The industrial revolution forever changed many aspects of American life. Most pre-revolution businesses were one to four man operations. Many directly manufactured the product they sold to their customers. In some ways, working at Sephone is similar to that old world mentality.
Connection with End Product
Many modern day workers do not get to see the result of their labor, blue and white collar alike. Running a machine in a mill or factory, or managing purchasing orders in a office, many of these workers do not have a firm bond with end product/service their company is providing, let alone see the end user use the product.
Like many old world craftsman, web developers get to see their project from it’s infancy till the time it’s finished. Often times we get to converse directly with the end user, giving us a good connection with the end product.
Old World Artisanship
Take for example, a grandfather clock maker. He may start with mechanical parts, lumber, nails, glue, stain and vanish. Using tools like hammers, saws, clamps, and sanders, the raw materials are converted into a masterpiece. The craftsman will spend many hours until a functional and attractive end product are present.
A web developer does a lot of the same. The raw materials are different, the tools are different, but the goal the same: to product an attractive and functional end product. In much the same way the grandfather clock will have uniqueness and personality bestowed upon it by it’s maker, so will a web project. In many ways, web developers are a modern form of the traditional American craftsman.