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General Discussion

Where do web designers fit in the world of template driven sites??

I am 3d artist looking for a career shift. I used to do 3d Animation for Games and little programming in Python in 3d softwares. I realized I enjoy programming and internet and thought it would be a good idea to learn webdesign. But there are lakhs of templates on the web.And design contest sites which provide 50-150 options for a single website/logo/any design. Is there any future for web designers? at all. I would love to hear from experienced web designers and developers. Thank you

2 Answers

Marcus Tisäter
Marcus Tisäter
4,886 Points

It's very hard to find a job as a web designer in my opinion but it's great fun and very easy to learn. Just start of by learning the basics of HTML&CSS so you get the concept out of it, Photoshop is always a good to have knowledge of as well, also its good because you were out looking for creating logos/designs.

As a web designer you also look out for UI (User Interface). You help the site get more comfortable for users to browse at. You give suggestion for improvement and feedback

Good luck :)

Aaron Walton
Aaron Walton
3,557 Points

Most startups, medium to large businesses, and any sized business in a creative field will invest money into a custom design and not use a template. I've worked at an ad agency, and I hire designers for my own project, so I can tell you that there is still plenty of demand for designers. I see full time job openings for designers in my local area all the time. IMO there are 2 primary factors in getting a design job:

  1. Are you good? One of the most important qualities in a creative professional is the ability to self-evaluate your skills and artistic ability. Many designers I have come across just aren't that great from an artistic perspective. It's important to be able to assess the quality of your work compared to other designers because if you are behind the competition you can focus on being an expert in CSS and front end code to augment your design skills.

  2. Be an expert in CSS and HTML. If you can design a site AND deliver that design as quality HTML and CSS then your job prospects just went through the roof.

Thanks for the motivation Aaron :D