So you're interested in becoming a web designer, huh?

The thought is music to our ears...a ray of sunshine in our hearts..a fluffy puppy fest in our arms. Needless to say, we're behind you and your brilliant idea. We're so excited, in fact, that we decided to design and build you a website.

What additional education do you need after high school?

A 4-year bachelors degree in design or digital media
Helpful Courses Include
  • Psychology
  • Art History
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
What to look for in a school
Not all design programs are created equal.

When researching schools, be sure to look at the required course list, student portfolios, instructor credentials, and school accreditation.

Regardless of education, a solid, well-rounded portfolio is most important

What skills are most important?

  • Expertise in basic design foundations
  • Time management
  • Aptitude with industry-standard software
  • Basic HTML and CSS understanding
  • User experience savvy
  • A love for team work
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • User interface knowledge
  • Critical thinking

What personality types are best suited for web design work?

  • Creative
  • Focused
  • Fearless
  • Honest
  • Collaborative
  • Organized
  • Curious
  • Thick Skinned
  • Genuine
  • Tenacious
  • Humble
  • Expressive
  • Detail Oriented
  • Self Motivated

As with life, you will never be able to please everyone. Have a point of view and make sure it is yours.

Ryan Mowery

All design and development is based off of patterns. There are design patterns, coding patterns, technology patterns, etc.. If you understand these patterns, you will easily adapt to change in technology.

Brian Ferdinand

Your work will be critiqued and criticized. It's hard to hear at first but it will get easier and you'll become a better designer for it.

Jason Lance

Rely on strategy over tactics, always.

Stephen Bamford

Eventually, you'll care deeply about the size of the terminal on the descender of a lowercase "y." Embrace this quirk, because your attention to detail will set you apart.

Melanie Graham

No matter how talented you are or how brilliant your portfolio, employers aren't going to chase after you thrusting fistfuls of cash in your face. Learn how to get paid for your work.

Lynn Jacobsen