Johnnie Gilbert is an IT professional who is responsible for designing the layout, visual appearance and the usability of a website.
A good web designer needs to have both creative graphic skills and technical skills. They need to be able to visualise how a site will look (the graphical design of the site) and how it will function (conversion of a design into a working website).
The term Web Designer is often incorrectly interchanged with the term Web Developer and vice versa. A web developer is often more likely to be a software developer who works with programming languages to create a higher level of interactions on a website such as the integration with a database system.
What skills and knowledge do employers look for?
To get a job as a web designer you do not always need any formal qualifications. Many web designers however do have experience in other design fields or have taken training in web design software either formally through college or through self-teaching.
Some of the skills usually associated with web designers include:
Good working knowledge of one or more of the following web designer packages: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash
The ability to create compliant XHTML and CSS, not always using one of the packages shown above
The ability to work to tight deadlines
Strong creative skills
Up-to-date skills inline with technology and software developments
The foundation of a web designer’s job is XHTML and CSS. These two combine to create the Web as we know it today. A good understanding of these two skills is essential for success in this field.
What could I expect to earn as a web designer?