Getting Started with the Web Designer’s Academy
Who is the WDA for?
The answer: it’s for creative type people that have an entrepreneurial drive and will not settle for the default life plan (or at least people that aspire to be more like that).
In an effort to save you time from reading this entire page, the WDA is NOT for:
- Corporate drones
- Large, bloated organizations
- People that give up after failing once
If any of the above points describe you, stop reading this because you are going to be disappointed!
Why You Would Want To Do This
Getting really good at something (anything) will have a lot of positive effects. First of all you feel good about yourself. When you become knowledgeable in a subject, perhaps even an expert on it, you feel insanely good about it. It gives you the power and ability to help other people and businesses reach their goals by providing a useful service to them…and that’s pretty awesome!
When it comes to websites…one thing that we love about them is that you can create them from anywhere (your home, the beach or even a plane) literally just about anywhere! As long as you’ve got a laptop and some good wifi, you’re good to go! However unlike certain skills where getting good at them (most likely) won’t be profitable because there isn’t much of a demand for them, such as having the ability to create oragami (no offense to all the people who love oragami), when it comes to something like getting awesome at creating websites, you can earn a pretty nice income from learning that skill.
What Web Design Is Not
Web design is not a get rich quick scheme. It is not “easy money”. It’s also not limited to people that graduated from Stanford with a degree in digital design. Please don’t think you need to be able to create the next Facebook or eBay to be a web designer. You can start small, like real small, like a one page website for small local non-profit in your area. With enough time spent learning about web design (thanks to the internet you can do that for free…high five for technology) and applying what you learn to real world client projects, you can become a pretty awesome web designer all without ever taking a single college class for it.
Web Designer VS Web Developer
People get these two terms confused a lot. A Web “Designer” is a person that creates the overall look (graphics, colors, banners, etc…) of a website. A Web “Developer” is a person who writes applications in web programming languages. Both Designers and and Developers are needed to make the internet grow and become a more useful place for everyone. The WDA mainly focuses on the design aspect, but every once in a while we touch upon writing bits of code.
Where You Should Go From Here
In this section we will have specific links to posts/pages broken out by skill level, but since this site is brand new (smell that new-website scent?) we don’t have all those links yet, but there are a few:
- Click on the Blog tab up top show you all the latest stories on the site. All updates (regardless of category) will show up on that screen.
- We put together a huge Resources page that has all the tools/services we use to run a successful web design business, this list is gold for someone just starting out and you are not sure what you need.
- We talk about a lot of topics related to being a web designer, but don’t get overwhelmed – just start with the Web Design Tutorials and go from there.
- Like we mentioned above, our site is really new so we’ll be adding more links here soon!
Ian & Amy Anderson
Web Designer’s Academy