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Awesome article Mike.
One of the major issues many of us designers face is that we aren’t allowed the creative control that we’d like on a website. Fortunately, many of the designs you’ve worked on have been for organisations with great understanding of design whereas, most other designers get stuck doing working for people who may be a little more old school.
For example, I’m creative director at a small agency, as well as a freelancer in my spare time, and even though that’s my job title, clients still ask for that ‘web 2.0’ look and just won’t listen to the advice given to them about modern design because they’re so very stubbern. So, I think a major problem is trust with us guys – people don’t trust us when really, they should completely trust us because we know what we’re doing. It’s a real catch 22.
Fortunately, my main client (freelancing) recognises that he doesn’t know design and lets me do whatever I want. Unfortunately, I cant put the designs in my portfolio until some time late next year (gr.).