Mobile web development has been around for close to a decade now. Prior to 2010, only a handful of developers were building mobile sites. You had to be on the cutting edge of technology to do so, or be part of something big. Today, responsive development is a must. The sudden awareness seems to be at the forefront of a new trend – “converting a very old design (2005 and earlier) to a flexible mobile friendly layout. IT’S ABOUT TIME! A lot of us had given up on these stubborn types. Most of these people were on my personal list of “Clients From Hell”. However, some of them decided to step into the 21st century, with baggage of course.
The sudden shift of special requests in the market might be beneficial at some point. With that in mind, you take what you can get. The need of a client to keep an original (old layout) design, (sentimental reasons or branding) and make it responsive baffles me. From my perspective, looking at other peoples code from way back can be trying, especially, if it was spit out by a WYSIWYG program. The upside to all this is the monetary compensation with no strings attached (I guess). It’s really weird, not wanting to reference your work or placing your stamp on it.