7 Things to Keep in Mind to Become a Web Designer in 2022
Web designing is one of the most promising and creative fields on the web. Web designers have the most creative yet sometimes the most stressful job because they should give results at a particular deadline. Trending designs, styles, and strategies keep changing every year, and 2022 is no exception in this regard. Here are seven things to keep in mind to become a web designer in 2022.
7 Things to Keep in Mind to Become a Web Designer in 2022
The first few months of 2022 are complete, and if starting to work as a web designer was one of your new year resolutions, then we’ve got a few things to get you started.
Always remember: Big players might dominate the market as always, but that does not stop anyone from making their mark with their exceptional work. Read Also: Why We Love Web Designing (And You Should, Too)
1. Learn and understand the Basics of Web Designing
Web Designing is a skill-oriented job and needs good practical experience to excel in it. However, to understand and apply those practical skills, it is necessary to theoretically learn the basics of web designing. There are many online courses available in free and paid options. It would be ideal for learning the basics through the courses to start with the web designing journey. After learning the basics, these courses can also be used as an upskilling option.
2. Get acquainted with Web Designing Tools
The various web designing tools that you need to familiarize yourself with before starting as a professional web designer are:
- Google web designer
If not all of these tools, it would be great if you were acquainted with at least three of these tools.
3. Implement those learnings into your own website to get started
Learning new skills and not practicing is like adding water to the ocean and expecting a change. As important as learning, so is executing it in real situations to get a knack for it. You can implement your learnings into your own projects or existing websites, for starters. You can also offer a free designing service within your community in exchange for a testimonial; this will also add to your experience.
Here is a shortlist of implementable skills that have proven potential for website growth-
a. Handmade graphics rock
Illustrations of handmade sketches will be emerging in the future because of their ability to convey a direct and accurate message without any filters.
Also, handmade pictures tend to give users nostalgia, so they connect better with the content and the message you want to convey.
Subtlety which is achieved only by illustrations, sketches, and handmade graphics, will create a more literal channel through which you can showcase your services and products.
Another benefit of handmade graphics is that there are no copyright issues due to their originality. You can explain almost anything with a creative handmade sketch and reach out to more people.
b. Material Design will evolve
Material design is here to stay for a long time. Ever since Google has adopted the material design based on the grid layout, major websites have turned their designs and plan to material and grid user interface.
Material design is bold, direct and intensive with realistic visual components that increase the look and feel of the overall design.
c. Motion provides meaning
Motion triggers emotion. Gone are the days when static images and icons were ruling the web design, and people were awestruck with those vector images that designers used in the header and slider.
Now, thanks to more internet accessibility, people can easily stream videos. So it is good to have an introductory video in the slider of your website. It would be even great if you could make separate short videos for various services.
Try to make it concise so that the website loading speed is not hindered due to the excessive size of the video.
d. Micro-interactions will make businesses grow
The whole concept of micro-interaction is to increase the engagements and interactions on the website and make people stay by giving them a fun and pleasant experience.
Let’s take an example to understand this, and you log in to your Facebook account, surf your news feed and come across a post shared by one of your friends. Earlier, what you could do was like or comment on the post, but now, you can give your reactions to that post.
This way, many people have started to find it interesting and are spending more time on Facebook through these micro-interactions.
Since more businesses are shifting to making their website, more ideas will evolve for making people stay on those websites. Despite the fact that competition has become fierce, more creative ways will be created to increase the session time of visitors.
e. VR and 360°
Last year a few announcements and ideas on virtual reality and 360° had created a buzz on the internet. However, very few real-time applications are available of the technology, but we believe that enabling virtual reality experience or 360° video streaming will engage more users.
Social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook have started providing 360° video streaming where you can broadcast any live event through your smartphone, and your friends can see full the full set-up by moving the cursor or their finger over your video.
This formula can work like magic if applied on websites because you can let your viewers stay on the website while showcasing your new products attractively. It can be a great tool for marketing and promotion.
Gone are the days when very few font families were trending like Tahoma, Helvetica, Open Sans and Lato. Slightly “decorative” styles were used only in headlines.
For some time now, designers have been ready to work with bold and unique fonts and typography by using animated text individual letters with independent visual effects.
4. Identify your Expertise Niche
At the start, you are free to explore different niches and then narrow them down to one or two niches at max. Niching helps to become an expert in the field for a particular subject. Good clients would prefer an expert over a general web designer, making you stand out in the group. It also lets you work in the niche you enjoy the most, making you love the job too!
5. Build a kickass portfolio
The whole work industry runs on proof- proof to be qualified enough for the task, proof of experience, proof of how good you are at the task. So before you approach your prospects, it is necessary to build a portfolio. The portfolio should comprise some of your great work samples. Your expertise in the field will be judged to a major extent based on these samples. Ten different certificates and a not so great portfolio has hardly any chance to outperform someone with three decent certificates and a good portfolio.
6. Decide your preferred job type.
Now that you have built your portfolio and are ready to start working, it is necessary to choose the job type you wish to pursue. The prominent job types include:
- Inhouse type- This includes being associated with a company as a full-time position and generally working as a salaried employee.
- Agency type- This includes being associated with an agency and receiving projects to work on. This may include project-based or monthly payments.
- Freelancing type- This includes being your own boss. You find your own clients and work along with them.
7. Network and grow
It doesn’t matter what type of job you choose for yourself; it is vital to network well and maintain a good online presence, at least within your community. In this digital age, online presence has gained immense importance. Networking right can take you to heights that you dream of.
To sum up, to all those willing to start their career in the field of web designing, keep in mind that above all, creativity which solves problems, is the essence of success. You have to keep trying new things which make things interesting and solve business challenges. PS In case you’re looking to find an employment opportunity in a web designing company in India, do take a look at our careers page