Posted 12.10.2016 @ 6.20AM
From a personal perspective I've not been a fan of social media for a while now, but kind of cling on as it would seem to be an essential channel required as a freelance web dude...
But wondering what folk's thoughts are on this, would it be realistic to work as a web services provider to small/medium businesses but not be on Social Media?
Posted 24.09.2016 @ 12.56AM (Edited 24.09.2016 @ 12.58AM)
Yeah there's no "if" anymore about mobile, it's mandatory, and as Dan says you need to be thinking mobile first.
And while your work may not be best presented at mobile size, there's every chance that someone will look at it first and foremost via mobile, so if you don't provide them with a positive experience first up it may not get further than that
Google will also reduce your ranking if your site is not mobile friendly.
Posted 23.09.2016 @ 5.55PM
Interesting discussion guys. @Dave I have gone through the same scenario with decisions on grids and whether to use flexbox. I tend to use it right now at a component level and for progressive enhancements and not major layouts unfortunately. Those IE numbers are slowly falling :)
This is also a good reference:
Posted 18.04.2016 @ 2.58PM
You're welcome @adamdesigns! It's certainly made coding (and testing!) a much more pleasurable for me.
@Dave I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it, because I suspect you're a stronger coder than I am so you're more likely to notice any weaknesses in the framework.
Posted 12.04.2016 @ 12.57PM
@JohnH, yes - you're going to feel really slow and really out of your depth for at least the first two years out of uni. The only way to get around this is to keep making things, and to talk to others about how they make things - take what they do well and incorporate it into your workflow.
I didn't learn about EDMs at uni, it was all about Macromedia Director in the multimedia classes I took (and they were elective). What I've learnt is on the job, via reading Sitepoint books and reading the Campaign Monitor and Sitepoint forums. @Dan is right - you'll keep learning throughout your career. It will continue to feel as uncomfortable as it does now, but your foundation of understanding will slowly grow.
Sounds like the studio who made EDMs in InDesign did so because they weren't confident building in Photoshop either. Everyone finds their own way around things, not all of those techniques are the most effecient in the long run ;) My workflow is like @Dave and @Adamdesigns - I code in Campaign Monitor if appropriate. If I'm coding from scratch I love to use because it sets the scene nicely: http://foundation.zurb.com/emails.html
Posted 27.03.2016 @ 1.27PM
What @Dave said. People are often shocked I don't use a Mac at home. Having the most basic knowledge in how a computer works has always lead to me being branded a "nerd", as if they're not a tool people have been using every day for the last ~20 years.
I've found that my PC crashes a lot less than the Macs I've visited in my freelancing travels. It's personal preference, and like @Kensmith said, the Ctrl / Cmd is the biggest issue you'll find.