I have been in this business for nearly 13 years. In these years I have seen our industry grow from a fledgling outcrop of the software industry to one which has grown into a huge industry in itself. The web design and development industry in India has branched into many specialities and created many gurus in its wake.
However it still remains a disorganized industry with each company operating in its own silo with its own standards and practises. We do encounter each other in some industry related conferences or while pitching on a common client but other than that we all mind our own business.
This industry has grown and matured. It is no longer a part timers job. Many highly skilled and professionally run companies have successfully established themselves against great odds. With an association this industry can find power and safety in unity. Some of the benefits that could flow from such an association
Success in the web design industry is difficult. Very few firms survive and thrive in this industry. This is because of the very nature of it. Most web design and development companies are preoccupied with survival and growth. They are scrambling for funds and investors at the same time trying to acquire customers in a very very competitive industry.
Every time I speak to any industry colleagues about such an association I hear stories about back biting, client stealing and generally unethical behaviour by others. The trust level in the industry is very low and it will take a mighty effort to get everyone on the same page.
The industry has matured over the years and has thrown up several ?seniors', people who have inspite of all odds established a successful web design practise. They need to take the lead and create something.
It won't be easy but we have to start somewhere.
When I say ?web design and development association' what kinds of companies and professionals come to mind? I would include the following:
This whole lot can easily give us thousands of professionals and firms across India.
Associated Industries have thier associations such as The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) should support in the creation and support of such an association. Its to their mutual benefit to have a strong vibrant web design and development community.
These organizations are lead by open minded and dynamic teams and we can definitely learn a thing or two from them.
Doctors, lawyers and accountants get automatic respect. Not because they are brilliant or excellent (which they might or might not be) but due to the respect that is accorded to their profession and industry. Web designers do not work any less or are not any less smarter than any other profession, quite the opposite in fact, we are always grappling with the latest technology and trends in the world today.
An proactive association to which I belong would mean recognition of our industry as a valid, vibrant, safe and respected. It would mean that every professional working in this industry has the same status and respect.
A little too much you think? Well, try spending 13 years in an industry without getting sentimental about it.
Thats the Indian in me speaking. We are so used to the typcal dialogue ?beti ki shaadi koi doctor ya engineer se karao' (Get our daughter married to a doctor or engineer). I hope one day parents will have enough faith and security in our field to give thier daughters/sons hand to a web design professional.
I'm happily married mind you, so its too late for me. But I think it would be nice for the younger generation to have that kind of respectability.
In conclusion I would say its time. The industry elders should get together and form the association our industry sorely needs.
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