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My Interview as a Web Designer

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I was recently interviewed as a Web designer by a prior student for a project she’s doing. I thought it would be fun to share my answers here.

Why do you feel it’s important for web designers to know HTML and CSS coding when there are programs such as DreamWeaver?
BECAUSE THAT IS YOUR TOOL SET! It’s like asking a painter to paint without brushes or a photographer without film. Oh wait… LOL I’m only kidding. It’s important because to understand how to design for the web effectively you need to really understand how it works technically. I may be biased as I started as a web developer not designer but understanding coding gives you a huge advantage and I’ll argue that no one will hire a WEB designer who doesn’t understand how to code at least a little.
Favorite websites?

Those are the ones that popped into my head first for some reason.

How do you feel about blogging sites?
Blogging has changed the landscape of the web forever. It’s given everyone, regardless of technical knowledge, the ability to create content and communicate online. I think it’s simply WONDERFUL!
Where do you think the future in web design is headed?
Web Design is ever changing. We must react to so many things like new technology and user experience levels. The future is not easily predicted but I’m sure in 5 years web design will be vastly different then it is today just as it is from 5 years ago.
How would you define your personal design style?
I’m simple, clean and to the point. The most important aspect of most web pages is the content and it should be easily accessible.
What makes a good website?
Easy to access relevant content, simple to understand navigation, clean design.
Do you have any web design pet peeves?
Drop down menus.. HATE THEM.
Are you self-run or do you work for a company?
Both. :)
How much schooling did you go through to become a web designer?
There was no "web designer" options when I was in school. I have a B.S. in Management Information Systems and a M.S. in Instructional Technology. Most of my web skills are self taught.
Do you think a college education is important in this field?
I do. For experience and exposure to a broad range of skills. Part of being a web designer is understanding the needs of the audience. It’s easier to understand those needs if you can relate to them on some level. Having a broad range of experience and knowledge to pull from helps immensely.
Any advice for future designers/web enthusiasts or general knowledge about yourself you wanna share? :)
It’s all about loving what you do! Love design, be interested in the newest web trends, stay curious and learn something new every day!


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Discussion

There are 4 comments so far.

    Jim

    June 12, 2009

    You’re hired!

    Jamie

    June 12, 2009

    Just curious – why the hatred for drop down menus?

    roni

    June 12, 2009

    Usability issues. Although I know they’ve gotten better, it’s still just a pet peeve of mine. I’m just not a fan. I’d love a few examples where they are utilized correctly/nicely!

    Rob Emenecker

    June 12, 2009

    Here is a good example of well made drop down menus:
    http://preview.gracepointecommunity.com

    I do think they can be done well, provided you are will to invest the time to learn proper XHTML/CSS and maybe some javascript.