Working in web design today, there is an ever-growing list of skills and technologies that comprise the discipline. You could probably ramble off a few of the new and shiny, but have you ever stopped and written down everything you have to know? Well, I did. And I thought I'd share it here.


  • Adobe Creative Suite (or some other graphics program)
  • Text Editor of Choice
  • HTLM5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • General Design Priciples (Typography, Color Theory, Form & Function, etc.)

Best Practices

  • Semantic Code
  • Separation of Resposibilities (Structure/Presentation/Behavior)
  • Progressive Enhancement
  • Graceful Degradation
  • Accessibility


  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Usability
  • Information Architecture
  • Mobile First
  • Responsive Web Design


  • Git/SVN/Version Control
  • Agile Process
  • Modular/Object Oriented Design

And don't forget...

  • CSS Preprocessors (Sass/LESS)
  • Frameworks (Bootstrap, MV*s, Grids)
  • APIs
  • Some back-end
  • Some database

So, if you come home from work and are absolutely exhausted, now you know why. It's not all mandatory and every team/job/project is different, but these are all things that we should have some level of familiarity with.

If there are any that I missed (and I'm sure I missed a few), let me know in the comments below. Cheers!

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