HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the standard language for creating webpages, hence it is impossible to be a front-end designer without the skills and knowledge of HTML. Basically, the markup language is used for making notes that in digital documents, while Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is used for presentation of document created with HTML. The two skills basically go together. These are the building blocks to web development.
CSS prepocessing makes coding easier as it reduces the tendency to rewrite codes in order to make changes. With CSS pre-processor such as Stylus, LESS, and Sass, you can write codes in the preprocessor’s language and then convert it to CSS for functionality on the website.
All kinds of devices including smartphones, computers, and tablets are used to open different kinds of websites. For the website to open accurately on each of the device, a front-end designer must understand the principles of responsive design and its implementation in coding. It’s an intrinsic part of CSS framework which must also be well-understood in order to make progress in web design.
Like every other job, skills are building blocks to perform well in front-end design. While focusing on technical skills as mentioned above, don’t forget to hone your skills in human relations as good communication is important to have constant communication with clients. Most importantly, as you grow in your journey as a front-end web designer, don’t forget to hone your skills in order to transition to an expert.