In web design, the learning never stops. Some of us designers see this as an opportunity, others as a hindrance. We have to keep up with the pace of ever-changing technology, techniques and trends in order to be competitive. In this fast-paced environment, we are bound to make mistakes—and mistakes can harm our reputation.
Heavy competition and ceaseless client demands make you susceptible to mistakes that you probably wouldn’t make otherwise. Here’s one possible remedy: put a list of common mistakes on your desk, and watch yourself carefully. Plenty are listed on the Internet, but they’re not organized well, which is the reason I wrote this post.
In posts that list common design mistakes, the points are often jumbled together. Many of the articles jump from topic to topic: not meeting deadlines, not scheduling tasks, careless coding, changing URLs for archived pages and so on. I was keen for my list to attack the problem directly, so I boiled the mistakes down to two categories: general mistakes and trade-specific mistakes.
Categorizing made all of the information scannable for me as a reader, and I’m sure you’ll agree when you’ve finished reading.