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 11.03.2017 @ 2.14AM
Placements during relevant courses (rather than just school work experience) is the only time I could accept not being paid, and for a very short period, and then it also relies on the time being well supervised by the education provider to ensure the student is doing more learning rather than working. It can happen, and does, but not all the time due often to either budgets or laziness of education provider (and lack of morals of the placement company).
Posted 16.02.2017 @ 3.02PM (Edited 16.02.2017 @ 3.06PM)
::My take on it is that bad mouthing someone - as much as they deserve it - can make you look bad too.::
Outside of the legal aspect (which is real, even if smaller companies may not pursue it), once you start publicly "shaming" anyone online, apart from losing any "higher ground" you may have held, you also run the risk of having that happen to you in return, which could also be based on "facts" but exaggerated, such as the one time you were a day late delivering something, you get accused of delivering work late ..etc. Or maybe they just post that your work was sub-standard, which is subjective so would be very hard to try to sue them for them posting that.
::Thing is, is it wrong or illegal to name and shame if the content of a post is factual?::
This isn't the only factor legally. If your "shaming" of them has caused more damage to their business/higher loss of income to them than what was owed, you run the risk of being held liable for that outcome.
And with your UK example above, if the client being sued takes evidence of that guy posting their name publicly prior to going to court, that could very much have an impact on the outcome of that, if the judge believes that public comment has caused damage to the business being "shamed".
In the end, as with any client service business, the service provider has to put up with a lot of crap, it's part of the job. The options you do have without sinking into the mire is to invoice up front every time (if you have a client that repeatedly needs urgent stuff then tell them they need to have a "credit" with you to avoid delays), pursue any outstanding payments via legal means, or simply choose not to work with a particular client.
Posted 26.03.2017 @ 7.05PM (Edited 26.03.2017 @ 11.23PM)
@dave - I think the colours are looking fine atm. If you were worried about them being too much, maybe you could make the coloured bars just grey and then have the colour in the text on the bars. I hope that makes sense? Haha
just had some fun playing with my typeface I'm working on plus some photoshop
Posted 16.02.2017 @ 7.43AM
It's funny this should come up as on another design forum I slum it on the same topic came up there.
Do not work for this person/company.
I did a job for XXXXX at XXXXX last Summer.
I kaven't been paid.
Client not replying to calls/e-mails.
Taking them to Small Claims Court.
In contrast they've named and shamed the person and the company warning others not to work for them.
I searched the name of the company on Facebook and there were lots of the same warnings from other people that were in the same boat.
Not sure if the difference here is that it's a UK company on a UK forum/Facebook?
The forum admin's reaction was basically:
"If they read this post and request it be taken down then we will....after they pay you".
I'm not playing devils advocate here as my legal knowledge isn't that good but I agreed with the OP and the admin for warning other designers and I guess any of us would.
I also get what @DAVE is saying and urging caution about what you say on a social platform.
Thing is, is it wrong or illegal to name and shame if the content of a post is factual?
I've been ripped off in the same way once before and it stings.
It makes me re-affirm my mantra.
"50% up front. 50% before hand over"
Now I just need to listen to myself. O_0
Posted 04.12.2016 @ 12.16PM (Edited 04.12.2016 @ 12.19PM)
Hi @Dave thanks for you reply, only checked this thread today, my email is email@example.com.
Posted 09.11.2016 @ 9.51AM
Hey @Dave - Can I also have a gander at that contact of yours? hire.me[at]elasticdesign.co.nz
@Monkee - I seem to remember there's a thread for Sydney peeps with some recommendations too.