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.
When working as part of an internal web team you face politics, bureaucracy and company culture incompatible with the web. How then can you ever get anything constructive done?
One thing has become clear over the last decade – large web projects inevitably run over budget, move slowly and often fail to deliver. Fortunately new approaches are emerging that buck this trend.
The secret to a successful website is close collaboration between the development team and the site owners. But, how does that work when the development team is an outside contractor?
Whether running a website or an entire business, it is easy for things to get out of control. That is what happened at Headscape and we learnt valuable lessons because of those mistakes.
Many internal web teams resent it when an external contractor is brought in, perceiving it as a slight on their abilities. However, perhaps it is actually an opportunity.
When clients are thinking about hiring a web designer they come with a lot of questions. How you answer those questions will decide whether you win the work or not.
With the web community complaining about prices being driven down by inferior competition, perhaps its time to talk publicly about a base rate.
The new site has gone live. There is a big sigh of relief and the web designer and client part ways. But should it be that way?
Most web designers insist that a client signs off a design for their site before site built commences, but is that really the best approach?