Tips on Freelance Interface Design?

30 Sep 2007 - 5:24pm
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Joe Lanman
2007

Hello all,

My name's Joe Lanman - I'm a freelance web developer working in the UK.

I've been involved in the development of quite a wide variety of apps,
mainly learning tools and community sites, from design through to
development and testing.

However, I think I'd really like to focus on the interface-design side of
things and leave development to others - but I don't see many ads for UI
contracts in the same way there are plenty of short term projects for
PHP/Flash developers.

Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do freelancers
take on projects and then farm out the development to others?

Thanks in advance for any responses,

Joe

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30 Sep 2007 - 5:36pm
Joseph Selbie
2007

Joe,

I appreciate your situation. It took many years to build my company, and we
provide only the design side and client side code part of the equation -- no
back end development -- although we have teamed with other companies and
outsourced companies to provide the entire solution.

I don't have any specific tips for you other than to work your contacts.
Reach out to people you have worked with and ask for referrals to companies
hiring or contracting IX services, or just referrals to people that might
know someone inside their company that you could speak with about whether
they are buying IX services at this time or in the near future.

Freelancing, as you must know, requires a lot of hustle to get going. You
may need to just dive into some contracts that aren't exactly what you want
while continuing to search for optimal work.

Best of luck. The world needs more good IX design.

Joseph Selbie
Founder, CEO Tristream
Web Application Design
http://www.tristream.com

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Hello all,

My name's Joe Lanman - I'm a freelance web developer working in the UK.

I've been involved in the development of quite a wide variety of apps,
mainly learning tools and community sites, from design through to
development and testing.

However, I think I'd really like to focus on the interface-design side of
things and leave development to others - but I don't see many ads for UI
contracts in the same way there are plenty of short term projects for
PHP/Flash developers.

Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do freelancers
take on projects and then farm out the development to others?

Thanks in advance for any responses,

Joe
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30 Sep 2007 - 8:23pm
Omri Eliav
2004

My tip (worked when I was freelance), is to go the other way around.
Find an outsourcing (code) company as a client.

- The work will never end.
- You will get much bigger clients/projects than your (private)
average ones.
- They could boast with a "Design Process" and deliverables while you
get to practice.
- They can get a budget for design, within a project, finance your
work, and maybe even make some profit.

Everybody wins.

Another general tip is to use your set of skills to put the foot in
the door.

Good luck,
- Omri

On Oct 1, 2007, at 12:24 AM, Joe Lanman wrote:

> Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do
> freelancers
> take on projects and then farm out the development to others?

1 Oct 2007 - 12:16pm
Joe Lanman
2007

Thanks everyone for all your responses!

Some great tips and good links - this is a really nice community

Joe

On 01/10/2007, Omri Eliav <omri at guiguy.co.il> wrote:
>
> My tip (worked when I was freelance), is to go the other way around.
> Find an outsourcing (code) company as a client.
>
> - The work will never end.
> - You will get much bigger clients/projects than your (private) average
> ones.
> - They could boast with a "Design Process" and deliverables while you get
> to practice.
> - They can get a budget for design, within a project, finance your work,
> and maybe even make some profit.
>
> Everybody wins.
>
> Another general tip is to use your set of skills to put the foot in the
> door.
>
>
> Good luck,
> - Omri
>
>
>
> On Oct 1, 2007, at 12:24 AM, Joe Lanman wrote:
>
> Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do freelancers
>
> take on projects and then farm out the development to others?
>
>

1 Oct 2007 - 7:21pm
Ian Fenn
2007

> Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do freelancers
> take on projects and then farm out the development to others?

If you have the right experience, you're more likely to find yourself taking
a short freelance contract working for (and in the offices of) an existing
web agency. However, the market has been really quiet for the past three
weeks or so and most of the interactive design vacancies available seem to
be full-time staff roles.

If you don't have any specific previous experience as an interaction
designer, then you'd probably be best taking a staff role for a while to
gain the right experience 'on paper' before going freelance.

I hope this helps.

All the best,

--
Ian Fenn
Chopstix Media
http://www.chopstixmedia.com/

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2 Oct 2007 - 10:33am
Bill Fernandez
2007

Joe--

Assuming you've got the skills to deliver on the promise that you can
design good UIs, then you've got to market yourself as a UI designer
and attract the attention of those looking for that skill.

One way to do this is to build a website that is completely oriented
towards selling yourself as a UI designer and that is rich with
impressive examples of your UI design work. If you don't have a
portfolio of UI design projects then create some for yourself, and
put those in your online portfolio.

Then you've got to get people to view your site. Part of this is
standard website SEO work. But you can also write a UI blog, or
write a column for a trade journal, and get references to your
articles everywhere you can...

You can also approach people you've worked with in the past
(especially executives and senior managers) and say two things:
"I've started a business doing this..." and "do you know of anyone
that might need my services?" If they have a good opinion of you,
and if you don't put them on the spot by asking THEM for a job, then
they're very likely to give your request some thought.

If you're like most tech people this will be very hard for you, but
steel yourself to pull it off with panache, and you may be surprised
at how often you get a referral. Then follow up on the referral with
all the social and conversational skill you can muster.

Good luck,
Bill

At 11:24 PM +0100 9/30/07, Joe Lanman wrote:
>Hello all,
>
>My name's Joe Lanman - I'm a freelance web developer working in the UK.
>
>I've been involved in the development of quite a wide variety of apps,
>mainly learning tools and community sites, from design through to
>development and testing.
>
>However, I think I'd really like to focus on the interface-design side of
>things and leave development to others - but I don't see many ads for UI
>contracts in the same way there are plenty of short term projects for
>PHP/Flash developers.
>
>Does anyone have any tips? Are there UI agencies out there? Do freelancers
>take on projects and then farm out the development to others?

--

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