Design Profession

Design Profession

There are currently millions of people worldwide looking to procure a web presence with their own site designed and managed by them exclusively. For this reason it is a good idea to learn what exactly web design is as you can only go so far with your social networking page. This article will define what exactly web design is along with the other facts that you should know as a beginner. If you have been considering building your own web page or getting into the design profession, you should take a few moments to read this article to learn more.

Building Web Sites

The first question you may have is what exactly is web design and what all does it entail? Web design basically encompasses anything that involves building web sites or applications through the use of HTML encoding. Now this usually takes skill and an education in the field before you can consider making a profession of it but there are ways to learn the basics. There are several free sites available that offer templates which can be used to build sites. You can then look at the page view option in your browser to discover the coding and layouts to get an idea of how it all works. When it comes to applications for something like a smart phone, Google has a development site that has programs you can build and step by step directions available to all that sign up for it. Once you have given these options a try, you will discover whether your interest in web design needs to be followed up on or forgotten.

Building Your Own Web Page

Anyone can do web design however the level and skill set directs how far you go and how impressive your sites will be. It is recommended to search out an education in the field but as mentioned above, there are tools available to teach oneself and build some basic sites and applications. If you are interested in proceeding with a future in web design, you do need to get an education to instill a foundation that will serve as the basis for your personal style. An education is needed at this stage as new techniques and methods pop up daily and you do not want to fall behind the curve by focusing on learning the basics while others are learning new ways to design internet based projects.

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Many companies choose to have in-house web designers. This is beneficial to a company as they do not have to outsource the project, nor do they have to wait for the designer to schedule around other clients. In house web design actually allows a company to stay on top of ever changing technology and keep their content up to date and fresh.

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The prices a web design company charges vary greatly by what is expected of them. If you are working off of templates you have designed, you are looking at a few hundred dollars per site. If the job is a custom Web Designsite, it could end up being a couple thousand by the time the site goes live on the web. The issue you may run into as an independent designer is that the market is over saturated with many people charging far less than what they should in order to compete. This needs to be taken into consideration when quoting prices if you want to land a particular project.

Own Web Page

If you are looking to enter the web design profession, you now have an idea of what to expect as far as the basics. It is suggested to tinker around with free sites and templates as well as developmental sites to ensure that this is a field you would like to enter. Most people discover it is not as hard as they expected once they have learned the basics and choose to start up their own small yet lucrative web design companies.

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18 Responses to “Design Profession”

  1. Faisal Reply

    Where Can I Find A Good Web Designing Company? I have a small poultry related industry therefore i want to make our business online so is there any web design company which have the best repu in this field please give website address.

    • I don’t believe this: all answers before are spam only!
      Place your request to rentacoder.com (it is free to submit a request).
      Programmers from all over the world will bid on your project.
      Select the best price/value ratio!
      Good luck.
      (I design only large applications, starting fee 4,500us$… a bit too much for a small e-commerce!)

  2. Web Developer Reply

    How To Start A Web Design Company In Tanzania? I am a freelancer web developer and would like to start my own web design company in Tanzania

    • Spend a day checking your competition.
      The other 44 billion freelancers doing this.
      Make sure your pricing is competitive.

      I know a neighbor kid that did a website for his dentist and keeps it up.
      He uses this as his reference for further business.
      Excellent site by the way.
      Unfortunately, no one wants to pay for website development.
      Good luck.
      He goes to college to get a real college degree so a company will pay him real money.

  3. Richard Reply

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    • Looks very clean, professional and trustworthy. Congratulations and good luck!

  4. Jeffory B Reply

    What Is The Best Web Design Company? Ive been looking around at aplus.net and some other site, but they are too expensive. What is the best web design company by far?

    • I think you should consider freelance too, but there is a company that employs purely freelancers to do your design job,, the are called Unix Commerce

  5. Jeffory B Reply

    What Is The Best Web Design Company? Ive been looking around at aplus.net and some other site, but they are too expensive. What is the best web design company by far?

    • I think you should consider freelance too, but there is a company that employs purely freelancers to do your design job,, the are called Unix Commerce

  6. Starlightbelle87 Reply

    How To Open A Web Design Company? I’ve been wanting to open my own design website for a while. I’ve been doing designs for the web for about 6 or 7years now, and many people have told me I should make a career out of it. I have no idea where to start though (i.e prices, what to offer etc). Unfortunately, I’m not the best with coding but I’m willing to teach myself haha. Any suggestions?

