One of the hardest jobs in the web industry is working as part of an in-house team. Yet they get little support.
Life isn’t always fair. Business certainly isn’t. How we adapt to less than perfect circumstances is a key factor in our success.
Working with clients can be a frustrating experience. Especially when trying to get design approval. Fortunately, help is at hand!
I am fed up with hearing web designers moan about their clients. The problem is nobody has taught us how best to work with clients. We just make it up as we go along.
Some projects feel like running a marathon. But these projects can teach us valuable lessons for the future.
If you write a lot of blog posts, documents, reports or even books then you should check out Ulysses for the mac.
In our desire to educate clients and colleagues about digital best practice, we often forget that we have as much if not more to learn from them.
As web professionals we focus too heavily on delivery and not enough on knowledge transfer.
For institutions to adapt to the digital economy they need to overcome legacy thinking. That requires digital professionals unencumbered by institutionalised thinking.
In the new digital economy, our traditional workplaces are becoming increasingly inappropriate.
Too often we blame our boss or client for failure. The truth is they are no more empowered than us. Ultimately the buck stops with us.
If an important part of our job is to increase awareness and understanding of digital across our organisation, what lessons do we need to teach?
For our organisations to truly embrace digital, everybody needs to understand what it can do for the business. You need to make that happen.
As web professionals we know that websites require ongoing investment in order to keep them operating at peak efficiency. However, convincing clients of that can be challenging.
Attracting and retaining good web staff is crucial for a successful digital strategy. What then do web professionals look for in a potential employer?
As in-house web teams we like to moan about our organisations not getting digital. Perhaps its time we did something. But what?
Many web designers are briefed by their clients and then retreat to their studio to work on the project. But, perhaps there is a better way.
Most clients or bosses think of web designers as implementors, and yet many have so much more to offer. How then do we change this perception?
As web professionals we know that to get the best from the web, clients need to think strategically about their sites long term management. But how do we convince them?
Everybody fears negative feedback and most of us tend to avoid it. But feedback is a crucial component of the web design process. We must learn to manage our fears.