Question by Yankee1234: Question for professional web designers?
I have a question for anyone working as a professional web designer, what kind of school or classes did you take or did you learned it by teaching yourself ?. Because I cannot find a professional web design course or school anywhere in my area. I know already how to apply html, css, xhtml….should I just take classes for photoshop, Illustrated and flash. How did you became a professional web designer? Thank you in advance.
Answer by Adam
You will want to know all adobe programs inside and out – especially Photoshop. Not so much illustrator, but it can be particularly useful in producing “skins” for web interfaces.
The best way I found to get started as an independent web designer is to simply have connections to people that need websites. you NEED a portfolio to get any worthwhile clients – a good place to start building it is clients – doing low cost / free sites for people on there.
If you have a client who has a need that requires database transactions, i would invest in learning something like Joomla or Drupal, and learning how to use those CMS’s to serve as the foundations for your projects.
These days a lot of employers are placing an emphasis on Heuristics (which is usability) as it pertains to web design – especially .NET applications. There’s a whole science behind it, and if you want my opinion it might be worthwhile to read some books on the subject or find a place that teaches a course on it. A book i found particularly interesting was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Humane_Interface
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