What do you do?
I am a graphic designer—first and foremost—with over 15 years industry experience. Most of my working day is spent designing websites for small business, where I attempt to bring a high level of professionalism to the end-product: both in how it looks and how it works. Over the last few years Ia''ve assembled a team of other freelance internet development professionals together for various projects (front-end coding and database development) and therefore project management has become an important part of my life: ensuring that what the client sees in initial design mock-ups is pixel perfect when coded, and the final product is devoid of any bugs or quirksa''basically functions perfectly in every regard!
What is the pain point Notable helps you with?
Clarity. Each individual has a different way of looking and relating to issues which can lead to misinterpretation. Therefore when a client or work colleague is faced with a visual design mock-up that, for example, specifically shows the region a''taggeda'' with associated comment, any possibility of ambiguity is nullified (otherwise leading to a loss of productivity and frustration for all involved).
Do you use Notable with a team of folks internally? What's your typical use case?
Typically I use Notable to present first draft prototypes to the client, alongside my comments on how I envisage functionality to work; possible alternative options to layout or style; any ambiguities cleared up. If a general comment on the mock-up as a whole, I utilise the a''replya'' function within a post, or otherwise add notes to specific elements within the mock-up in a''fullscreena'' view. I will continue to use the Notable framework with the client until I feel major issues have been cleared up (however when it comes down to minor revisions I feel popping off an email with an attachment quicker than the process of upload, tagging and commenting).
I also use Notable with my front-end (CSS / (x)HTML) development team: they post the webpage to Notable via the URL link inclusion function or via the Firefox add-on—which is now converted to a design mock-up—and then I comment on whether anything is visually out of whack. I can also comment on the page code with regards to SEO: suggesting page titles, meta tag descriptions and ALT tags, all via Notable too.
How can people find out more about your company or contact you?
My webpage with portfolio can be found at Freelance Web Design and that of the freelance collective which I manage - Superhumans Digital. The latter is being completely designed at present (October 2010) to be the epitome of minimalism with—for example—a far greater simplistic emphasis on our work ethos so please check back in the near future for the revamp! You make also find me on Linkedin and Facebook. Thanks for including me in an interview on your blog!