Like many of us out there that have been working on a project for a while, I am constantly in danger of forgetting why I have chosen to do what I do. This can happen to anyone who has been working on a project for a long time or spent a long time researching or learning about the project. As time move on we just forget why we were doing something and as time progresses we just keep going with the flow, instead of trying to find out why we are doing what we are doing. Traditions, procedure and protocol, and laziness come out of forgetting.
During a trip to the library I picked up a book that I thought would be a decent read. Something to help me help explain web development and user experience terminology to a client. This book has turned out to be amazing. It has reminded my why I chose to get into web design/development and has even expanded my thinking and gotten me out of the thought rut I was heading into. I am marking this as a must read for web developers, designers, business owners who are going to be web exclusive and anyone in Public Affairs, Relations or general Marketing.
The book is titled “The real business of web design” by John Waters. It is not the most current web book out there, but it has all of the timeless basics that anyone who is going to be operating a web business or a web developer should know. In just three days I devoured half the book and added a good dozen flags for things to remember. Things like; ensuring your words are short, sweet and to the point, re-establishing the phases of development and project management, and all kinds of other stuff.
Every chapter I read has helped remind me of why I chose to get involved in web design. Every word has either reinforced what I knew and has given pointers for finding out things that I did not know. Every page brightens the vision I have for my future and allows me to look beyond the hard times ahead.
Books and Libraries are just plain amazing.