Web Design

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!)
    …check!
  • You have some aptitude for administration, accounts, client management, marketing ..and well, all that business stuff!
    …check!
  • 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!)
    …check!
  • And of course, you have a business plan, marketing plan, budget, insurance, a registered business? Of course…
    …check!

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!

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.