The internet has been in existence for over 30 years, and within the industry, there are now experienced professionals who have been working in web design for more than 15 years.
I began my career in web design in 1996, just as the internet was becoming more mainstream and organizations were recognizing the value of having a website.
Since then, the field has undergone significant changes. We have moved from static HTML websites to content management systems (CMS), and the industry has adopted various standards and best practices. The introduction of mobile devices has also revolutionized the way we interact with the web.
When I started out, I couldn’t have predicted any of these developments or that I would still be working in web design today. It just happened that way. But perhaps there is a secret formula for longevity in this field.
I have thought about what it takes to have a long and successful career in web design, and here is what I have found:
1. Enthusiasm for your work is crucial. It is difficult to stay on course if you are not enjoying what you do. However, enthusiasm is not a constant feeling. It can come and go depending on various factors such as stress, difficult clients, or unexpected challenges. Finding aspects of your work that excite and motivate you can help sustain your enthusiasm during tough times.
2. Being willing to adapt to new technologies is essential. The web design industry is constantly evolving, and staying up-to-date with the latest tools and technologies is crucial. However, not every new technology will be worth your time, so it is important to identify the ones that will add value to your skill set and help you better serve your clients’ needs.
3. Working for something bigger than yourself can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Getting involved in the web design community, whether through contributing to open-source projects, advocating for important causes, or mentoring others, can make a difference and give you a reason to stay in the industry.
If you want to have a long and successful career in web design, consider finding a niche that you are passionate about, being open to trying new things, and giving back in a way that suits you. These factors will help you establish roots in the industry and navigate the challenges and changes that come your way.
Who knows what the web will look like in the future? But by following these principles, you may be able to have a lasting impact and continue working in web design for many years to come.