Designer's Diary & Desktop Denotations

 

Every now and then, I'll share a piece of wisdom here, let you in on some interesting discovery, talk about business in general, or web design in particular - or I'll just rant :) Enjoy!

 


 

As most of you will know, I'm not a great fan of Flash. Not for business websites, anyhow. However, many of the sites we build here have a little flash as well - to add visual interest, and that's ok. Tutorials are another great use of Flash. Then there are occasions such as Christmas, where a business may want to send animated greeting cards to clients and associates. I think THIS is where Flash really becomes relevant, even for small businesses...

 

I've had had this idea for a while now... to have background music for our Web Design Portfolio. Now, there is much royalty free audio out there to use... and I went through a ton of files. Nothing really knocked my socks off. I decided to have a look at CDs laying around here and came across an album by Dave Gunning. I saw him in a small intimate concert a while back - great singer/song writer and all 'round really nice guy...

 

Geeez. For years I have been a confirmed non-believer in email campaigns. You know.. the mass mail, toot your own horn, waste someone else's time kinda campaigns. I am a very private person, I value my time, and I assume everyone else feels the same way. Fast forward to last week or so...

 

I was going through dormant files to follow up on and came across this would-be client. A lady contacted me (referred from one of our clients) about a year ago to finish her website. She had paid for a design firm to do her website but things weren't really moving along and not to her satisfaction. No problem. We can take over. We got in touch with the design firm to change contact information on the domain and get FTP login credentials. That's when the trouble started...

 

Do you have some real characters among your clients? We sure do.

 

We've got the demanding sort (hey Dan!), the mildly neurotic (luv ya, Lori - and those are YOUR words), and of course the forever apologetic type (It's ok Stan, really - we'll go over your email setting one more time)...