Have you ever asked someone to build you a website? Did you expect to hand them some money and have a website you love magically appear? Reality check, you’re going to do a bit a more than write a check. It won’t be that bad though, I promise.
I’ve broken the process into a five step plan, so you can tackle one step at a time and avoid the dreaded overwhelm.
Step 1: Get Inspired
To get what you want, you have to know what you want, AND you need to be able to clearly communicate this with the person making your vision a reality. Create a document, or even better a Pinterest Board, you can use to document your likes and inspire your new design.
Here’s one of my web design Pinterest boards to get you started.
Spend some time cruising the web and take notes of websites you like.
- Do take screenshots and add notes on your likes and dislikes.
- Do include a list of top competitors. You don’t want to look like any of them.
- Do make notes on the layout, functionality and messaging of site that stand out to you.
- Do include notes on colours, photos, and textures.
- Do curate your inspiration board to present a cohesive vision you’ll love for a long time.
- Don’t stick to websites just in your industry.
When you hand over your inspiration board, not only will you be able to provide your designer with a clear idea of what you expect, you’ll have a checklist of the features you’re looking for. Bonus!
Stay tuned for Part 2 coming next week!
Do you have any inspiration tips? I’d love to hear about them! Comment below or tweet me @kaitcreative.