There really isn't any magic wand or secret sauce to make you a better web developer or designer. This really only comes from years of refining your craft. But what you can do is provide some tips on how to get to the brink of "total awesomeness" by enhancing your efficiency in all aspects of your design work. The following are a few tips to help you go from "great" to "awesome."
1. Create a PlanSounds boring, but creating a project plan will help you stay on track. Many web developers over look this first step. Your plan can simply be a list of templates and elements which need to be converted from native Photoshop files to HTML or a list of complex elements that need to be parsed into smaller parts. By creating a list or a plan, you can stay organized and better focus. You can highlight any potential roadblocks early in the project and convey those issues to your client so communication is fluid.
2. Don't Always Say "Yes"Saying yes to everything a client wants can turn against you. You can end up working more for less. Carefully evaluate the project requirements and ensure they align with your skills. Milestones that require additional time due to an advanced skill set should be noted and the client alerted. These items should be highlighted in the project timeline and the client updated accordingly.
3. Be ProactiveIt's a tough pill to swallow, but notifying a client that a website will not be delivered on time is not the end of the world. Proactively highlighting any roadblocks or delays is a very powerful way to keep everyone happy as they are well informed. Knowing is better than being kept in the dark and clients appreciate knowledge, even if it isn't what they want to hear. Remember, taking longer than originally planned is not unusual, but it is not OK to keep it to yourself.
Tip: Provide daily or weekly progress summaries to your client. Include achievements and concerns. Your clients will love it.
4. Remember to Invest in YourselfThere is no short-cut to success and research shows that it can take around 10,000 to master a skill that's about 4 years practicing 40 hours a week! Invest in yourself by spending time mastering your craft. Expand your knowledge of HTML and CSS. Focus on skills that enable you to build the types of sites you want to build.
Explore other sites, read web development blogs, listen to podcasts and experiment with new plugins and frameworks. Copy cool things you find on great websites like widgets, videos, parallax images. Add them to your code and understand how they work. This is a great way to learn new skills. Schedule time for self-development as it will pay off.
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