So you want to become a web designer? It’s an exciting world full of creativity! Our web design Surrey team wants to share our tips, tricks and favourite tools to use when getting into web design. Let us know your favourites!

Where to Start:

Learn The Theory First

It’s natural to want to jump into the practical and creative side of web design straight away, however, we recommend learning the theory first. Learn the foundations, understand the reasons why, and engross yourself with all the knowledge you can find on UX.

Start Understanding Coding

Coding might seem like a web developer’s job, but there’s a benefit in web designers understanding it too. There are plenty of online courses to help you gain knowledge in CSS, JavaScript and HTML.

Find The Tools You Need:

To ensure your website performs and looks as it should, it’s important to use the correct software. Keeping up to date with design trends and SEO changes is a good way of staying at the forefront of your client’s minds, as well as on the first page of Google.

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver makes for a great starting point. It allows you to code your web design, even if you don’t know a lot about programming. It allows you to create a responsive design, so your webpages are optimised for different screen sizes. This is highly important to consider for user experience.


Being around of years, WordPress is still a favourite among designers and developers. 27% of internet websites are powered by WordPress, so getting an understanding for this is hugely important. With an easy-to-use interface, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get stuck straight in.


Photoshop is both a household name and an industry leader, and for good reason. It has gone far beyond its initial photo-editing software. Photoshop now offers graphic design, video editing, and clever interface design.


Although it has it’s limitations, Canva is a user-friendly tool that makes the design process easier for web designers and marketers alike! It’s quick and easy to use and hosts a range of free templates and graphics that can help bring the vision for your website to life.


Venngage is an infographic and visual communication too. With a drag and drop design interface, it’s a great piece of software to start designing on. The limited plan does have some watermarks, so it may be worth upgrading to the paid option if you like it.

Google Web Designer

This web design tool has a variety of images, videos, and text. Each can help you create interactive content and ads in CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5.


User testing, prototyping, and collaboration are all made easier using InVision. With real-time feedback, it allows you to shorten turnaround time and allows you to make changes as soon as.

Stock Image Libraries

Stock image libraries can be a great place to find pictures to use on your website. You’ll find images or videos on almost anything. Our web designers here at Thunderbolt are often found using Pexels and Pixabay.

Create A Portfolio:

Showcasing your web design is a must when applying for jobs in this field. Our web design Surrey team love to see a diverse range of aesthetics when looking through portfolios, so show you can create for a variety of clients! Don’t forget the importance of UI and UX when creating it. We recommend hosting your portfolio on your own website, after all, this is what you’re showcasing!

Contact Us for Seamless Web Design

Our web design Surrey team would love to help you with your online presence. We pride ourselves on creating captivating and responsive websites for our clients. If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your web design, Call us on 01252 413757 ,email, or fill in our ‘Get in Touch’ form on our website (