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juvanescence
17-09-2004, 10:52 AM
Hi.

Just thought I would introduce myself to the forum.

I am a fully trained professional graphic designer who started his own business in July 2003.

I am always on the look out for new opportunities and am currently on the look out for new projects and partnerships with printers and web designers.

Plus this place looks like it is full of nice people and will hopefully give me some much needed information on business.

hirstys
17-09-2004, 11:38 AM
Welcome to the forum, I like the look of your site, clearly a professional effort and with a quality service and product such as you offer I am sure that you will prosper.

I wold make one reccomendation about your site though, you appear to have google ads on your site advertising your competition...!

Are these ads really generating any revenue? If not, dump them right away. Why give a potential customer a link through to a rival firm and an easy way to leave your site?

Do you receive many web design / marketing / development commissions? We work with a number of graphic design and print firms who resell some of our services and work in partnership to develop more complex database driven sites. If this would be of interest, don't hesitate to drop us a line.

Regards


James Hirst
James@a4internet.com
A4 Internet ltd
0845 108 0411
www.a4internet.com

juvanescence
17-09-2004, 11:43 AM
I thought I would try the Adsense ads for a while, and you are right. The money I have made through the ads most likely have not covered the lost revenue from leaving visitors that might have bought my services.

I dont get much web design/marketing/development commissions at present, but if this changes il be sure to keep you in mind.

natasha
17-09-2004, 11:47 AM
Hello,

Just wanted to say welcome to the forum.

I've had tons of great advice and i'm sure you'll give and recieve lots too...

Best wishes

Eagle
17-09-2004, 01:59 PM
Hi Jon :)

juvanescence
17-09-2004, 02:44 PM
Originally posted by Eagle
Hi Jon

So where have I seen you before. ;)

dave-a
17-09-2004, 05:10 PM
http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A//www.j-design.biz/

juvanescence
17-09-2004, 07:59 PM
I know the pages are not valid. I never claimed they were. Its always been on my 'to do list'. But with everything its finding the time.

dave-a
18-09-2004, 12:09 PM
Originally posted by juvanescence
I know the pages are not valid. I never claimed they were. Its always been on my 'to do list'. But with everything its finding the time.

You could fix those issues in under 15 mins.

juvanescence
18-09-2004, 01:56 PM
Yea but it would take a lot longer to do the whole site (75 pages).

dave-a
18-09-2004, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by juvanescence
Yea but it would take a lot longer to do the whole site (75 pages).

Which is why you should have done it in the first place, the idea is you would only need to edit one page (the style sheet). And in an instant you provide living proof as to why it is necessary.

Now imagine I am your client and I need a similar update, I have to pay for you to update 75 pages now. You just ripped me off.

Incidentally there are utilities and tools you can use to mass update your pages, but again as a designer offering your services I am sure you are already well aware of this.

customsolutions
20-09-2004, 02:26 AM
A bit harsh, hope your not so mean to me dave-a ;-)

hirstys
20-09-2004, 09:33 AM
Just pointing out a serious issue.

To be honest, if we delivered a non compliant site to a customer I would expect them to turn around pretty much straight away and demand the fix for free, not least because we would have delivered a site that is not fit for purpose... Not only that, but how professional would the client see you as being if as a web developer you were not developing to the legal standards.

Regards


James
A4 Internet ltd

juvanescence
20-09-2004, 10:49 AM
These compliant issues are true. And in forsight I should have made it compliant.

However I am not a web developer, my main forte is print design. Which I have expanded to include web design which is not the same as being a developer or a programmer.

I do not appreciate my services being crapped on with assumptions.

If a client was not happy with the service that I provided I would either work free, or I would refund what was paid. This has never happened though.

dave-a
20-09-2004, 11:18 AM
Originally posted by juvanescence
These compliant issues are true. And in forsight I should have made it compliant.

However I am not a web developer, my main forte is print design. Which I have expanded to include web design which is not the same as being a developer or a programmer.


Why do you offer web design services then? I take it you work closely with established experianced/qualifed individuals when producing commercial sites?

I take it http://www.aukett.com are aware of the accessibility issues with their site and the fact that they are possibly losing business and stumbling into a legal grey area because of the work you carried out for them?

Stick to print and logos mate =)

juvanescence
20-09-2004, 11:23 AM
Yes, that site was programmed by a different company.

All I sent was a psd mock-up.

In answer to your question, yes for any projects needing specialist web programming I have indeed made a partnership with a company that can deal with the standards compliancy issues.

dave-a
20-09-2004, 11:37 AM
Good man :)

shamrocker
20-09-2004, 04:27 PM
Dave-a, Got anything positive to add to this forum?? Let these budding 'web designers' learn from examples of your work, this might be more helpful than simply criticising all the time. I'm not just pointing to this thread but to a few others where similar comments have been submitted by yourself. Give some advice - advice is not telling someone how **** they are, it's about telling them what steps thet need to take to improve themselves and to make their business better. Perhaps you need some advice on your social skills!

dave-a
20-09-2004, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by shamrocker
Dave-a, Got anything positive to add to this forum?? Let these budding 'web designers' learn from examples of your work, this might be more helpful than simply criticising all the time. I'm not just pointing to this thread but to a few others where similar comments have been submitted by yourself. Give some advice - advice is not telling someone how **** they are, it's about telling them what steps thet need to take to improve themselves and to make their business better. Perhaps you need some advice on your social skills!

I think you will find a lot of my comments have been advice, as well as a lot of reference material (linked and included across both threads). If they want help making their pages accessible I am also happy to help, which I think you will find I did by linking to reports with everything that is wrong with the page.

Please point out any personal attacks, or insulting comments I have made. All I have done is pointed out very valid areas of concern which have been enforced by others. The truth hurts I know, but thereís no use being anoyed at the sky being blue either. Thatís just the way it is. The orginal poster even agreed with my comments, so whats your beef boss?

My comments have been constructive, on topic and valid. Yours are a direct personal attack and not remotly connected to the topic =)