    My portfolio is located at http://www.melaniegebhardt.com

    Thanks!
    Thank you, Penelope! Very helpful information and exactly the help I was looking for. :)

    BTW, I’m not completely clueless with coding. Obviously, I code my own websites, and wouldn’t try to sell a coded website to someone if I did not think it was simple enough for me to handle. =p

    • It might be smart to continue just doing this on the side until you get a few customers.

      You should offer:
      Personal/Professional Webpage-Single Page, Simple Design(no advanced tags or anything, gets the job done, looks presentable doing it, but not over the top on fancy stuff(no marquees, no java, etc.)), geared toward individuals and small businesses with simple webpage needs.

      Personal Website-Several Pages, fairly simple, geared toward individuals that want to put themselves out there.(Like your Portfolio page/site)

      Professional Website-Several Pages, still fairly simple design, geared toward small businesses for advertising and a good representation of their company.

      Commercial Website- Several Pages, fancy(button color changes, etc., but not over the top or it looks stupid.), geared toward businesses with a chain in a single town or even larger companies that are nationwide for good advertising, etc.

      You should charge:
      Minimum wage(as of July 24th 2009): $7.25
      Average Coding time for a single page=3-6hrs.(estimated)

      Personal/Professional Webpage= $45 Set up
      $10 per week for upkeep

      Personal Website= $50 Set-up per page
      $15 per update session
      (for upkeep although it is unlikely on a personal website that they will want you to do much, but if they do they are sure to be picky, so more money for having to put up with pesky people.)

      Professional Website= $50 set-up per page
      $15 per week upkeep

      Commercial Website= $45 set-up per page
      $15 per week upkeep
      (Commercial Websites are more likely to have a higher number of pages, so you can probably entice more customers if you lower the price a little and give them good quality.)

      Upkeep may seem like something ridiculous to charge for or to have to offer, but webpages are constantly being updated and companies etc. will probably want theirs updated at least once a week, however you could just charge them for how many times you had to update it.

      Work on the coding to get better at it (hint: Tables are your best friends!)
      I love the look of your sites. They are awesome. Market a little more. Add a page to your Portfolio called Web Designing post what you wanna charge and then make sure people see your page, post it all over Y!A people love to click on links.

      Maybe start by doing one for free for a corner Mom&Pop store around where you live, just to get the exposure. On the bottom of every page you put onto their site put, Web Design by Melanie Gebhardt and link to your Web Design page that I suggested you add. On your Web Desing page also have links(like your sample designs page now) so that Web Pages you have designed and are making a profit off of are available for viewing by anyone interested in your Web Design Services.
      Don’t forget any income you earn doing this is also taxable.

      Hope this helps. =)

  7. Alexis A Reply

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  8. Hrf8403 Reply

    Web Design? Does anyone have an interest in haveing a career in web design?

    I have a friend that is in that career.

    • Yes I successfully started a career in web design and am currently working for a phoenix web site design company http://www.websiteaz.com My best advise to you is to start learning the industry standard tools such as Macromedia DreamWeaver, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia Flash. You can take several courses but real world experience is the best. You can also offer to be a free part time intern for a local web company in exchange for learning some of the necessary skills.

  9. Dfgs Reply

    Do People Prefer Web Design Freelancers Or Companies? I’m a web designer and for a while I have been advertising my website as a company, would it be better to advertise me as a freelancer rather than a company?

    • Depends on your target audience. Small mom and pop shops would likely prefer an individual over a company since it gives them the feeling of having more control. Also, they know they aren’t paying for corporate bloat and overhead.

      Corporations are more likely to like working with companies.

      I used to work for a design “firm” that had 5-10 designers. It was really a collection of independent contractors like yourself. They worked very hard to present themselves as a firm rather than a series of contractors. This included legalese, lengthy contracts, iterative bid proposals, sales presentations, etc. The price of the contracts was very high, but it was also a ton of work for a small group of people to pull it off.

      Since there’s only one of you, I would stick with being an individual contractor or freelancer. Really, that’s what you are and your clients will find out sooner or later. If they feel misled you’ll lose trust.

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