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!)
  • 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!



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