Over the last few years I have been designing and developing websites as a hobby and a way of earning an income. In these years I have never had a shortage of ideas for personal projects that at one time I thought would make a good website or app. In fact, so many ideas were popping into my head I decided to create a list for them so that I could keep track.
The following was featured in the Business North newspaper on April 5, 2012.
It takes most entrepreneurs years to build up the confidence to strike out and start their own business. One young person, Peter Merrill, decided there was no time like the present to reach for his dream.
The following appeared in the Superior Telegram newspaper on March 9, 2012 as well as the Duluth News Tribune on March 10, 2012.
A high school hobby led Northwood School graduate Peter Merrill down a career path. The Minong teen taught himself to build websites while he was in high school. By his senior year, Merrill had launched his own social networking site, thirdie. He recently sold the site, which boasted 3,100 members at the time, and used that money to start his own web design company, Design Us All LLC.
We hope that this article will help web designers understand the importance of project research and what planning needs to be done before starting the design and developmental phases.
Many web designers get off to a bad start by creating mockups of what they think their client will want. This behavior is not sustainable and will lead to the failure of a project. Every web designer needs to open their minds and dig deep into their client’s industry in order to learn about what they are trying to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this will make it easier to better understand a client’s goals, competitors, and business plan.
Through this blog, we will write about our experiences, mobile/web design, and anything that we find interesting.
We thought it would be appropriate to use the same information in this entry as is found on the “About” page. Because this is our first blog entry, we would like to take this time to properly introduce ourselves and tell you more about our background.