4 reasons why learning web design should be your goal for 2012:
The job market is shrunk considerably, but one industry continuing to expand is online and tech skill services. Companies often have openings for web designers and people knowledgeable with coding languages. In fact, we have several friends who went to school for different subjects entirely, taught themselves various coding languages on their own, and now have jobs working as web designers. Even if you're not planning to be a web designer, knowing the basics of HTML is similar to knowing a little Spanish: it comes in handy when you may least expect it.
Freelancers with a wide and flexible skill set are the most desirable, and even those with full-time jobs can sometimes add a side income by taking on freelance work. Creating a portfolio and advertising your expertise both online and in real life may lead to extra income. Networking can get you a long way and chances are, you probably know one or two people right now who could use web design help.
3. The Future
The internet is going to continue to expand into every facet of our lives. Although coding languages will continue to change, many of the foundation elements are likely here to stay. Being able to speak "the languages" of web design will only serve to keep you more in tune with what is happening around the world while helping you to stay relevant and competitive in the job market.
4. It Can Be Fun
Bear with us — it actually can be. If you're interested in learning languages, this isn't too far off. Considering web design as a study in a second language. It has syntax, grammar, rules, and everything else a real language has. Additionally, coding can be very finicky. The slightest error can throw an entire website off. It demands diligence, an attention to detail and accuracy. But if you pull it off, you're rewarded. People who have those kinds of qualities will likely feel right at home when it comes to coding.