An Article Pair
There’s two new articles out on the web this week: “Better Invoices for Better Business” (published by A List Apart) and “Why Your Client Cares About Web Standards” (published on graphicPUSH).
It always interests me how I handle my “free” time. I spend my day in front of a big 20” LCD designing in-house marketing materials—brochures, PowerPoint, icons and a sizable website. I wake up two hours before I go to work specifically to get stuff done. I stay up several hours after dinner to get more stuff done. But it’s a constant two step forward, one step back thing—just as I scratch one thing off the list, in squeeze five more as the door to my schedule is left open just a second. This is a fairly consistent survey of my daily work activities:
- Freelance design
- Working on my active sites
- Self-promotional design
- Writing articles
What’s interesting is that out of those items, my favorite is writing. Maybe because I live in Photoshop and InDesign all day at work, but I love sitting down and putting words to paper/screen. And not even creative writing, mind you, but really boring business and technology articles that would send most people straight into a catatonic state.
That being said, I have two really boring new articles making their way onto the web this week:
- Better Invoices for Better Business. This one is published by A List Apart and concerns best practices for invoicing clients. Not too exciting, but for freelancers or those running small design shops, it’s a pretty good read.
- Why Your Client Cares About Web Standards. This is a critical look at the business value of web standards, and how to translate the technical jargon into what the client needs to hear. I consider this far more important than the first one, and applicable to every web developer. Pass this one along.
The guys over at ALA did a super job on their new CMS, so please post any comments on the first article there. Since my “CMS” is a half-assed, spam-harvesting installation of Movable Type, I have no comments on articles. Please express your basking commendations in this news item, or message me directly. I get a lot of e-mail, so don’t be shy. Most are selling me Ci@i|s or scantily clad women, so it’s nice to find an actual, real-life comment from a reader.