If there’s one constant; it’s that designers are little understood, our work unappreciated and customers think we charge too much. Why is that, I wonder?
Well, when it’s done right, the end result looks like it took hardly anything at all to do, it’s so simple/elegant/straightforward. But the reality is web design is like an iceberg; there’s a whole lot under the surface supporting what you actually see.
We share our lot with programmers, coders and project managers and it’s down to the 80:20 rule – 80% planning, 20% doing.
The 80:20 rule – 80% planning, 20% doing
The customer rarely sees all of the 20% do, and certainly little of the 80% plan, so it’s no wonder they think – like in the movies – we just wriggle our fingers and things just spring to life like, yesterday!
OK, reality check coming up:
- You have some idea of what you’re getting yourself into (you poor, doomed soul!)
- You have some aptitude for administration, accounts, client management, marketing ..and well, all that business stuff!
- You’re reasonably creative, can listen to what a client wants (but discern their needs), work to a timeline (slave hehe) and deliver the goods (straight up, first time, no problemo!)
- And of course, you have a business plan, marketing plan, budget, insurance, a registered business? Of course…
Well, I guess if you’re still reading you must be really interested (or giggling your head off). You do SO want to be a Web Designer? OK. So now that you know there’s some hard yakka in being a Web Designer, let’s get on with it!