So you’ve found a web designer and you want to make the most out of your investment. Maybe you’re just thinking about starting a project, and you want to know what you can do to make things run smoothly. Either way, it is vital to follow a few steps in order to be able to get the most out of your next web design project as a client. So where do we start?
Know your project requirements.
This might seem obvious, but it’s actually quite hard. Here’s a list of things you should probably know before you contact a web designer/agency:
- Color scheme
- Project specifications
- Do you need/want a blog?
- Do you need it to be an eCommerce site?
- How many pages will you need?
- Will you be collecting personal information?
- Are there any other services you’ll need from the company? (business cards, logo, etc…)
- What are your goals for the website?
- Web sites you like/dislike. Why?
Tell your team everything before the project starts.
When starting a web design project, your web designer needs to know a lot of things. If they’re any good, they’ll ask you a bunch of questions to get an idea of what they think is the best course of action. If your web designer is really good, they’ll probably do some sleuthing on your company. This will help them to answer some of the questions beforehand.
For example, one of the factors we need to consider at Absolutely Genius Designs is the color scheme. If we can find a logo or an existing website, we’ll use those same color schemes to figure out what the new website should look like. It just saves time and energy, right? Not always. Sometimes you’ll want a different color scheme for your website. Since we don’t know that, we’ll go through the whole design process just to find out that the colors are wrong.
Leave the web design up to the designers.
Unless you hire a web design agency or freelancer that has no idea what they’re doing, it’s probably best to give them a little space. After all, you’re likely to hire someone because of their design skills, right? Good web designers know exactly what colors work together. They probably know how to space items in an engaging way, and it’s likely they also know how to get the best ROI for your project.
That’s not to say you can’t give your thoughts on the design. Maybe you like aspects of a particular website, but you hate certain things about others. This is really helpful in letting your web design team know about a general theme you’d like your website to be. If you need inspiration for beautiful websites, you can always check out Awwwards. This website contains some of the best websites in the world. We even have a beautiful website there, too.
Keep communication quick and concise.
Web designers both want and need to do their jobs. If they’re stuck replying to emails all day, they won’t really be able to work on what you need them to. In order to keep the project running smoothly, it helps to compile a list of everything you need to say. Sending 10 different emails per day will help no one. Sometimes your designer will also email or call you to ask for information they might think is relevant. Whether it be a payment or design drafts, it really helps to reply as quickly as possible. Otherwise, your web design project could face more unnecessary delays.
Regardless of who you choose for your web design project, you should probably follow this guide in order to get the most out of your web design investment. Who knows. Maybe if you’re a great client, your web design company will give you a little extra for making their life easier. If you’re interested, you can always check us out. We do pretty sweet web and graphic design for companies like yours.