Miscellaneous: starting graphic/web designer

started by Tboss_hidalgo on May 9, 2004 — RSS Feed

Tboss_hidalgo Tboss_hidalgo
Posts: 4

Hi everyone!

I am so glad to have found this site - great source of informations and ideas!

I am a starting designer. I have a degree in Fine Arts but never really get to practice it for personal reasons. Then, when I moved to Canada a year ago I thought of finally using my degree and went to study Computer Graphics and Web Media course to update my skills.

I am already 32 yrs. old. While I believe one is never too late to change career and do what you've always love doing, I want to get your thoughts on whether I have a  future in computer graphic design and whether I can still get into this field successfully.

Thanks in advance.  

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

tboss_hidalgo said:

I am already 32 yrs. old. While I believe one is never too late to change career and do what you've always love doing, I want to get your thoughts on whether I have a  future in computer graphic design and whether I can still get into this field successfully.


Well, I was considerably older than 32 when I changed to computer graphics from Magic Markers. If it's something you love doing, you are half way there already.

The BIG difference between fine art and graphic design is that you can't just do your own thing. There are these people called 'clients' who want to work you like a puppet and you have to do their merry dance with a broad smile. Pull faces in the privacy of your own home

Scott Daniel Scott Daniel
Posts: 0

hey, i'm looking for someone to design me a website... Can you help me with this?

Scott Daniel Scott Daniel
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hey, i'm looking for someone to design me a website... Can you help me with this?

Pamela Kamphuis Pamela Kamphuis
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Hello-
What sort of web site do you need? Big, small, informational, ecommerce, etc.?

Kenneth Smallfield Kenneth Smallfield
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I think website designer is cool coz can do work at home, no boss around or can do do do, right?

i'm taking my major in website in year 2 now and only finish in two year coming but while i'm studying, i do graphic work to pay my study fee...

Kenneth Smallfield Kenneth Smallfield
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I think website designer is cool coz can do work at home, no boss around or can do do do, right?

i'm taking my major in website in year 2 now and only finish in two year coming but while i'm studying, i do graphic work to pay my study fee...

Mei Santos Mei Santos
Posts: 0

Hi,

I'm a web designer, just stated freelancing. I have no idea how to price a project. I have my first prospect intend to know how much I charge for updating a website with pictures & text content provided,about 10 pages, the timeframe is 4 days. Can any one who has experiences let me know how to price this project?

Thank you.

I appreciate it.

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
Posts: 0

Mei,

Take a look at this thread: http://www.wpdfd.com/forums/wpdfd/business/guidelines_for_pricing_work/

You'll probably find some great ideas within it for your pricing guidelines.

Paul Goddard Paul Goddard
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Im trying to be do freelance while im doing a degree course but i cant seem to get any clients. I've tried sending letters, phoneing people and even just going in to places and asking but nothing seems to work. Do you have any tips on choosing and getting perspective customers?

Im guessing most clients wouldnt go through your own website by searching on google. Also how should you design your design companies website? mine - www.makeaimpact.co.uk is based on a buiness point of view but it doesnt show off my true graphics skills is there a way to compromise the two?

Thanks

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
Posts: 0

Paul,

I also had a tough time getting clients to start with. Since I was freelancing alone, I did design my own site but as my ideas have become more stale I don't feel comfortable designing sites for others at the moment. Once I can take pride in my own work, then I'll get back to freelancing.

Sorry, I seem to have gotten a little sidetracked there. In my experience, the best way to get started is primarily just word-of-mouth advertising. How you want to accomplish this is up to you, but I ended up giving away my services almost for free for my first few clients. Once they saw the quality of my work they were more willing to call me back or recommend me to other people. Of course, the first hit was free, but they had to pay for the supply

Let the design of the site (it's layout, colors, etc) showcase your design skills, while the copy details your business practices. You can still make compelling sites which have the consumer in mind but are pushing the envelope of the medium's practices.

Linton Marcowich Linton Marcowich
Posts: 1

Indigo multimedia is an award winning Web Design Newcastle Upon Tyne , DVD's, Video and CD's. Indigo also offers a full digital media service to public and private sector clients.

Michael Mitchell Michael Mitchell
Posts: 2

Hello, I am new to this forum. I am trying to find a job that will help me start a career in web design. I am going to college to learn web and game designing/programming. I only have the basic knowledge of web designing right now. I know HTML, XHTML (same as XML?), and CSS. I am working on CSS, XHTML, and now I am working on forms at my college. I am wondering if there are any jobs that will pay someone to do some basic web sites. If so, please help me get those kinds of jobs. I would appreciate all the help I can get to get into my journey of web designing. If you want to email me, my email address is vietasianfox45@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon.

Jadedea W Jadedea W
Posts: 1

Hi everyone, I just tried to start a thread but it just says "pass" when I click the button.

Anyways, what are some good tools, software, and other things a beginner should have under their belt for web page design.

Right now I have Windows Vista, and I have Paint. So should I happily mark that off my checklist or throw it out the windows? lol

Thanks

Jade

Mike Crone Mike Crone
Posts: 27

Before you even think about designing pages, you should learn HTML and CSS. These are the foundations needed to design web pages.

