Thanks for posting these great questions.
When I first started using Webflow, I had veryyyyy little web design experience as Anais mentioned. My only experience was the CSS and HTML courses through Codecademy — but even that was a few years before I started using Webflow.
I studied audio and sociology in college — some parts like the collaboration and iteration aspects translated easily to web design, but for the most part I was learning web design through the Webflow platform. And it’s a great teacher; especially now with the comprehensive courses on Webflow University. You can instantly see what setting a div block to
position: absolute does to it and the elements around it.
Getting a feel for the Designer basics for me consisted of tutorials, trial, and error. Clicking all the buttons and asking a lot of questions. I’d say once you get the basics down of the tool (understanding HTML & CSS through the Designer, how the breakpoints aka media queries work, and a working knowledge of the CMS) then the rest of the learning curve shifts a bit. For me it became more about learning design processes, trends, techniques, developing a freelance business, and putting it all together to nail down a workflow that works.
Web design takes time and energy to learn just like any other industry (I am learning more ever day), but Webflow made it easier and way more fun! Being able to see a website come to life in a few hours vs a few days was the selling point for me.
Anyway, I might be rambling now - but I hope this helps