Quick update — well last week of internship – this month I have designed and built a new customer site – still ongoing but design been accepted by client . They are having new logo etc – but really pleased with the initial stuff – take a sneak preview – http://chillishare.co.uk/rh/
Lots of challenges here – built on Joomla using some nice content management stuff provided by K2 – allows you to reuse and reuse content – which is very smart !
I have learnt a ton about working with clients on this internship – and really most important thing which cannot be reiterated is get the detail signed off and do photoshop comps first – saves a ton a time – then build. You will be tempted to drive on but go back and check the detail with the client particularly if you are making over an old site as clients are really attached to old content and their previous navigation. Inspire them to do it differently and factor in SEO as an extra cost upfront – then you take the time to do the extras as you go as opposed to reverse engineering poor naming etc – SEO should be extra in the deal as it takes considerably more planning etc.
Hard work but great experience – internship is great for getting real in web design