[I] was recently contacted through my website by a young man asking me for advice on how to become a web designer. His exact message was:
My name is Curtis. i am 12 years old. Can you give tips about how to be a Webs Designer please.
Here was my reply:
Hello, Curtis. Thank you for your question. I have three children in middle school and high school. Here is what I tell them:
- Stay in school and study hard because your education doesn’t end after high school graduation. It’s a lifelong thing.
- Learn HTML & CSS.
- Equally important: Take some art and design classes to understand how to make things look nice and how to lay out pages so that people can understand and use them easily.
My #1 piece of advice for ANY career, including technical ones:
Learn to write well in English. This includes attention to details like proper capitalization (e.g., capitalizing the word “I” — hint, hint Curtis) and punctuation (e.g., ending a question with a question mark and not a period, Curtis — hint, hint again — as well as proper use of commas such as before the word ‘please’ in your sentence), writing in complete sentences, and using clear and concise verbs. Writing well will set you apart. You can never write well enough! Those who are sloppy writers are not taken as seriously as better writers even if their technical skills are good. So please, do yourself a favor and work really hard on your writing skills. Listen to your English teachers — they know more than you think they do.
Hope this helps you.
President, Sister Webs Design Studio, LLC
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