What is it like to work at a web design agency?

Sharing my first-hand experience over the past year and a bit

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1. You’ll work on many, many projects every quarter, and every year.

Especially at web development agencies, who mostly or exclusively build websites for clients, you’ll often work on multiple projects within a single quarter, and even multiple projects at the same time.

2. You will often communicate with clients

Even if you’re not the first point of contact at your agency, as a developer you’ll often interact with clients. For example, here are some common client questions you’ll need to answer:

  • “Is it possible to integrate [name of software, CRM] to send leads from the contact form?” — you’ll offer your clients advice and professional knowledge
  • “I cannot see the Go button on my iPhone keyboard on the contact page. Can you add it?” — you’ll have to resolve bugs and quirks

3. You will learn from your peers

If you are a designer, you’ll inevitably pick up some backend concepts and understanding. As a backend developer, you will get to know some of the HTML and CSS oddities. After asking your designer for the 100th time how to centre the div inside the container, they’ll get so tired of you asking, they will likely teach you a part of the craft 😉

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4. If it works, it’s good enough

Every project will have a tight schedule and a looming deadline. Good or bad, this is a business in which the “if it works, it is good enough” mentality is prevalent. If you are an outcome- and results-driven person, most of the time this is no issue. But be careful, for the pedantics and perfectionists will find it difficult to cope within this environment.

5. Coffee is the new water

Programmers are machines that turn caffeine into code.

product owner @TwoKings web design agency | https://www.linkedin.com/in/valchevivo/