Hi! It's quite good at the moment! "Web design" has a bunch of subcategories you can specialize in, the two that come to mind are "Graphic Design" and "UI/UX Design". I'll dive into that in a little bit, first maybe I can tell you a little about what I do!
I work in the field of User Experience Engineering which is a little bit of web design and a little bit of engineering. When I was in school I wanted to do video games. But when I went to college I realized I needed skills to have a good job. So I studied Computer Science to get a degree in programming computers and math. But I didn't give up on my dream of blending design and art---my Dad was a Graphic Designer. So I started making web sites and apps with code but I would decorate them with art. I'm pretty good at making logos that stand out at a distance, but have lots of cool details if you blow them up large. I learned how to make a web page that works on a laptop and on a mobile phone, and because I know how to program I can do rapid prototyping to make it all work well. These days I work on big company websites and their apps. In my spare time I make iPad music apps and perform with them on stage.
With Graphic Design you are creating the art, the colors, the look of the web site. You have to think about how it will look on a laptop screen or your smartphone screen. You might create an animated character, or a company logo, or something cool-looking. You're going to use apps like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe AfterEffects, InVision.
With UI/UX Design, you're dealing with how the web site works, like what things should be on the home page, what text fields should be on the login page, and maybe how to show a list of movies. UI stands for User Interface, and UX stands for User eXperience. You want to be thinking about how many pages the website has, what's the first/second/third page they should see, and how it might work for people who speak different languages. You might use apps like Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Figma.
You can go really far in just these two categories! You start by doing the basics, and then you start specializing in like graphic design about buttons, or graphic design about animation, or graphic design about SVG image optimization, and so on... And you don't have to stay within a subcategory ... because you can use what you learn to change categories or help other people who specialize! You can even learn to do computer programming in the process and go into web development.
Amy recommends the following next steps:
- Start watching YouTube videos on Photoshop, or Adobe XD, or Sketch
- Download trial versions of the software (if you can), if you can't you can draw on paper
- Make a portfolio of your work online (LinkedIn, Facebook Page, Google Slides), or keep paper neat in a folder
- Go to hackathons or job fairs to find other people who are working in the industry