kidtao — 2013-02-21T21:27:01-05:00 — #1
I'm trying to find an industry directory for design agencies in web design for the US market. For instance, in fashion, there is a "who's who" called LE BOOK, and everybody in the business wants to list themselves with them. I found Ad Age's list, but its focus seems to be on traditional media. I checked out a few others as well, but they all look kind of sketchy, and I'm not convinced any of them is a definitive reference.
If you have any suggestion, I'd appreciate it. Thank you for your time.
jestep — 2013-02-22T11:36:06-05:00 — #2
There's definitely no definitive directory. How would it even be done? There's hardly universal web standards, let alone any sort of organized governing trade organization, and there's probably 2 million web designers of varying degrees of legitimacy in the US. Some of the larger dev related sites maintain directories of designers and programmers. There are some large trade organizations. I can't think of anything specific that would be even remotely conclusive though.
What's your goal in finding a directory?
kidtao — 2013-02-22T17:47:05-05:00 — #3
I'm just looking to cold-call and network in my job search.
Thank you for your great point. I might have made it sound too official by "definitive". How about "popular"?
mikl — 2013-02-27T03:42:12-05:00 — #4
You might do better by doing your own reseach into design companies, for example by searching for their websites. After all, directory entries get out of date, but if a firm has an active website, at least that indicates that they are probably still in business.
kidtao — 2013-02-28T13:23:49-05:00 — #5
This might be the chicken or the egg, but wouldn't I need to find companies first in order to look at their websites?
mikl — 2013-02-28T15:31:51-05:00 — #6
Exacly. So you search for, say, "Web design service XXX", where XXX is your city or region.
kidtao — 2013-03-01T08:55:33-05:00 — #7
Google is the answer, I get it now.