

It’s important for a web designer to maintain the technical aspects of their role, but also to assume creativity and managerial control when necessary.

Web design skillsets include:

  • Authoring
  • User experience
  • Interface design
  • Web graphics
  • SEO
  • Standardised coding

Did you know that 40% of people abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load?

As well as being creative, a web designer must be able to work well under pressure in order to meet such restrictions and optimise a site through design.

Communication and patience are also crucial personality traits of a web designer because they often work directly with clients and colleagues who are not computer savvy, so they need to possess the ability to explain technical concepts in a de jargoned format.

No experience is necessary to undertake a web design course, but a professional qualification is recommended to make you stand out from the crowd.

The use of mobile and tablet computing is growing; the ability to ensure content works and looks good on these new platforms is an in demand skillset - promising a healthy and rewarding career.

Most web designers already have a keen interest in computers and programming.

Career opportunities exist in various industries:

  • Media outlets
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Digital advertising
  • Online gaming businesses
  • Mobile apps
  • In house marketing/design

There are many doors open to a web designer – you could end up working for a large company, a smaller specialist consultancy, or even go freelance, so the salary will vary based on who you’re working for, the experience you have under your belt and how certified you are.

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