There’s definitely something about the web design industry that attracts a certain type of person, much like the way that being a veterinarian attracts animal lovers. But how do you know if you have what it takes to make it in this very competitive industry? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Is design part of my daily life?
If you’re the kind of person who always has an internal monologue running about how the world around you looks – from the road signs you pass on your way to school or work to architecture and the packaging on your groceries – then you have one of the characteristics that are suited to web design. It’s even better if you consciously try to improve your experience by imagining changes to these existing designs!
- Am I detail oriented?
The devil is in the detail when it comes to web design. You need to be able to view the whole picture and see what details are problematic, which ones are important and how they should be changed without becoming someone who fears the slightest imperfection. It’s all about balance and confidence!
- Do I have the creative touch?
This is probably the most obvious question to ask, since this is a highly creative industry. Your creativity needs to be balanced with practicality however, so you’ll be able to see design innovations that suit the clients goals, not just creative changes for the sake of change.
- Am I a natural problem-solver?
Most of the time, your clients will come to you with a problem they need fixing – their website is too old-fashioned, it’s too slow, it’s not attracting people, etc. You need to want to help them change these issues rather than simply imprinting your own ideas on their website.
- Can I manage my time?
Many web designers get so wrapped up in some aspects of their design that everything else falls on the backburner. While it’s great to have so much dedication, you’re going to miss out on vital elements simply because you spent an entire day finding the right shade of yellow. Learning to manage your time is vital because your clients will set deadlines that they expect you to meet and you could lose them simply because you aren’t prioritising their needs.