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How to Improve Skills As a Web Designer

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The most challenging part of a web designer's job is perhaps coming up with new ideas and creating new designs for each new project. While with web developers, working with programming languages for a certain length of time usually helps to improve their skills, designers have to go beyond that to succeed.  

With web designers, there is a constant need to improve and create something better than before, because the competition in the market is high, and viewers are quick to lose interest in one website style. There is always a high demand for new designs, and to meet this demand, you have to improve your skills. Here are some things you must try: 


Work on the Principles of Design: While it may seem obvious to follow design principles, quite often, designers tend to forget them when working on a project. Some of the universal principles of design include typography, color theory, image, and text proportions. You can experiment with color, fonts, white space, images, and everything else that you would like to have on your site. Following the principles will make it easy to create a balance between the written and the visual elements on your website. It will also make it easier for you to maintain the functionality of your site while creating visual appeal. 


Improve Your UX Skills: As a designer, you cannot leave out the user experience. How your targeted users feel about your site, and the kind of impression it creates on them is crucial. The functionality of your website depends a lot on the coding. And at the same time, designers follow the latest trends to ensure user satisfaction. But you can go beyond that and do some market surveys. You can either create a poll or a survey form and share it with your users to see what elements they prefer and what they don't prefer. You may end up getting new ideas that will become part of the design trends. 


Learn Coding with JavaScript: Most web designers for hire know how to work with HTML and CSS because they are essential for creating a web page and arranging the different elements on it and are expected to have a working knowledge of both. But if you want to go one step further, you should also learn JavaScript. With JS, you can change all the static elements of your site to interactive ones. Your website will look different from that of your competitors and will impress the viewers like never before. 


Learn SEO and Digital Marketing: It may not seem necessary as a designer to learn SEO or digital marketing. But knowing them will help to improve your design skills and will also benefit your work profile. The success of a website depends mainly on search engine optimization. A design optimized for search engines will be easier to market. Further, many sites, especially those in the e-commerce domain, are made to sell products online. So if you know digital marketing, you will able to arrange the products on a page in a way that it will be easier for the company to market them. Learning the basics of digital marketing will also help you sell your ideas to your clients and, at the same time, convince employers about your talents.


Design on a Whiteboard: More often than not, you will have close deadlines for your project. In such cases, you are likely to design directly on the screen to finish your work faster and submit it on time. But if you have some time, it is always better to design on a whiteboard first. You will get more space to design. And you can also explore your ideas and creativity before you start working on the technicalities. It will also give you a reference that you can use when putting the design on the screen. 


Look Up Websites for Inspiration: Several websites on the internet are regularly updated with the works of web designers from around the world. Some of these include siteInspire, Dribbble, Behance. Checking these sites will give you fresh ideas and will inspire you to aim for more in your designs. When you see the works of your competitors, you will get a better idea of where you stand and how much you need to improve. 


Participate in Design Contests: Design contests are meant to encourage you. Participating in these contexts can be challenging and competitive, but at the end of it all, it is highly rewarding. You learn from your mistakes as well as from that of the others. You also get to know how favorable your ideas are to the clients. To participate in a design contest, you can sign up in 99Designs. The platform requires employers to start a contest to hire someone. Participation is free. You get to submit your design proposal based on what the clients want. And you get to compete with other designers. You never know when you may get hired in the process as well. 


Create a GitHub Account: GitHub is a place where you will find many open-source projects. Open-source projects are meant for designers like you who are looking to practice and improve their skills. You can practice your coding and designing skills here. But the best part about these projects is that you can get reviews and comments from other designers. They can tell you how your work is, where you can improve, and may even teach you some new techniques and approaches that you can use later on. The best critics for your work are the other professionals in the field, and when you know what it is like to be critiqued, it will be easier for you to deal with your clients as well. 


Try Different Editors and Software: There are many popular software and editing tools for web designers. But it is unlikely that a designer uses all of them. For instance, you may be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver and generally work with these two software. In that case, you could try other software like Figma or Canva, which are also equally popular. Another one you could try out is Adobe Illustrator. Trying out different platforms and their features will add to your experiences. The more you work, the more proficient you will be. 


Share Your Work on Social Media Channels: Social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram are great for sharing your skills and talent. When you start sharing your work, more and more people get to see it and comment on it. You also build your followers and create a space on these platforms. You can get follow other designers as well. And at the same time, you can add a link to your profiles in your virtual resume. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Web Design  

What is the salary of a web designer?  

According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a web designer is $52k/year approximately. However, many web designers work on a contract basis, so the payment varies from employer to employer. The salary also depends on how qualified you are as a designer, how much technical skills you have, and your years of experience. 


How long does it take to be a web designer? 

It depends entirely on the kind of courses you want to take as well the hours you can put in to learn it. On average, it should take somewhere between 1-4 years to become a beginner level web designer with some of the essential technical qualifications. 


Do I need to learn coding to be a designer?  

It is possible to design a website without writing codes. But for modern websites, coding is often essential. Learning to code will increase your chances of getting hired, so you should at least learn HTML5 and CSS3. Learning JavaScript and jQuery is an added advantage. 


What is the difference between a web designer and a graphic designer?  

A web designer is a specific term that refers to someone who only designs websites. But a graphic designer generally creates designs for print media including newspapers and magazines, brochures and sometimes even advertisement graphics. 


What are the best web design tools? 

There are many web design tools that you can try to determine which one you are most comfortable using. However, some of the most popular tools or softwares include Sketch, Adobe XD, Adobe Photoshop, Figma, InVision Studio, GIMP.


Further Read:- Should you hire a web designer or use web builders to build your custom website.

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