Whenever I tell somebody in Manchester that I work in Wigan, they can’t fathom it. They think it’s such a long way to go to work everyday (despite the fact that many people make the reverse trip).
For me, the task of designing websites and building them is really enjoyable so being given the opportunity to do exactly that for a big company is a no-brainer.
The other reason, is that I wanted to prove to the world that designing websites in the correct manner: accessible, usable, conforming to web standards was the way forward and that by designing sites this way the company behind the sites wouldn’t lose any sales.
I must admit, I have a real passion for web design and the buzz of building websites that thousands of people a day see is fantastic. Before going to the JJB interview I said to myself, this job will have to be something really special for me to go through the driving rigmarole everyday – especially because I despise driving. After the interview I was convinced that if JJB wanted me I would be unable to turn the job down.
At work there isn’t really anyone above me in terms of web design. Yes, there’s an Internet Manager and I report to the Marketing Director but to a certain extent I can implement most of my ideas without anyone asking me why I’m doing that, or whether or not it’s worth it.
Addicted to web design?
I love web design a little too much and I think I might be addicted. Like most web designers I can’t stop looking at web stats and I’m constantly checking how changes I’ve made are doing even in the evenings, weekends and when I’m on holiday. My brain is constantly switched on so I’ll get an idea on a Sunday afternoon and I can’t help but start playing around with it and I find it extremely different to get to the end of a textbook without experimenting with the technical ideas discussed it and going off on a tangent.
So that’s why I do it, now it’s your turn. Why do you like web design?