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Mobile Web Design Tips & Trends

Mobile Web Design Tips & Trends

In this episode, we were lucky enough to have Patrick McNeil, the author of The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book sit down with Wes for a chat about the latest trends in the ever evolving world of mobile web design. We go over the basics of mobile web design methodologies and frameworks, and we discuss the current state of mobile, and why it’s only getting more and more important going forward. We then talk about some of the more popular trends that are emerging in regards to mobile, as well as some important usability concerns that you would want to address in the design process.

Want to win a free signed copy of The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book? We are giving away 4 free copies! Just leave a comment below by Monday, Nov. 18th to be entered to win.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to our 4 winners!

 

As always, we answer two new listener questions about client holiday gifts, and how to avoid being asked to do valuable web design work at a minimum wage job.

Here are some screenshots from the book, highlighting a few different styles we address in the interview:

Superclean Style

superclean mobile

Minimal Style

minimal mobile

Flax Pixels Style

flat pixels mobile

Atypical Navigation Style

atypical

Image credits: The above images are from The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book by Patrick McNeil. ©2013, HOW Publishing. All rights reserved.

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Micah Hansen

November 11, 2013

Hey Wes, love the show! Please enter me in the drawing for the free mobile web design book.

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Jose Galue

November 11, 2013

I will love one of these books, also i love the show. Thank you

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Tim Morrison

November 11, 2013

Woooohoooooo!!! Put me down for a book!!!!

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Gabby michel

November 12, 2013

Hi guys, once again…great episode. I do have my collection of his reg web books and i love them def need to get this one.

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Jeff Napadow

November 12, 2013

Hey gang, keep up the great work. I’m glad I found your podcast. I’m already implementing some new ideas. Put me down for the book!

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Ricardo Diaz

November 12, 2013

I would love to have the book. I’m a huge fan of this series

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James Lucas

November 12, 2013

I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years and still learn stuff from your podcast. Thanks for all of your hard work. I would love to receive the book.

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Mark Jackson

November 12, 2013

Awesome podcast. This was my favorite so far.

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Barton Designs

November 12, 2013

Awesome podcast today!! I subscribe and listen right when they come out. Currently I’m working on improving my clients mobile prescience… It would be awesome if you could send a signed copy my way!! 😀

Best wishes from Northern California,

Joshua Barton
Barton Designs

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Sarah

November 12, 2013

Thanks for another great episode. Please enter me in the drawing for Patrick McNeil’s new book.

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Marc Roderick

November 12, 2013

Just stumbled on your podcast a few weeks ago. Absolutely loving it. I would also love a copy of the book.;)

Thanks!
Marc

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Stu

November 12, 2013

Another fantastic episode. Who wouldn’t want a free book? I certainly do! Good luck everyone.

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Brianna Allison

November 12, 2013

Love your show, and this interview was great. Thank You!

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Dave

November 12, 2013

I will be checkin out your podcasts and I cant wait to get my hands on that book to

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Alan

November 12, 2013

Great episode, love the show.

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Phil

November 13, 2013

Hi everyone. I listen to every episode since discovering it earlier this year. While i am personally not a graphic designer, i sell websites and marketing services and serve as a liaison on projects between client and design / development team. It seems like virtually every episode, you broach topics that are timely – and by having three opinions – offer nuanced approaches to managing clients as well a particular medium. Mobile is most certainly an essential component of all development work now – as most all clients are expecting their sites to work perfectly on all screens. however, when there is dynamic, database driven content – like in real estate – or custom e-commerce solutions required, it’s not always so clear whether one should use a responsive approach to the original site or build a separate mobile one. This episode was certainly helpful because when you hear other professionals discuss the confounding factors, it provides more conviction that there really isnt an exact map, but rather a compass from which to guide your decision making. The piece about navicons was particularly helpful, especially since many sites we encounter are large and full of excess pages and copy.

One suggestion for a future episode or even just a listener questions is your take on is landing page conversion and whether you’ve worked with any of these optimization strategies while working with seo firms or other agencies that specialize in sales / squeeze pages. Oftentimes, the ones Ive researched or receive info on when opting in to their email funnel look jarring and cheap – though if they do in fact work in terms of image and content placement – could be duplicated albeit enhanced in a more fashionable way.

