What is Web Design?
News flash: the yellow pages are extinct. The new version of the yellow pages is called "google.com", and the new version of your entry in the yellow pages is called your website. So yeah, you could say that websites and important. And to answer my own question, web design is the process of visually designing, coding, and deploying a functional website on the internet.
The year that I was born, there were no web designers. Like all technology, the internet has developed at an unbelievably fast rate. When I was just a toddler, all that web designers had to do was figure out how to create a paragraph, page title, and a link. Now web designers deal with a range of issues: cross-browser and cross-OS compatibility, command line version control programs, full fledged visual design, interaction design, 3d css transitions, etc. Web design is without a doubt its own field, and to keep up with the constantly morphing standards and technologies requires steadfast dedication and research skills, as well as the willingness and ability to rapidly learn and re-learn anything in the field of graphic design and programming.
What do you know about it?
To say that I know how to make a website would be an understatement. I am what some people may call a 'web nerd'. I am on a constant and relentless quest to gather the best design and coding resources together for web design. I read a number of web design articles every day on feedly, meticulously file away websites and resources I like, and write articles myself on web design and related fields.
A website to me is an integral piece of your company's identity. It may in fact be 100% of your company's identity (google, for example). Web design is absolutely not something that should be taken lightly or rushed. It is often your first impression on potential clients, your appearance and face on the web, and quite possibly a generator of millions of dollars of revenue. In one case, the changing of one button on a major e-commerce website increased their revenue literally by $30 million/year. I take it that seriously.
With me, you are in safe hands. I am 100% fluent in the most efficient and cutting edge web technology. I code quickly and efficiently in html5, css3, and jquery, using less, zen coding, and git. I design in photoshop, illustrator, and fireworks. I know how to work across all browsers and operating systems. I can develop for mobile devices. I know how to tastefully animate any and all elements of your site. I know what people expect to see, and where they expect to see it. I can create beautiful, clean visuals. I will make your site load faster than anyone else can. I can work with almost any CMS, from wordpress to tumblr to perch. I write clean, semantic, and well-documented code. And if there's anything I don't know, I will learn it for you and implement it on the job, free of charge.
How can I learn more?
Check out the links below to learn more about web design and get involved in the web design community:
- Smashing Magazine - Absolute #1 resource for graphic and web designers. So good I can't even believe it
- CSS Tricks - My favorite resource for any type of web coding. Gorgeous design, great community.
- Think Design - More design focused, but still great for thinking about websites
- Ajaxian - A very thorough blog on all sorts of web scripting
- Signal vs. Noise - Blog by 37signals about design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, etc.
- Veerle's Blog - Fantastic (and beautiful) web design blog
- Unstoppable Robot Ninja - Blog of Ethan Marcotte, features advanced web scripting discussion
- Well Medicated - Design focused, but great web inspiration
- Abduzeedo - Ok, this is a graphic design blog. But it's fantastic and should be used for tutorials and inspiration
- The Web Design Blog - An eclectic collection of articles and blog posts on web design.