Posted 21.04.2017 @ 9.47AM
To add to what Dan wrote, I would take a lot more time to try to find out what is involved in the areas you're considering, and what it is you really want to do with your working life. As he suggested, they really are two very different areas, and I don't know of many (if any) that combine both to a level that they are professionally successful. You really need to focus on what you love doing, and aim to become the best you can at that, to be successful.
Posted 31.03.2017 @ 3.08PM
Not all accordions @THEUNDERDOG, only on some screens, and with the addition of a clear icon to indicate as such. But screen is same otherwise, groups of content broken up into segments, hence makes sense to carry across consistent design.
Posted 31.03.2017 @ 9.12AM
@JAMESB, @TREX, @THEUNDERDOG, appreciate the feedback and ideas, updated as per below.
I needed to have some type of "bar" type headings, as on other screens they can open and close like accordions, and also on the patient details edit screen there are a LOT of fields that weren't segmented enough with the title with just a thin line underneath (and wanting to keep the look consistent obviously).
Posted 24.03.2017 @ 4.52AM
Was hoping I could get some input/help on colours for this online medical app interface I'm designing. Never been great with colour schemes, and I think an app is the next step up the difficulty ladder from a website in this regards.
The client loves the wavy coloured lines on the white/light grey (the logo I've blanked out for obvious reasons), so that part is staying. But I have a feeling that the blue-green that I've carried over from the menu icons to the table headings might be a bit much, but have tried some other colours and nothing works yet for me.
The sub-menu on the right I will be adding icons for each one, a little spacing, maybe a light grey line between each, though any suggestions on this or anything else most welcome.
I'm using Bootstrap, so you will see some of the elements are default bootstrap colours, which I don't mind, but will likely go through towards the end and see if they should be changed too, so any suggestions there also more than welcome.
Posted 15.03.2017 @ 5.25AM
Some thoughts to keep in mind, none of which require any technical know how:
- If a provider is not able to communicate with you in "layman", non-technical jargon, and explain everything to you CLEARLY so you can understand it fully, then they are not someone you should choose to work with. And they should be able to do this from even initial discussions on some of the functionality you might be looking for, before you reveal anything that would require an NDA.
ie. Ask them to explain, in non-technical "layman" terms, what they use to build their websites with. Someone you would want to work with could explain this to anyone.
- They should be able to provide verifiable client referrals you can contact and talk to, to get an idea of what they are like to work with. Again, of they cannot provide this find someone else.
- Take a good look at the work they show you. Make sure you, as a non-technical but "general" web user, find them easy to use, the information easy to find, and that they work on desktop, tablet, and mobile well.
- You should find them easy and comfortable to talk with, and not hesitant or evasive at all.
The above would be good starting points.
I'm not sure I agree with Bjarni's comment above about needing to be a team necessarily. It doesn't sound like that huge a web build, though the planning of development would need to be done well, so would certainly need to be someone with experience of working on similarly sized projects.
Posted 24.04.2017 @ 3.41PM
Wow, @Dave and @Dan agreeing. That would be enough to convince me.
I agree, dev isn't something you can just learn and enjoy. It would be like me buying a pencil and notepad, doing a course on drawing and thinking I'll be an illustrator.
If you are an analytical person who can work out how another person problem solves, then integrate that into your method, go for it. Otherwise you'll probably end up on cookie cutter, process driven projects that won't stimulate your creative side.
Posted 03.04.2017 @ 3.45PM
@dave - much better.
If the client wants it to 'pop' with a bit of 'wow factor' - then you could always change the font to @jamesb 's warehaus/rave font...
@trex - love you work as always. When I grow up, I want to design like you.
Posted 31.03.2017 @ 4.31PM
@Dave yeah agreed.
@TRex depends on the client/job. This website was a very small project so I did it 100% pro-bono. Normally for bigger projects I take off 40% but it all depends who it's for and if they have any income to speak of.