I was reminded of a basic, fundamental aspect of professionalism recently. I think this applies to any line of service work, no matter what the industry or client.
I had a bad experience this weekend with a contractor who was supposed to come to our house and do some work on some trees. They were supposed to show up at an appointed time, but didn’t. I called 45 minutes later, and I was told that they were at another job site, and would call back in a couple hours. They didn’t. It was basically radio silence all day long.
By the time I eventually did hear from the contractor, I had already reached out to another arborist to do the work instead.
I’ve been thinking of myself more and more lately as a craftsperson. I’ve officially taken on the title “front end developer” as opposed to “web designer”, though I still do get the opportunity to design in my current projects.
As a front end developer, the things I take pride in tend to all be matters of how something is achieved, rather than deciding why it exists.
After a long, long delay, I’ve finally launched a redesign to this site. I’ve been gradually picking away at it for several months, and I’m thrilled to finally have it up.
The overall feel I was going for was “eclectic”, without being messy. I wanted to have some energy in the design, while still allowing a user to focus on the writing (it is a blog, after all).
This design was meant from the get-go to be responsive, so it changes with the context of the device that you are viewing it on. Responsive design is a big buzz word in the web design community, but I personally a fan of the approach.