The skills of a professional web designer are constantly changing because the Web is constantly changing.
This fast-paced nature of the Web is considered good by some (because it opens up opportunity) while others hate it because you have to be ready to learn new web design skills regularly.
… Personally, I see it as an opportunity with a headache!
The following list details what you CURRENTLY need to know to be become a professional web designer.
Basic elements of the Web:
- Domain names
- FTP and HTTP
Web design skills
- The core tags
- Basic HTML concepts – properly formatted tags, doctypes etc.
- What tags to NOT use.
- HTML tables
- HTML forms
- Proper page and web site structure
- The core CSS properties – margins, floats, padding, z-index …etc.
- Basic CSS principles
- Adding CSS to pages.
- The cascade in CSS
- CSS page layout
- Getting around CSS cross browser conflicts – IE conditional comments
- Understanding CSS limitations
- Basic design principles – white space, fonts, alignment
- Image types used on the Web (JPG, GIF, PNG). The pro’s and cons’.
- Basic image editing/creation for the websites – sizes and optimization. Photoshop is a good place to start.
- Web site usability – how to make websites more user friendly.
- SEO – making websites more search engine friendly.
- Basic PHP
- Web design software: Dreamweaver or Expression Web .
- Understand the web design work flow.
- Flash for Web animation and web application development.
- Get to know a blog or CMS engine. For example: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla.
I will be fleshing this list out with podcasts and videos over the next little while.
Thanks for reading!
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