Thursday, January 9, 2014

Designed For The Web

There's no denying the growing importance of the internet.

Nearly all 'consumers' (people who purchase things) now shop online. And shopping from mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones has increased a whopping 81% from 2012 to 2013. 
A typical "ghost mall"
So although the shopping malls in America may be a nostalgic thing of the past, (who doesn't live near at least one "ghost mall") shopping is alive and well. It's just our tastes in how we shop have changed along with the advances in technology.

So who is driving this acceptance of web shopping? Well, the designers of these sites play a large role in this "new shopping experience". Web Designers and Developers style, build and maintain these platforms to allow for easy use, maximum compatibility, and a pleasant consistent overall experience. (The online equivalent to soft lighting and Musak playing the background while you shop.) And have you noticed how they track your browsing and purchasing habits so the sites can recommend relevant suggestions? That growing trend of 'up-selling' and 'cross-selling' products is more prevalent than ever.

But making a successful web site requires a lot of work. It requires someone to structure the layout, design the look, code the functionality, manage the search engine optimization, and design the database and back-end controls. And that's just the beginning. So careers in web site development are varied and always evolving. It's an exciting thriving industry with lots of room for professional and personal growth. Web Design typically embraces leading-edge technology to stay one step ahead of the competition. It's a career that could easily be classified as "fun". But don't take our word for it... Meet Cory.
Does that sound exciting to you? Do you like to solve problems using technology? Even those with art backgrounds with little knowledge of programming can find a fit in designing web applications and graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Cory sat down with uwannadu to answer the 15 most-asked questions and shared what his life is like behind the mouse. Maybe Web Designer is for you?

Hear much more from Cory about his career choice.
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