We designers, who are they? Artists or workers?

Started by alexfernando, Aug 02, 2022, 02:10 AM

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Generally, the question has been tormenting me for a long time - I see a lot of different courses on web design, etc.
And now I'm thinking - is it really possible to teach newbie how to draw beautiful designs?

It is clear that there is some set of theoretical basic knowledge, but if you didn't draw very well at school, then there are no chances to learn web design?

Or some software that "draws" the website on a set of template blocks - is this also a web design?


A web designer is, firstly, an interface designer. He designs the website in such a way that it is convenient to use it. Well, plus, to be beautiful and modern. About drawing, as such, we are not talking here.

The website is a story. And to make a good site, you need to decide what you want to tell and which meanings to convey to the person. For a web designer, such skills in highlighting meanings are required.


No, when you "compose" a site from ready-made template blocks, this is NOT web design, this is a website builder. In fact, you "choose" a site for yourself from ready-made ones created by web designers.
Drawing on paper (tablet) by hand is a desirable skill, but not required. You can be a great web designer and not be able to draw with a pencil, let's say. But you can't do without perfect mastery of raster and vector graphics editors. As a rule, this is Photoshop and Illustrator (Corel Draw).
For a web designer, the most significant qualities are a sense of style, the ability to choose colors and a theme for a particular order. Also - ease of use (interface), this is no longer a matter of artistic meaning, but of a technical one. Therefore, the profession of a web designer is a completely separate specialization, which only partially includes the skills of an artist. ::)


Many people believe that a web designer draws sites like an artist, adding decorations and pictures.
This is not entirely true: a web designer should be able to make a web site beautiful, but this is only one of his tasks.
In fact, a web designer is primarily a designer and analyst who creates simple and understandable websites based on the analysis of user behavior. The designer works with data, studies users and their interests, and only then arranges blocks on the site, thinks over the color scheme, placing visual accents.

The word "design" now means rather not how website looks, but how it works and how easy it is for users to achieve their goals. Creativity and art in the design have receded into the background.
The web designer draws layouts of landing pages, websites for companies, online stores, and also designs interfaces for Internet services. What else can he do: create templates for email newsletters, invent and draw Internet banners.

What is the designer's workflow?

The designer receives data from the customer — why web site is needed, how it will work, which users will visit it. A good option if the customer knows exactly what is needed. But this does not always happen, so the designer must ask questions himself and get the necessary data.
The designer writes down the task, site requirements and answers to questions in a brief.
A web designer creates sketches or prototypes of a future website: on paper or in special programs. Prototypes are more like diagrams, where the location of the main elements on the pages of the site is indicated.
The creation of the site begins with prototypes in order to see all the options for the arrangement of elements and coordinate with the customer.