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Web Designer Overview

Do you have an eye for layout and design? An aesthetic sense is sometimes all it takes to get started in the field of web design. Tech savvy designers are improving the way people experience the web on a daily basis.

While they often work with a team of coders, marketing specialists, managers and other professionals, independent designers may also work closely with individuals in less structured settings. One of the tricks to being a successful web designer is having the ability to understand someone else’s vision and translate that vision into an attractive site.

Responsibilities

  • Handle the general layout of a site. You will probably also be writing content, so having strong writing skills will go a long way. Keep it simple and concise.
  • Find photos. If photography is needed, you should know where to go to source stock images that fit your client’s budget or even be able to take your own pictures if necessary.
  • Maintain site. You may be expected to update information and add or remove content.

Skills

  • Creativity. Be a creative thinker with original ideas and knowledge of current trends.
  • Communication. Be a good communicator and have the ability to work under strict deadlines, prioritize your duties and problem solve to meet your client’s needs.
  • Having a good eye. While some advanced web designers will have knowledge of writing code for multiple platforms, creating animation and editing audio or video, the most important thing is to have a strong sense of what will look good on the web.
  • Basic design sense and experience. You may own a digital camera and have proficiency in Photoshop and other Creative Suite tools, but just having Wordpress skills and an understanding of HTML/CSS  is all it takes to get started in this field.

Experience

A background in graphic design and computer programming would be helpful, but if you have a creative instinct, you just might be a natural web designer. That customized MySpace profile is a little outdated at this point, but having a live site you can point people to would be a great addition to your portfolio. 

Depending on the client’s needs, your experience level could range from an ability to create a basic splash page to building navigation bars with drop-down menus and writing content.

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