What is web design and what does it eat?
When I ask new friends about how I earn my bread, I have to answer twice. At first, it sounds proudly from my lips: “Web designer”, which flies to me from the other side: “Um, web design – what is this?”
Then I have to explain what is included in my responsibilities, but in the end it all comes down to a simplified version, they say, I create websites, gentlemen. After another similar answer, I wanted to delve deeper into this topic and explain in detail to people what was what.
I propose today to understand together what web design is, to understand its key stages and basic principles. As a bonus to beginners, I will add information on how to start a career as a web designer, as well as how much time it takes to learn to already earn the first money.
What kind of creature are you, web design?
To form an unambiguous answer regarding what is called web-design, I took into account the opinions of the authors of many textbooks, my authoritative colleagues, and personal experience in this area. Do you want to hear the uncensored version (with technical matyuki) or in plain Russian? I think the second option is more suitable.
Web design is a website production process that consists of technical development, creating a convenient web page structure, graphic design and transferring information to the network.
The main principles of this direction include the balance of the main elements in the picture, their organicity, rhythm, focus, general contrast and proportionality.
Web Design Steps
We sorted out the wording, now let’s move on to the study of each stage separately.
1. Terms of reference.
First of all, you need to understand the purpose of creating a website, to understand what functionality, structure and appearance it should have. In the terms of reference, each of the above points is thought out in detail, after which the project is agreed with the customer. After its confirmation, the stage can be considered completed.
2. Structuring the information on the page (usability).
This stage includes the creation of a common modular grid and the formation of a future content delivery structure. Here, the main task pursued by the web developer is to create the most convenient form for providing the necessary information to users.
3. Graphic design.
Next, a website design is developed in a graphical editor. This is probably the most favorite stage of each representative of this profession. Here you can create and try to realize your most non-standard (if, of course, the customer is aware of your initiative) ideas.
What is website design? This is the embodiment on the layout of his vision of a future project. It includes thinking over the fullness of space, the thickness of lines, the arrangement of elements, colors, fonts, textures, etc.
At this stage, the graphic image of the page is divided into separate elements. The design is transformed into code using HTML and CSS technologies. This process is performed so that web browsers can accurately display your site.
The final step is to transfer the site to hosting and further search engine optimization so that other people can see your creation on the Internet.
What is the difference between a designer in a web designer?
A web designer is a specialist in a wide profile who independently carries out each stage of site development and carries out its further launch. However, it should be borne in mind that he can delegate some tasks to other professionals. This is done in order to save personal time. Nevertheless, he himself controls the entire process of creating a future project.
A designer is a person who specializes only in the development of graphic elements. He is solely responsible for the visual part, so his responsibilities include only creating a beautiful and convenient layout, all kinds of icons, avatars and other images. I hope you understand the difference between a designer and a web designer and will not get confused in the future.
Is it possible to quickly learn web design and make money on it?
Often, after learning and comparing the web designer’s earnings with the amount of time spent to obtain it, the interlocutor comes up with an unobtrusive (and sometimes very, very obsessive) question about whether this can be learned, or was the gift sent by Zeus from heaven? I always answer positively, as in my practice there have been many cases where people came to this profession at the age of 30–40 and at the same time became quite successful specialists after some time.
In this case, age does not play a fundamental role. Of course, it’s better if you’re 20, you’re energetic, and the jelly is still in your head, but here patience, the pursuit of knowledge and constant development are much more important.
Is web design something like some kind of quantum physics? Although even it can be understood over time.