How I Taught Myself Web Design

After college I was armed with knowledge of computer programming and a love/fascination of technology. I noticed websites becoming more artful and beautiful and I wanted to take a stab at making my own.

I knew there were programs out there, like Dreamweaver, that helped you code what you wanted to do, however, my unwillingness to pay so much for these programs forced me to figure out how to do it myself. I started at the beginning learning html and ftp, creating some crude versions of what I saw out there, but I didn’t give up. I kept adding to my web design toolbox: Javascript, PHP, CSS, databases, shopping carts, graphics. SEO. When I discovered a cool new effect or another useful technique I would hit the internet and research how to do it myself. The more I learned the better my sites looked and functioned.

I have been doing this for five years, but the same process continues today. I don’t know everything about web design and I likely never will. Web technology changes quickly, and there is always something new to learn. This is what I love about this business. I see something cool, and tell myself “I can do that.” Starting with what I know, I figure out what I don’t know, then research how to do it. Of course when I figure out that new technique, I give myself a pat on the back, celebrate, then move on to the next challenge.