I read, a lot. here’s some recommended reading for those who want to learn more about the web. Some of these speak more to designers, others speak more to the web business owner. Either way, if you want some bright ideas for the web, here’s where I get mine.
Designers and clients come from two different worlds. Two very different worlds; they speak different languages, have different cultures, and can easily get into a fight with each other. Usually, the only thing they’ll have in common is that they both own businesses. With completely different languages, experiences and areas of expertise, it’s hard to make sure you can both walk away from a project completely happy. So let’s talk about four questions you can ask each other to make sure that you get the job done well.
I’d like to introduce you to Jerry. You will see his picture in a second. To you Jerry will look like just a smiley face, but for me he’s a lot more. I’ve taken Jerry to every desk I ever had, and now that I’m moving on to another company, he’s coming, too. You see, Jerry taught me more about business, myself, and God than anyone else ever could. I’d like to share his story.
Not every web project needs a web designer or developer. Sometimes all you need a consultant. Whether it’s budget limitations or the fact that you already have the resources, sometimes you’re better served by a designer’s opinion than his work. If you let a web designer act as a consultant, it can actually be great for both parties. He gets the freedom of telling you exactly what he thinks, and you get the choice of listening or doing it your own way.
That’s right, you’re not a Social Media Expert. No one is. I know this contradicts most online marketers’ resumés, but it’s the truth. I don’t deny that there are Social Media analysts, gurus, and students of the field, but I think calling yourself an expert is a bit over-the-top.
I saw the movie Daybreakers over the weekend and I was blown away by the economic policies and business practices you could pull away. So I have to write about we can learn in business and economics from a vampire movie. So you’re going to have to follow an absurd line of thinking – we’re discussing vampires, humans, and blood to make several points about business, the free market, capitalism, and other principles of economics. I [almost] minored in Economics in college, so Daybreakers was good not just for a plot, but for validating my sheer nerdiness.
Creativity is a fun word. We all value creativity and we see it as a fundamental characteristic of humanity. We love creative people and we all want to be “more creative”. We love The Creatives. Sadly, the corporate world sometimes sees The Creatives a bit like fish; it’s really cool when you have them – but you don’t do anything with them but stare. Unless you’re an expert on fish, you only know a Goldfish from a Beta; so there’s only one type of Creative you ever look for, and that can hurt you.
Writing is tough. Really tough. And chances are, you aren’t great at it. Chances are even greater that you don’t care. You probably aren’t a content producer. But if you’re not, who is? And who should be?
ince I’ve moved into my current position, my life has changed and I’ve gotten closer to identifying my calling: The web. In particular, producing websites which I truly love. Before I moved into my position, I thought that I knew a fair amount about the web, but now I find myself a happily re-educated man.