Month: May 2017

Designer Tips: Will Web Designers Become Obsolete?

With the rise of different web technologies that help businesses create a website in under 15 minutes, web designers fear that their jobs will become worthless.  Because anybody can build a website, there must not be a point for a web designer to help do the job right?
The way we designers do things  now may become obsolete, but I doubt our jobs will be. Web designers will change with the industry. In fact, web designers have already adapted to these technologies that threaten to steal our jobs. For example, Squarespace is a tool that is used by businesses to build websites quickly. Even though the tool seems to be easy, the truth is, people still struggle to get their website right. There are designers who have dedicated their talents to Squarespace, to further help business owners maintain a good looking, functional website. Instead of fighting off these site builders, work with them. You already have a strong sense of web design. By combining your skills and learning a platform, you can probably make something greater than you have ever imagined.
Design is ever changing. There will never be a point in time when a solution to all of the web’s problems will be reached. As long as there are people wanting to send a specific message out, web designers will continue to push.
Just like design, the internet is changing. The ways people interact and interpret the internet are changing as well. It is likely that web designers will be working at a much greater level, if the way web design as we know it, becomes automated. Web designers will be focusing on the more intricate aspects of the web. Web sites may very well take a different form before designers become obsolete.
As the industry changes, the job position will change. Designers will be around as long as the web is around.

Designer Tips: Is it Important to be Detail Oriented?

Designers take pride in their ability to work with very complex projects that may seem nearly impossible to people who work outside of the industry. Companies typically want to work with designers who can excel in working with intricate details. This can intimidate a number of designers arriving to the scene as they may or may not be as detail oriented as their peers. So that begs the question: Is it important to be a very detail oriented person in the design field?
Yes, but there’s a time and place for it.
Detail is indeed an important aspect of design, but designers typically make the mistake on focusing on detail at inappropriate moments. Details are a supplement to the big picture. Unlike the important message that should easily be conveyed through your project, details are a luxury that should really be focused on during your luxury time. In fact, details should not even be a factor in your project until your message can come through without them. Focusing too much on detail will result in having all elements in your project form an identity of each their own and your work will head in a number of different directions.
Not to mention, attention to detail is a skill that attaches on to you naturally through experience. Some can really turn it on once this skill is acquired. Think about someone’s recent work that you may have seen that was visually appealing because of it’s detail. More than likely, the details came about once the big picture was determined.
If you are new to design, it’s perfectly fine to not be detail oriented. It is far from the most important thing when focusing on design.
Focus on who you are designing for.
Focus on the details when you have the extra time to do so.