I'm a computer science graduate having a passion for web design. Almost two years ago, I started learning web design. I designed few websites as well. Every day I try to improve my designing skills a lot.

I just want to become a highly skilled, professional web designer!

I'm good at programming and I can design good aesthetic websites as well. As I told you I've been pursuing webdesign for the past 2 years (through online blogs & e-books). I have a good knowledge in layout design, color schemes, grid systems, and obviously, coding.

One thing which makes me feel weak is that I'm not a graduate from an arts or design school.

Can I become a skilled designer who is able to design as designers with an arts background do?

Can you suggest me something which takes me from a newbie to the advanced level?

I'm not a newbie in designing! I know the basic things and I'm also working as a junior designer. I just want to learn more and more to become an expert web designer.

I hope you can give me proper guidance & suggestions..

Thank you.

  • I think you should read the excellent answers in the link above your question because it answers a lot of your questions. Regardless of the application/medium a majority of the same rules apply.
    – user9447
    Dec 12, 2014 at 16:52

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You don't need an arts or design degree to be a good designer. It helps, sure, but it isn't necessary. The most important thing you need instead of a degree is experience. That is exactly the thing that takes you to the next level: work experience.

I'd advise you to keep on doing web design work, read about it both offline and on. There's gazilliions of blogs about web design, but I'd start with Smashing Magazine and A List Apart and work your way from there.

Other good resources are tutorials, video courses, and blogs about web design.

  • the first para in your answer makes me feel confident! i'm reading bunch of blogs (including one you mentioned) and i practise too. Is there anything which is taught in design schools, which makes them special from others like me?
    – bharat
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:02
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    I have no clue--I never attended any :)
    – Vincent
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:05
  • could you upvote my question atleast? it helps me! :)
    – bharat
    Dec 12, 2014 at 14:16
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    @bharat art school will cover a lot of design fundamentals and fine art skills. On your own, you may want to delve into art and design history books. Read up on typography. Practice drawing, painting, etc.
    – DA01
    Dec 12, 2014 at 15:25

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