Any Web designer knows that clients don’t always understand the effort that goes into getting their work just right, and making big changes in the middle of a project can cause problems ranging from lost time and money (in a best case scenario) to ill will, bruised egos, and tarnished resumes in small, professional circles where word of mouth is often treated as gospel. In a perfect world, we’d all get along and be understanding when things don’t go quite as planned, and try to see things from the other person’s side (and hope they’ll have a likewise spectacular attitude). Since we all know darned well that the world’s anything but perfect, finding a way for technology to serve as a go-between seems like an ideal, 21st century way to solve the problem.
Imagine that you’re a designer and you’re about to present your latest work to your client. For some of you this may not be very hard to imagine because design work is a part of what you do each and every day. When you present the work, you want it to be presented in the best possible way. Not only do you want the client to get a good idea of what the design actually looks like, but you also want to make it easy for them to share their feedback with you. A service called Recurse will get you headed in the right direction.
Many designers just share their design as an image attachment, but Recurse enables you to make the design feel real to the client by displaying it in a way that emulates a Web site. When you create a project, you’ll develop a project index that can be shared with the client so that they can see where you’re going with different parts of the design elements for a project. Commenting is also supported, which means that you’ll be able to get into the mind of the client and react accordingly.