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Q&A: is web design still big business or too saturated?

Question by flowlikedat: is web design still big business or too saturated?
there are loads of companies offering web design. is it worth opening up an office and company offering web design.graphic design etc etc? is it too late?

do you think there is still money to be made? i think those who needed websites..already have them right?

new companies are the target then..but they might go to someone who is local or already established online..e.g. no.1 search result on google.

what do you think?

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Answer by King P
Don’t bank everything on web design. Offer a broad range of products. Look at what the big guys (or local guys) offer. You offer AT LEAST the same, but then offer things that are unique to you. For instance, offer a 10% discount on services to a client if they refer another client to you.

Companies do still need a web presence for the most part. Your small businesses (less than 75 employees is my estimate) are the ones you need to target, because they most likely don’t have someone savvy enough to get them on with a big guy, and then to do all the design work in house.

There is always room for a GOOD web designer. The market may be saturated, but if you’re good and ethical, people will come back to you AND will refer you to their peers.

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what I have to learn to succeed in the field of web designing?

Question by balaji: what I have to learn to succeed in the field of web designing?
hello there, i am intrested in the field of web designing and would like to be freelance web designer.I know its not so easy and i have to work hard to keep my words.But as a beginner i would love to know what i have to learn first?

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Answer by Jhon
you dont just instantly succeed , it takes time like a tree and fruit
do your best and have stuff in your site which are popular
and update it 1-2 days

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What is a reasonable expectation on an overdue web design projects?

Question by Johnny Gunns: What is a reasonable expectation on an overdue web design projects?
In early September we contracted a well known web design firm to design our transactional web site using cold fusion. They are still not done, and are saying it could take another month and a half to finish.

It’s was quoted as a low to mid five figure ($ $ ) project, was supposed to take two months, and they keep insisting that it’s “simple” .

We run a couple of companies, and have never paid for a web site to be designed, so we don’t know how long is acceptable for a web project to be overdue.

Personally, I’m pissed, and am good at raising a stink, but I don’t want to jump the gun.

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Answer by msgquixo
I’m a web designer and a design director, and unfortunately that seems to be common in this industry, (like with building contractors). It is still unacceptable.

If you don’t yet have one, you should ask for a timeline with key milestones and deliverables. If they delay from the timeline there should be a good reason to back it up.

Keep in mind that there may have been delays on your side which could have contributed this situation. We count on our clients to meet certain dates to deliver content and design reviews. And we certainly prefer to keep moving quickly through a project — it is much more cost effective. But when one of our clients delays, we have to move on to other projects. These delays are common as it is hard for a company to write all of the content for a website and make all the decisions that are required. Also, while it is expensive, web design is very time consuming and competitive. We have to book ourselves very solidly and can’t devote all of our resources to a single project.

I feel for you, I know it can be very frustrating. But hopefully you will be very happy in a few short weeks.

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How to get investors for an online project?

Question by James: How to get investors for an online project?
I’m a web developer and designer and I have an idea for a website/project but I could do with a little investment to pay people to create some resources for it and to help fund advertising. How would I do this?

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Answer by General Knowledge
Sorry James but what you are trying to do is very difficult if not impossible. Nowadays web designers and developers are a dime a dozen (even I have already designed a couple of websites for friends free of charge).

Your only hope is if your idea is so unique and definitely a money making one, you might get your local bank to give you a loan. But short of that, you have absolutely no chance of raising any money whatsoever. Sorry.

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How do I get a script/code for a dating website?

Question by Nikki Hernandez: How do I get a script/code for a dating website?
I want to start a unique dating site. I am willing to spend money. I tried datingsitebuilder.com but it wasn’t as customizeable as I expected. I want to try skadate.com. They say they have the source code? That’s all im looking for, how to add a membership area. I have web design experience so I would like to design the look myself…

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Answer by r3dHatter
You’re going to need a very strong knowledge of PHP/ASP and SQL.

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What is the best place to advertise a small interiro design firm?

