Web design as a job, seen through the eyes of people that actually do it for a living is a set of skills or more likely, an arsenal of different knowledge that can offer you a lot of excitement and creativity, as far jobs go. In today’s world, information is everywhere, so people working in web designs come from all kinds different backgrounds. This is a developing branch of business that is growing every day but has a long enough history to set some pretty important rules. They are sometimes hidden from us or we simply overlook them. Here’s a list helpful tips that can make your job as web designer better.
Professionalism – when you say you are a web designer, that can actually mean a few different things since web design is more of a network of different skills than one job description. In every part of the job you do, you need to maintain a level of professionalism. You need to be trustworthy and reliable in order to make it out there, word gets out fast when reputation is in question and you should be focused on making that word as positive as possible. Enjoying and appreciating your business will help greatly there, since honest effort is the best motivation driver and healthy business attitude.
Navigation – down to the point, let’s talk about your “products”. No matter your line of work, your job is one same as mine at every point: making good stuff. If your product is good, it will sell, it’s as easy as that. If you are building web sites, the same rule applies. Your web location is only as good as it can be read and understood, clicked and browsed through. Making the site navigation as good as possible, making it easy and intuitive to look for obvious stuff is essential. You need to understand your visitors and think about them, making your sites user friendly.
Simplicity – as far as web design goes – the less is more. Since the core feature of the web is being “online”, there are certain side effects. Sending information on distant computers and devices is sometimes in question and has limits as far as technology goes. Your sites need to work fast on any device and you should aim to get supported on as many sites as possible. Also, visual simplicity makes for better navigation and overall better look. Avoid content clutter at all times and keep in mind the basic design and composition rules.
Colors – remember that computer screens are big and bright, but that the same content can go on a tiny phone screen and work with that. Colors can change or look different sometimes or create problems by straining the eye if selected poorly. Always consider the psychological effect they have on people and learn as much as you can that part of design. A lot of web design is about getting the message through and a good web designer should never forget it when creating content.