How to become a web designer
Before becoming a web designer, almost every newbie has a lot of questions. What knowledge is needed, with what programs to start work, how to become a professional in your activity, how to find and communicate with a customer, and how to present your work competently.
What knowledge does a web designer need?
First you need specialized literature on design. You should study fonts, color theory, basic principles and design elements, research in the field of design, and its history.
Inspire various sites, pay attention to their colors and ease of use.
Pay special attention to the basics of HTML and CSS. Perhaps you will never make anything manually, but how you do it you should know. Also, knowledge of the platforms on which sites on the Internet operate will be useful to you.
Web Designer Software
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are the most important programs for a web designer. Get ready to devote a great deal of time to learning these programs.
How to acquire practical skills
Take any site you like and try to copy it as a workout. Another good example is to take a free template and delve into its code. Try to manage design elements in a free template.
Portfolio and Transaction Management
Firstly, you will definitely need to create an online account to accept incoming funds for your web design services.
Secondly, create a portfolio with your projects. If you do not have real projects, visualize your ideas in your portfolio.
How to determine the prices for your work
Create a price list for the provision of your services, it will be more convenient to work both for you and the customer. If you are a beginner, do not overcharge; put 10-15% below average market prices.
How to find a customer
First you need to register on popular exchanges of freelance services and draw up your page with your work and prices for services, but keep in mind, many first turn to top freelancers, so do not have high hopes for this way of finding a customer.
Pay attention to the seo-specialist portals. They often look for people who would help them develop various landing pages, etc.
As an option, you can take any work site of any small or medium business and make a redesign by offering to buy it in the distance.
How to communicate with a customer
During communication with the customer, try to understand the project requirements as much as possible. Ask to show you sites that he liked, or show your examples based on his requirements. Lay an additional 20% of the time for the project deadline.