Wow, what an amazing and fun filled year this has been. I haven’t added a post to my blog since last September. I’ll see if I can blaze through and share what has been happening in the Wold family in a few words. As of May 15, 2013 my beautiful wife and I were extremely […]
Have you had experiences where your website designs, designs that you thought were perfect, were flat out rejected by your client? Yeah, that’s happened to me. As a result of some painful experiences I’ve had to learn to adapt. Now I do things differently.
Do you want to know my biggest secret for getting my web design projects accepted by my clients? I show them what I’ve got, often. The answer may seem counter intuitive, but follow along.
Be curious. Let your curiosity inspire you to learn and grow. You’ll go a long ways if this is your attitude in approaching new projects and technologies. Have fun. Continue to play around with designs, getting feedback, and always revising. Look at what other awesome designers are doing. Dribbble.com is a great site to find […]
If you run a small business, and want to beef up your web presence, don’t bother. Don’t have a website yet? Good! Have you setup a Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus account yet? No? great!
What about RSS, email subscriptions and newsletters, an awesome mobile design, an iPhone app for your business, commerce, or a killer content management system? Oh, haven’t gotten around to all that? Or, haven’t perfected it yet? Good! Don’t bother.
If you create websites for a living this article is for you. Do you want to ensure that the only time the client uses you as a referral is when they’re swearing? If so, here are three surefire ways to make sure you never successfully complete a web design project.
I landed my first paid design project when I was 13 years old. I will protect the guilty by changing the name of the owner, we’ll call him Bob.
My job was to create several hundred icons for an online kids gaming website. Designing icons was fun for me. So when Bob contacted me, it was a dream come true. My first chance to get paid to do something I loved.
Bartering can be a lot of fun. Craigslist is teaming with folks who barter on a regular basis. If you’re a web designer you can barter your services. Try it next time you’re closing a project. Offer a percentage of your services in exchange for your client’s products or services.
A friend of mine talked to a dentist about creating a website for her business. They decided to exchange services. It worked great, he got his teeth fixed, and she got a website essentially for free.
Having debt in business is a horrible idea. From practical experience I can tell you that it’s far better to start small and build slowly then to acquire debt and build too fast.
One of the guiding principles we’ve learned is the important of being willing to say no to a project, even if it makes financial sense to accept it.
If the project doesn’t fall in line with our principles, we won’t accept it. In the short run it may hurt, but longterm it establishes core values for our company that set us up to succeed. We have two simple criteria for deciding what projects we won’t accept.