I Wanna Be a Web Designer · A Day In The Life Of A Web Designer

I Wanna Be a Web Designer · A Day In The Life Of A Web Designer

We use the web more than ever these days,
whether we’re playing games, downloading apps or buying clothes. But somewhere,
someone sat down and actually created that website. That’s like Facebook, Amazon,
even apps like Instagram and snapchat all started with one person sitting at a
computer. Now you don’t need to be a computer genius to know there are a lot
of websites out there and people get paid to make them. Today we’ve come to
see Bernie from Alyka to find out what it takes to be a web designer. How are you? Good mate. Look I want to find
out what it’s like to be a web designer. Alright, come on in. Alright Jesse, what do you want to know? Well mate, I want to learn a bit more
about your job starting with what does a typical day look like? Typically what I do is
run catch up with clients, workout what the upcoming requirements they want their
website and the first point is doing a wireframe of how everything fits
together so that i know exactly what elements they want on their website. From there
running Photoshop and to the actually design and then yeah we go through the
motions of making sure it’s all been approved back and forth until they like it and from there we build the website. And so why did you want to be a web designer? Far out, like I started
like 15 years ago man, i used to design websites for for gaming companies, that’s my passionate and we wanted a
place where all my mates can all come in and discuss about how we kicked each
other’s arses in games so that’s how it started. I mean you got into it when you were
15 but if you’re a bit older can you still get into the industry? Absolutely,
this industry you don’t have any expired date. One of
the guys one of our colleagues is like 50 plus. He’s the UX designer, user
interface designer and user experience. That’s the best part. With that age group you have better
attention to detail, you’ve got the experience, it’s ticking all the boxes
right now, so i would say any age group it’s not a problem. I mean is there
much work out there for a web designer at the moment? Every business needs a
website it’s the main medium to get your message across to people these days. Definitely a lot of careers and
opportunities out there for websites. These days we don’t just do the website,
we make sure it looks great for mobiles, with tablets it becomes more interactive
you do more cool stuff so it was exciting. So Bernard what’s the hardest part of the
job? Probably the hardest part is like pleasing all clients. Some clients might want some designs a specific way even though they hired me to design it for
them? And so what’s the most rewarding part of the job like what brings you to
work every day? The fact that like every client
or every new design is different you know? You get different industries, you
wouldn’t get the same more boring big industry like the painting websites for
example, you’re gonna get an entertainment website based, you can get a
lifestyle website based website you get a celebrity now and then as well it’s
pretty fun. And so it would what piece of advice would you give someone wanting to
move into your field? I think the best way right, to move into
the web design space, is to our create somehow the online portfolio, showcase a
couple of your best work, not too much, a couple of your best work, showcase nice
little animation tricks, demonstrate a bit of search engine optimization as
well and a bit of forms, online marketing and that’s the best way that that person
can get into the web designers industry and get picked on for doing work. So what
characteristics does someone need to get into your field? Creative, right we
have to have good attention to detail got to make sure you are prone to learn new stuff
all the time it’s an ever-changing industry and you have passion for change
with all this man, you’ll be alright. From school to now what are the steps
you took to get to where you are today? Remarkably what I’ve done I have selft taught
a lot of these things and you find that online these days you can do
like self teach photoshop kind of work, self-teaching HTML, CSS and all you have to do is
go online and Google up how to learn these things and from there just create
your own projects do yourself a personal website, do some for your family and friends and from
there you’ll build yourself a portfolio and just go and go and go from there. There’s no better way than look at
what’s out there check out the code behind them and it’s
copy paste and learn and modify for your website. And so if you could get to
where you are today but I’ve done one thing differently what would have been? A lot
of things but the main thing i would do differently is probably how I program
stuff. I’m pretty stubborn in a lot of ways, stuff I learnt ages ago I kept using the same
principles and they’re not the most efficient, so there’s certain things that
you got adopt early and in hindsight I should have done in the past.
So just finding out new technologies and just being ahead of the industry? That’s right,
that’s right and it’s back to what I really believe in its like, be
able to learn, be teachable and just make sure you always jump on to new technologies early.
Awesome, well thanks so much for talking to us today Bernard and
I reckon we have a game of foosball. All right you ready to lose? You’re on! And that’s a loose by ten goas. For more
information and to get involved hit up studentedge.com.au.
We’re going again, i’m winning one.

28 thoughts on “I Wanna Be a Web Designer · A Day In The Life Of A Web Designer

  1. What a great and inspiring video. Me as an older guy (38) trying to get into this industry and going to school for it. Great questions as well. Keep up the good work!

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  3. This was great four years ago. Now that I am finishing my degree I can't find work. Basically $30k and now I feel like I should have taught myself.

  4. Good tips. Having the ability to learn new things is critical. Things change non-stop in our industry. Definitely keeps you on your toes.

  5. General question: I'm one of those guys that started off in a career path that I'm learning isnt for me. Throughout working, I learned a few things about myself. I learned that I've got a really good attention to detail and I'm able to find the source of intricate problems and provide solutions for them. I also learned that, not only do I have the skills for this detail, but I thoroughly enjoy finding small details within a complex problem. I also learned that I'm not a fan of most people, which kinda sucks because the original path I was on was geared towards leadership/management. When I think about my "ideal" dream job scenario, I think about working on a detailed project with only small interaction with people. A project that allows me to be detailed and focused on the task at hand. Added bonus for being able to use creativity to build something. Coding is something that comes to mind but I know NOTHING about it. I was going to start with some courses on CodeAcademy and go from there. But question though: for what I want, does coding/web design sound about right? Right now, I just have a dream/hope. I want to get out of the mediocrity. I want to stop feeling stuck and feeling like I'm traveling down the wrong path. The thought of web design makes me excited right now but idk if my hopes are realistic :/

  6. Having a community where you can ask questions & share your wins and struggles is also super important to a healthy & happy remote work life. Check out the GUAVABEAN Freelancer Group 👉 www.facebook.com/groups/guavabean/

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