Between dozens of learning platforms, hundreds of blogs, and YouTube, there’s an endless amount of web design courses and learning materials available online.
But it’s not all of the same quality. If you start in the wrong place, you’ll end up wasting your time and money.
We’ve scoured the web for the very best, and most up-to-date web design courses, both free and paid, and compiled a shortlist of the best options.
So if commuting to the office every morning and suffering through the afternoon rush on the way home every day isn’t your thing, keep reading.
We’ll cover all the courses you need to kickstart your new career as a web designer.
What Qualifications Are Needed to Be a Web Designer?
In web design, traditional hard qualifications like university degrees don’t carry as much weight as in other industries.
It’s a rapidly changing industry, so a 10-year old degree doesn’t mean you’re a great web designer today.
Instead, web designers are typically judged by their catalog of recent work showcased through their portfolio site.
And it’s not just the previous projects in your portfolio that help highlight your skills.
You can convince potential clients you have the necessary design and development skills with the site itself.
To get inspired by real portfolio sites using cutting-edge elements of frontend design and development, you can examine previous award-winning projects on Awwwards.
Look at how each designer uses typography, white space, animations, icons, and other design elements to put their best foot forward.
You can also find inspiration in other creative communities like Dribble or Behance.
Master Necessary Tools and Soft Skills for Success
There are also a number of tools that you need to master, and soft skills that will make or break your career as a web designer.
Let’s start by taking a look at some of the tools you might use.
- Basic illustration and photo editing tools: Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketch, or GIMP.
- Interaction design tools: Adobe XD or Invision Studio.
- Local dev environment (if you develop prototypes or work with a CMS): DesktopServer, XAMPP, etc. (Learn how to install WordPress locally for testing new designs.)
There are also a number of popular frameworks and CSS that can help you stand out.
- Animation kits: Animate.css, Bounce.js, and more.
- jQuery libraries and plugins: Lazy load, parallax scrolling, and more.
- Familiarity with Bootstrap, React, and other popular frameworks for frontend development is crucial.
- Knowing WordPress and how to create a template can also be a key selling point for potential clients who work with the CMS.
You will also need a number of soft skills if you want to succeed.
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This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.