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Are you preparing to design a new website? Let your client tell you the most detailed information on what he wants to have on the web. It’s the only way to build a good website, without the unnecessary hassle of dealing with eventual misunderstandings.
It’s no secret that the web designer will build a new website based on available information he got from his clients and the continues according to his own research, which will determine how successful it will eventually be. That’s why I recommend to everyone who’s starting with web design, to get the most details from the clients. An exact specification in the inquiry or a list of required functions in Word is not a solution. Be careful, you’re fundamentally harming yourself.
Web design is a process that should help the customer to improve their business. Whether it’s a business card, an e-shop or a magazine, it’s always necessary to design the website to be visually beautiful, intuitive for visitors and clearly fulfill its goals. Is it supposed to get the visitor to sign-up for newsletter? Or should it encourage them to make a purchase? It pays off to thoroughly draft the plan for reaching profit.
Designing websites is one of the most important things for business and marketing nowadays. Everyone knows it, but not everyone is willing to invest the resources and time that this process deserves.
As a web designer I often encounter inquiries that incomprehensibly require the lowest possible price and highest quality. At meetings, I always try to persuade the investor that the investment into the website takes into account the final functioning of his whole company and the effectiveness of the promotion. So, what’s the process of web design? Let’s take a look.
First, I have to warn everyone who has anything to do with web design that clients often live in a misconception about how long it takes to design a website. It’s important to inform the client, that if he wants high quality website, he has to wait for it. It usually takes 2-3 months from the first meeting to the website launch. And that’s only if the client is satisfied with the result.
Therefore, for you as a designer, it’s important to request all necessary data that are essential for you as a graphic designer. Request photos and text which will be posted on the website. If the client doesn’t have any photos, take care of getting them yourself. The same goes for the texts which you’ll then easily incorporate into the graphics.
One of the most important parts for you as a graphic designer is thinking through what will work on the web from the marketing point of view and how. Think about how the entire website will be built. Prepare a meaningful web for future visitors, meaning a good user interface.
Strategically avoid eventual misunderstandings on what was and wasn’t supposed to be there with the client. If you prepare the content well before you start creating the graphics, the final website will fulfill its goals. Users will navigate clearly around and intuitively will search for what they need and their behavior will reach the desired profit.
1. in form of a text assignment in Word
2. in form of a wireframe, so-called sketch of a website
3. as a prototype - in case of more complicated website or an on-line project
When you’ve finally finished building the key proprieties of the website and you know roughly how the final web should look like, it’s time for graphics. This phase is the most important for the web visitors. Visitors will enjoy a good design. Otherwise, they will close the website immediately. Of course, it is not based on a single design. Prepare each subpage so it corresponds with the content of the website. Don’t hesitate to communicate a little more with the client in this phase. Usually there are two rounds of corrections, where the client submits his comments.
Also don’t hesitate to recommend various tips to the client, which will help his website to easily surpass the competition. Do you want to find out how to prepare a design so it’s focused well on the content? Read here. Also keep in mind that a good design should be able to fulfil its functions for at least two to three years ahead. Then it should be redesigned. It’s good to mention this to the client during the meeting.
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