How to Get Started in Web Design

How to Get Started in Web Design

Stuart Holmes

So you want to be a web designer? That’s ace! It’s a really useful skill to have and an ambition that many people start out with but often get fed up and frustrated before they’ve really started to get to grips with it.

The truth is, being a web designer can mean different things to different people. I mean, have you started looking into all of the software and languages there are to choose from? Do you need to know Dreamweaver or Photoshop? Is JavaScript important? There are so many choices that people can become overwhelmed even at the initial stage and decide it’s all far too complicated. But don’t give up before you’ve even started. Have a look at this guide to which programming language you should choose and break it down into small manageable pieces.

However, one of your first tasks as a web designer should be to get to grips with HTML and CSS before you start messing around with software.

Why should I look at HTML and CSS first?!

Basically, most, and by that I mean 99% of websites are made in HTML. It’s the structure and backbone of the web. So that’s more than a little important.

CSS is what give the HTML structure a style, changing the HTML from text to beautiful flowing and attractive web pages.

They aren’t programming languages like JavaScript or C++. It’s just the basics you’ll need to know.

Right, so where do I start then?

Basically, you need to study. Like being at school only without the detentions.

The best book I ever found on HTML and CSS was Head First HTML and CSS. Other books were tried and discarded before I settled on this one, so take it from me and start with the best.

Resources to Help You

If you’re looking for some awesome place to help you learn more about web design, then here’s a list of our favourites at Elementary Digital.



Mozilla Developer Network


Don’t get too into these until you’ve read the book, though, okay?

The Learning Process

It’s all well and good deciding you want to be a web designer, but like most things, the desire to procrastinate is often much stronger, especially when Netflix has released all of House of Cards in one day and you’re only up to episode five.

So how can you actually get off your bum and learn?

The secret is to set yourself actual goals with dates and tasks set out on a calendar. An enhanced to do list with specific times and dates for completing of tasks will focus you mind much better than a vague sense of obligation.

Don’t just jump off this page to Amazon and buy the book. Wait, no, do that. But also have a clear idea in your head of how you are going to learn. Set yourself a challenge of a chapter a night starting from the day you receive the book until you finish it. Then decide the language you need to learn. Break down the task and you’re much more likely to achieve it.

Before you know it you’ll be making beautiful websites with ease! Good luck with your study!


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