As a kid, we all would have built or liked to see sandcastles on the seashore. We would have tried to give good aesthetic looks to the sandcastles. Nowadays, sandcastles are also built for special occasions and come in attractive colors.
Similarly, a website is built for specific preferences. They have user-oriented contents and are aesthetically designed. Therefore, the process of creating a website page is called as web design or web designing. The process of web designing is a kind of art that allows you to be creative. You use various tools to design a web page. For example, you use, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.
You have now decided to get trained in this art of web designing. I feel you have to know certain factors before you get on to the schooling. This will be, kind of an orientation to your entry into the learning of web designing.
15 takes on You and Your Web Designing
Be That Colorful Castle Builder
Learn to have a liking towards attractiveness. Orient yourself towards aesthetics. I mean, you like to see ice-creams in different and multi-colors. It’s all cream and color. I know it would kick your taste buds and you would feel like devouring one.
Have a sense of charm too. I personally like a canvas dipped in colors and pleasing to the eyes. Likewise, have an appetite towards user-oriented contents. Empathise with the needs of the people.
Be A Good Communicator
You know what your website should communicate to the people. Come on Speak Up! Designs And Colors Are Louder Than Words. Talk rightly to your client, art director or developer. Express yourself boldly. Have clarity on why and how of your designing, especially from a client perspective and for the purpose of business also.
Your needs for copywriting and editing requires excellent communication skills. Learn to explain your points in a lucid way. Moreover, communication gaps can lead to funny actions.
Shout loud about who you are and your skills. Only then you can win in the competition. Word-of-mouth marketing, social media marketing, and even business card marketing can aid you in this process. Don’t expect clients to come to you but you hunt for them.
Begin The Never-Ending Journey
I like to go biking on paths that I have never gone before. Such traveling lets you to explore and discover new things.
You cannot learn everything about web designing at one stretch. It keeps evolving. That is why web designing is really special. Your directions of designing, especially, keeps shifting based on the needs of the people. Don’t get dizzy and fall out looking at the various designing options. Take one step at a time.
Variety Is The Essence Of Life. You are naturally tuned to take on varieties. Go for it without panicking.
Be Aware Of The Context
Know your audience and client. Based on this you can create the right design and solve issues. Let your design fix problems and delight people.
Keep It Simple and Less
Don’t give in to the temptation to create more content. People will not have time to over-read. They only scan and that too only for three to eight seconds. However, keeping it simple is really a challenging task.
Giving priority to, what is important, when and where will help you in creating simple but essential content. This is really a vital part of designing.
Your Designing Needs Planning
Of course, you would think of a design plan before building your office in town. Spaces have to be allocated based on work requirements. Similarly, you have to plan and research before designing a website. That sounds boring, I know.
Your planning should be around three things,
- Knowing about the client’s company and what they actually try to achieve or market
- Enquiring the client about his/her needs and expectations out of the web
- Looking into the client’s competitors and other industry related trends.
Jot your plans and sketch, on a paper.
Be Your Own Judge And Work On The Feedbacks
Evaluate and analyze your work. Don’t frown at feedbacks but learn to take up the right ones. Judge your designing from the viewpoint of the customer or audience. Critiquing your own content is a good attitude.
Keep An Eye On The Recent Trends In Technology
Stay ahead of your competitors. As web designing is ever-evolving, keep abreast of the recent trends in web designing. You can browse through websites such as Evanto Market to get the latest on themes, templates and the like.
I mean, be tech-savvy.
Stick On To Web Design-Soft Skills
Every art has its own craft. So, what is yours as a web designer?
- As a web designer, you need to have hands-on experience with the recent techniques in the web designing field.
Above mentioned knowledge will help you land in a good job. So, get trained in all of these with utmost seriousness. Anyway, I don’t sound serious and neither should you. Learning is fun.
Maintain A Biz Ethos
Approach your web designing task with a business mentality. Your job would be all about salesmanship, value assessments and balancing costs. Be aware that you are engaged in a job of creating business solutions for your client.
Therefore you have to understand the marketing needs of the organization and step into the shoes of potential visitors.
I Mean, You Mean Real Business! Not this complicated though…!
Learn To Be A Team Player
Your role as a web designer is not a single effort. It will be collaborative. You have to Team Up. The great collaboration will lead to efficient working and incredible results. Evanto Studio facilitates collaboration with web designers.
Content Is King
Good and high-quality content is key to the success of any website. In the age of smartphones, your content should be mobile ready. Your designing as well.
It is usually said, “design with content first”. Content and designing should be based on the “mobile-first” approach.
In the busy world of web designing, prioritizing your work and managing your time is very important. You have to be on top of your schedule. Customize yourself to productivity apps like task lists, calendars, Trello and JIRA.
Efficient Business/Client Management
This aspect is crucial towards your web designing job. Be clear with the goals of the management you are working for or your business. Also be sure about the budgetary and financial arrangements, especially when dealing with clients.
A Wrap Up of The Above Discussions
- Always have an aesthetic outlook
- Be empathetic towards the needs of the user or your customer
- Communicate extensively, boldly and precisely
- Design from a client’s perspective
- Be clear with your persona
- Keep learning as web designing is ever-evolving
- Understand your audience and client
- Keep your content simple yet attractive
- Pre-plan before designing
- Have a thorough idea about the competitors
- Be your own critique
- Be up-to-date on recent technologies and trends
- Have the soft skills of web designing
- Have a business mentality
- Collaborate with your team
- Give importance to Content
- Prioritize your work and have good time management
- Learn the knack of business/client management
Studying web designing is a task that will give you an experience of the people’s view of the world. You color their minds in the form of understandable and fulfilling websites. Your knowledge of designing draws customers, meets the requirements of your management and fulfills the needs of your client.
As a web designer, you are in constant lookout for the latest trends that attract businesses and people the most. To conclude, as a web designer, you have to bear in mind that good web designing, increases conversion rates, boosts your branding, boosts sales growth, aids in getting your message across and enables you to outshine your competitors.
Now having brushed up a little on web designing, I know that you will be excited to go ahead and learn it straight away. Have a good learning experience and contribute skilfully in the world of art and design.
Before you start, just Google for some recent trends in Web Designing. I think I sound smart! Of course you too…
Isaac John from Zuan Education is a Content Manager. He is passionate about collecting, authoring and publishing contents that make news in the industry. For more on Zuan Education, follow us on Facebook @ZuanEducation.