Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites or mobile apps and redesign existing ones. They often work on a freelance/commissioning basis whereby they discuss requirements with clients to determine what the client wants from their website or app and will come up with designs and layouts to make the site appealing and easy to use for the target audience, they will also possibly be involved in the build, support and maintenance.
Web designers can use programming languages or source code to create designs, but may focus on graphics and design for templating new sites or proposing layout changes to existing ones.
Qualifications are not always required to become a web designer, but you’ll usually need to demonstrate skills and knowledge in:
- visual design
- using design software like Photoshop and Illustrator
- UX (user experience)
- SEO (search engine optimisation), marketing and social media
- using code like HTML and CSS
You may find it useful to have basic copywriting and photo editing skills.
Some employers will expect you to have a portfolio of work to show them, like websites you've worked on.
Colleges offer a wide range of courses, and there are lots of free online tutorials.
You could also take a college or higher education course in a web design or multimedia subject. You may be able to get into this role through an apprenticeship.
Creativity, attention to detail, problem solving, able to work to deadlines, the ability to communicate your ideas, good communication skills, technical knowledge, analytical mind.
£18,000 to £40,000