Friday, July 8th, 2011

Be yourself

If there’s one thing I’ve learn’t since I’ve matured*, my career developed, taken risks, worked for ‘myself’ – it’s this:

Be yourself

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.

People do business with people.

* Still working on that.

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Website updates May 2011

If you’ve visited my website before you may notice it looks somewhat different today.

For months (literally) I’ve been trying to make the time to redesign and re-code my site. As other designers and developers will already know trying to balance an already busy work schedule, keep up personal projects and have a life at the same time can be extreamly difficult.

Today I’ve made the redesign live all be it in an incomplete form – but with a view to finishing things within the next few weeks.

My main tasks at the moment are:

  1. To get the templates built for the profile/about section of my site (which I’ve currently removed from the navigation).
  2. Fix a few disagreements internet explorer is having.
  3. Finish work on the media queries.

I also used the recode as a chance to experiment  with inuit.css which is a new CSS framework from the CSS Wizard Harry Roberts on the whole I’ve found the framework really helpful – after taking me a while to figure a few things out – I’m pretty sure it could speed up development time on future projects – perhaps a post on that later.

For those of you who haven’t visited my site before here’s what it looked like previously:

The main aim of this redesign is to:

  1. make the site lighter and easier on the eye to read
  2. make use of media queries to resize the site for various screens and devices (not really there just yet)
  3. make better use of html 5 elements
  4. Bring the site more inline with my current work

Hopefully I’ll have finished working on it soon.. in the meantime feel free to drop me a comment with your thoughts or tweet me @tbwcf.


Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Awesome Email Client testing with litmusapp

Working on a mac as a ‘web designer/developer’ can have it’s pitfalls when it comes to testing the websites you’ve built cross browser and fixing bugs (yes, I mean you Internet Explorer).

There are a few options if your using a Intel mac you can install ‘parallels‘ allowing you to run windows alongside OSX, but do we really want to poison our beautiful macs with windows… no, not really. There are other alternatives such as browser shots which I sometimes use but you’ll always get some bugs that you really need to be able to test quickly, quicker than uploading files again, requesting another screenshot etc, so at work I often use a testing PC.

When it comes to testing across email clients for HTML emails things become even worse, regardless of which platform you use (windows or mac) there are do many email clients to test all with their own qwirks – lotus notes, outlook 2000/2003/2007/2010 (yeap they all work differently), hotmail, yahoo, gmail and the list goes on, and on, and on… Read More