Current date:June 29, 2022

How to Become a Web Designer with No Experience

How about to learn some to do things for your web designer career?

This article is a guest post from the TheHireUps, a career advice blog that teaches its readers how to find more job opportunities and pass their job interviews.

Pursuing a new career can be daunting, so we’ve put together a helpful list to become a web designer. If you’ve got little to no experience, fear not, there are a few tricks and skills that’ll get you well on your way to becoming a successful web designer.

1. Learn Web Design Theory and Coding

When starting out in your new career as a web designer, it’s important to begin with the basics. The building blocks of web design start with learning web design theory and coding.

What are web design theory and coding you ask? It starts with UX (user experience), a worldwide criteria web designers adhere to to ensure the site has great visual appeal and overall success; a checklist of sorts.

Although learning coding may seem intimidating, it’ll open up many possibilities. The top programming languages to learn are HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets), and JavaScript.

But, if you’re looking to move forward quickly, a platform like Webflow has HTML, CSS, and JavaScript built-in, so when you design a site you’ll not have to write code.

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2. Invest in the Right Software and Tools

Knowing about graphic design as well as having access to design programs, will be helpful when planning the visuals of your site. Adobe has some fantastic programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. As they are extremely popular, there are endless tutorials out there.

CMS (content management systems) are essential. They’re able to make the process much easier from creation to the management of a site. WordPress is a great choice, to begin with as it’s user-friendly.

A key skill that’ll make design life abundantly easier is learning the art of prototyping. Basically a mock-up, prototyping gives you a feel of what the site will look like.

Mockplus helps designers create a mock-up in mere minutes! It’s also a great tool to have when you’re learning what design steps will potentially look like, without hours going by.

3. Learn SEO Basics

Currently, there are just over 200 million active websites. With competition like never before, following SEO (search engine optimization) trends is incredibly important to ensure your design attracts.

Get a jump start ahead of other entry-level designers by showcasing that you can provide skills and knowledge that’ll impress the client. Understanding the balance between a site looking attractive while also being search engine bot friendly helps optimize and improve the site’s performance.

SEO tools help designers understand what they should be focusing on without having to sift through mass amounts of information. If using WordPress, which the majority of beginner web designers use, there’s an awesome must-have SEO plugin called Yoast. It lets you preview your Google search snippet, and scores your page on readability, among other helpful previews.

4. Create a Portfolio

This is one of the most important tips on the list. Creating a portfolio will be what clients view and focus on. A killer portfolio that highlights your ability, style, and professionalism.

To knock them off their feet, by ensuring you have full web pages, a variety of templates, prototypes, and past projects. If you’re a newbie to web design, don’t worry, everyone’s gotta start somewhere and there are quite a few clients that are willing to take on entry-level designers.

You can build up your portfolio by brainstorming and creating your own brief and project. This will show the client that you are able to understand a brief and successfully execute what’s needed. 

There are loads of courses to help build your portfolio. But, remember, keep your site simple so your abilities are on full display.

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5. Sell Your Web Design Services on Your Own Website

Why give the middle man a cut when you’ve got the skills to create your own professional website to market from?

A good example of this is over at BlankPalette. This website allows you to order illustrations and infographics directly from the freelancer, and it’s all done using low-cost hosting and software.

It’s important to show how your services will benefit their business. Adding that you can tailor specifications to suit, show your ability to blend design and SEO, and how you understand target audiences.

On your own website, you can advertise your templates. As most of the work is complete before a client buys one, it’ll become a form of passive income.

6. Freelance Job Sites

If you’re looking for remote work, now’s the time to join the wonderful world of freelancing.

Today, there are many credible freelance job platforms where you’ll find opportunities to work. These sites can be a great start for inexperienced web designers.

Websites such as UpworkFreelancer, Dribble, have a variety of clients that’ll hire entry-level designers. Although the pay is low for these jobs, it’ll help build up recommendations.

Job sites such as 99 Designs, and Crowdsite are design-focused where you’ll find clients with a good idea of what they’re looking for.

7. Stay on Trend

Lastly, it’s essential to keep an eye on trends developing in the web design industry. Two main points to focus on are changing visual trends and development in software tools.

Visual web design trends are always changing. From layout, negative/ white space, typography, and dynamic graphics to the growing popularity of voice interface, these trends will help keep your designs fresh and attractive.

You’ll need to keep up with the industry’s theory and coding as it’s always developing. Learning new programming languages, software and SEO will keep you ahead of the game, and often new tools actually help make your job that little bit easier.

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There we have it, the top tips to starting your dream job! Learn the basics, hone your skills, and your portfolio is bound to get you that first job!

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