1stWebDesigner’s Life – Your New Must-Read Webcomic. What do you think?

After enjoying a good weekend it’s good to start your week reading some funny things, right? That’s why we bring to you our brand new webcomic: 1stwebdesigner’s life. The comic will not just be about common situations every web designer encounters, but we also want to give you some ideas about how to deal with those situations.

We’re inspired by many web comics and funny websites out there, like A Programmer’s Life, FMLife, Vida de Programador(pt-br), WebDesignerDepot’s Comic of the Week. But we surely won’t steal anyone’s idea. Everything written here is about things that I have experienced or reader’s submitted ideas :).

Oh, Tyron Love is the amazing South African cartoonist that brings this idea to life.

Characters

Our nameless Hero! (give him a name!)

It’s you, me, and everyone that suffer from web designing disease.

You have gone through hard times, haven’t you? But I’m sure you can laugh when remembering it, you know, that “better than google” client, that funny comment of your girlfriend, that site you have forgotten to test on IE. So this is it, always with a smile on his face and ready for the craziest clients that may come.

By the way, the client is another staff member:

Da Boss / Client

Basically he is someone who pays you to do technical work.

Many times they don’t know what they want, and think that what you do is just click a few times in a magic website generator and BOOM, new Facebook done.

More characters to go!

We have more people backstage just waiting to be published, but for our inaugural piece, we will have just these two characters. :)

1stWebdesigner’s Life #1 – Flash Banner

I bet you have seen something similar to this:

How to deal with this situation?

This happens not only with Flash, but I believe that iPads, iPhones, and iPods widespread made this issue pretty common.

First of all, you are the specialist. You have to know exactly which limitations each solution has, and how to deal with them. In this case, our hero has made the mistake of believing in what the client says.

Huge mistake, dear friend.

Of course, you don’t have superpowers (as far as I know), so you have to ask some questions. But you should keep in mind that your client doesn’t know what he is talking about when it comes to implementation.

Believe me, if he says “I want a flash banner” he thinks that only flash can solve his problem.

Well, you have basically two solutions for this:

  1. Ignore customer and do it your way – This is potentially dangerous if you aren’t the only one working on a project, although sometimes it is the easiest way.
  2. Educate your client - This can take a little time, but man, this will surely prove you know what you’re talking about. Your customer will understand why you’re doing the things you’re doing and if he takes the risk he will know what could go wrong.

Many times it’s good to explain to your client some of the common limitations of the application they’re asking you to use.

You know, if he wants AJAX, Flash, Hit counter, 20-steps buying process or any other solution part of the reason you are being paid is to explain why you’re using one solution over another, and what the pros and cons are of each.

Now, it’s your turn

So, do you have funny situations that want to share with us?

Or do you have a creative name for our hero? Yeah, it will be good to hear some advice!

Feel free to get in touch via comments, twitter, email. Share with us how your 1st web designer life is going.

Rochester Oliveira

I'm a web designer and entrepreneur from Itajubá (MG), Brasil. I love writing about obscure topics and doing some cool stuff. And also I do some FREE stuff, check it out: http://www.roch.com.br/

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Comments

  1. Meg says

    With the demise of the newspaper, web comics may be the way for new artists to get exposure.

  2. Dueep Jyot Singh says

    Our unknown hero cannot be anything else than DW Perlmutter or Percy Vere (Of the Sloggin’ Vere de Veres)or perhaps Welldon, (a word which he is never going to hear from his boss or his clients.)
    The boss/client is Mr. A.N. Oyaing.(A stands for Albertross (round DW’s neck ) and N stands for Naysayer. Alternatively, he can be named Noel Lot. Or maybe Goebbel Digook!!!

  3. heke says

    The guy could be known as:
    – Kiddie
    – Noobie
    – Clark Simon Sith (acronym C.S.S)
    – Joe Median
    – Nobbit
    – Perl

  4. says

    I would call him… Jeff. Great idea guys, I love it, keep up the good work :D The name proposal is serious, I would call him Jeff, he looks like a Jeff :D

  5. Goliat says

    He must be named after a great, but not too tall hero, who had a giant problem, but won.

    Davi

  6. Gavin says

    Loving the web comic guys. Don’t know if anyone has seen this one: webboycomic.co.uk – but that also is super good. It uses popular ff plugins as characters and special powers and lots of other cool stuff. Different to this comic, as this one deals with real life designer problems, where as web boy has more of a Marvel Comics look on it.

    Still tho, a really good comic, I’m looking forward to seeing more of the unnamed hero!

  7. Samiullah Khan says

    Great comic, but author didn’t came with the idea to solve the above problem of hero! some how he showed us great tips to tackle our client problems.