How to Ensure Your Work as a Web Designer is Successful

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.

6 Tips on Becoming a Better Designer

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 […]

Ready to Create a Website? Don’t bother.

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.

How to Barter Web Design Services

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.

Saying No to Projects

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.