The Funny Thing About Being a Web Designer

Or rather, a few funny things:

  • For some inexplicable reason, people are willing to pay thousands of dollars for you based on the design of your site, but feel the need to clarify that the orange you’re using is two shades off.
  • As I’m the traveling type, I rarely have a chance to meet face-to-face with my clients, and the vast majority of them are fine with this. Now and then I’ll get a potential client, however, that isn’t comfortable with working with me unless we meet in person, which unfortunately means we don’t do business. I can understand this, because it is a lot of money exchanging hands. I do find this hilarious though, when the person is looking for an e-commerce site. They don’t want to do business strictly online but they expect their customers to do so.
  • Many people require the star wipe. This saying comes from my days working in TV production, where the editors would purposely throw in a really lame star wipe transition so that the higher ups could have something to contribute. “Looks great, Ron. Get rid of that star wipe and we’ll be ready to air.” People feel like they need to have some input.

This is all in jest of course, I don’t mind any of the above happenings, it’s all part of the job, and to be honest, I woke up at 9am today, had breakfast with my son, and will probably be done working for the day around 1pm, so I really don’t have that much to complain about. I just find it all a bit hilarious at times.

Maybe the next time my plumber comes over, though, I’ll tell him I want a P pipe instead of an S pipe. Or perhaps I’ll let the bike shop guy who’s giving our peddlers a tune up this week that I’d prefer if he tuned things up in the parking lot rather than in his shop. No, on second thought, I’ll just set up an outhouse and take up skateboarding.

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