Networking online has become easier and more beneficial with so much open communication. Internet users love to share ideas which you can find all throughout blogs and web forums. But aside from hanging out and having fun online there is real business to be done.
In this guide I want to share some of my ideas working in a collaborative web team. Pairing up with one or two other talented individuals is the best way to create outstanding project works. You can learn a lot from other designers and share tips between each other. You'll find that collaborating on projects can be a lot of fun and is probably the best way to meet other work-driven individuals in your field.
There's no doubt that two heads are better than one. And when it comes to building a website this rule is standard convention.
Two web designers can bring a set of totally different skills to the table. Consider collaborating in a team of 3 or even 4 designers/developers! You can quickly see how your shared experience comes together in a powerful opportunity. Each person will be more equipped to handle a different piece to the puzzle - CSS styles, coding HTML, Photoshop graphics, illustrations, vector icons, etc.
Just be sure you are using these techniques to your advantage. Squabbling with your teammates is how projects slow to a grinding halt. Listen to each other and plan ahead for who will be working on what role.
Cutting Project Timelines
When I was younger freelancing was such an exciting field to jump into. I got to work on all kinds of different projects and had complete control over the programming and functionality.
But as you grow older and more experienced time becomes a necessity. You have to be careful with each day and spread out your workload evenly. When working on a collab project the time required to finish such work is greatly reduced. You would be shocked how quickly two sets of hands can type compared with just one.
Another great point to mention is mixing design styles. Each web designer is ultimately unique in their preferences for building a website. Fixed widths, flexible layouts, 1/2/3/4 columns, side navigation, the list goes on and on.
If you have trouble compromising with other ideas then you may not enjoy this as much. When working together on a design you'll have to bow down every so often and throw away some of your own ideas. This can be rough - especially if you really love your style of design! But keep in mind that you're working for the project and not for yourself.
You want to please clients with the end result and this should be your bottom line. Motives aside you can quickly gather feedback from your partner about how your ideas mesh into the current website. You need to work with somebody you can trust and feel comfortable sharing feedback of your own.
Always Keep Learning
Remember that freelancing is just a tool for work or higher education. Even just as humans on Earth we are here to live and learn lessons. And the best way to get information is by sharing with other people!
Fortunately the Internet has allowed us to connect with each other from continents away. This is such a blessing that newbies in any field can partner with others around the world and learn a few tricks of the trade. Even moderate-to-experienced web designers do not understand everything. And you should never stop searching for true knowledge.
Brilliant-minded people often find themselves working with other bright individuals. When collaborating with other designers use this to your advantage and ask questions! You can learn so much from other designers and build respectful friendly relationships.
Ideas Come to Life
I have launched plenty of startups online and the more you work the more you begin to understand. But I have always felt that partnering with 2 or 3 people can improve the quality of any website idea.
I feel such energy coming together brings out another part of my creative mind. And this is the case with many designers who can openly express their ideas and build them quickly. It's difficult to put these feelings into words, but when you spend time working with another creative professional you should understand.
You'll feel more invigorated and excited to jump into any project. Over time you can develop a close bond with other designers & developers. You both know how to tackle a project and have no troubles splitting the workload. If you're ever serious about collaborating on design projects strive to build a lifelong connection with your partners.
There is so much to experience and it's unlikely you can enjoy this all by yourself. It feels good to receive credit for the entirety of a website, and there is always time for more solo work. But try not to push aside the realistic power of a creative web design team.
There are so many benefits to collaborating with other designers on web projects. There are certainly benefits to working by yourself as well - you get majority control and have the ability to manage every aspect of the website. But when you can let go of this need to control it's so relieving to understand you have a partner to bounce ideas off. Along with the points listed here feel free to share your thoughts on collaborative web design in our post discussion area.
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