Question by me_mommy: What is the best place to advertise a small interiro design firm?
I have graduated from college, and I also have a new baby, so I thought the best thing would be to start my own firm. I know I shouldn’t expect a great deal of business especially in this economy, just enogh work every now and then to make some extra money. My husband works that’s why I say extra money.
yellowpages ?
community website?
newspaper?

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Answer by Professor Wonderful
Do you have the capital to invest in all three?

The Yellow Pages is probably the worst of the worst.
If you decide to do this anyway, use a different phone number. Reason: If you cannot afford to keep paying the horrible monthly fees, you may have to have a way out of a poor decision. Thus, you can drop the extra phone number – – – the one you are advertising in the phone book.

Direct mail may be expensive, but it will allow you the opportunity to discover if you can run a business. Many people who can do a tast (e.g., design, dentistry, dariy delivery, whatever…) are people who cannot run a business. It is much more difficult to run a business than it is to do the task.

A newspaper covers a wide area for which you will have to pay. Most of you customers will probably come within one mile of your location.
Be careful of investing in an ad that goes to people who will NEVER become a customer. You pay for all their circulation.

Remember the Seven P’s of the Armed Forces of the USA:
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pathetically Poor Performance.

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Where can I get cheap web hosting with domain name and EM?

Question by : Where can I get cheap web hosting with domain name and EM?
Are you able to purchase cheap web design and hosting services from China. Any good contacts would be great.

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Answer by suha
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Is it worth studying animation and start working from scratch in that or keep going with the web design?

Question by Adi: Is it worth studying animation and start working from scratch in that or keep going with the web design?
I used to work as a web/graphic designer and I was very good at it, but I was always very interested in animation. So, I left my work and start studying animation but I was told that there are more jobs opportunities in web design and it is more stable work, as fare as work place instead of contracts, can someone in light the subject? Is it worth studying animation and start working from scratch in that or keep going with the web design?

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Answer by Loresinger99
why not both? Keep going with the one from which you can generate viable income NOW, and as time allows work on the other one and develop it into a part time paying gig. I did this with writing and eventually got to do that for 15 years freelance (self employed) at home!

I think animation is great and it ties into your computer interests. Get involved with some boards / sites where animation is posted, compared, sold, etc. (I’m thinking like Daz), so you can build an audience, still have fun, and hopefully achieve success.

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web site that has designs for painting your room?

Question by Lindsey k: web site that has designs for painting your room?
I want to paint my room something unique. not just one color, but artistic designs and stuff. is there a website that has cool designs/patterns/ideas?

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Answer by JAN
Try www.hgtv.com

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What’s the best way of starting a career as a graphic/web designer?

Question by Molly: What’s the best way of starting a career as a graphic/web designer?
I got a 1-year certificate in web design 5 years ago and also have a one year experience in web design.

I have decided to get back in that field but don’t know what’s the best way to start.

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Answer by emailtastesfunny
Well, the best way of getting into the field is by putting together a great portfolio. Emphasis on GREAT. I’ve spent the last 5 years as an art director for a newspaper, occasionaly I’ll get portfolios sent to me and I have to say…I’m astonished at how horrible the work sent to me is.

I’m not trying to slam graphic designers here…what I’m trying to say from an art directors perspective- if you put together a kick butt portfolio you’re going to be seen and remembered. When you read articles about the graphic design industry you’ll see that they mention that competition is pretty intense. Not really, I really believe many people get into the graphic design industry is because they see it as ‘easy’ and a fun way to make a buck. They lack any real passion and zeal for design. The majority of portfolios I seen during our last hiring phase were from these people (about 20). However, I received 3 that really showed that they took time perfecting their presentation. What really impressed me about their portfolios was that each took an idea that could have been accomplished more simply but they took the time to think up some great, creative soloutions.

Choosing between the 3 was tough. Finally, I chose the one with the least experience but came with not only print designs skills but was fluent with web design also.

Trust me, putting together your portfolio will be the toughest thing about your new job. I know from experience. Expect sleepless nights, discouragement, depression, frustration….but eventually when you start to feel pride, excited, and confident, you’ll know your portfolio is ready. Go get ’em.

Best of luck!

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