Shine as a Web Designer
- 25th January 2016
- Posted by: Juan van Niekerk
- Category: Web Design
There is a lot of effort that goes into becoming a Web Designer, the most important of which is to create a portfolio that will display your knowledge and skills in a way that will ensure that you shine as a web designer and have the best possible chance of being hired. But there are many other factors involved when looking to start a new job in the web design field.
Learn to deal with clients
Working with people can be unpredictable. What is acceptable – and even considered terrific by one person, could easily be just the opposite of another. Everyone has different tastes and it can be hard to cater to vastly differing opinions.
Keeping a cool head is always an asset. When dealing with a difficult client it is always helpful to remember that they are just that – the client, and you need to make their vision a reality. Listen attentively to their needs and do your best to understand the outcome that they wish to portray. It is, after all, their business and website that will eventually be on display.
Shine as a Web Designer through your website
There are many, many Web Designers out there that can quickly create a website using a template, delivering a generic, run-of-the-mill site that may, with some luck, or may not garner some interest. What makes a good Designer is displaying skills that fall outside the norm.
Set your target high when designing a site and deliver what you promised, plus a little extra. Stay away from the everyday site design that makes sites nearly indistinguishable from each other. A happy client will almost certainly call on your cervices again.
Anticipate and rectify
A website will almost never work 100% correctly the first time. Buttons might not work for some reason or errors might pop up where there should be no problem. Always expect this to happen and ensure that you leave the site fully functional or your boss may start to doubt your abilities.
Get running commentary
During the design of a site, ask someone to have a look at your work and to point out anything that you may have missed or could have done better. It is easy to overlook small details when getting stuck into a project and an outsider’s point of view can easily guide you back in the right direction.
Stay up to date
Changes to technology happen at an alarming pace and it is easy to get left behind if you don’t keep up to date with the latest developments. It is also a good idea to ensure that you know what is considered to be out of date. Any business wants to be perceived as “fresh” and in tune with the latest trends – this rings true even when considering visitors to their website.
Don’t sit around and wait
Be prepared to go out and find work, instead of waiting for it to find you. Resting on your laurels will not only leave large gaps on your CV, but creates the impression of laziness and being lacklustre.
Showing that you are passionate about what you do is a sure fire way to pave your path to success.
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