Anyhow – keep up the great work! I feel your collective pain on all the PITA client stories but more importantly, your show helps me sharpen the lens from which a designer looks at clients / project work, which in turn helps me work better with both the client and graphic designers.

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Scotty

November 13, 2013

Great episode. I love the Idea books, and I always enjoy hearing from the creator of something about what it meant to them. I’d be thrilled to win one of the Mobile Idea books.

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Joseph Serrani

November 13, 2013

Love the show, interesting conversation. It feels like web is always playing catchup because the second it’s online is the second it’s out of date.

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Andrew Raby

November 13, 2013

great show the interview was awesome keep up the good work

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Joe Chavez

November 13, 2013

Hi Wes! I would love to win the free mobile book!
Keep up the good work I love the show!

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Russell Heimlich

November 13, 2013

I hope I win. I submitted an idea for the book. I hope it is included.

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Travis

November 13, 2013

I have a few of Patrick’s other books. They are great! Please enter me for an opportunity to win this one.

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Stuart Ridgway

November 13, 2013

Hi.
I’d love a copy of the book please (feel cheeky asking!)
Thanks

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Arun

November 13, 2013

Great interview. The screenshots look great too.

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Quoc Nguyen

November 13, 2013

It was an interesting interview!

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Steffan

November 13, 2013

I ordered my The Web Designer’s Idea Book Vol3 after catching up on your podcasts, and now I’m itching to take a look at the mobile one. The company that I’m working with have just gone past the 100 apps in the app store mark, which is big news for us, so it would be great to make the next 100 even more inspiring with some help from the mobile book.

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Manny Jasus

November 13, 2013

Great podcast! Please enter me in the free book contest as well.

Thanks!

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Lilia

November 13, 2013

Would be grateful to get the free copy of your book! Thanks for the chance! And luck to everyone!

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NoelMcG

November 13, 2013

Would lov a copy of the book, great podcast as well, cheers!!

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    NoelMcG

    November 13, 2013

    * love

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Jabran Shakil

November 13, 2013

I want to win once in my life, dammit!! Lol

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Madhu Sharma

November 13, 2013

This book looks excellent. Can’t wait for the release.

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Donna

November 13, 2013

Excited about the release of the new book! Please enter me in the free book contest!

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vilaysith

November 13, 2013

http://bit.ly/1coPab4
My Kindle library is waiting for The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book :)

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Peter Pop

November 13, 2013

Love your books!

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justin

November 13, 2013

Great podcast. Looking forward to adding this book to my collection.

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Junsheng Cheng

November 13, 2013

Nice snapshots! Looking forward to it.

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Jeff Clairmont

November 13, 2013

Great podcast! Hope to win a book! If not I’ll probably still buy one 😉

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steph curran

November 13, 2013

Hi-
Please enter me into the drawing!! I love these books!

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Alex

November 13, 2013

Hi!
Great Idea!
I would like to read your book!

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Mathew Porter

November 13, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed the previous iterations of the ‘web designers idea book’ so sure this will be the same, great for times of ‘designer block’!

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Carrie

November 13, 2013

Congrats on the new book! It looks AWESOME 😀

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Vicki

November 13, 2013

I learn a lot from your books, would love to win the latest!

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Stasy Meclazcke

November 13, 2013

It’s a really good book to inspire designers (as well as developers) on how to make a really good looking site. Some of the examples in the previous books inspired me to make my site look good like this: https://www.phpstrap.in/toolbox2/toolbox/index.php . I literally use the book everyday.

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John Braunstein

November 13, 2013

First time listening and I’m glad I found the podcast.

I would love to win The Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book as I am currently involved with a few mobile projects right now.

Thanks

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Scott Kasallis

November 13, 2013

The WDIB series is a great resource, the mobile edition should be just as valuable!

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Videlin Nikolov

November 13, 2013

I’m a big fan of Patrick since the Design Meltdown and The Daily Slurp. I’m pretty sure that the book will be amazing.

