[thelist] Re: Does web design have a future in 'high wage' countries? (was

smh at visioni.com smh at visioni.com
Fri Jul 23 15:08:00 CDT 2004

Excellent suggestion, Patrick!

Thank you for your positive thinking, Suzanne

> Then why not find other freelancers/what have you who complement your
> skills? You don't ask a carpenter to build the whole house by himself.
> patrick sanders
> http://www.stoutstreet.com
> web sites that fit
> Joel D Canfield wrote:
>>>Do we of the high wage countries have a future in this field? And if
>>>so, what will it look like?
>> I've also given this quite a bit of thought, which is why I'm getting
>> a realtor's license. I'll take we and database work if it comes along,
>> but I don't have the time to get and maintain cutting edge skills, and
>> that's where the future of web dev is, in 'high wage' countries.
>> I suspect beginners will always be able to sucker someone into a
>> $49.95 site, and there will be a certain amount of work for folks at
>> my skill levels, but not enough to live indoors and eat regularly. The
>> freelancers will fall more and more into very specialized categories.
>> How can a generalist compete with a specialist? A PHP expert can
>> always do the job faster, cheaper, and probably better than I. Someone
>> who works with shopping carts every day can certainly outperform
>> someone who only does it occasionally.
>> We've had quite a few discussions on this list about encouraging
>> prospects and clients to demand the best, in order to improve the
>> general quality of the web. Once the average web client knows the
>> difference between bad design and good design, it's a small step to
>> appreciating the difference between good design and great design.
>> I really love web and database work, but in the last year, I've
>> realized I don't have the time to develop *great* design skills, and I
>> don't want to spend the rest of my life struggling with mediocrity. As
>> is common in economic circles, web dev will polarize into inexpensive,
>> badly designed sites, and expensive, well-designed sites.
>> Perhaps if I could decide on a single thing to become an expert in, I
>> could still see myself in the picture.
>> joel
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