Deciding to become a Web designer
I got my graphic design (print design) degree in Germany in 2005 but I've been interested in web design since 2000. So while I was working in print design, I taught myself web design. I bought two HTML books that I read on the train to and from work and when I got home at night I tried out what I've learned from my books. I also studied other people's source codes and over the years I've learned more and more and read tons of books. So even though I don't have a degree in web design I work as a graphic designer & front-end web developer. I love both, print and web and I'm glad I can combine both in my job. :-)
A Typical Day as a Web Designer
There's no typical day in my job as a web designer. Since I work as graphic designer (print) and web designer, every day is different. Our non-profit has several websites that I have designed/developed and now I maintain them and update our blogs and event calendars. I always get excited when I get to design a new website from scratch cause I can use what I teach myself everyday. However once the website is done I'm glad when I get to design some print stuff for a change. I love the 'mix' of web and print design in my job. It never gets boring.
- Never stop learning! Always try to improve yourself.
How did you get started as a Web Designer?
See first box.
What is your favorite part of being a Web designer?
Create a website out of nothing.
How many hours a week do you typically work?
40 in my full-time job..and the hours in my freelance job vary.
What areas of your career would you improve?
Always become better :-)