How to become a web designer (moving from print) | CharliMarieTV


A few weeks ago I had a request to make a
video about how to transition from being a print designer to being a web designer. I
did a few of interaction design papers at university but mostly when I was studying
I was focussed on the print side of graphic design. In my first job outside of university
I was doing print design but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to get into designing
websites. I felt like that was where the future of the industry was and I had been designing
my own tumblr themes and a little website for my apparel company and I decided that
thats what I wanted to try and do as my job. And luckily that’s what I was able to do.
these days I consider myself mostly a web designer though I do still do a little bit
of print work which is good cos I do still enjoy that every now and then it’s just that
I enjoy the digital more so, if that makes sense. Anyway, that was a really long intro,
so If you are a graphic designer who is doing more print based work and are looking to make
the switch, then here is some advice. First off, I actually think that there are
actually a lot of similarities between print and web design, and I may be biased but I
think coming from a print background gives you a really good foundation for web design
because hopefully you’ll have a strong handle on things like typography and negative space
which is all really important in web design as well. I’d definitely recommend learning a bit
of HTML and CSS if you’re wanting to get in to designing websites. There is a common
misconception that being a web designer means you also build the websites that you design,
but they’re actually two separate jobs, being a designer is one thing and being a front end
developer is another, and some people are a hybrid of both which is awesome for them,
but I personally don’t think it’s a bad thing to focus on doing one or the other, because
like I said, they are different jobs and different skillsets. However I think it’s really important for
a web designer to understand the basics of code so that when you’re designing a website
you sort of have in your mind an idea of how it’s gonna be built, and what the limitations
are for building it. And that way you’re gonna be able to work much better with your developer
and design a site that’s not going to take forever to build. Coding websites is not something I particularly
enjoy doing, but I can do it, I coded my blog myself and my linernotekids.com myself but
it takes me a lot longer to do it than a professional would if that makes sense. But I am wanting
to learn more about coding because I think it’s really important and it opens up your
mind and gives you some ideas of possibilities of what you can do. So what I’m saying is
you don’t have to be able to do both perfectly it’s alright to focus on one. Some jobs will
require you to be able to do both and that’s okay because I just know that that’s not the
job for me, I want to be able to focus more on the design side. There’s loads of courses online for learning
this stuff, Jessica Hische and her partner have an awesome website called ‘dont fear
the internet’ where they have a bunch of tutorials and I think that would be a great
place to start if you’re wanting to learn some code so I’ll leave a link to that down
below. When you more from print to digital design
there’s a bunch of different things you have to think about when it comes to a project.
with print you have to think about what kind of stock you’ll use, how it will be printed,
what it will cost, things like that And with web you have to think about how it will be
built, optimising your images so the pages load faster, and things like how your design
is gonna look across across multiple different devices. With both types of design though you have
to think about the person who will be looking at or using your design in the end. Something
cool about web design, that you can’t really do with print, is that you can measure the
user interaction and get an idea of how successful your design is from looking at the analytics
data. That’s one of the things i love most about web design actually, that a lot of your
design decisions are driven by or at least informed by data. So you can design something,
put it out there, and see how the users interact with it and then make little tweaks as you
need. And it’s not so easy to do that with print. It’s really expensive to reprint something
after you’ve already designed and printed it. Getting used to that data and analytical
side of things can take a bit of getting used to when you’re switching from print to web
design but i think it’s a lot more fun personally, maybe I’m just a nerd. Just like with a lot of print design, web
design is all about heirarchy and taking the user on a journey through the information
that you’ve got to show them, so if you have been wanting to make the switch then
I say don’t be scared of it. Give it a go. Be prepared for it to feel more fast-paced
than print design just because you can iterate faster when you’re building websites, and
the web moves very fast. It’ll take time to find the way that works for you. I think
a lot of new to web designers (if that makes sense) make the mistake of diving straight
into the visuals without wireframing first which means you can often end up with a less
than ideal design, and you might accidentally copy something you’ve seen before. So get
used to wireframing and that sort of, way of working. I am planning on doing a video
all about wireframing and my web design process so keep your eyes peeled for that.. I think that’s all I have to say today,
this has probably been a very long video. I can definitely recommend making the switch
from print to web design. It’s worked out great for me I absolutely love it and you
don’t have to do just one or the other I still do a bit of both in my job which is
cool. I hope you found this video useful. Make sure you give it a thumbs up if you did
and hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already because there will be lots more design
videos coming your way in the near future. and I’ll see you next time. bye!

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