I was first introduced to web design a couple of years after graduating from university (with an almost completely useless degree in film). I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and in an act of desperation ended up enrolling in a cheap Computer Graphics Course. One of the first classes I took was an introduction to web design and within the first few lessons I had completely fallen in love with the process and for the first time felt as though I had found something I could happily spend the rest of my life doing.
In the few years since then I’ve been doing all I can to learn more about the web and how to design for it effectively. I learnt HTML and CSS, figured out how to set up a CMS and the best practices for creating functional and dynamic designs for the web. I worked with experts and by myself to gain the knowledge and skills I would need to create truly individual, customisable websites that would work exactly how my clients needed them to and still be visually streamlined and appealing.
I am still learning about the web; about design and development. All good web designers are. Never believe anybody who tells you they know everything there is to know about web design – they don’t. That’s one of my favourite things about this industry – it’s constantly growing and changing, evolving new techniques to allow for more possibilities and fewer limitations. As a web designer, it is essential to be open to that evolution, to evolve with it, or you’ll be left behind.
I’m always looking to learn something new about the web – a better way to get a certain effect or a neater, cleaner way to write a piece of code. These new discoveries are an exciting part of this career and I’m eager to put them to practice.