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Designer or Developer? Determining Your Skill Set As a Student

August 13th, 2018

To this day, I don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up. I went to college with the expectation of graduating with a Computer Science degree, but instead I walked out with a Design degree. If anything, I found that my college career adjustments would be a indication as to how I would eventually fit into the web design field. Even now, I wear many different web hats, but they all fit.

But what about you? What do you want to do? Would you rather be a developer – writing code to solve problems? Or, would you rather be a designer – pushing pixels to solve problems? How do you find out which is more interesting to you? There are a lot of questions you should be asking yourself, but don’t expect anybody to give you the answers. You need to experiment to find out where your strengths lie; and in experimentation, many new things come to light.

Blur or Focus?

First off, what are you more comfortable doing? Again with my example, I started down one path and eventually changed direction, but I made sure a lot of what was learned came along for the ride. If you want to get your hands dirty with both disciplines, I recommend the following right out of the gate:

Join a Small Web Design Team

Being on a small design team forces everybody to wear many hats. To be successful, it’s sometimes required of all involved to adapt in their duties and help each other out. Understanding what your partner is doing and having the ability to step up and work on the same project is important. You work fast and you learn a boatload of information in a small amount of time.

My first job out of college threw me into this environment and I loved every minute of it. Even though I had a design degree, I was expected to help with Flash development, PHP, JavaScript, ColdFusion, HTML/CSS, and even some video compositing from time to time. Small team environments allow you to taste a bit of everything, hopefully finding a new interest in a particular area.

While this scenario allows for gained knowledge on a lot of topics, it also comes with a price: the old “jack of all trades” axiom. Sure it’s great to be able to have a lot of different skills, but you are never truly exceptional at any one of them.

Sure it’s great to be able to have a lot of different skills, but you are never truly exceptional at any one of them.

Join a Large Web Design Team

More often than not, larger teams mean a higher chance of specialization. Here you could have a defined role. You may be able to spend a lot more time in a single discipline, work with others with the same skill set (it’s doubtful that you are the only web designer there), then gain valuable experience and insight.

In either case, you get to try both the developer or designer tracks out. With a small team environment, the structure is mutable, so you can quickly move from the designer role to developer and back again. Be warned that you may not stay on one discipline long enough to get all you can out of it. The learning curve is steep and the skill retention is not very long.

With larger teams, you can more quickly build on your knowledge in one area, but you may not have as many opportunities to try different skills on for size.

Designer and Developer?

A combination of both skills is extremely valuable these days. The “double threat” of a designer who can code a bit or a developer who has an eye for design looks excellent on a resume and is sought after by many a company.

If you are primarily a designer, it would be in your best interest to pick up a web development book or two. Even if you would rather focus on the design discipline, having the vocabulary of a web developer will get you far. It can make the workflow smoother between the designer and developer, and your designs can be better suited to the project since you know a bit of the code’s capabilities. If the site will be in Flash, design for it. If the project will be an HTML/CSS/JS combo, then your designs will reflect this.

I don’t mean to say that you should stifle your designs to meet the code, but keeping in mind how the design will be built will help everybody in the long run. By all means, go nuts with your layout.

Conversely, if you are a developer, speak with a designer from time to time. Learn the lingo, understand the basic concepts of grid, typography, and color. Your CSS will be all the better for it.

This may be a different path to take, but it allows for greater focus in one discipline, while simultaneously integrating knowledge from the other side into your workflow. It can only help you. This isn’t the same as a “jack-of-all-trades” situation. You are primarily a designer or primarily a developer with a small bit of knowledge of the other side – enough to be dangerous. You shouldn’t be claiming to be able to do both at an equal skill level.

Conclusion

Well, up to this point I have been writing in generalities. This was not an accident, and this article wasn’t really meant to tell you what path to choose. The point here is to give you a heads-up on how to approach the choice. If you have a little bit of knowledge in each skill, then you are in a good position to make that next step. If not, here’s your opportunity to learn from others more experienced than you.

If you have already made your decision, good for you! But you may want to think about bringing in some of the other side. Ride the fence a bit. Take a look around and make a smart decision that will benefit all who work with you.

