Web Designer (Solo) Vs Web Design Firm – But He Said He Can Do it by Himself!
I wanted to briefly touch up on the difference between solo web designers and “
Using any test of statistics shows that a solo web designer is usually a *student* looking to obtain the experience in the design industry. In most cases they are still in the process of obtaining their degree or educational interest. In other situations the solo designer is one who has never applied their interest in joining a team of designers and using their knowledge to it’s greatest extent. This could either be by personal decision or because they do not work well around others. Regardless of the reason why they choose to work alone, in almost all cases the solo designer lacks the over-all knowledge to complete a project with the highest possible quality. The reason I say this is because one person is only one style. A designer is a form of artist, and as we well know from the history of wonderful paintings we have today…each artist is unique in their own ways. In other words, a designer is known for the design style they specialize in. This limits the options in terms of selection when shopping for a specific design. One person can only know or specialize in so much. Also you have to look at the technology they use.
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Security is another advantage when using a firm to design your site. A solo designer is only one person, and history shows that it is more difficult to challenge an army, than a single person. When you have multiple minds behind the design of your website, you know the security behind it all is going to be amazing. Of course nothing is perfect; and as a friend of mine one told me “as long as man can make it…man can find a way to break it”…but at least you will have an army to come to the rescue.
Cost is also something to consider. A solo designer might try to offer you a cheaper price than his competition…a price that sounds hard to pass up; but you have to consider what your paying for. In the world of design, the saying “you get what you pay for” has a lot of truth.
Finally, technology is another advantage to using a firm to design your website. A design firm usually has access to a large selection of technology; therefor, not limiting you on the results. A solo designer usually uses a single application or application suite, where a design firm uses multiple application packages, multiple computers, spanning multiple operating systems allowing them to develop and test within multiple environments (“options, options, options”).
There are of course many more advantages to choosing a design firm over a solo designer, however I did say I was going to briefly touch on these things so I will end it there.
Always remember that a website is a vital part of a companies presence. Just like a representing agent of your company, you are counting on it to provide your customers with a first (or general) impression. It is important that your website projects a fresh image that is appealing to the viewers, else it will reflect on your company in general.