Maybe you want to become a full-time Web Designer, maybe you want to create your own personal website for your business or start-up. Whatever the reason may be, there’s no fast way to learn all the skills you need to create a fully responsive and good looking website. One article can’t cover everything you need to know of course; the skills, tools, and technologies you’ll need to become a reasonably proficient designer will take months to learn and years to master.
But a least we can talk about the perfect starting points. Here in Web Design Columbia SC, we guarantee you that having these few tips into account will save you tons of hours of work and unnecessary changes.
– Define What Success Means
Who is this for? It’s a really good question to start with. Even if you know who’s your client and what they do, you need to know what are their expectations regarding the goals of the website and personal tastes when it comes to colors, fonts, and themes.
Talking to your clients before starting your design is key to defining all of this. You need to learn what their concerns and goals beyond the written SOW (statement of work) are.
– Create A Sketch
Before you ever open up a text editor and start typing, create a sketch on paper with all the working pieces of the website you have in mind.
Then you’ll only need to create a draft of this sketch to show your clients. If you approach your design from this perspective, you will have a clear understanding of what your layout needs will be when designing sections beyond the homepage.
– Share a draft with your clients early on
When proposing an interactive concept or a design, you need to ensure that you and the client both get on the same page as soon as possible. Avoid spending too much time on a concept before sharing it with the client.
Once the initial concept is approved you can relax a little bit and start production. But after presenting the first concept, if the client doesn’t fall in love with it, you should gather enough feedback to bring a second, more appropriate, concept to the table.
– Everything is disposable
It is hard to hear, even harder to apply. But literally, every part of your design should be subject to change. Nothing is sacred. If something’s not working or doesn’t fit the rest of the design, it should go, or be changed. Even once your website is “done” and launched, you might notice bugs, or you might decide to take it in a new direction. The web itself is fluid and ever-changing. While I don’t truly believe in change for the sake of change, you should be ready to adjust when necessary.
Here in Web Design Columbia SC, we are always happy to help you create the perfect website! Feel free to contact us