Customer and web designer: how to reach a common denominator?
So, You have clearly set a goal-to create a website and you need a web designer to make Your goal a reality. This will be the company’s website or your personal blog — it is not so important now. The main thing is that You took this issue seriously and found a Studio that should bring Your idea to life. This is where the main difficulty that you will have to go through when developing a website arises: communicating with a web designer. And in this period of work, both You and the designer who will work on Your site may have a very difficult time. The fact is that the customer and the designer do not speak the same language and what you think is the perfect solution, the designer may consider a fatal failure .
In this article, I will try to explain how to convey my ideas so that the web designer understands them and both sides are happy with the result.
You, realizing that the success of the future project depends largely on the design, very carefully searched for a professional web designer who, in Your opinion, makes the best, extraordinary and stylish site layouts. This is the result you expect to see.
So what now? You already have a picture of the future project in your head and have the main ideas, but all this needs to be properly conveyed to the web designer, so that he can use his talent to make it a reality.
There are two main situations that You may encounter before the web designer receives a task from You:
You know the theme of your site, and the content that you will fill it with, but you have no idea what it should look like.
You know the theme of your site, and the content that you will fill it with, and you have layout ideas, but You do not know how best to implement them.
In both cases, you will need to communicate your thoughts so that the web designer understands Your needs. Most of You reading this think it’s better to be in a different situation than in the first one. However, real life experience shows that the opposite is true. In fact, it is more reasonable to give the professional full freedom of action, so that the web designer does not stand in a tight framework. Based on the theme of Your site, the web designer will find the best graphic solution for Your project. You will feel that it is much easier to describe to the designer the scope of your activity, the product you are going to sell or any other subject of Your site than to tell him about color schemes, gradients and explain on your fingers how to place blocks and what form buttons should be.In fact, this approach should be applied in both situations, with small changes in each case. If you have met a site on the web, or better yet, sites that you like and are similar in functionality to the site you want, be sure to tell us about it and show that the web designer is aware of the situation. Believe me, this will save you time and nerves and yourself, and the web designer will thank you, the web designer will be able to better understand You, Your needs, it will give him an idea of what You are waiting for as a result. You will both look at the same site, but the web designer will see it in his own way, from the side that he needs for further work. Do not neglect this advice — this will guide the web designer in the right direction and you will quickly enjoy the fruits of his imagination.
Although You are a customer, it is not necessary to be 100% guided by the principle “who pays, orders music”. the web designer will listen to all your wishes, but will want You to listen to him as well. If the web designer starts using technical terms that are not clear to You, ask for an explanation, but listen carefully to the expert’s opinion.
Remember that a professional web designer works with you, because you want Your site to look professional, and You would not be able to develop the design yourself. Learn to trust the web designer, even if you think that his ideas are at odds with Yours and will not bring the desired result. Finally, You have turned to a specialist yourself and pay them for their knowledge. Don’t try to teach a web designer how to do their job better.
If you really want to actively participate in the process, ask the web designer to send You not only the final version of the layout, but also intermediate ones. So you can step by step convey your wishes and make comments. This will be better than a request like “chief, all is lost” at the end of the job.
In conclusion, a few words about the price of the question. How much will a web designer “cost”?
You agreed to what should happen in the end and the web designer provided you with a price offer. Simple changes, edits, and bug fixes are usually included in the price. However, other major changes or global changes may not be included. Discuss these nuances before starting work, to avoid misunderstandings already halfway to the finished project.
Drawing a line under the above, you can make the main moral of my story: be able to convey your opinion, be able to listen to others and do not be closed to radically different proposals — be able to trust professionals.
We wish You and Your web designer to find a common language for creating a successful project!