A Look at My Creative Process

During my fast few website design projects and multiple design projects during my studies, I have realised how important it is to have a process to follow when it comes to designing websites. Most people probably think that designing a web page or a logo is as simple as sitting down in front of a computer and drawing a design on Photoshop or Illustrator but no, there is a lot more to it than that. There is planing, designing, developing and the launch. These are the steps I like to follow in order to get the most out of all my projects and to stay on track.

My Creative Process

Since there are so many mini tasks inside of these steps I am going to turn this topic into a four-part series. Over the next few weeks I will be giving you all a more in depth look at my design process.

Part One – Planning

I know that this post is meant to be more about my creative process but I also wanted to add in my business process.

So basically to start off a project, a client will reach out to me explaining their ideas and what they are looking for through either my website or my Facebook page. I get quite a lot of enquiries through Facebook from people seeing me mentioned in comments or from seeing my posts.

Then I send my “soon to be” client a simple questionnaire asking questions about what they are after so I have enough information to give them a quote for their project. I get back to all my quote requests and inquiries within 24 hours. So once my client accepts the quote I then send them a deposit invoice for 50% of the total project amount. With the deposit, I also send them a quote.

After my client pays the deposit and sends back the signed contract  I send them another questionnaire. This questionnaire has a lot of design related questions asking about their website content, colours, pages etc. etc. Once I get the questionnaire back I begin searching Pinterest and Awwwards for some web design  inspiration. It is so important for a designer to stay up to date with the current trends and Awwwards is a great site for that. Also, checking out some of their biggest competitors is also a good source of inspiration because I like to see what is and is not working on their sites. I then like to offer an optional free phone call or organise a meeting if my client have any more questions or details they want to go over.

I then go home and start drawing (check out the drawing for my most recent project on Instagram)! This is probably my favourite part of the whole project, a blank canvas. Many designers would probably add this into their design step but I like to think of my drawing as more of a plan for the layout and feel of the site.

Come back next week for Step 2.

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