A career in web design

A career in web design is perfect for you if you want to couple your creativity (design and layout) with technical skill (coding) to design and build webpages. Web designers are responsible for creating the look and feel of new websites as well as maintaining and updating the look and feel of existing sites.

Web designer careers

As a web designer, you would typically work in offices, normally between 37 and 40 hours a week, 9am to 5pm. A career in web design is fast-paced and the right fit for you if you have a high level of creativity to develop new ideas, and flexibility to adapt to changes to designs. You might be required to work long and irregular hours and autonomously, but high level of collaboration – with clients and other designers – is also necessary. A career in web design also offers you the freedom and flexibility to work as a freelancer out of a home office.

On a day-to-day basis, your work could include:

  • Meeting clients to discuss ideas about the layout and organisation of a site
  • Preparing a design plan with the graphics (colours, images, styles) and content
  • Coding the site from scratch or updating an existing template using design software
  • Testing the site for design and functionality
  • Identifying and fixing technical problems
  • Uploading the site to a server

Personal skills

Since a career in web design is fast-paced, creative and technical, if you want to be a web designer, you should definitely have the following:

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills to interact with clients
  • Flair for creativity
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to pick up new techniques quickly
  • Skills in software programming and graphics
  • Understanding of coding language
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work autonomously and to tight deadlines
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest and ability to keep up-to-date with advances in the field

How to become a web designer: Courses, training and experience

Web designers will typically be expected to have a degree-level education combined with relevant work experience and vocational skills. You might also be required to have specialised degrees in varying fields such as graphic design, information design and interface design. If you want to launch your web design career, Martin offers the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies, the Diploma of Website Development and a combo diploma for both to help you design a career in the field. You could also take up one of our Diploma and Certificate level courses in graphic design, which can lead to web designer careers, plus gives you a well-rounded knowledge about all things design.

Web designers must be comfortable working across different operating systems (Windows, Macintosh) and have training and experience using computer graphics packages including Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. A web designer must also have knowledge of basic programming languages including HTML, CSS, Javascript, Flash, PHP or jQuery.

Web designer career paths

There are several careers paths you can follow as a web designer. Entry-level positions include:

  • Assistant web designer
  • Web graphic designer
  • Multimedia designer
  • User interface designer

More senior web designer positions include project managing, which involves overseeing the entire design or redesign of the site from start to finish. You can also be employed as a Design Director, responsible for consulting with clients and overseeing the work of other web designers.

Web designers are employed across all industry sectors – IT consultancies, banking, PR, advertising, retail and media – and there is also the option of becoming self-employed.

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