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eddieNtheWorld

November 13, 2013

Looking forward to the new collections!!!

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Nancy Wu

November 13, 2013

A book like this is perfect, and just in time! (Please pick me thanks!)

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Brandon Reader

November 13, 2013

New book looks great! Definitely a good resource for modern mobile design.

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John Collins

November 13, 2013

love this book series and can’t wait to see their take on the mobile market!

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Rae

November 13, 2013

Congrats on the new book! Looking forward to some new inspiration. :)

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Michelle

November 13, 2013

Would love to win a copy of the book! Count me in! I can always use fresh ideas and inspiration for my next web project. Thanks for the contest.

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Jhona

November 13, 2013

brilliant show everyone! it’d be a great opportunity to get one of those books ae

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Erin O’Toole

November 13, 2013

Thanks Patrick, nice talk, great points about mobile and design.

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David

November 13, 2013

I’d love to get a copy of that book and all his other books while I’m at it :)

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silvia

November 13, 2013

I have the other books ~ wanna get the mobile web design book!! : D

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Maru Stephens

November 13, 2013

This is awesome :)
I want to win this book!
*crossing fingers*
And good look to all of you!

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Phil Appenzeller

November 13, 2013

Definitely need this one for my collection! Please put me down for a copy!

Thanks!

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Annabelle Foo

November 13, 2013

Great podcast, I found it really interesting and informative.

Looking forward to the release of the Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book! Would love to get a copy of it!

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Ashley

November 13, 2013

Got the Web Designer’s Idea Book after you guys recommended it and I LOVE it. Would love to get to check out this one as well! So cool to hear from the author.

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Elizabeth Hossain

November 13, 2013

I can’t wait for my copy of the Mobile Web Designer’s Idea Book.

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Cade Collister

November 13, 2013

Love the books, Patrick! My agency was actually listed in your Web Ideas Book Vol 2. I’d love a copy of your new book!

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Tucker Joenz

November 13, 2013

These books are a must for anyone working with websites, getting inspiration for websites or wanting to get a look at what is good practice for personal sites. I have been grabbing these books since they started and use them religiously. I have even had a few places I contract with order them for their staff to get inspiration :) Keep them coming!

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Yasmine

November 13, 2013

Would love a copy!

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Brandy Montague

November 13, 2013

Love your podcast and eagerly watch for it every time a new one comes out. This interview with the author was fantastic. Please enter me into the drawing for a free copy of the book too. Thanks!!

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Kurt Moskjaer Andersen

November 13, 2013

Very nice books with lots of inspiration. Would really like to win a copy.

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Wilbur

November 13, 2013

Oh wow, I will have to make a point of coming here more often and also acquiring that book will be legend!

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Amit Khera

November 14, 2013

would Love to have a copy of this & winning a free one would be icing on cake :)

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Pete Jones

November 14, 2013

I’ve been building responsive sites for a while now and I’ve been looking for a decent podcast. Looks like I’ve found a good podcast and also an opportunity to get a free book in the process!

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Sasa Huzjak

November 14, 2013

Can’t wait to get my hands on this new one, I’m sure it will be a blast, just like the other ones 😉

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Claire Hahn

November 14, 2013

I would love to win that book :-)

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Paul Brown

November 14, 2013

Looking good! Great idea!

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Enrico

November 14, 2013

Great insights about mobile apps as a whole. I normally lump them in with ‘apps for mobile devices’ without thinking about it, but it really is its own beast.

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Gwen

November 14, 2013

Love it!

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Brandon Bakken

November 14, 2013

How have I never heard of this guy? I am currently studying interactive design and would love to have this book to improve my studies and get some inspiration.

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Brandon

November 14, 2013

Always excited for a new Mcneil Book, the best visual examples of good website content!

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Ben Lamb

November 14, 2013

Great stuff – enter meeee!

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David

November 14, 2013

Hey Guys,

Love the show! Always a good source of inspiration! I hope to win one of the books. If not I’m always a fan. Keep it up!

