(FREELANCE) WEB DESIGN      AS A CAREERCareer Fair at Chatelech Secondary March 30, 2011         Tzaddi Gordon - ThriveWir...
WHAT I DO• Design   & build websites• Online marketing strategy & support• Run   my own business
HOW I GOT HERE• Art   school (fine arts major)• Clerical   & customer service jobs• Internet   studies: UBC, workshops, rea...
WHO MAKES A GOOD WEB       DESIGNER?• Curious    & empathetic• Attention   to detail• Problem    solver• Creative• Technic...
WHAT DOES FREELANCING TAKE?• Solid   skills in your field• Business   savvy - customer service, sales, project management.....
HOW TO BEGIN                                       Pro-bono Work• Learn   the basics• Buildwebsites - for yourself, friend...
WHAT TO STUDY• Design: typography, colour    theory, layout, graphics tools• Coding& tech: HTML, CSS, FTP (minimum). Basic...
FREELANCE WEB DESIGN:              THINGS TO KNOW• Need   to be both a generalist & a specialist• You   must always be lea...
?• Blog   post: http://thrivewire.ca/?p=1031• Email: tag@thrivewire.ca• Twitter: @tzaddi
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    1. 1. (FREELANCE) WEB DESIGN AS A CAREERCareer Fair at Chatelech Secondary March 30, 2011 Tzaddi Gordon - ThriveWire.ca
    2. 2. WHAT I DO• Design & build websites• Online marketing strategy & support• Run my own business
    3. 3. HOW I GOT HERE• Art school (fine arts major)• Clerical & customer service jobs• Internet studies: UBC, workshops, reading books & websites• On-the-job: programming, design, business & management• Mentors & peers
    4. 4. WHO MAKES A GOOD WEB DESIGNER?• Curious & empathetic• Attention to detail• Problem solver• Creative• Technically inclined
    5. 5. WHAT DOES FREELANCING TAKE?• Solid skills in your field• Business savvy - customer service, sales, project management...• Interpersonal skills - networking, relationships• Marketing• Self-discipline
    6. 6. HOW TO BEGIN Pro-bono Work• Learn the basics• Buildwebsites - for yourself, friends, volunteer• Internships or junior level jobs• Supportive mentors & peers• Work & study your butt off
    7. 7. WHAT TO STUDY• Design: typography, colour theory, layout, graphics tools• Coding& tech: HTML, CSS, FTP (minimum). Basic programming in PHP or other web language.• Usability / interaction design• Internet Marketing• Social Media• Business
    8. 8. FREELANCE WEB DESIGN: THINGS TO KNOW• Need to be both a generalist & a specialist• You must always be learning• Design is only a fraction of the job• Time-management & holidays – important & challenging• Health concerns from extensive sitting & computer use
    9. 9. ?• Blog post: http://thrivewire.ca/?p=1031• Email: tag@thrivewire.ca• Twitter: @tzaddi
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