Hopefully you can see how usefull this can be in providing one website for all rather than directing to bespoke mobile sites which has been the previous trend.
So what does this mean to designers who can’t code?
Essentially I think it means this:
Learn and learn fast.
Responsive Web Design has made it more important than ever for web designers to understand code.
Without a basic understanding many ‘web designers’ will be left behind as RWD becomes standard for website builds. It will mean more decisions and development time for the developer (who may not understand design) and likely lead to poor results.
Whilst *midly* intoxicated on Saturday afternoon I agreed to join Elliott in Oxford on Sunday night, not that I wouldn’t normally agree to see Elliott play, but Oxford is a fair trek for a Sunday Evening. I regretted this decision on Sunday morning when I woke up hungover with a 3ish hour round trip to drive in the evening. Still, that’ll teach me.
Elliott played well and I enjoyed the evening but the venue was a little on the quiet side – where were you all?
Anyway as I’m such a jolly nice chap I thought I’d share a couple of videos I took on the night.
If there’s one thing I’ve learn’t since I’ve matured*, my career developed, taken risks, worked for ‘myself’ – it’s this:
Show your personality through your approach, your work, in your website, your stationary, your dress code and manner in meetings, proposals and all things to do with your business – be relaxed and be yourself.
Don’t pretend to be a big company if you’re a one man band, be honest and have confidence in what you do. Present yourself in a way in which you feel comfortable.
Some clients won’t even notice, some might not like you, others will really appreciate you. One things for sure – the average company, freelancer, contractor are a thousand a penny. Who wants to be average? not me.
Present your personality, present your ideas and what you are passionate about. If the client doesn’t like it, that’s cool – joe blogs design is just around the corner.
Below is a scan of the front of my business card:
Just this evening I met a new client – had a great meeting, passed him my card – I was still talking when I realised he was half listening though a little busy looking at my card. I shut up, he looked up, smiled and said:
That’s brave, I like that.
I designed those business cards roughly 2 years ago and think nothing of them really, but guess I am making a bit of a statement. It doesn’t matter that I’m a designer, a developer - I’d want to work with a nice bloke.