How to become a Web Designer
- Price: £5.99
- Published: September 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Web designers are commissioned by a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations to design and create websites and applications ('apps') that can be accessed and used via PCs, tablets and smartphones. While they require 'front end' technical skills in software coding to create the appearance of a site, web designers differ from web developers who mainly specialise in 'back end' technical programming.
Web designers are typically hired directly by their clients, as well as on a sub-contract basis by larger design and marketing agencies. Others are recruited by specialist agencies that find short-term contract work for freelance IT professionals such as web designers. Website design and development is a growing but intensely competitive sector.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a web designer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.