It is not just the IT industry that has been witnessing constant boom in the last decade and more. Various forms of interactive media and new trends in web designing have seen a major growth as ancillary industries, and have created an upsurge in the demand for young and creative web designers.
Simply put, the job of a web designer is to communicate words or ideas through a Webpage or a series of Web Pages. This may include the layout, the pictures, the illustrations and even colors. It is this play of design and strategy that attracts youngsters to this field. Being a web designer is fun. It is not a routine. It is unpredictable and keeps one on their toes all the time.
Although the process of web design itself is creative, a web designer has to often put the preferences of a client before his or her own. A designer is faced with clients who know what they want, and even those who don’t. To be a web designer and survive in the industry one must be prepared to work hard on options, knowing that they might be eventually rejected. Therefore patience and perseverance are important qualities. Prerequisites for Web design.
More and more youngsters are drawn towards the World Wide Web and careers related to it.
The best part about a career in web design is that there is no educational prerequisite per se. Degrees in design are available at leading design institutes in India and abroad as are diplomas. Some even opt for courses in computer science, web programming, web design or multimedia but many web designers are self taught.
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Other than one’s own technical expertise a web designer has to work with a team of other experts. Often the team includes a creative head, software engineer, a web developer, a web typographer and a graphic designer. This would be the case in a big agency, while in a small company the web designer expected to be the jack of all trades Also, web design typically involves long hours to meet usually narrow deadlines. This mean working endlessly in front of the computer One is expected to be meticulous and have a keen eye for detail.
The remuneration in this field is often based on experience. Clients like to see a designer’s portfolio before they hire, so the more work one has done, the better the salary. It is a good idea to intern with an established web designer or an agency that provides this service to learn about the businesses and enhance one’s portfolio. Also, web designers can be absorbed into various industries like education, publishing, healthcare, advertising, design studios and departmental stores. The options in fact are endless. Even individuals nowadays hire web designers that help them develop their personal or professional websites.
Being a web designer means being able to visually produce what a client has envisioned. Yes, technical skills and creativity are important but the most important thing is to be able to bring an idea to life. The process of creating a web site is getting more complicated by the day as new technologies emerge and old ones faster in the background never really disappearing but causing endless legacy problems. For existing or aspiring web designers it only means that they need to upgrade themselves more often and have more specializations in the areas of interest to them. One has to be able to add something extra to the Web. If you are the right mix of technical and artistic individual then the virtual world awaits.
Excerpts from Ascent