The world is changing rapidly. Just when we were just getting used to seeing websites came mobile phones, now screens have gone into our eyeglasses. With the web design world changing almost every day, it’s almost daunting to think how one learns web design.
Of course, when it comes to learning, there are a lot of avenues to choose from, and sometimes it’s not a matter of availability of such avenues (or the lack of them) but one’s desire to learn
But what is the best way to learn web design?
In this article, we will delve into the more popular ways on how one learns the art of designing websites. We will try to note the advantages and disadvantage of each method of learning and hopefully, come up with an end result.
Since the boom of the internet, more and more information technology and computer-related jobs have become more prevalent. And with the rise of such demand of manpower, calls for a lot of students. That is why more universities have funded the propagation of design-related programs.
Although contrary to the common thought, universities offer benefits for web designers. If a student chooses to enter the university, he will have to study the basics of web design. He will learn from teachers the fundamentals of color, type, composition, and maybe, a few coding languages.
With this, and with the help of projects and tight deadlines, students are conditioned to work under pressure without sacrificing the quality of work. This is somehow a foreshadowing of what the real word looks like, and when the time comes where clients are dealt with and workloads go heavy, it becomes a bitter but fruitful brunt.
In addition, universities are filled with professors that can mentor, critique or appreciate your work. This becomes an advantage because you’re allowed to make bigger mistakes with lesser the cost because you can tweak your style and methods without sacrificing potential clients.
While the security that houses its students into the four walls of a classroom is a main selling point of universities offering design courses, it also becomes its greatest disadvantage.
With the explosion of online courses, and as the Internet becomes a staple of human culture and living, web design school are slowly fading into irrelevance.
These days, the papers and documents presented by universities are becoming a thing of the past (with web design, at least). Today, diplomas aren’t the golden eggs of the world. Paper proving that you’ve studied enough hours to become an expert in something aren’t instant employment passes anymore. According to Adecco, a job placement agency, almost six of 10 college graduates from the United States are underemployed, meaning they aren’t full time position holders in their professions.
Nowadays, especially in web design, employment decisions are usually based on interviews and previous work, and diplomas aren’t even a factor.
Aside from that, the world of web design isn’t something you can’t confine in walls anymore. It’s changing rapidly that universities don’t catch up anymore.
I started learning web design a few months after I graduated from college. Afraid that I might not be able to afford the high tuition, I thought of alternative solutions to increase my knowledge. And seeking the help of online courses, I pretty much got what I want.
I am not the first person to find such enlightenment from online education. Before me were a myriad of curious minds seeking the same thing. Online education made every learning opportunity reachable by anyone anytime.
This is what makes learning from the internet phenomenal.
The reach and availability of the material extends into an unimaginable rate. Now, everybody can learn about HTML and CSS without even leaving their seats. And this gives opportunities to people who want to learn and make a name for themselves.