As to software, all you really need is a text editor and a graphics program (Paint won't really cut it).

Graphics programs:
GIMP (free)
Paint Shop Pro (medium price)
Photoshop (high end)

HTML editors:
Crimson Editor (free text editor)
CoffeeCup HTML Editor (low priced)
Dreamweaver (high end)

There are literally hundreds of other programs available but the ones I mentioned above do all have a trial version you can download and try out.

Mike...

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Bob Cally Bob Cally
Posts: 1

Hi

I’ve come across a tool to add to sites I do that translates everything free (http://www.appliedlanguage.com/trans/free_quick.aspx), only downside is a link back to the providing site – that I can see of anyway?? Anybody used it or know how good it is??

Sad Kar Sad Kar
Posts: 10

hi

one webdesinger must be use photoshot, flash, swift3d, swish and must know html, some java, some server languages.

hmmm, not easy : )

sad

Web Design India Web Design India
Posts: 6

You need to study google webmaster guidelines thoroughly. Frankly, they're the best source of design and SEO information available anywhere.

You will be a great designer as you have the will. Just start surfing all possible forums and start building contacts.

Stever From Axemedia Stever From Axemedia
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Yes, the big forums are the place to learn. Digital Point & Site Point come to mind.

Learn HTML as well as basic graphics creation with PhotoShop or Adobe Illustrator (expensive but ripped versions are a plenty)

Use an HTML editor like dreamweaver or even MS Front Page to start if you must. It'll create code for you. Shitty code but its a start. After building a few start looking at the code and you will slowly learn. Then eventually you wont need an editor and can hand code in NotePad. Better and cleaner code than a WYSIWYG editor.

For graphics just learn how to do gradients and that can cover 90% of what you need to create nice designs.

Learn some Search Engine Optimization basics or else nobody will ever get to see your websites.

Oh, and to the original poster, 32 ain't too late. I was 35 when I started. And my background had nothing to do with design or computers really. But was always interested in many aspects of design and marketing. Read a fuller story on the about page of my blog.

Big Pro Tip = Dual Monitors! Improves productivity big time. Write code in one screen and refresh and view it in browser in the other. Instead of hunting for windows in you start menu.

Creativity Unlimited Creativity Unlimited
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I am Michael Bowler, only 22, the owner/operator of Creativity Unlimited. Creativity Unlimited started as a dream of mine. I have been working in the creative services field as a freelancer for three years. I started part time, working for other freelancers. When I found out how much I loved it, and realized I was good at it, I started my plans to work in the creative services field full time. That is where Creativity Unlimited was born.

I say that to say this: You are never too young or too old, and it is never too early or too late. If you're doing what you love, you've beaten half the battle. If you're good at it, that's another 25% of the battle. (Now we're at 75%.) If there's a will, there's a way. (I guess that covers the other 25%.) Remember, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

While I'm here, if anyone has any questions or needs any work done in the way of any type of writing, web design, business solutions and materials, advertising, marketing, research, and/or public speaking, please contact me. You can click my name to visit my blog, or the company name to visit my main website.

Michael Bowler, Creativity Unlimited

Rob  Perry Rob Perry
Posts: 2

RP Design offer professional web design and a wide range of digital marketing services suc as search engine optimisation, PPC campaigns, social media and email marketing.

We will shortly be offering web design tips and HTML scripts. If your into web design you should check it out

Michael Carson Michael Carson
Posts: 1

As you are a starter, just get some knowledge and services from the professionals. The good place to get services is from Mineeds.com. Just post your request and gets bids from it!!

Chilton Jones Chilton Jones
Posts: 1

yes you are right your age is now at the stage where you cant change the profession..so keep moving with it and its really creative and interesting work...

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Jo Devizes Jo Devizes
Posts: 2

If anybody is looking for a comprehensive web building program, try XSitePro. It does just about everything you will need.

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Bobby Lim Bobby Lim
Posts: 1

sure u can.....

i also start to learning web design

Jeff Burnz Jeff Burnz
Posts: 2

A low risk start to help build your portfolio and earn some money at the same time is to get involved with my new crowd sourcing project - we do not ask for spec work and you will be paid good money for great work - http://adaptivethemes.com

Chris Strupp Chris Strupp
Posts: 13

It's never too late, but after just joining ths site today I have found it a huge help. I look forward to talking to you on here sometime.

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Jumi Ram Jumi Ram
Posts: 31

Hello Tboss_hidalgo,
age is not at all problem for your career. If you are interested then you will achieve more and more, you don't want to care about your age. Firstly, you have to dedicate well in your work and keep researching on that, Please don't waste time by thinking about your age. If you are fit to the industry, you will be top in months.
My Wishes...
Thank You.
jumi

Ken Liang Ken Liang
Posts: 4

The best way to get started in the web design industry is to learn the technical things like HTML and CSS first. If you want to do so quickly you can try training videos from Total Training or Lynda.com. You will need a website portfolio so offer a couple of free websites to your friends, relatives or local businesses.

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