Learning web design is not only about learning to code. It’s also photos, graphics and other creative things. After learning PHP coding, it was time for something else for a change. Finally something I know something about, InDesign. Last time I used it was about 6 years ago when I studied graphic design. I’ve done a book cover and designed a page for a school magazine. It was such a long time I ago I used the program last so a repeat was in order. Besides Photoshop, InDesign is my second favorite Adobe CC program.
On the job learning ended alright. I didn’t finish it but the client was happy with I did which is encouraging. There’s one more later on in the spring. I have to find a new client again. Even better if there’s more than one. This time I hope I get one who wants a web site made with WordPress because coding was a pain for me. This on-the-job learning is very important. It will be the one that will get me qualified to be a web designer. If I fail, all I have is a diploma. It’s the same if I wasn’t graduating from high school. I only do it for myself so I really want to pass this education. You can become a web designer without vocational qualification but it helps. Especially in Finland where your chances are slimmer if you don’t have any. Yet it doesn’t guarantee you a job.
So there’s a lot at stake in this education. There’s still a lot to learn even if it’s half way already. It’s only for year. InDesign has been a lot of fun and going back to coding is gonna be weird. We also have to do a portfolio of our work that can be shown online so I need to get an own domain. Gathering material to a portfolio is the easiest part. It’s the making websites that is the biggest challenge. Finding clients and so on. I’m a bit worried of that. Last time wasn’t easy and this is something I don’t look forward to it. We’ll see what 2017 brings.