Overcoming your fears of "big" web projects

Did you know that ants are omnivores? They eat both plants and animals.

And when I say "animals", I don't mean something just a little bit bigger than an ant, like a bee, I mean much larger animals, like… birds. If you have the nerve, google "ants eating a bird".

So, what does this have to do with web design?

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How to get work when starting out as a web designer (and you still don’t have a portfolio)

You’ve been learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and have just built a simple WordPress Theme from scratch.(Congrats! That’s not a small feat!)

You can do at least basic website development but, sigh, that won’t get clients swarming your inbox or a job at a digital design agency.

So, what now? Experienced people on reddit say that you have to start building your portfolio.

And there you go: re-designing and re-developing a website for a non-profit. For free.

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Feel stuck after learning HTML&CSS? Here’s how to create websites on your own

You have read a few books on HTML & CSS and know how to create websites yourself.

You know how to find the resources you need (when you don't know what to do).

The thing is, you are not sure where to go from here.

Every book and article you read is just the same stuff: explains html, tags, and css selectors, properties etc.

More front-end matters and less what you truly feel missing… an answer to the question that made you reach for books in the first place.

Now that you know HTML and CSS what is the next step to actually start creating websites yourself?

Do you have to learn how to:

  • lay them out
  • design them
  • put everything together?

Or is there something else?

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Interested in web design, where do I start?

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Your desire to try your hands at web design leads you to search “how to create a website”. Google says one of the most popular approaches are(amongst dozens of others) to learn HTML or learn to use Photoshop.

Not in the mood for coding, you fire up Photoshop… 40 minutes later you feel you lost your time choosing the right typeface, placing text where it “exactly” needs to be, wondering how to create containers, learning how to move containers, sizing containers…

“It is not done yet,” you say to yourself.

“I’m not sure if this really should be here…” you think.

“Hm, maybe the font has to be darker and I should try changing the color of the buttons a bit”—you mutter. This is your last effort to make a website out of the mess of layers and objects … and you feel overwhelmed.

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