Dos and Don’ts for a Novice Web Designer

In every industry, the novice players often find it difficult to fit in and make a niche for themselves, primary because of the prevailing competition and lack of contacts. The website industry is no exception. With the proliferating popularity of the Internet and its highly-evident benefits in business and personal fronts, there has been an increase in the demand of web designers across the world. It is because of this demand that many novice designers have stepped in with the hope of roping in more business than their antecedents.

However, despite the rising demand, many novice designers are left out of work, primarily because of a wrong approach. This is why, we have laid down some dos and don’ts for the web designers who have recently come to the industry and are struggling to strike the right cord with their clients-

Dos

Have your own website- A web designer without his own website can leave a poor impact on his prospects. Many potential customers first visit the designer’s own website to judge his work potential. This is why, every novice web designer must put in best efforts to develop a website design that is technically-sound, engages users and depicts their work potential effectively.

Knowledge acquisition- A fresh out of college web designer is generally aware of the happenings in the web design domain. Yet it is an ever-evolving industry and the designer must ensure that he acquires as much knowledge about the latest advancements in web design technologies and tools. This is necessary so that when a client assigns a project to him, the designer should be able to develop an ultra-modern website with impressive design and features. Website design is a continuous learning process. Whether you are a novice or an experienced designer, you will always have to spend hours daily to learn more about HTML, CSS, servers, XML, JavaScript and related topics.

Know your weaknesses- Being a novice, you obviously will have certain limitations and weaknesses that may stop you from giving your best for a project. If you ignore them and still claim that you can do it all, your clients would eventually find out. It is important to be honest to yourself first when it comes to weaknesses and limitations. So, if your project requires certain skills that you do not possess, it is best to subcontract those parts out.

Always listen to what your clients have to say, even if you don’t agree with them- In website design, the designer has to ensure that the website appeals and engages the end users. To achieve this objective many times are

Don’ts

Never claim to be what you are not- Lack of experience and the desire to get quick success often compels web designers to make false claims and try things that they aren’t good at. Many amateurs blend the difference between web design and graphic design, and make the mistake of promising the clients what they cannot deliver. If you don’t have the aptitude for graphic design or any other field for that matter, do not pretend that you do.