Design is more than just making your website look good. It’s about strategy, the user experience, trends, best practices, and about creating a design and layout that works exactly for your brand, and your audience. Everything from planning and strategy to the final Photoshop file (PSD) for your website’s design is included.
I also create WordPress themes, bundled with my design services or given a design file I can convert it into a fully-functional WordPress website. I have experience ranging from the simplest blog websites, to large-scale and content-heavy websites. I can also do theme customizations if you already have a pre-made theme in mind.
All new web designers, developers, or whatever are excited to take on their first client. I remember my first client years ago, and how ready I thought I was to take on the world. (Or at least the small startup I got to work on.) When I got more into the project, though, I realized I had a lot more to learn. I believe every person in this industry (freelance or not) learns the most from their first client.
What did you learn from your first client project?
What did the project entail, did you learn any hard lessons, or did you learn valuable lessons about managing projects or the work you like to do? Was it a success? A failure? How does it affect your work today?
This is an open thread post where I’d love to hear everyone’s experiences and thoughts on the subject. Please, no client details (we don’t want to burn bridges), just stories.