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Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!
Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.
It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.
After all – more to choose from.
On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.
And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.
The bump I am talking about this time is those web designers who claim: “I’m an experienced web designer,” but certainly shouldn’t be calling themselves a web designer.
So here are four of them, with their mistakes, so you can learn from them and not repeat them yourself.
Otherwise you might end up being featured in an article just like this one.
It is actually safe to say that the worst sentence you can have on your website is: “Under Construction”.
Or basically just have no previous work at all to show your potential customers.
I mean c’mon – if you really have not managed to attract a paying customer, do the work for free, just so you can have at least something to show.
Create a website for your grandmother, sister or even for your dog.
If, unfortunately, you are completely alone in this world, without relatives or friends (which would be hard to believe anyway), you can still create a website for an imaginary client’s company.
And that would be better than “under construction”.
Social media is great social proof for your brand, work and services you provide, but guess what? It can become an anti social proof too.
Look at this web design studio.
Look above their logo – can you see that number 4 next to the Facebook’s thumb up?
Does it look impressive? Does it convince you to use this studio?
Not really… quite the opposite, am I right? The message here should be clear, do not show off with something you do not have.
If you are just starting out and have not managed yet to get a nice group of fans around your brand, please do not display it for everyone to see.
It is not something to be proud of at all.
Work hard, satisfy your customers, turn them into your followers and then you can show off with some numbers (which in my opinion should be a minimum of 100).
And not the other way around, got it?
Who is still using Flash these days? If you follow up the latest technology news you should be aware of the fact that Flash is dying.
Apple stopped supporting Flash years ago, because now HTML 5 is the way forward, and even Adobe themselves admit it.
So the reason why I call it “Flash Equals No Cash” is because how can you call yourself a web designer if you build your own portfolio using Flash, a technology that is dying.
What does it say about you?
Will clients really be interested in hiring someone who uses old technology? 100% not.
Just like you would not go to a dentist who uses old fashioned tools.
Tools just like this one below…
So, I hope that picture scared you a bit and it will make you consider whether to use Flash or not.
Be clever, and save your career my friend, and learn HTML 5 instead. This is where our “Design Freak” Christian will help you with his HTML5 Introduction.
You see, the header of your website is placed above everything else on your website – content, links, footer, etc. It is nearly always the very first part of your website a visitor notices. So the biggest mistake you can make is creating a low quality header.
I mean a very, very low quality header.
Have a look at this one below.
How does it make you feel? Does it remind you of good quality work, fast service or trust? I doubt it.
So here you go – once again. Do not call yourself a web designer if you cannot even look after your own website.
Nowadays you can have so many tools in your hands to promote and improve your brand. Social media, portfolios, testimonials, latest design trends, and others. Please make sure you do not use them against you, which inevitably will only damage your reputation.
Do you know any web designers or web design studios worth adding to this list so that everyone can learn from their mistakes?
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James is a Video & YouTube Marketing Manager based in The UK with over 5 years of experience. He loves to create, implement and maintain challenging video marketing strategies using YouTube, Wistia or Vimeo.