5 Difficult Things I Have To Deal With As A Responsive Web Designer

03 May 13, Kelly N. Wilson

Yes it’s a hell lot of fun being a responsive web designer, but ask any responsive web designer out there, and they won’t have very pleasant replies to share about some things. As fun as it is, being a web designer, and a responsive web designer at that, can be quite time-consuming and challenging. Heck, it’s a totally different lifestyle not everyone can relate to.

1. Switching Off Mobile Phone’s Out Of The Question…Responsive Web Designers Always ‘Respond’

Switching Off Mobile Phone’s Out Of The Question…Responsive Web Designers Always ‘Respond’

The idea of just turning off my phone…hmm, sounds so good. But for responsive web designers, the phone has to stay on. It’s just that clients expect us to be on duty all the time, and we really don’t want an unhappy client at the end of the day just because the phone was off. At your service 24/7? Aye, responsive web designer!

2. Wherever I Go, My Project Goes With Me…

Wherever I Go, My Project Goes With Me…

One of the pitfalls of being a responsive web designer is that, like it or not, any project will come with me on the mobile phone. No more can I tell the client that I’m not at home or not close to an internet source since answering the mobile phone is an acknowledgement that I have the gadget to log onto your website and answer your queries.

3. I Just HAVE To Be The BEST. Period.

I Just HAVE To Be The BEST. Period.

Everyone knows how rapidly technology evolves. There was the iPhone at first, then came androids in many different sizes, and then came various versions of tablets. There’s just something new coming up every day that you need to adapt to, to be able to provide an all-inclusive package to your client. So taking a break is not an option. The only option is to do everything very, VERY well.

4. Business, Computers, Art…RWD Is A Little Bit Of Everything

Business, Computers, Art…RWD Is A Little Bit Of Everything

To be a good responsive web designer, one has to have it all. Not only should you have the skills and the creativity to come up with a well coded and well designed website that appeal to the audience, but you also need the business skills to get as many clients as possible. And media queries, CSS, fluid layouts and associated codes? Well, they might as well be our second mother tongue.

5. Clients Do Not Appreciate RWD At Times…

Clients Do Not Appreciate RWD At Times…

I have burned the candle at both ends trying to come up with some really great designs and well crafted code… at least that’s what I would think until the client would start his/her tirade of criticisms. The problem with responsive web design is that so many clients still fail to appreciate how RWD would provide an optimal experience for users across all devices. The client may not like your idea at all, or he may come up with an idea you really think would fail, but you just have to go with it because the client is so hell bent on it.

Having said all of that, I still love being a responsive web designer. I love making websites future-proof. I love the thrill every new project brings to me. No matter how unreasonable they may get, I love that smile on my clients’ face when they see a finished website. I even love pinch-zooming a website on my phone to see how it looks! RWD? I’m loving it!


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