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I’m sorry, but this is simply not true. At all. I’ve been doing web design
professionally for 19 years now – and moved around in several cities while
doing so. This industry is BRUTAL. It’s always been rough, but since around
2009, it’s absolutely cut throat. In the last 4 years specifically, web
design shops have flocked to sites like Guru and eLance for their design
“needs”. While this was an isolated problem for programmers 8 years ago,
it’s a serious issue for designers now. Outsourcing to people who will
charge 1/10th what a U.S. developer asks for is very common practice these
days. The outsourcing issue is only the tip of the iceberg. That doesn’t
even address the thousands of kids just getting out of college ready to
begin their web design career and will gladly take a job for 25k a year in
the states. When I started doing it, it was a very rare profession. These
days, there’s probably 6 or 7 guys on your street that consider themselves
“web designers”. There is also the truck-loads of template sites (fixed and
responsive). Don’t forget sites like Squarespace and Weebly. ANYBODY can
throw a site together now a with a CMS and shopping cart to boot! It’s a
different world from what this video would lead you to believe. I have
plenty of friends and past co-workers who also practice web design and they
have ALL struggled greatly in the last 6 years or more. After nearly two
decades into my career, I can safely say that I’m moving into Illustration,
print and logo design as hard and fast as possible. I’ve always offered
these services, but now I’m focusing on them as real revenue sources. In
the last two years, the bottom has literally dropped out of any stability
within the web design world in most major U.S. cities. Especially if you
work for a web shop. Yes, there’s a “dip”, but it’s NOT a significant one.
Web design is simply not hard. If you have any design skill at all and can
fight through learning CSS (HTML is simple and doesn’t even count), you can
do it. I believe – in 2014 – it’s far better to specialize in something
more advanced as a designer/artist.
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