Web design is a great skill to learn – for freelancing, for a side hustle, or even for a fulltime job.
Now, based on the job postings I’ve seen, there is some overlap between people asking for a web designer and a web developer. In general, though, a designer is responsible for the look, feel, and usability of a site while a developer makes all of that glorious design function.
Now where should you learn design?
Frankly, you can spend tons of money learning web design. There are bootcamps that range in the thousands of dollars, college classes, books, and online courses.
My advice is to start small to see if you might like doing design on a daily basis. So, pick up a book or two from your local library (yes, the library – remember that nice building in your town with the friendly people who let you take their books – that place).
I recommend this course from Udemy (note: I’m not an affiliate for Udemy right now, so I won’t make any money if you click on this link and buy the course.)
This course is worth the Photoshop instruction alone. This is an incredibly detailed course and the instructor does his best to provide you with tips and techniques so that you can work faster. And, most importantly, you’ll get a feel for whether you like this kind of work.
Also, if the course is currently out of your budget, then watch for a sale. Udemy seems to have sales about once a month, and you might be able to snap up this course during one of those.
Your Action Items
- Think about whether you might want to learn web design
- If you decide that you do, then check out the class above