Ever wondered why perfectly good web designers sometimes produce *finished* (with the client happy and all) web designs that are total abominations?
It is true that some web designers are just not that good but I am convinced that most web designers know what they are doing. Well, I have some experience with web design and you may be surprised to find out the real reason for crappy and downright shameful websites is not the designer. It is the client.
When a client gets his/her hands dirty and starts directing one change after another on the ‘draft’ design, things almost always go from okay, to bad, to worse, and straight into web design hell.
Dear clients, I know you think you are doing the right thing, protecting your interests, etc etc but you have to realise that you are not a web designer! You hired the guy to do a job now let him do it – he/she probably knows what he/she is doing.
Every web design must have a certain “flow” to it so that, well, so that it looks good. Every time you suggest a change, you ruin this flow and the designer has to somehow try to bring it ‘back’.
If the designer was an engineer designing the turbine of a plane, would you have so many suggestions and “fixes”?
If you decide to hire someone, let that person do his job.