(FREELANCE) WEB DESIGN AS A CAREERCareer Fair at Chatelech Secondary March 30, 2011 Tzaddi Gordon - ThriveWire.ca
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, reading books & websites• On-the-job: programming, design, business & management• Mentors & peers
WHO MAKES A GOOD WEB DESIGNER?• Curious & empathetic• Attention to detail• Problem solver• Creative• Technically inclined
WHAT DOES FREELANCING TAKE?• Solid skills in your ﬁeld• Business savvy - customer service, sales, project management...• Interpersonal skills - networking, relationships• Marketing• Self-discipline
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
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
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
?• Blog post: http://thrivewire.ca/?p=1031• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org• Twitter: @tzaddi
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