Where Art and Technology become one
How it all works
Web design is as much an art as it is a computer science. There is the coding and the Aesthetic. The Aesthetic or artistic side involves layout, composition, proportion, colour, depth, pictures, typography and balance. To list but a few. The coding is even worse; at the very least you need to be able to juggle two files written in two different languages. You also need to have some understanding of computer graphics (Photoshop or Gimp or similar)
So please don't be fooled into thinking it is that easy. I have been doing this for nine years and only in the last year or two have felt like I have a thorough knowledge of the subject. That is to say I know how much I don't know. But I understand enough to do anything.
The difference the mobile phone has made to everything is enormous and this is true for web design as much as anything else. It has opened up the web to a massive new audience but has created new challenges for the designer. I liken it to trying to paint the 'Hay Wain' on a till roll:). The problem is the drastic change between landscape and portrait. Things are helped a bit by the fact that originally we designed for a scrolling top to bottom format which can look more portrait than landscape on a PC or Laptop browser.