So, you want to be a web designer, huh? Cool! For starters, you’ll need to know the basics of visual design, along with fundamental UX (user experience). Another key factor is client/customer communication, which will play a big part in your overall success as a web designer. Whether you’re looking for a simple place to start, or an intermediate-level starting point, here are a few resources to get you to where you need to be.
Where To Even Begin?!
So many people spend tens of thousands of dollars on getting a degree in web design or a computer science-related field. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, consider the self-study (AKA “I can do this myself!”) route. You’ll get to choose your own path rather than stay restricted to a rigorous study and exam schedule. However, you’ll need to be extremely self-motivated and have a lot of time (and even more patience) on your hands if you’re looking to take this plunge. If you possess these qualities and have a knack for the perfect combo of logic and creativity, you can learn everything you need to become a web designer online for free!
Crash Course Basics:
Here are a few quick crash courses provided by Flux Academy to get you started if you’re a beginner. They’re all available online, and each one is totally FREE!
How to create hierarchy to communicate effectively
Learn layout and composition
YouTube is Your New Best Friend
This particular YouTube web design course might be five hours long, but it will give you the basic rundown of each primary aspect of web design. It will definitely get you going in the right direction. Plus, it has over 1.2 million views, so there’s no doubt they’re doing something right and teaching people like you how to be legit web designers. Make sure you pause the video to take notes if you want to remember key points, and don’t be afraid to watch the same parts multiple times to get the crucial info ingrained into your memory. There are SO many YouTube tutorials out there, so take your pick if this one isn't for you!
Alright, I’ve Got the Basics Down! Now What?
The best way to find a more in-depth course on web design is to search things like, “how to design a user-friendly landing page,” or, “how to animate a button in Adobe XD”. The more specific, the better chance you’ll discover a good tutorial and actually learn how to do something directly related to what you need to know as a web designer. It might be overwhelming when you’re first looking for online tutorials to watch and/or participate in, so here are a few specific ones to help you navigate through the madness.
Phew, That Was A Lot
Not gonna lie, there’s certainly a lot to learn. But you can totally do it. And just remember, all of these resources (on top of the 15 million other ones out there) are completely free, and you can learn on your own time! If you find that you really have a knack and passion for web design, you should know that “employment of web developers and digital designers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.” So, once you teach yourself everything there is to know - or at least a decent amount - you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a good job in the industry (chances are it’ll pay well, too!).
The outlook and possibilities are truly endless. If you’re feeling sort of “meh” about diving into web design, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Immersively Created. We’ll be happy to help with any of your web design and branding needs. We do it all! Check out our services for more information.