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ad is a freelance website and graphic designer from Long Beach, California. As the owner of one of the fastest growing web designblogDesign Informer , he writes comprehensive tutorials and guides that help you stay up-to-date on everything related to design. Completely
self-taught, he makes many college-educated designers look awfully clumsy. If you follow him on Twitter , some of his designing skills may eventually rub off on you.What do you like most/least about your job?Well, as a full-time web designer and also a freelance designer and blogger, I love my job. What I like about it is I get to do what I love. I havea passion for design and I¶m very fortunate that I get to do it every single day.Worst thing« Hmm, I would have to say managing my time and dealing with all the administrative work. It¶s not so bad if you just work for acompany, but if you freelance and run a blog, then it definitely is time consuming, and you have to be very organized.What educational background is necessary for this job?Really, I didn¶t even go to school for this. I started messing around with Photoshop and web design in high school and I really started to get serious with it about 4 years ago, reading everything and anything I could find about it. I¶ve spent many sleepless nights designing and learning HTML/CSS. Although a formal education isn¶t necessary, it¶s definitely a plus.I would suggest learning the design basics. Too many people who claim to be designers don¶t even know these things. I¶m talking about things like typography, grids, etc. Also, to be a web designer, a solid knowledge of HTML/CSS, and some knowledge of jQuery/
avascript would be ideal.Sometimes, all you need is an opportunity. For months, I looked for a job and couldn¶t find one in the field, so I freelanced. I did that for a year and had a tremendous time learning, working with clients and I had many ups and downs. Through that, I was able to build a portfolio, and then get a job.What is a typical day like for you?Well, I wake up, go to work from 9-6, then go home, exercise, then back on the computer for freelance work and blog work. That¶s pretty much my normal weekday.What are important skills needed for this job?Well, I¶ve already mentioned them, but design fundamentals, along with a great knowledge of Photoshop, and coding skills.(HTML/CSS/jQuery/
avascript.)If you could do one thing over, what would it be and why?I¶ve actually been asked this a lot. I would have to say that I would have definitely started sooner. I think I delayed it too much and waited toolong to get into it. My advice: jump in!