As business owners we often fixate on what we do and for whom. Rarely do we step back and ask why we do what we do.
I was asked by Adobe to speak at the launch of their latest version of their Creative Suite. It was a great evening in which I encouraged web designers to expand their role and skills. We often limit ourselves to design and coding. But there is so much more to our job.
Good design isn’t created in a vacuum. It happens based on information about brand, user needs and business requirements. But extracting this kind of information from the client can be challenging. That is where workshops can help.
Technology evolves faster than we can learn it. Fortunately our skills are not defined by the technologies we know. So why worry?
In a recent episode of Being Freelance I share how striking out on my own has enabled me finally to find the work life balance I have always wanted.
In a recent post for Creative Bloq I explore some ways in-house teams can get the respect they deserve.
There is an increasing amount of talk about the death of web design and the web design agency. I share my perspective in an interview with Pantheon.
Many digital professionals think of sales as a dirty word. In truth it is a fundamental part of our jobs and we need to start embracing it.
In an upcoming episode of the podcast we are discussing the pros and cons of going into business with others.
You have made the decision to work for yourself. But what do you need to do at the beginning to get setup? Share your experiences, questions and advice in the comments below.
So you want to be a web designer. Or perhaps you already are and don’t know what your next step should be. Either way you will have tons of questions. This is the place to ask them.
Effective communication with our clients is one of the most important parts of our job. Yet most of us put little consideration into the tools we use.
Recently, a new client asked me who should participate in the kick-off meeting for a project to design a website that would communicate the outcomes of a large research study.
Successful sales and marketing are a key component of your web design business. But as these are non chargeable it is important to work as efficiently as possible. That is where these five tools come in.
I joined Andy Clarke and Jon Hicks on this week’s Unfinished Business podcast. In the show we discuss why I left Headscape and my new work/life balance.
Getting design approval for a website is a minefield of personal opinion, endless iterations, and frustrating debates. It can undermine profitability, damage client relationships, and demoralise you as the designer. That is why I created this course.
Being a project manager involves far more than being a manager of projects.
You have been shortlisted for that project that you are desperate to win. All that stands between you and your dream project is a presentation followed by a question and answer time. How do you ensure you give the best pitch of your life?
Do you find working with clients a challenge? Do you have a hard time convincing them of your ideas and keeping them happy? Do you believe that building a website would be much easier if clients stopped interfering? Help is at hand!
Working 24/7 doesn’t make you any better or worse at your job, it will just burn you out. I’ve been there, and I’m not going back.