Figuring the Cost of Custom Website Development for Business

August 12th, 2018

Web application development and website design are serious and expensive business. You’ve got the talent. You’ve got the passion. You’ve got the tools. But where does the money to start a business come from? One word: Grants.

The popularity and rise of web application development has spawned many start-up businesses and entrepreneurs looking to get a piece of the lucrative application development pie. With prime-time players like the Apple App Store and Google’s Android Market eating up the majority of the pie in terms of web application dissemination, it is difficult for aspiring web application developers to get noticed or even be seen from a distance. Like the old saying goes, no money, no funny. How can these developers continue to develop their talents (no pun intended) if the money just doesn’t add up? The well will dry soon enough if demand is not supplemented with return on investment. Help is out there, you just need to find it.

But there are some things you need to keep in mind when you’re looking for help:

– Keep good documentation: So you’ve got an app. It works and you’re happy with it. When applying for a grant, you need to keep good documentation. From the processes and problems to the challenges and successes, put it on paper and hold onto it.

- Issues? What issues? A Website Design & Development project is tedious, hard work. You and your team (assuming you worked with one) are bound to run into some issues. Make sure you document these. From variable issues to design, they want to know how you discovered the issue and how you went about fixing it.

– Time: Sure, this could also fall under keeping good documentation, but when developing a web application, time is crucial. Grants are time sensitive too, there are deadlines for applying, so be sure you’re well prepared.

Web application development continues to grow and evolve. Grants make the little guys gain access into an industry where only elite company with big sacks of money can participate. There are even grants which help to improve the technical prowess of your team. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to build and design better? There’s a grant for that.

Staying in the Web sphere, let’s take a look at the pioneer of web application development: website design. It has long been a committed partner to the Internet. The two go together like Marge and Homer Simpson – a marriage of two things that would not work if one of them was missing. But just like how web development is exploding, so too is the queue for companies. Nothing is original anymore. Everything is borrowed from something – including website design and web application development design trends. But not to worry, there are grants for Custom design too. We can’t all play in the big sandbox right away, as website designers or web application developers, we all need a helping hand. Grants help, so if you need one, apply!

Choose the Best Web Designing and Development Services

August 11th, 2018

Today the world is internet driven world. All turn to the Internet when they want to know about the product or service, and you can be sure that all of your potential clients and future business partners will rely on the Internet channel to gather information about your business. People tend to give importance to the websites and, depending on their view of your site, they can make value judgments about your business. Your site is quite obvious, is the public face of your business. If you want to improve your reach to your clients and want to act as a reliable organization in the industry is very important that you own and operate a web site that has the best quality. It does not matter whether you have a business model online or offline one; you need to have a Web site and better performance of your site, the better your chances to convert your leads to the actual sale.

If you want to create a website for your company or reconstruction of an existing one, to give it a modern look, you can find a number of Web Designing and Development Company in the field of outsourcing, which would be able to make effective websites for your company at a significantly reduced cost for your company. However, even before you get in it is extremely important that you try to understand the concepts that go into the development of the site. Without a deep knowledge of the process of web design and development you would blindly rely on the powers of the company and that is not desirable. With some practical knowledge about how the web development company to work, you would be in a better position to ensure that you receive a quality solution, which translates to a successful web site at a later date.

The process of developing a web site must be strong planning based on it to be of any value. To start a web design and development company should be given time to understand the purpose of your site and the nature of your business, which is on its way. With this understanding comes the second phase of strategic planning, where everything from site architecture, design features, platform, programming, database solutions, with the subsequent sale of the site it should be on paper and carefully checked for loopholes. Web design and development companies have a clear strategy for the web site that is clear to navigate and easy to use, and has a “unique selling proposition (USP), which could attract the attention of your users. Web design and development company should be able to come up with a site that supports the spirit of your business with a clear and concise content and Graphic Designing, which go hand in hand.

Web design and development company should be able to watch the competition is in the market and create a website that is a cut above the rest. Website design, for example, should be able to instantly attract the attention of the first users of the time and interest in them properly, so that they continue to read through your site, and then down to the next level. No part of the process of developing a web site apart from the rest. It is very important to understand that each part is a step in the process, and you need at every stage to try to understand what each function on the site will affect the view of end-users of your site.