Do You Have the Essential Characteristics of a Successful Web Designer?

If you like the idea of pursuing a career in web design, but you’re still not sure if it’s a good fit, it’s important to learn a much as you can before making any costly decisions.

Web design requires technical knowledge of several programs, which, if you’re not already familiar with them, will likely involve a major investment of time and money. But before you fork over the cash for education or software, be sure you have the soft skills needed to be a successful web designer.

While the main productivity of your job will depend on your technical skills, soft skills play an important role in day-to-day operations. These are behavioral traits that are inherent to you, making them much more difficult to teach.

So once you know you possess the appropriate characteristics to succeed in web design, you should feel much more comfortable in pursuing the technical education needed.

We spoke with Jacob Gube, a 10-year veteran of web design and development, to get his opinion on some of the basic characteristics needed to be a successful web designer.

In order to determine if you’ve got the natural qualities to shine in the world of web design, let’s examine three simple insights Gube shared with us about what it takes to be a successful web designer beyond the technical know-how.

1. You must be adaptable

In web design, the technical skills required by the market change drastically as the industry evolves, Gube says. Knowing that, he considers it crucial to be able to learn new techniques and adapt them quickly.

“Things in the industry are constantly in flux,” he says. “You’ve got to be comfortable doing things you’ve never done before. I learn something new every day.”

As an answer to the ever-changing nature of the field, Gube founded Six Revisions, a website that uses articles and tutorials to feature cutting-edge trends and current information on the industry of web design and development.

2. You must show passion and perseverance

It seems obvious, but it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing. Gube believes passion and perseverance are essential qualities every web designer should possess.

“If you’re truly passionate,” he says, “the latter will come naturally.”

While it helps to have a natural knack for innovation, Gube says creating good designs can be learned. He believes a bad designer can eventually produce great work as long as they are passionate about improving his or her skills and knowledge.

3. You must be a good all-around communicator

Communication can take different forms, and a web designer should master them all. Verbal communication skills are essential in order to effectively correspond with users, colleagues, bosses, clients and so on.

Not only that, but your design must be able to communicate with its audience as well. In Gube’s opinion, design is fundamentally about communicating a message to people. He says that a successful designer is measured by his or her ability to do exactly that.

“It’s not just about your ability to make things pretty to look at,” Gube says. “It’s about your ability to communicate the message to your audience.”


Hopefully this has given you a better understanding of some of the essential characteristics of a successful web designer. If you see these behaviors in yourself and want to acquire some of the technical skills needed for a career in this field, begin your journey by earning a degree in web design.

External links provided on are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Callie is the Associate Content Marketing Manager at Collegis Education. She oversees all blog content on behalf of Rasmussen College. She is passionate about providing quality content to empower others to improve their lives.

Receive Personalized Information Today

  • Personalized financial aid
  • Customized support services
  • Detailed program plan
  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance

What would you like to study?

How may we contact you?

Please complete all fields

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

First Name: (required)

Last Name: (required)

Email Address: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

500 characters or less


Your Story Idea Has Been Submitted

Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.