Web Designer Key Skills

DESIGN_BANNER_small_with_boarderWhen it comes to applying for web design jobs, just like any other job, there are always going to be key things that an employer is going to be on the lookout for, whether you’re applying for your first web design role or a more senior role.

On this page, you can find a list of the top key skills that employers look out for when it comes to web design vacancies.

*When you’ve got your CV nailed, don’t forget to take a look at our jobs board to see which employers are currently recruiting in this space.*


Adobe Creative Suite

Just like graphic design vacancies, when it comes to web design jobs, employers want to see familiarity with the whole Adobe Creative Suite on a potential candidate’s CV, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Fireworks.


Due to the nature of the role, it makes sense that familiarity with front end development and HTML5 and CSS3 would be a high on a potential employer’s wishlist when it comes to web design jobs.

Responsive Design & Cross Browser Testing

Thanks to the popularity of mobile, experience with responsive design is a key essential nowadays for web design vacancies, while experience with cross browser testing is also important.

Strong Attention To Detail

Brands are counting on you to create amazing designs for their websites and mobile apps, so it makes sense that they’d like you to have a strong attention to detail. With that in mind; it’s definitely worth checking over your CV, portfolio and cover letter a couple of times to ensure there are no mistakes or typos which would cause an employer to question your attention to detail.

Bootstrap, JavaScript and jQuery

Depending on the nature of the role, some employers also call for web design candidates to have experience with more technical aspects of the digital industry such as Bootstrap (particularly Twitter bootstrap), JavaScript and jQuery – so these are definitely worth looking into if you’re keen to get a web design job with a major brand.

Basic Knowledge of PHP and CMS

In addition to HTML5 and CSS3, some employers also want candidates to have a basic knowledge of key programming languages, such as PHP, and knowledge of key CMS platforms, such as WordPress and Drupal.

Solid Understanding of Typography, Layout and Colour

Just like artworker roles, when it comes to web design jobs, employers want to see that you’ve got a solid understanding of some of the key concepts of design, such as typography, layout and colour.

UX & UI Design

Depending on the size of the company you’re applying to, UX and UI design may be part of your role – so if you’re familiar with the key concepts of user interface and user experience design, it’s definitely worth mentioning it on your CV.

Understanding of Agile Principles

Due to the way a lot of digital agencies work, some employers want to see that prospective candidates have a good understanding of Agile/SCRUM principles and experience with Agile methodologies.