4 Things Every Web Designer Needs to Know

August 5, 2014

There’s more to the life of a web designer than meets the eye.

It can actually be quite tough sitting in front of a 27-inch Mac, recolouring pixels...seriously. And to make matters worse we work in an industry that is ever changing. Stay still and you’ll get left behind.

With that in mind we have identified 4 key things that every web designer needs to know to survive in this wilderness.

1) Where to Get Ideas

Web Designers have to draw inspiration from somewhere. Sometimes the clients brief or your own imagination just aren’t enough. And that’s fine, the best of us struggle for fresh ideas when under the pressure of impending deadlines and client expectations.

Thankfully, at times like these, there are some useful resources you can turn to to help ignite your creative spark.

Designispiration

A handy resource for seeking out and sharing great designs. Perfect for researching (not stealing) design ideas and keeping track of what it is going on in the world. See an idea you like, go ahead and make it better.

Feedly

More an organisational resource that allows you to collate all your favourite websites and blogs in to one place. Great for dipping in and out of for quick bites of inspiration.

2) How to Keep up With Trends

Keeping up with the current trends in web design is hugely important. You need to be relevant and modern in your methods for people to be attracted to your designs. But you also need to understand the difference between a fad and designs that will actually last.

Getting the balance right between modern and timeless design is a key skill to develop.

3) Understand the Importance of User Experience

Realising that ultimately design is subservient to user experience will instantly help you create better work. User experience separates design from art and is what differentiates a good web designer from a great one.

Whether you’re designing a website, a brochure, or even a poster, the user experience should be a main factor in the design. Even the best design will be ignored if users don’t know how to interact with it.

4) Appreciate the Power of Planning

To get to complete you have to start with concept. Proper planning is vital in seeing a project through from idea to completion.

Whether it be an in-depth wireframe for a website or a pencil doodle for a flyer. Planning is an easy way to start the design process and gives you a reference point to return to, making sure you stay on track.

Bonus Tip... NOW Promote Yourself!

You can know all of the above and still stumble as a designer if you don’t know how to promote your skills and get noticed. Even if you’re working for a design agency it is important to establish an online presence if circumstances arise that would require you seeking a new role or going freelance.

Luckily our trade lends itself to being shared digitally and there are a number of online avenues for building a portfolio and promoting your work.

We especially think Behance is a great platform for designers. This is a beautifully interfaced online platform that is dedicated to letting users showcase their creative work in order to be found by businesses.

You can use your portfolio to showcase your skills and apply for positions through the website. Letting your work show you off.