Interview with Web Design Company Director…
Nottingham’s Media Design Studio Ltd – a web design company formed in 2003 who strives to provide the most cost effective Web Design possible. Furthermore, providing fantastic level of customer service and aftercare. Consequently, we still have web design customers on our books who have been with us since Media Design Studio Ltd was formed in 2003. We love new challenges. We ensure we are always a step ahead of the rest in terms of capability in the constantly changing world of Web Design.
An Interview with our Web Design Company Director….
Tell us a bit about you!
“Well, my name is Sharon Attaway. I have an unhealthy obsession with PC’s! 😉 I was given my first PC for my 23rd birthday. After arriving home from work everyday, not watching Eastenders for eight months as I couldn’t pull myself away from Windows ME, I ultimately realised this unhealthy obsession could be my calling. Also, I am only truly happy when I’m staring at a PC screen“.
What Made you want to start a Web Design Company?
“My career was in the local media. As a result I was gaining valuable, and strangely relevant experience in marketing and advertising. It was noticable that the Internet was growing in popularity and availability. It was becoming clear that larger companies were shifting their advertising and marketing budgets away from paper based media [you only need to see the current size of the Yellow Pages] on to this new thing called the Internet. Ultimately, I knew this was where the future was going to be. I just had no idea [along with most people] it was going to be as revolutionary as it has become.”
What was your main aim or USP?
“Firstly, I had noticed that only the larger companies were able to afford the successful websites. Websites that were unique in function, written by hand and benefitting from search engine optimisation. Consequently; I spotted my gap in the market. Initially starting out in static HTML Web Design. Static HTML web design was the norm as PHP and MySQL was in its infancy and just becoming mainstream. Therefore, I noticed that there was a demand for this new web development language.
It became clear as more of our web designs would benefit by being database driven. If they were, they could have their own content management systems. This was key, as we were making client changes almost daily. We were struggling keeping up with the workload of new customers and doing amends for our existing clients, so the pathway was as clear as it could be“.
How did you learn all about Web Development?
“Hours upon hours of research and burying my head in books. Also with thanks to McDonalds unlimited coffee refills at the time. I set out to learn everything I could. The aim was to provide hand coded web design and development to the not so rich and famous. Therefore, we are now capable of physically writing any website, or database any customer could ask us to create. As a result, as long as its possible, we can do it“.
What makes your web design service different?
“First of all, being female in a vastly male dominated trade makes the difference. I am told [constantly] that the feminine touch goes a long way. That it makes a difference in terms of attention to detail and creativity. Also that I am a people person. Therefore a lot of my customer do genuinely become my friends. I believe good humour goes a very long way. Finally, honesty and actually having that passion about what you do is vital when running a successful business“.
Where do you see your Web Design Company in the future?
“Pretty much the same in all boring honesty. If it isn’t broke why fix it. I am very proud of my companies achievements. Firstly, after regularly speaking to a lot of business owners who state my formula is perfect, I have no reason to change. I have no aspirations to outsource work, not even to India (which is a current trend in the web design world). I do not wish to have teams of salespeople answering the phones. Finally, neither do I have aspirations for mass production. Our passion is in hand-coded web design which are unique and successful“.