After the success of their survey in 2007, A List Apart (ALA) is currently running a survey of designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites.
The aim of the survey is to help the team at ALA form a picture of the different ways web design is practiced around the globe – and ultimately to teach ‘the world about the previously invisible profession powering its information economy’. Last year nearly 33,000 people took the survey, enabling ALA to begin figuring out what kinds of job titles, salaries, and work situations are common in the field of web design and development.
I missed the 2007 survey, but this year ALA says they have included ‘more detailed and numerous questions for freelance contractors and owners of (or partners in) small web businesses’. So, I surfed on over there and filled out the survey for 2008. I eagerly await the results, which A List Apart will be posting on their site.
My own feeling is that there will be a big discrepancy in the amount freelance web designers charge compared to that of the bigger design houses. We’ll see…