Designing for the Web ~ Getting Started
Web designers need to be specialists. Being specialist is difficult when you’re a freelancer, or work in a small company. Your boss may ask you to skill up in other fields and diversify. The desire to learn something new can take you spinning off into new directions. But, in the midst of all this, don’t lose sight of what your core offering as a designer should be. Mine, for example, could be layout. With my experience, traditional background and my leaning towards typographic design, clients come to me because of that. I have other skills on the periphery — such as knowing how to hand—write HTML and CSS, and project management — but my primary ‘selling point’ as a designer, would be my knowledge and practice of graphic design layout as applied to the modern web. To lose sight of that would be dangerous — both in terms of running a business, but also in my continued growth of a designer. A web designer has to be adaptable. Willing to learn, and ready to embrace change. A web designer has to be willing to shed previously high—held design sensibilities and start from scratch. They have to accept, challenge and manipulate the constraints of the web. They must do all of this whilst keeping one eye firmly on their own personal design journey; where they’ve come from, and where they’re going. All of that is why I love the web. If you give it chance, it’s an enriching design medium, and one from which many never return.
a very good thing.
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Designing for the web