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.
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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