Need advice for web designer coming after 10 years break.

15 Jan 2014 - 4:33pm
4 weeks ago
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Chary
2014

I used to be quite a successful web-designer 10 years ago (before we I got children and moved to another country). Now I plan to restart my professional experienced, whilst still working mainly from home as a freelancer. I used to work mainly in Photoshop, but also with HTML, CSS, JavaScript etc. So in general my task was to make the site look nice and practical, whilst leaving to others to make it work. As I said, I did know html coding, but this was not exactly my favourite thing.

And as I understand (correct me if I am wrong here) the UX / UI design is the area where it is most logically for me to develop now.

Questions:

  • What kind of skills do I need to update / acquire to be on the competitive level?
  • What kind of computer (and also SW) shall we purchase? What to pay attention to?
  • Does it make sense to purchase laptop or is workstation better?
  • I assume high attention shall be paid to monitor (what shall it be)?
  • Any other advice is appreciated.

Comments

20 Jan 2014 - 1:56am
Sachit Shori
2011

I do have a similar story with a break of 2 years in regular job. But I have been doing freelance web designing on oDesk.com and Elance.com since then. It has kept me in loop with the technology and i'm making good money as well, higher than what I used to earn in my regular job. The technologies I have been working on are Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Wordpress Illustrator.

But I wish to switch over to Interaction design, UI/UX design, Mobile App design and development since thats the hot shot now a days. Its highly paid as well. No one just wants simple mockup design using Photoshop and simple HTML and CSS.

I guess it would be better if you (we) go for an online course or someone in the industry who can teach Interaction Design and then can attend some live workshops to get in to the field and you will also get to know people around who are into the same profession.

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