As a professional web designer I am frequently presented with the question of how someone can sharpen their web designing skills. One thing to remember about web design in particular is that, like with any other form of design, it is forever changing and evolving. Designers need to approach web designing with a completely open mind and not be resistant to change.

While there are many factors that work in tandem to create a successful, appealing and interactive website, there are a few that stand out. If you can master the following aspects of web design you will be well on your way to sharpening your skills. Here are a few of the most important ways to become a better web designer:

  • Concentrate on attractive graphics: People are drawn to elaborate, attractive and appealing graphics. Users’ attentions are drawn to the graphics of a site before the content. As a designer you need to keep in mind that website visitors become annoyed when a web page takes too long to load. A main culprit of this is large images that need to download when users log on to the website. Strike a balance between keeping the loading time to a minimum while still allowing for appealing and interactive graphics.
  • Encourage interaction from users: Following from the previous point, as a web designer you need to get in the habit of designing and creating websites that encourage user interaction. It will not only contribute to making your websites more popular with users but it will also lead the website to become a more valuable marketing commodity for your clients.
  • Present common elements in a new way: Pages like the contact us and about us pages that are featured on most websites offer a fantastic opportunity for you to exemplify your individuality and exemplary skills as a web designer. Jazz it up in line with the client’s branding and preferences and make your websites much more memorable in this small but important way.

There are of course many other ways to grow and improve as a web designer. Keeping up-to-date with current trends in web design is one of the best ways to stay on top of your game.

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