Will costly web designs be defunct thanks to new software tools?
Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:44 AM
Tax are now made easy thanks to tools.
The same can be said of web designing. We think the web is technology but within its technological domain, do you think more and more advanced tools are being made to make web designing cheap and easy? I'm talking about 10-20 years down the road.
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Posted 05 October 2006 - 03:13 AM
And remember, someone has to write the software for the ATM, just like someone has to write the software and design the hardware for these new and improved web design tools. I don't believe it will ever get to the point where humans are completely excluded from the world of technology. I have a saying I like to use when someone expects the computer to do something it hasn't been told to do, but it applies here: The computer is only as smart as the dummy sitting at the keyboard. You're always going to need a human to give it the initial button push or write the instructions for it.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 03:35 AM
But what about web designing? To make sites, you gotta consult web design firms, freelancers, etc, and then you tell them to do this or that, charging you tons of money. How will that affect web designers?
Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:22 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 02:30 PM
Please, take the time and do some research and find out how much it would have cost you to get your help from a decent paid-for source. A "roll-of-the-dice" freelancer will charge you $5-$15/hr. A decent entry level freelancer will charge you around $15-30/hr. A professional will charge you anywhere from $50-$100/hr. An agency will charge anywhere from $100-$250/hr. Think about all this when soliciting for help here. Think about how much money you are making from the work you are asking for help on. No, we do not expect you to pay for the help given here, but donating a few bucks is a fraction of the cost of what you would have paid, shows your appreciation, helps motivate people to keep offering help without the pricetag, and helps make this a higher quality free-help community
Posted 05 October 2006 - 04:00 PM
edit: my biggest problem with this field is that people don't seem to understand the time and work involved in creating a website, and typically don't want to pay much for it.
I've had at least 5 promising jobs that just haven't gone though because the client backed out for one reason or another. It's quite discouraging.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 04:08 PM
I have had some decent luck in the past few months though... a few clients have been completely satisfied with my pricing.
Posted 05 October 2006 - 04:12 PM
of course there will always be tools for the average joe, WYSIWYG, but you need a special skillset to develop a good looking, well developed site, highly functional site.
to me, that's exactly the point. you'll never be able to automate creativity. while there are tools to try to suggest ways of doing things, and there are actually some pretty professional looking templates in some of the software, there is no way companies that want to have a unique presence on the web will be able to sidestep the designers and developers.
as for the pricing, i've found that my biggest ally is to help them get quotes from some "professional" companies out there. typically, i can beat the local design firm's price by a decent margin since i don't have the overhead. now, every once in a while, i have a client who already knows what is involved and is more than happy to pay what the work is worth to get a good product, and boy are they a breath of fresh air. i've done about 4 separate projects for one such client (including a web interface for a database backup right now), and I'll do just about whatever it takes to keep them happy, believe me!
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