Over the past couple of decades, the business life of the typical web designer has changed a great deal. The actual design process has changed and even business tools have changed a great deal. We take a look at what has changed in that time.
Modern projection systems reign supreme
The days when you could just show a potential client your designs by clicking the links in their presence or sending them a list of links are long gone. Today, web-design firms use powerful projection systems from businesses like Videonations, to show potential clients detailed descriptions of projects they have handled in the past. The presentations must be colorful, insightful and show the client what was done to meet specific demands.
Tables are now history
Before now, web designers experienced in the use of tables could easily make a website take any look they desire. Shims and image slices were popular with such designers but today, all that has become history. Web designers of today are expected to be very good with CSS styling and Semantic markup. Here is more on CSS.
Flash is going away gradually
A few years back, the Adobe Flash plugin was the perfect answer for designers anytime they ran into web problems. It was easy to use any fonts without being confined to the restrictions of the early Internet. However, even with the freedom it offered, it still lacked accessibility and also lacked depth. Flash is still with us today but it is no longer the force it was when it comes to building whole sites. This is partly down to the fact that mobile devices on the iOS platform cannot access it. Designers are instead turning to jQuery and CSS to accomplish some of the things Flash would do back in the day.
Web is more social than ever
It doesn’t matter what you think of it, the social media world is now an important part of web design. In the last decade alone, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have strengthened their grip on everyday living. This means support for social media sharing and integration is more important than ever in website design. This means designers are expected to have a proper understanding of how to include social media sharing in the web strategies for every website being created. Here is more on adding social media to your web design.
Expectations are higher than ever
The average website owner expects a lot out of their websites these days. Gone are the periods when people saw websites as a casual extension of their business online. Today, websites are deemed as a powerful part of any business. This means clients expect a website that offers easy interactions while coping with the strain of diverse kinds of media.
All of these mean that web-design firms have to adapt very quickly if they are to stay relevant in this sector.