A Web Designer’s Expedition From Novice to a Veteran
Web designing is the most prominent arm of the Digital Arena. It involves a lot of research and development along with a vivid vision, and the ability to turn imagination into reality on a screen. Anybody gliding within the rink of web-design must be proficient with HTML, CSS, WYSIWYG editors such as Abode Dreamweaver, and Content Management System such as ExpressionEngine, WordPress, Drupal and many more.
There is a satisfying sense of elation during most of our first experiences. It stems from a lot of mixed emotions, the release of endorphins and a bunch full of excitement rooting for success.
One such experience, for a web designer, is designing a website. There goes a lot into creating that shiny, and vibrant-looking web design, first of which would be imaginative prowess. After they have created a design that is unique and vibrant, it then goes to the front-end developer to be converted into HTML and define CSS. It is then, the front-end developer’s task to make it compatible on all accessible gizmos.
As a web designer, it is imperative to understand the competitive nature within the arena of web-design. It may not be wrong to say that a web designer finds his inspiration in the trivial things that go amiss by the general public. While scrolling through a shiny web-page, our eyes glisten to the aesthetically pleasing page, but there goes plenty of effort in making the vibrant virtual page.
Through this blog, we’ll try to break down the three stages of being a web-designer.
Stage 1: The Novice:
Through various trial and error methods, web-designer work towards proficiency in the said genre. It includes the application of acquired knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other tools used in web-designing. As a beginner, one must possess immense creativity and the ability to find inspiration from the trivial things around. In addition to creativity, tools of Visual Designing such as Typography, Grid-systems, color psychology, type hierarchy, etc., are equally necessary.
A web-design agency would want to hire a designer capable enough to put himself in the shoes of the user while approaching his designs. This modus operandi is known as UX or User Experience, and it is imperative today that web-designers possess this skill to make the design more impactful. Also, non-technical skills such as Communication Skills, Time-Management, and Resourcefulness enables a designer to think out-of-the-box and create quality work.
Stage 2: The Intermedial Conundrum:
The second stage is a state of limbo where, as a designer, you work to advance towards a higher position while tackling issues that did not arise in the first stage. The novice stage is merely a head-start that allows you to make mistakes and learn from them as you correct them. The intermediate stage is a melange of moving forward and taking a pit stop to solve issues that may hamper growth.
Within this stage, you may face issues you might not have come across in the novice stage, which makes this stage of paramount importance. The most common problems that arise is that of assuring the security, UX, Speed, and Retention.
Growing traffic on a web-page is of utmost importance, but it is essential to retain that traffic and keep them coming back for more. So while you design a website, you must make a master in UX, which will further define the retention of traffic and increase popularity.
Along with removing obstacles, there is also a constant urge to build higher and move forward.
Stage 3: The ‘Pundit’:
This is the final stage in the journey of a web-designer and includes imparting knowledge and training freshers. During this stage, a developer is at full potential and understands the intricacies of a web-design. He/She acts as a mentor to the ones who have just entered the arena and are discovering themselves.
It is safe to say that being a web-designer is a full circle. You begin your journey at the bottom and work your way upwards to the helm. Once you’re there, you realize that being a designer is being in touch with your creativity and aware of your surroundings. The journey of a web-designer is a non-stop loop, and it breaks only once you’ve retired.