Enterprisey website I had to "make"



  • My friend is a graphic designer mostly for print, and occasionally throws me simple websites to do. Today I had the privledge of doing one for an infomercial consultant.

    Some choice quotes from the site (which, by the way, you won't be able to find on a search engine due to the cutting edge gif-based text needed for the non-standard font choice...):

    "Assumes key position to drive growth"

    Under "Website Development"...

    "Develop synergistic flow between website, cdrom, and other product components"

    Now, my question is if this company does professional website development, why I am I, a college student doing websites in my free time, doing THEIR website?

    I'm tempted to reveal the domain name, but don't want to get in trouble (plus I'm a little ashamed of it)



  • [quote user="cheesy"]

    My friend is a graphic designer mostly for print, and occasionally throws me simple websites to do. Today I had the privledge of doing one for an infomercial consultant.
     
    ... 

    Now, my question is if this company does professional website development, why I am I, a college student doing websites in my free time, doing THEIR website?

    [/quote]

    As a college student, you can be forgiven for not understanding this. A "consultant" is a person who gets paid for other people's work. They don't do professional website development, they consult on it. You do the website development. They get paid for it.

    Consulting is one of those things that falls under "nice work if you can get it". It's mostly about persuading ignorant managers to give you money for nothing - but terms like "synergistic flow" are used instead of "nothing". Just make the substitution when you read the text, and you should find that it's a collection of statements that don't actually say anything. Creating text like this is part of how they convince people that they're doing something, when they really aren't.

    In industry parlance, the rough opposite is "contractor" - that's a person who gets paid for the work they do. That's probably the role you're filling.

    The other common class is "salaryman" - a person who gets paid for showing up at their place of work. They may or may not do work, it's just not related to whether they get paid. In practice, some do useful work, some do useless work, and some do no work.



  • [quote user="asuffield"][quote user="cheesy"]

    My friend is a graphic designer mostly for print, and occasionally throws me simple websites to do. Today I had the privledge of doing one for an infomercial consultant.
     
    ... 

    Now, my question is if this company does professional website development, why I am I, a college student doing websites in my free time, doing THEIR website?

    [/quote]

    As a college student, you can be forgiven for not understanding this. A "consultant" is a person who gets paid for other people's work. They don't do professional website development, they consult on it. You do the website development. They get paid for it.

    Consulting is one of those things that falls under "nice work if you can get it". It's mostly about persuading ignorant managers to give you money for nothing - but terms like "synergistic flow" are used instead of "nothing". Just make the substitution when you read the text, and you should find that it's a collection of statements that don't actually say anything. Creating text like this is part of how they convince people that they're doing something, when they really aren't.

    In industry parlance, the rough opposite is "contractor" - that's a person who gets paid for the work they do. That's probably the role you're filling.

    The other common class is "salaryman" - a person who gets paid for showing up at their place of work. They may or may not do work, it's just not related to whether they get paid. In practice, some do useful work, some do useless work, and some do no work.

    [/quote]

    Brilliantly said.



  • [quote user="cheesy"]

    Some choice quotes from the site (which, by the way, you won't be able to find on a search engine due to the cutting edge gif-based text needed for the non-standard font choice...):

    [/quote]

     

    FWIW (unless they insisted on .GIF headers), one of the many, many text replacement techniques: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext
     


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