Before you approach a designer, you should give some thought to the items presented
below. Your forethought will result in much more enjoyable interaction
with your designer, facilitate the knowledge you gain through the process,
and result in a more time efficient completion of your web presence.
We deeply appreciate the care and time you take to be involved in the
creation of your site, before the blueprints ever hit the table.
Things you can do to facilitate the creation process:
- Spend time looking at other websites that are in the same "family" as your
Observe how the sites are "laid out", how they navigate, the color schemes,
the number of pages, whether they use e-mail forms or online credit
card forms, whether they use search tools to find things in the site,
product or informational databases, etc.
- After looking at some other sites, note what elements or features you really
like or dislike. Perhaps looking at the other pages generated some
new, snazzy ideas for you? Bring them to the table!
- Gather any business materials that you might have; company photos, brochures,
pamphlets of information, company logos, calendars of events, etc.
and bring them to the meeting you'll have with your designer.
This really helps your designer to form a feeling or theme for your
site early on, so that when it comes time to develop your site, your
prototype(s) may be generated more quickly.
- Be clear about your intentions and be honest about the time you'll have
to devote to the project.
Let your designer know whether this is "just for your information",
or whether you're committed to moving forward now with the project.
We are always willing to respect your time constraints and to cooperate
with you in getting the job done. We ask for your consideration in
return. We put our heart into making sure we "don't drop the ball"
and thus we try to maintain vigilant contact with you. Our purpose
is not to "hound" you, but to make sure that a project doesn't drag
on for weeks on end. This is especially true of projects "done by
committee". Please, please always let us know if your time table changes
and when we can reasonably expect your input. In this way, each of
us can make the best use of our time while we wait for the project
to roll forward again. We thank you heartily in advance for your kind
consideration in this.
- Try to be prompt in getting materials, revisions and any other miscellaneous
input to your designer when it is requested.
- If you have questions, please ask. We believe in a "wholistic" approach
to creating your site. We want you to be as excited about it as we
are, and knowledge is the best route to appreciation. We're happy
to answer your questions, and if you give us a stumper, we'll do our
best to find the answer!