How to work with me as your web designer

I came across a great article today, a humorous take on what NOT to do when dealing with a graphics designer. 8 Ways to Drive a Graphic Designer Mad gave me a great laugh with my morning coffee. Please remember, when reading this article, it’s sarcasm! Doing those things will indeed drive someone like me absolutely over the edge. Seriously.

Some thoughts and explanations about the items mentioned from my personal point of view:

Microsoft Office
computer tipsI’d rather you used a plain text document to send me your textual content. This is really easy, Windows users can just click on their “Start” button, and choose to open Notepad! Save your work as a .txt file, and it makes a very easy to send email attachment!

Without getting too technical, this just makes it easier for me to copy and paste your content to my programs without all the bloated coding that Microsoft products put into the document. When I have to clean up coding like that, or *gasp* type your content over myself, it winds up costing you more due to the time it takes to do so.

Recommendations made during a consult
When it comes to working on your site, I have no ego. The recommendations I make are not due to some personal preference of mine, they are the result of years of experience and analysis into what provides the best outcome and experience for your site’s visitors. Learn about Usability here. For example, the fonts used on your site can be related to usability issues. The colors used, and the layout of your site can be related to the psychology of sales (as well as usability). Rewording something within your content may be related to search engine optimization.

Photos and/or Artwork
Working with your imagesIf your content includes photo and/or artwork, I prefer that you send them to me in their original digital format. High resolution, large files are best. I will adjust them as necessary. Burn them to disk if necessary, and send them to me that way if email zip file attachments won’t work. Remember, with digital photo and art files, bigger really is better!

Deadlines and Do Overs
As part of our initial consultation, I ask you what your time line is. I base my decision on working with you on whether I feel you’re providing me enough time to complete your project to the best of my ability. If this timeline changes at any time during our working relationship, you need to tell me ASAP! The contract we established in the beginning was based on your original time line, changes to that will change or in some cases nullify your contract with me, so keep that in mind.

money saving tipsAnything I create for you is subject to your approval. The approval process consists of my sending you different versions of my work for you to choose from, then I adjust to your specifications. (Two “adjustments” per piece are included in the standard contract. After that, there are additional fees for further changes.) Once we agree on a completed version, any additional changes require that we agree on additional compensation for my time. I consider changes to your content after completed versions are approved by you to be “maintenance”, and as such would be included in your maintenance contract if you have one.

Not sure? Ask me!
Usability, search engine optimization, and obtaining the desired result from your site’s visitors are some of the main reasons I make the recommendations that I do. If you don’t understand the “Why” behind something I suggest, please ask me to explain. I’ll be more than happy to do so!

* All icons used in this article’s images were collected from IconBuffet, for free.

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