Are you just learning web design? I often get mail from people just starting out who want advice about what to learn. One way to answer that question is to look at some of the required skills for jobs in the web field right now.
Here’s a list of skills needed for a job of Interface Designer:
- Experience in XML and XHTML generation using XSLT.
- A passion for usability and web standards
- Experience in basic ASP and/or ASP.NET programming
- Good oral & written communication skills, and documentation discipline
- Basic Photoshop skills
Here’s another looking for a UI designer. They want someone who has
- a healthy dose of development skill
- design a killer mockup and actually produce a slick interface using XHTML/CSS.
Another web designer/developer job posting is looking for someone with these skills:
- Expert in W3C compliant, cross browser compatible, CSS/HTML development
- Photoshop/Fireworks (or even GIMP)
- Strong knowledge of design basics and principles
It’s always a good idea to run a reality check to make sure you are teaching and/or learning the skills that are actually in demand. That’s why I keep a jobs widget on this site. I hope people teaching college level web classes, in particular, take note of what employers are looking for.