The world of web design and development is one of the most fast-paced industries, so staying current with new and improved updates is crucial to success. As technology constantly evolves, so does the art and science of creating captivating, functional websites, with UX and amenities that keep customers coming back. Let’s take a closer look at how Media Tech’s Web Design & Development program remains at the forefront of the ever-changing web design and development community.
We’ll discuss trends, popular web designer tools, and how we keep our curriculum updated to ensure students are equipped with the latest tools, techniques, and knowledge required to excel in this profitable industry.
Adapting to Industry Trends
Web design has come a long way since the early days of the internet, when simple HTML pages ruled the web. In 1989, when Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web, he created HTML as the language of the internet.
Over the years, and into modern times, that language has been built upon drastically.
While websites used to be limited to simple text, simple graphics, websites now are expected to be not only visually appealing but also responsive, accessible, and optimized for various devices and user experiences.
MediaTech highlights the importance the early history of the internet holds, and how these roots set the stage for the world wide web to grow into something that is regularly used daily by just about everyone. Knowing the internet’s massive, never-ceasing influence, MTI’s Web Development and Design program prioritizes keeping pace with the advancements in web design and development so our students are the most hirable professionals in the market.
The Modern Web Designer Toolkit
The tools and technologies used in web design are in a constant state of flux, as is the internet, so staying on top of the market trends is integral. One of the most popular programming languages in the world is Python. Through using Python web frameworks, many influential companies including Netflix and Google develop websites to be used by the masses. There are many frameworks offered, written in Python’s “language”. The collection of frameworks are catered to different web developing needs; but they all effectively save time and money in development, reduce time-to-market, and make the finalized user experience more efficient.
While not frameworks, like what programming languages similar to Python offer, website design websites like Wix allow people who don’t have extensive knowledge of code to create HTML5 websites. Web development and design is becoming more accessible, at least at certain levels of website complexity, but this doesn’t change the growing need for qualified web development and design professionals.
Educated web designers are necessary for projects of all scales and scopes, because there are quality and usability expectations by modern internet users. Consumers expect responsive designs, on PC web browsers and mobile browsers; not having an optimized website will kill a domain’s traffic, rendering it useless.
The rise of mobile devices has transformed the way people access the internet since 2003, when the first phones were widely released with internet capabilities. As a result, modern web designers must prioritize responsive design and mobile optimization.
Websites can make or break a potential client or sale’s interest in the product or service they are representing. User Experience or UX Design has become a critical aspect of web design, as the modern user can gain or lose interest very quickly.
Ensuring that websites are user-friendly and provide a seamless experience is vital for attracting and retaining visitors. Media Tech integrates UX design principles into its curriculum, teaching students how to conduct user research, create wireframes, and design intuitive interfaces. By educating our students in UX, Media Tech’s students are well-prepared to create websites for clients that not only look great but also provide an exceptional user experience.
Elements of UX
Staying Ahead of the Web
While it’s near impossible to stay “ahead of the web”, we can always analyze trends and predict what will grow in popularity, and what will flop. One of the key ways Media Tech ensures its students are well-prepared for the industry is through regular curriculum updates; all based on MTI’s researched and educated predictions of industry trends.
Looking forward to the next year, we predict some trends that may start to take further hold, including voice user interface (VUI) and virtual, augmented realities; tech trends that are both being utilized by industry giant, Amazon. Voice search allows users to say what they’re looking for on a webpage versus searching for something on the webpage or typing it out in search.
Amazon is also advertising the rollout of their newest shopping advancement, which allows shoppers to visualize an item in their own space virtually. A shopper can move an item around in a space they’ve photographed, getting a more immersive idea of what they’re considering spending money on!
Another trend in web design we expect to grow is a shift towards simplicity and minimalism. Simplifying a website in an efficient way allows for a convenient user experience, which tends to be what busy people want nowadays.
At MTI we keep an eye on trends so our instructors can offer the most up-to-date education to students, as we pride ourselves in the successes of our alumni. The updates we make to our curriculum are informed by insights from industry experts and professionals, ensuring that students learn the most relevant and up-to-date skills. From mastering the latest design software to understanding the intricacies of responsive design and user experience (UX) principles, Media Tech’s curriculum continuously evolves to meet the demands of the digital marketplace.
With Dallas being named as a top 10 location for web developers, consider Media Tech’s Web Design & Development program, available at our Dallas campus. Experience our dedication to equipping students with the skills and knowledge required to excel in their web design and development careers.
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