Top Signs You're A Web Designer
Being a web designer takes a certain kind of person, and it’s certainly not a job that anyone could take to without some prerequisite skills. Furthermore, being a web designer makes you into a certain kind of person and you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself acting a little differently after you’ve been in the game for a while.
Through both nature and nurture then, we designers have a lot in common and that means both in our personalities and in our experiences. If you’re wondering whether you belong in this little club, then read on to learn what the tell-tale signs are that you’re a genuine web designer through and through…
Everyone Wants You to Build Them a Website
What you will first discover when you do web design, is that everyone wants a website. This is true of hobbyists who want a blog so that they can share their passion with the world (your sister and your mate Dave for instance), but it’s also true of the guy you meet in the pub who needs a website to promote his plumbing business.
And Thinks You’ll Gladly do it For Free…
The problem is that you’ll know these people, so you can’t really charge them full rate for the work you do. At the same time though you’re going to find that they treat you just like one of their employees once you get started. You’re going to end up working hours on end to create websites for everyone you encounter for minimum wage. Such is the lament of the web designer…
You Spend Hours Making Things Line Up
Once you get deeply into web design, you’ll find that you start to take immense amounts of pride in your work. What this ends up meaning, is that you can’t stand to see even a single icon slightly out of alignment or a single pixel the wrong colour in your logo. This means long, long nights of obsessive perfectionism – the equivalent of obsessively straightening the pictures in your lounge.
You’re Always Looking for Inspiration
When you’re a web designer you will find that you develop a designer’s eye for striking colour schemes and imagery. In short, you’re going to end up zeroing in on all kinds of things that you find attractive, whether it’s the font in a magazine or the colours in a scenic landscape.
And if you get really serious, you’ll probably end up taking loads of newspaper clippings and photos of things that you use for ‘reference’.
You Criticize Other Sites
Once you’ve been building sites for a while, you’ll find that you can’t turn off your ‘web designer vision’ and that every site you visit you end up critiquing. If you’ve ever loaded up Facebook and thought ‘they should have brought X closer to the left’, then you know you’re a true web designer.
You Have a Disdain for Clients Who Don’t Understand Web Design (But Think They Do)
One of the banes of a web designers life, is the client who won’t listen to your advice and wants everything just so. These are the people who feedback to you with pages of criticisms and ‘suggestions’ that end up ruining your good work and creating a monstrosity that only they could love. The experienced web designer knows exactly when they’re dealing with a client along those lines and know when to pass them on to someone else…
Your Teeth Are Yellow From Tea
Being a web designer means lots of long evenings in front of the computer where you’re required to hold your attention like a hawk. And how can you accomplish this zen-like focus? With tea of course. If you’re a web designer, then suffice to say that you will drink lots.
You Are Never Happier Than When You’re Creating New Designs
Despite the downsides of being a web designer, most of us do it by choice and because we love the job. There’s something fantastically satisfying about creating a beautiful site from nothing and coming up with original navigation systems and colour schemes. The most wonderful part of web design is the start of a new project, when you start pulling things together and giving your site shape. If you have that passion, then you are a true web designer, regardless of anything else…
This post has been contributed by Michael Todd, an employee at PenTech Consulting. Being tech savvy, he is well versed with the latest technological advancements. Visit http://www.pentechconsulting.com/ for more information.