Questions for Web designers.

Today I revived few questions from Carl Williams of Odin Jobs for a blog entry. I believe every designer should ask themselves to keep the answers with them always.
1. When and how did you get started in web design?
2. What is the single most important attribute/skill a good web designer must have?
3. What hard and soft skills should a web designer have? Should he/she have a degree or can you be self-taught?
4. Your opinions on:
a. Fixed width or Fluid Design?
b. EMS, percentage, pixels or points?
5. What tools are a must have in a good web designer’s arsenal?
6. Any advice to budding and beginning web designers?
I am sure you will find yourself interesting in your job if you have the right answers.
I welcome your answers as comments.

  • 1. I started in web design about 8 years ago when I came out of uni. My friends were getting into flash 4 and I’d never seen anything like it. I gravitated towards what they were doing.

    2. For me, it’s flexibility. Being able to do more than one thing, so not pigeon holing yourself. There are many people out there who are masters of loads of skillsets and you need to be able to pick up, dive in, and understand a whole gamut of technicalities and programs.

    3. You can be self taught. My degree tried to put some design for the web onto me but by the time I’d graduated it had become obsolete. keep reading and doing and you’ll get better.

    4. Fixed width – my favourite because I can control it. I don’t like the problems associated with fluid.

    5. CSS, HTML, AJAX, Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator. That will get you 90% of the way.

    6. Learn the basics well. Don’t copy and paste code without understanding what it does. use the Pen tool!!!

  • espis

    I am not a professional designer just have started my career a year later the most important thing for a designer is to be creative at all… if u r creative u can made many inventions from even one tool…

  • MobiStealth

    I am totally agree with espis. It all just about creativity and talent. In my point of view every graphic designer needs full free hand and peace in work if you need quality designs. Anyway creativity is the most important thing in graphic designing.