You are reading this article!
Means probably you are a wannabe Web Designer or a newbie who wants to know all the skills that are needed to be a professional Web Designer.
What is Web Designing and who is a Web Designer?
In the simpler terms, Web Designing is the process of creating the user interface (UI) of a website, and the one who carries out this process is known as a Web Designer.
By reading the above definition, it seems an easy process, right?
But it surely doesn’t!
You need to learn many skills to be a Web Designer, and to be a professional Web Designer you must expertise on those skills and learn the latest design trends as well. You also need to be updated with the new technologies of this particular industry.
Many newbies don’t know what exactly they need to learn to be a pro in web design. Thus, through this blog post I am going to share those skills that you must need to be a Professional Web Designer.
Below are those skills:
Adobe Photoshop is primarily an image editing software, but it can do a lot more things. It is also used create website templates in .psd format that later converted into HTML to create HTML design of the PSD layout. I am sure you heard of many PSD to HTML services.
Layouts can be designed in much better way if you use Photoshop rather than directly coding a web page in HTML. You can give different pattern and gradient to the layouts by using it.
Thus, learning Photoshop is the first skill I recommend to every web designer.
HTML [Hyper Text Markup Language] is one of the most fundamental things of web design because the web pages are written in this language only. Even those who use editors like Dreamweaver, Notepad++, etc. must know this markup language.
To cut it short, Web Design is impossible without HTML.
Now the next version HTML5 is available which is more robust, have new tags, and a many more exciting features.
Thus, having knowledge of HTML and HTML5 is must to be a professional Web Designer.
HTML is to create the structure of a web page, and CSS is to adorn that structure with different styles.
Yes, CSS which stands for Cascading Style Sheet is used to improve the look and feel of the web pages.
As HTML5 came into market as the latest version of HTML, CSS 3 also available to use as the latest version of CSS. It has a few new additions and exciting features.
Few features that are added into CSS3:
- New CSS Selectors [Read CSS Selectors Explained]
- New Pseudo-elements
- New Combinator
- New Style properties
It is Indeed a must have skill for professional web designers.
When you don’t want to load the web pages on every request then Ajax come into use where you can make separate part on a web page, and if the request is sent using that part then only that section gets loaded, and not the full page.
For example, if you want to create a form on a web page that updates the data without loading the full page, then Ajax can do the task efficiently.
Thus, knowing it will be an added advantage for you being a Web Designer.
- HTML/DOM manipulation
- Effects and animations
- CSS manipulation
- HTML event methods
Nowadays, web designing companies ask for this skill if you are applying for a Web Designer Job.
There are many benefits you get when you use Bootstrap Framework for your web design project:
- Mobile Responsiveness. [Read all about responsive design]
- Increased Development Speed.
A designer needs to have a great imagination power because great designs are made by those who have out of the box imagination.
It is a natural skill but still you can keep researching and think on the new ideas. That may help you imagine better designs.
Web Designers are in high demand because most of the businesses are going online, and for that they need websites. So, the requirement of website creation leads to an increase in the requirement of Web Designers.
Even though there is a high demand, there is fierce competition as well because nowadays computers are gone very common among people. Everyone is learning things like designing, coding, etc. So your market value will increase only if you have all the skills and expertise that are needed to be a Professional Web, Designer. If you miss some skills, then you might get rejection or get lower salary package.
Therefore, start learning the skills mentioned above if you are really want to become a professional Web Designer.
Hope to see your thoughts in the comments!