What does a web designer do?
Web designers work on any kind of website, from an interactive education site to one offering online shopping. The main tasks of this role would include:
- meeting clients to discuss what they want their site to do and who will use it
- preparing a design plan, showing the site structure and how the different parts link together
- deciding which branding, text, colours and backgrounds to use
- laying out pages and positioning buttons, links and pictures using design software
- adding multimedia features, such as sound, animation and video
- testing and improving the design and site until everything works as planned
- uploading the site to a server for publication online
Depending on the project, a web designer might also be asked to manage a client's website once it is up and running.
What do I need to do to become a web designer?
You don't always need qualifications to become a web designer. However, most designers have experience in other types of design, or have done some training in web design, either through college or by teaching themselves.
You will need to show evidence of your creative and technical skills, usually in the form of a DVD or 'live' websites you have worked on. You could gain this evidence from college, paid work or volunteering.
You will need a good working knowledge of HTML, and experience of writing web pages in a combination of codes. It could be useful if you have a working knowledge of some of the following design and programming tools:
- Dreamweaver and Photoshop
- .Net frameworks
Colleges offer a wide range of courses on these and you can also find many online tutorials, which are often free to use.
You could take one of the following qualifications, which provide good basic training in web design, interactivity and internet technology:
- Level 2 Award in Creating a Website
- Level 2 Certificate in Interactive Media
- Level 2/3 Diploma in Creative iMedia
- Level 3 Diploma In Information Technology (Specialist)
- Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills
You could also take a higher education course, such as a foundation degree, HND or degree in a design or multimedia subject. Relevant subjects include:
- web design and development
- multimedia design
- digital media development
- interactive computing
- A foundation degree, HND or degree in a design or multimedia subject
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
You would work indoors in an office or in your own home at a computer. You may spend some of your time travelling to meet clients.