|Now this isn’t going to be some negative rant about IE bugs
or annoying web-illiterate clients even though it easily could be. As the world is moving more and more toward specialisation and ‘nicheing’, this is for creative people wondering if the medium of web is for them. Remember these are only my experiences, and your take or situation might be different, and probably is.
♥ Nothing’s in concrete
It seems like a pretty silly thing to list, but it really does change the way you’ll approach things. Don’t believe me? Just design a magazine ad or business card for someone. On the web there’s no final print. Websites are living things. No matter how late, it’s always changeable. Typos, rewrites, all manner of sins are forgiven.
X It will never stay the same
♥ Things are always changing
X Short shelf life
♥ There’s always something to learn
Keeps you on your toes and always adopting a student mentality. No time to be complacent the playing field is moving under you feet.
X There’s always something to learn
I don’t care what you say you can’t design great web sites if you don’t understand the web. You may have no skills in web development, but you need to know what’s out there and what’s possible. And with an ever-changing field, that’s hard work in itself. You can never rest on your laurels.
♥ Broad reach
The web is such a flexible and pervasive medium. We can access and interact with it on our phones, PDAs, music devices, games consoles, applications and browsers. Designing for such a broad and diverse audience can be a lot of fun.
Amidst the bustling traffic of the web, it’s hard to stand out. Moreover, be ready to relinquish some of your control over how your designs are delivered. Different screen sizes, resolutions, rendering engines, connection speeds and versions mean they will never look quite how you intended all of the time. Compromise is a necessary evil.
♥ It’s a small WWW after all
If you’re lucky, you can work with people all over the world. It’s a medium that has no boundaries. It’s a huge, diverse, highly competitive yet extremely supportive community where you can always find a critique on your work, sometimes even when you didn’t even ask for one.
X Virtually alone
Whether you like it or not, web designers tend to give more ‘facetime’ to their computers than any single person. Be prepared for less direct human interaction. For many people, this can be a real upside, but if you’re a people person who needs to bounce ideas and talk things through, it can be hard creatively.
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Stepping into web design
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