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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.

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