This is in response to one of Six Revisions latest articles, 8 Things they don’t tell you about being a web designer. Now though the article wasn’t bad, I feel it took a completely wrong approach and if I was trying to decide if I wanted to be a web designer, their article would not have helped me at all!
I remember when I was in high school trying to figure out what I wanted to go to college for. I picked design because of all the cool perks and stories I heard.
Perks like one lady having a limo pick her up to work everyday, free tickets to events, great gifts that clients give for designing something amazing for them.
Stories like you’ll have so much free time, it’s such a lax profession, it’s always changing.
It’s all bullshit! At least for the majority of designers it is.
So let me say I’m sorry to six revisions but this is the Real stuff they don’t tell you.
1. To be a web designer you need to have artistic talent!
Now I’m not saying that you need to be able to draw like Picasso, but you need to have an eye for design. You need to know what makes a good layout, what colors work well with each other, etc.
If you don’t, you’ll end up with something that looks like this. And the worst part is, you will be proud of it.
2. To be a web designer, you need to stand out.
You know all those classmates that are with you in college and are majoring in the same exact thing. You just met a tiny fraction of your competition.
EVERYONE thinks it’s easy to design websites, and I mean everyone. Web Designers get so much flack with things like, make my logo bigger, and change the colors, etc. We end up turning into Web Monkeys rather than Web Designers.
We end up turning into a tool that the client uses to create there websites, they just tell us what to do, and we do it.
If you want to make it, you need to stand out. Don’t be like everyone else, learn what does and doesn’t work and speak your opinions.
3. To be a web designer, you need to plan out your career.
I decided to be a web designer because I get tired of things quick. Being creative and always working with new amazing clients was my dream… then I became a web designer.
Before you decide on becoming a web designer, you need to plan out your career. There are many different routes that you can go. You can get a web design job in a big corporation and try to work your way up the corporate ladder. You can work in a small company and try to grow with it. You can also become an entrepreneur and just start your own practice.
The bottom line is you need know.
Why is that important? Because every small, large, solo company is COMPLETELY different and you need to be prepared with what your in for.
4. You are the first one to get fired.
Congratulations, you’ve graduated college and your hunting for a web design job. You landed it in a nice big corporation and you think your set for life! You’ve found your career!
Wait a minute!
Recession!!??? Budget Cuts??!!!?!! What’s going on?!?!
In the giant corporate world the first department affected is the advertising/marketing department. Why? Because there are tons of little agency’s that will do your job for half your salary.
5. You don’t have that much freedom
If you decide to work for a small agency be careful.
You know all those cool companies you find online like onwired, where their success in unrivaled and they treat all of they’re employees like Gold. Well Good luck getting into one of those. They don’t just hire anyone, you have to be good, like real real good.
Most chances are you’re going to find a small local web design agency. The owner is probably some guy who only cares about how much money he’s making. You are responsible for everything.
If he’s not looking over your shoulder to make sure your working, or asking you questions every 5 seconds, consider yourself lucky.
6. You will struggle.
If you decide to go into business on your own, you will struggle. Make sure that you are offering something of Value! Try not to say Yes to every project in desperation of money.
If you stick with it, good things will come.
7. You need to have a web design passion
If you’re doing this because you think it’ll make you a quick buck or you think its just going to be easy, don’t do it.
You should always love what you do. Web design is no different. If you love it then you will have a good career no matter where you are.
8. The satisfaction and rewards are great!
Just because you’re not getting free tickets or limo rides all the time, doesn’t mean that web design doesn’t have it’s rewards.
When you’re doing what you love and you see it actually effecting people whether it’s with business, charity, or whatever, it’s rewarding.
Helping people solve their problems through interactive means and succeeding is a great feeling. Plus the money doesn’t hurt 😉
You can make a great career in web design as many people have. There are many ups and downs but that can probably be said with any career choice.
Just make sure you know exactly what you are doing and go at it with all you can! Good Luck!
Picture Used thanks to juhansonin.