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Are you a newbie Web designer / Freelancer? Then I dedicate this article to you from JoomlaBuff team. If you thought that designing & coding skills only helps you in your career, then you are wrong. You must change your mindset & tune yourself to learn some skills which are associated & interlinked with Web designing. In this article we are going to review about 5 essential key-skills that every designer must develop. These skills are not just a value added thing; it’s also an essential thing to stay yourself unique from the market & also to sustain in this competitive digital market.

1. Effective Communication

So let me clear about the word “Communication” here before going deeper into the topic. Communication doesn’t point any specific language, However to communicate a language is essential.

“Effective communication is the glue that helps you deepen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making, and problem solving.”

Speaking the truth you can’t learn this skill on any university. This is a learning skill which can be achieved by practicing. Also, a lot of small disputes can be resolved easily if you are good at communicating. So, communicate well, in order to survive and be successful.

2. Proper Planning

Planning is essential for every action to have a positive reaction. So as a web designer you must have a clear planning on paper work before getting into design. Planning is not only an action; It’s an essential & initial phase of every web design project. So we suggest to concentrate more on this phase to maintain your quality & customer relations.

Here are some important facts you must consider

  • Get into a deeper research about the clients company
  • Make a detail note of the services that your client offer & spend few minutes on their competitors site to get a detail analysis
  • Never forward the process from Planning without documenting the things that you gathered in Planning phase.

“Never proceed this phase as a Designer. Be a customer of that website that you are going to build to complete the phase successfully”

Of course Planning is a hectic phase when it comes to a small scale business. We have to think in all perspective to complete this phase successful.

3. Typography & Color sense

Typography is an art of displaying content. Typography is so closely bonded with web design, many people suffer the misconception that its purpose is to make the site beautiful. They are wrong. The main purpose of typography has nothing to do with beauty. It is actually readability that typography aims at. This does not mean that it should not look pretty at the same time, but beauty is just an added bonus here. The main goal that stands before the typographer is to make sure that the type is readable.

Color is at the heart of web design because it helps to establish the theme and motive of any effective design. In addition, it also works on some psychological aspects, where colors influence how a site visitor views his user experience.

Again coming to the point Web Designing is an art. Typography & color are the two eyes of Web designing. As an artist web designer must focus on readability & gain user attraction for conversion. These two (Typography & Color Sense) are most important and essential skills that every WebDesigner must be aware of.

4. Instant Learning

Before getting into learning about the importance of learning, Lets have a look what these successful gurus say about Learning..

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
–Albert Einstein

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
–Mahatma Gandhi

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
–Helen Keller

One of the best things about life is that we never have to stop learning. There are always new skills to learn and techniques for us to adopt. When you look at the most successful people in the world, they understand this. Warren Buffet spends most of his time reading. The best entrepreneurs in the world don't act like they know everything. They all understand the fact that they have to continuously learn to be successful.

As a Web Designer you must keep updated with new web technologies and some basic informative knowledge about your customer business which is helpful for planning phase as mentioned above.

5. Developing Business & Listening Skill

Most of the web designers work as Freelancers & at one point some of them start building their brand & work with a team to move ahead in their career. Also as Freelancers we always keep bidding on larger level projects to enhance our profile. So I hardly insist to develop both your business and Listening skill to improve yourself and stay unique from the market.

Without business skills, you’ll be struggling in the all-important areas like marketing, Sales, finding clients, maintaining clients and doing all this productively.

Improving Listening skill is not a matter. Just we have to understand what others say about. Even you are a geek in Web designing, Attend some meetings & webinars and gain more exposure. For example there are many social media groups for Professional Web Designers. You can just join the group and learn few things from others.

“We have two ears and one mouth, So we should listen more than we say.”

You may have a doubt that “How can I improve my Business skill without an MBA ?”

Here is our experimental answer ...

When comes to Business skill you can gain it only by having experience.

Experience is not only just doing a thing for more years. Experience is related to the word Experimenting which implicates that we should gain some outcome. It may be failures, success or a case study.

So do you think that you have more valid essential skills for web designer to specify in this article.. Pls reply your voice over comments.


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