It used to be that anyone under the age of 15 knew more than a grown up on how to run the Web. Now, though, just about everyone is pretty tech savvy. But there’s still a need for Web Design majors to keep the Internet looking sharp and innovative. A bachelor’s degree in Web Design should be all you’ll need to find plenty of satisfying work.
Web Design majors are glued to their Apple computer. They sing ballads to Adobe CS6. They’re artistic and technical all in one. They’re very creative and colorful. They’re also great appreciators of a good font, rather than just using Comic Sans for everything.
In addition to being artistic and good with a computer, Web Design majors need to have strong communication skills. Often they’re trying to create someone else’s vision. They need to be able to understand what their client wants conveyed online, and they need to make the information clear and understandable so viewers of the site get the necessary information.
If the only time you’ve ever been on this mysterious “Internet” thing was once when you mistook the computer for the microwave and pushed a bunch of buttons, you will not be a very good Web Design major.
Even though there are thousands of fancy programs that help with Web Design these days, a Web Design major will still learn all about good ol’ fashioned html. In addition to learning all the how-tos of Web Design – how to use the many different programs out there – there’s the what-to about design. What looks good and why. How can you lay out a page without confusing your audience. Who is your audience. There’s a lot more to it than just, “Dude, that looks cool.”
There are an awful lot of Web sites out there, and even more companies jumping online every day. Some Web designers do freelance work, putting together sites anyone who contracts with them. Others work full-time for just one large company, keeping its site up and running. Web Design majors are also qualified to do other design work, like desktop publishing or graphic design.
Practice makes perfect. Start simple by setting up a free Web site just for fun, then expand on it. The more you mess around and figure things out the more comfortable you’ll get.
If you’re offering free or cheap help, a million small businesses will offer you professional experience. Most of the big companies have Web Design covered, but small companies struggle with the know-how of getting online sometimes. You can step in and get some practice in the field while building your portfolio.