.net [UK] (May 2015)
In .net May Issue 266:
Are you getting paid enough? This issue, net's all about money. Running throughout the magazine we have articles to help you work out what you should be charging, ensure you get paid on time, and boost your profits.
Plus, we reveal the results from our exclusive survey exploring how professionals in the web industry work, what they charge, and how they manage their money.
In-keeping with our theme, we've also delved into the rapidly growing sector of ecommerce.
We've partnered up with Shopify to bring you a 20-page guide to creating amazing ecommerce experiences, with tips on everything from working with Shopify themes to shaving those valuable seconds off your load time.
to use this event to process what I want to do next, and I’m still trying to figure that out,” he says. “I know I probably could work as a designer but I don’t want to lose everything I’ve learned in terms of building and leading teams, and dealing with clients. It’s not clear if there’s going to be a way where I can just transition from being a studio owner into an employee where I can put all that into play.” One option is to start up a studio again, maybe under the Airbag name. If he did take
outlining payment schedules. Whether you are a freelancer or an agency, it is essential that you ensure a steady reserve of cash through prompt payment of completed work and securing deposits for work up-front. Alarmingly, 32 per cent of survey respondents did not request a deposit ahead of starting work on a project, and 33 per cent of respondents expected payment more than 14 days after completion. Both these factors can have a massive effect on cashflow. Cashflow was one of the reasons Andrew
Boo.com was behind the times in its ‘usability’ – it was designed for 56K modems and above – but today we know how crucial good design, speedy loading and well-considered user experience are to an online store’s success. In this special ecommerce guide, we have gathered some of the industry’s top experts to explain how to get ecommerce right: Christian Holst from Baymard Institute, which conducts largescale research studies on ecommerce usability (see facing page); Shopify’s designer advocate
growth over the past five years, and in the US alone online sales have exceeded the $250 billion mark. However, there are still major issues with usability that are costing retailers millions of dollars in lost revenue. One particular area that requires attention is the process of exploring and locating products. Largescale ecommerce usability studies we’ve conducted over the past five years at Baymard Institute show that things like category navigation, on-site search and the checkout process
design and I joined a women’s flat-track derby league. During the day I was creating wireframes and at night I was tearing up the track on eight wheels. Currently I am a lead UX designer at PayPal and the coach of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Over the years I have found some common themes that are relevant to both teams. The first is to do with collaboration. Being able to collaborate with a variety of talented individuals is the key to any successful team. Without the ability to prioritise and