Print designers are often intimidated by the thought of working in web design and therefore refuse to take the leap into the digital universe. Some print designers feel very web illiterate because of the additional skills that they would have to learn to be efficient at it. They fear that the rapid growth of the digital world will kill off print (which I personally think won’t happen) leaving them hopeless. Should print designers take a dip into web design or should they stick to their preferred medium and continue to practice and learn more in their specialized area? Here is what I have to say about this:
One reason why print designers should not be too intimidated by web design is that contrary to the belief, print designers should already know the gist of web design. Sure, there is still a lot to learn such as trends, basic coding, functionality, etc., but print designers do have knowledge of typography, spacing, and composition which is critical in web design.
So what if you have to learn a few extra skills? One thing that designers should do in order to be successful is learning. Always learning new things will keep your mind young, your willpower sharp, and will make you more marketable.
Learning web design today has been easier than ever with the technological advances (like HTML5) with the web and everything that comes with it. You can learn the basics of HTML and CSS in just a few weekends. A good resource to get started is Codecademy.com and reading books such as HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett. Again, understanding and being efficient in web design will take time, but it’s well worth it since it is a great practical skill to have in your design arsenal.
I hope this brief post has given you some insight as to whether or not you want to take web design for a spin. It really isn’t as scary as it looks, and with the knowledge of the web, heck, you may like it more than what you are doing now. Feel free to ask questions to help get you started