Thanks,
David Pineda

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Brian Lopes

November 14, 2013

Wes love your show all the way from Hawaii, just recently discovered it on iTunes. Great content and guest. Please enter me in one of those books. Thanks.

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Fabian_P

November 14, 2013

Great session, Wes I give you credit for asking great questions and keeping the interview flowing nicely. keep the great work up!!!

Fabs

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Nate

November 14, 2013

Could always use more reading / inspiration, a new book would be awesome!

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June Nylin

November 15, 2013

Great preview shots from the book – looking forward to seeing it soon!

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Najomie

November 15, 2013

How exciting !

From Montreal, Canada, I would LOVE to win one of these.
This book would be super useful !

Good luck everyone :)

And great show team !

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Sheelah

November 15, 2013

Would love to get a copy of this for more web design ideas :)

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Michelle

November 15, 2013

Hi Wes! I love listening to your show!! would love to win this book to help me to learn and improve mobile design!

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Derek

November 15, 2013

Hey Wes! Love the podcast. I wish you did it more frequently! Throw my name in the drawing bowl would ya?!

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Beckie Kirker

November 15, 2013

Love these books and the interview was great. Thinking winning thoughts! :)

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AJ

November 15, 2013

Great show, wish the interview audio quality was better but still great info. Thanks!

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Brendan Donnelly

November 15, 2013

Love the show, especially the ones with Sam. Keep ’em coming!

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LilianaS

November 15, 2013

I love mobile design, Hope to win a book! :)

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Karen

November 15, 2013

This year I’ve just started getting my hand into mobile and responsive web designs for our company, and I would love to win for one of the copy to crave for my inspiration bugs :) thanks Wes. Love your show as always!

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Jennifer M.

November 15, 2013

This would be awesome to win!

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Eric Robinson

November 16, 2013

You guys are awesome! I recently got a full time job at a design firm, mostly doing web design, and i attribute a lot of my knowledge that got me the job to things i have learned and best practices learned from the show!

Thanks so much for the podcast!

P.S. BRANDON WE MISS YOUR HUMOR!

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Brittany

November 16, 2013

Love the podcast – great inspiration! Count me in to win!

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Daniel

November 16, 2013

This looks awesome, really craving to have one copy of that book, I really don’t have a lot to book because I only buy the ones that I know I’ll be using continously… and this one seems to be like that….

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Pauline

November 17, 2013

Already have one of Patrick’s other book, would love to win the mobile book.

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Otto Graf

November 18, 2013

I have two Patrick’s books. I find them interesting and a great overview.

Otto

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Kiw Ajibo

November 18, 2013

Would love to win on of your books, since the other ones have been lovely :-)

/ Kiw

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Airrick Dunfield

November 21, 2013

Love the show. I listen to it on my way to school most days, gets me excited about design.

– Airrick

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Shelly Page

November 21, 2013

Thanks for the dose of down to earth design chats and inspiration. I’ve been a listener since day one!

Thanks guys.

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Jason Johnson

December 1, 2013

Hey folks! I only just started listening to the podcast today so, sorry for the lateness of this comment.

Thanks for reading the listener question about how to tell your employer you can’t do design work for them for the same minimum wage rate they pay you to make signs etc.

I wanted to add that depending on the jurisdiction it’s possible that what the employer is asking for may not even be legal.

I had a similar experience about a year ago. After doing some research I learned that in Oregon, where I live, it’s against the law for a business to contract out work of any kind to a current employee.

I was able to use that information to get out of an employer/client relationship that had turned surprisingly unpleasant. On a more positive note, that knowledge has also helped me negotiate a two-year web design contract.

So I guess my 2¢ for someone in this situation would be to tell your employer that you don’t feel comfortable accepting minimum wage for work you typically bill out at a much higher rate. Maybe offer your employer a discounted rate? You know, considering the outstanding work you do for them, the great relationship and employer/employee trust already built… definitely saves the business time and money as opposed to investing time and effort to hire an outside designer.

I’m really enjoying the show! Thanks and keep up the great work!

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TJ

March 5, 2014

Flax Pixel style? That was new to me until Patrick spoke of “Flat Pixel style”.

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