Being on the same page, or “getting each other” from the start is key to my success with clients. There have been a few times when I’ve started to discuss a project before I realized the client clearly hadn’t looked at my work. I cannot stress enough how important it is to find someone who is already creating the type of end product you are looking for. I don’t go to a barber for highlights, and you shouldn’t come to me for them either. But if you want a clean, contemporary website that features cheerful colours and a well organized navigation, I’m your girl.
When I start looking at an inspiration board (see Step 1) I’m not just looking to see what you are looking for, I’m looking to see if we’re going to be a good fit. If I can clearly see our aesthetics don’t match I know not to move forward with the project.
Did I just tell you to take your business elsewhere? Well I hope not, but if we’re not a perfect match, it’s okay to go in different directions. We’ll save us both a lot of headaches, and you’ll be much happier with someone who really gets you.
Step 2: Research the Designer
The websites a designer showcases should be the ones they are most proud of, and will likely represent the type of work they are interested in creating for you. If what you find has no resemblance to design of the websites you loved while you were cruising around and making notes, keep cruising and find a designer whose portfolio does. I hope that didn’t sounds like “piss off”, because what I really mean is I want you to L. O. V. E. me.
Here are some tips for finding a designer
- Do take a close look at the designers portfolio. Do you get a fuzzy warm, “I’m in love” feeling?
- Do go to the websites they’ve built and see what they are capable of. Do you like the galleries, how the navigation works, the font choices and layouts?
- Do read their testimonials. Are they from mom and dad? or from that website you adore?
- Do make sure you’re budget is in line with the designers fees. If they don’t list them, ask!
- Do ask for a list of what and when deliverables will be provided to you by the web designer
- Do ask for a project timeline outlining key milestone and final release dates
- Don’t ask for a website mock-up for you as a free pitch to get the contract. A quality designer will never spend the time to develop a custom design without getting paid.
In case you missed it, here’s Step 1: Get Inspired