After you realize how easy it is to advance today if you can only use a coding language or learn some web related skill, you will soon stop worrying about money. Then, you will start telling your friends how great that job is and then they will develop a desire to follow you down that road. But, being a web designer is not as easy field as it seems. There are a lot of mistakes to be made and traps to fall in on your journey. So, having some advice from the experienced professionals is always a good thing.
College – web design is a new branch in the tech industry, and we are still learning how to get it right. One of the things people will often tell you is that going to college is a waste of time. And even though it is true in some instances, you need to understand why. Not every person learns the same and different people need different things. But, with it being an online business, you can get most of it online. Going to college is tiresome and wastes both money and time as you go to boring classes you will never need. You can get most of it and much more on the web, sometimes for free and sometimes you need to pay. Still, it’s less than the college tuition. But, some people need college as they can’t learn in any other way and for them, it might be a good start.
Fundamentals – there is a set of skills you need to have in order to start doing web design. Knowing HTML and CSS alone is not enough, and even if you do know how to create a good looking web page – that’s not the point. In order to be a good web designer you need to understand how and why web works. You need to have some sociology background on the matter, some marketing classes. You need to understand a little about the design, color theory and effects. To make you complete, you will need, not to know in details, but understand what each other member of the team is working. You might be programmer, for example, but you need to work with a designer and only a complete mind picture of this process will bring great results.
Freelance – many people choose to start their way by doing freelance jobs. It’s good to hone your skills and practice, as it requires less experience than getting a job in a web design company. And, it’s usually what you must do in order to get that job. Some people continue working freelance jobs on the side even after they’ve got their steady job. It is important to know, no matter which one of those two you are that it’s still a job. It’s still a part of your career and you need to be careful with what you do and what jobs you are engaging in. Being your own boss is a double bladed sword, and it can bring you as much harm as it can bring you benefit. You are the one making a difference.Read More
One of the major aspects of any web location is it’s usability. For example, if you can’t see good or are completely blind, you would like to hear what the content of the page is. There are standards that regulate the extent of the usability you have to go through in order to create a .gov web page in the United States. And it’s a big moral obligation to help the visually impaired use the web as much as it’s possible. And even without it, hearing the text and talking to computer has many benefits for any other user, too. So, how does it work and what it might be used for?
Web sites that talk – developers can use this new Web Speech API to make their web locations communicate with their visitors. There are few simple lines you can use in order to make every part of text, alt text for an image or a form listenable. There are also features that enable you to start, pause and stop the playback as you need it and also change the voice output type. For now, this API is supported by Chrome and Safari on all operating systems and even mobile platforms and they have their unique voices and preferences.
Web sites that listen – with the new voice recognition technology advancing, it was only a matter of time until someone made the next logical step. Voice recognition gives us some cool new features on the web and developers are playing with them as we speak, creating the better web content that can be used by everybody. Code is easy, it transfers your speech into commands and only the ingenuity of the developers can tell the extents of this new way of control.
Uses – as we said, this is a great news for visually impaired persons, and this might be the time when more of the people with this issue will get access to the whole new world of internet. But, let’s think outside of that. imagine a web page that reads to you instead of you sitting and reading yourself. Like with the radio, you are free to do whatever you like, you don’t have to stare at the screen and tire your eyes. Or, if you are on the move, put your phone in your pocket and listen to the Wikipedia.
In the other direction – typing is something that you can finally say goodby to, perhaps. Stand in front of your computer and dictate the text you would otherwise type and save your fingers some trouble. You can also voice command your browser, setting the tone down or switching to the next YouTube video without getting out of bed.
With multiple languages supported, translation has never been easier, and you can learn a new language by talking to your browser. Just imagine how the interactive courses could get just by applying this new API.
If you are older, you might remember a time when 3D logo was all the rage, when the drop shadow and shiny buttons were something that every designer need to know. But, if you are new to the technologies we widely use today, if you got your first smart phone just a few years ago you might have noticed the shift in the design trend. Everything is becoming flatter and simpler. So, why is that?
Information – getting information is crucial, and most apps are there solely for that reason. So, if your sales depend on the ability of people to get the info from your app, are you going to clutter them with 3D buttons and shiny disco balls? No, you won’t You will want to make it simple, neat and clean. Even if some people prefer the creative mess in their office, not one person wants to stare at the tiny screen filled with dozen of colors trying to figure out where the start is. Integration of mobile apps and computers in our daily lives started the first wave of simplifying the content for the user.
Simplicity – after that, things started kind of rolling on their own. Designed remembered that old saying about how less is more and started using it heavily. Getting rid of color gradients was the first one. Then the 3D, shadows and highlights left us giving place for simpler and flatter design seen all over the web today. Blocks of colors are now making the difference between two sections, edges are sharp and obvious and there is less chance to get confused here. After giants like Apple and Microsoft abandoned the heavy 3D design and went metro, the others, ones still waiting had no reason to stay friendly with the old design ways. Just remember how old iOS looked on iPhone4 and how it is now. Or the difference between the Aero Windows 7 and the new Windows 8 design.
Content – with apps and programs being used more often and more professional than ever, the biggest focus when building them is content and usability. There are millions of users and thousands of developers and the market is tough. Creating the best app you can is everything and users often spend as little as 5 seconds using your app. But they use it every day. In this situation, you will want to make it the easiest app to use possible. That’s why developers welcomed the flat design we see today. There is no overwhelming graphics to distract you, no flashy fonts and buttons to confuse you. it’s just you and flat blocks of color. Navigating has never been easier and it works great both for the user and developer.
Responsiveness – adapting your app for different screen sizes, mobile, desktop and tablet is hard. And if your display looks like a modern painting it’s even worse. Manipulating blocks of flat color is much easier for you, developer and your machine, so there seems to really be no reason to do it differently. In order to make the web useful and omnipresent as it is – flat design was the evolutionary trait that had to happen.Read More
You may notice that, today, more and more services are on the Internet. Everything seems to be online, and there is an app for everything. The people that make it happen are mainly web designers and if you want to understand how this world works or even start doing some web design yourself, we can offer you some insights. Web development is a complex technology branch and new ideas are developed and brought forth every day, but still, there is a basic, beating heart that can be the lowest common denominator for all of them and also – your first step to become a web designer.
HTML – stands for: HyperText Markup Language. This markup language is something people made a deal about to be the language of choice when creating a web page. Every web browser that you ever used reads the same file first and gets the basic structure and content information from. That is the .html file. HTML consists of tags that are recognized by browsers and converted into visual content of the page. All the text, pictures and their place in the page are determined in the HTML file. It also uses the hypertext feature of the web in order to send you from one HTML document to another – what you experience as browsing or surfing the web. HTML is fairly easy to learn but it is a powerful tool if you know how to use it.
CSS – stands for: Cascading Style Sheets. After you are done with your HTML page, you will notice that it is not as pretty as you would like, as it only holds raw content without any formatting or styling. That is where the CSS comes in. CSS enables you to write rules in order tell your browser how to display content. Changing fonts, their sizes and colors is all done here. Arranging different blocks of content and placing them in one place or another is also done with the CSS rules. Making photos smaller, bigger, making your background different color or getting a picture for a background – it’s all CSS. Every element or tag in your HTML can be styled in CSS, you can add classes and do really complex work with it. If you want your web location to stand out – this is the tool you must master.