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  • As a graphic designer, what do you struggle with the most with regards to web design?

    If youíve ever been involved with any part of the process of making websites, Iím wondering what are the main challenges youíve faced? What do you struggle with or wish you knew more about?

    It could be related to any part of the web design process: the planning, the designing, the building, managing the client, stuff that crops up after the launch, etc.

    Thanks!

    ó

    Why am I asking?

    I've been a web designer/developer for 15 years and have worked with loads of graphic designers in that time on more projects than I can remember.

    I've always enjoyed helping designers with their web design-related questions and struggles, or explaining how to fix their unintentional mistakes (e.g. thinking too much like a print designer; accidentally destroying their client's SEO or conversion rate, etc).

    I've decided I want to help more graphic designers with similar web design related issues. I have absolutely no idea what form that help will take yet. I imagine lots of free stuff (blog posts, videos, podcast, free courses, etc), but I might well charge for some of it at some point too (disclosure).

    I'm asking you what you struggle with the most when it comes to web design, so I can come up with the most useful material possible. No better way to know what people need help with than asking!

    I'm not selling anything, I promise. It's not a trap. I hope it's ok to post this here. I'm sorry if it's inappropriate and am happy to delete.

    Fingers crossed... thanks everyone in advance for your time and your insights.

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    I've designed and built websites since the early '90s, and in that time I've seen website development evolve from simple HTML into a horrendously complicated mishmash of constantly evolving stuff that requires a team of specialists for any kind of ground-up development. As a result, innovative website design has become constrained by the overbearing weight of it all. Little design innovation takes place since the expense and complexity of it all pushes most web development projects in the direction of simply modifying already-existing CMS templates that all pretty much look the same.

    Just an opinion, but I wish it all would take two or three steps back to a more minimalist approach concentrated on functional simplicity.

    I doubt my response meets up with your request for input on how you might be able to help designers. You did, however, ask for what we struggle with, and for me, that's it.

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    • #3
      Hi MrDave and welcome to GDF.

      We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
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      • MrDaveFoy
        MrDaveFoy commented
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        Hi KitchWitch - I've replied to everyone's comments on this thread but still can't see my replies. I presume they're still in moderation? Is this normal for a newbie? I'm sure you're v busy and haven't got round to moderating them yet, which of course is totally fine. Just wanted to make sure I haven't done anything wrong. Thanks for your time and help.

      • KitchWitch
        KitchWitch commented
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        No, you haven't done anything wrong. The forum has its quirks, so sometimes features don't work as they should. You'll notice your user name is in purple right now. That means your posts still have to be approved. Once your user name turns blue, your posts should show immediately. Once you turn blue, if you still have issues seeing comments, please let us know. I think there's a forum feedback section. If not, drop a note in general or here. Thanks!

      • MrDaveFoy
        MrDaveFoy commented
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        Gotcha. Thanks.

    • #4
      I struggle with maintaining interest in webdesign. I know it's important, but it bores the hell out of me. Too much of it is technical skills that change before you have a chance to get the most out of your time investment learning those skills. Too little investment in classic communication design skills by the industry. In some ways CMS has made it easier, but in other ways it's been cheapened.

      I know much of this is my age and that anyone who started graphic design in this century is probably much more comfortable with web than I am. You'll probably get better answers out of younger designers.


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      • #5
        Being a Graphic Designer some of the problems, which I come across are:-
        1. To have the complete brief from client side regarding their strong USP, their target audience, who all are their competitor.
        2. As I will be designing the website, so I need to be aware of the latest design trends of particular industry.
        3. Proper co-ordination between Designer & Developer.

        And I wish to be aware of SEO not much but basic from Website Designing point of view.
        https://www.behance.net/ohdesignstudio

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        • #6
          Coming from someone who only designs websites via Wordpress, I would say that with each new theme it's like learning how to make a website all over again.

          There are so many themes out there and tons of plug-ins. Unless you know php, you have to learn the "rules" of each theme and plug-in. I've used several themes to make websites and the way I made the websites were all quite different. Different themes have different requirements, some break more easily than others.

          Just when I get the hang of a website I've designed, I have to make one with a completely different theme and re-learn everything.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by MrDaveFoy View Post
            Hi KitchWitch - I've replied to everyone's comments on this thread but still can't see my replies. I presume they're still in moderation? Is this normal for a newbie? I'm sure you're v busy and haven't got round to moderating them yet, which of course is totally fine. Just wanted to make sure I haven't done anything wrong. Thanks for your time and help.

            Yes, your posts are not showing up immediately because you are still in moderation. Once you get a few more posts (not comments) under your belt, your posts will show up in a more timely fashion.
            Sketching not only helps you work out good ideas, it helps you get past the bad ones.

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            • #8
              Web Design has been supplanted by Front End web development... A "Web Designer" only makes a "static facade" these days.
              "After all is said and done, more is said than done."
              Aesop

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              • #9
                What bothers me is that I once used tables to make sites and valign=middle would center align anything to the middle perfectly and now we have css and div's and it sucks big ones!

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                • #10
                  Hi Line and welcome to GDF.

                  We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
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                  • #11
                    Clients that change their mind over and over and over again.

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                    • #12
                      I struggle with WordPress, I buy themes from Envato and find that there isn't enough support to answer my questions, leaving me thinking I need to find a better theme, but I haven't found one that isn't confusing and quirky. Do you have a good, well-supported theme suggestion? (Maybe one that is a portfolio type?)

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                      • calebninja
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                        Have you tried X theme? It's a bit of a learning curve by the front end builder Cornerstone is really nice. The support is helpful as long as you don't want too much customization. The biggest problem with the support is you basically have to wait an entire day for a response. I just downloaded Avada which is the most downloaded theme on Envato. I'm in the process of starting another website for my company so we'll see how it compares to X.

                      • 44Design
                        44Design commented
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                        There's also Enfold which is another good one. Uses its own editor (Avia), so there's no plugins.

                      • EC
                        EC commented
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                        Divi

                    • #13
                      Hi Double and welcome to GDF.

                      We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
                      Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

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                      • #14
                        From a seasoned graphic designer but extreme newbie with web design, I would say its where to begin? There are so many languages and options out there that it seems once I read u on one, a new version has come out or something better has come along...

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                        • #15
                          My biggest struggle in web design is that whenever I am approached to design a website, everything that the individual is describing can be found for around $X (or less) on theme forest. Rather than designing websites from scratch, instead I end up being more of a consultant walking the client through the purchase and modification of an already well designed, well documented theme.
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