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What Skilled Designers ask their Clients

The primary concern for the client when contracting a web design is to ensure the designer’s listening skills are as sharp as their design and programming skills. Before a designer meets with their client, the onus is on them to research and identify the basics such as key products, services, and consumer base in order to gather the information necessary to craft a client’s ideal website and branding.

A professional web developer will make it a priority to meet one-on-one with their client, if not in person, then certainly by way of a conference call or some other mutually agreeable arrangement.

The designer should encourage contribution from all departments that will have needs on this website. In a personal interview with the designer, the client should be prepared to answer the following before moving ahead with the design:

  1. What business is the company in? What products and services does the company provide and does it have a particular feature that sets it apart from the competition?
  2. Experience and knowledge are relevant to consumers and revealing this information could give your company an advantage over the competition. How long has the company been in operation, or how many years of combined experience do the employees share?
  3. Does the company have an existing logo or brand? Has the company considered logo design or redesign within the scope of this project? What colors, fonts, images, and slogans, if any, are the company committed to
  4. Does the company have an existing website? If so, be sure the designer carefully notes all the things that the company and its online visitors liked and disliked about the website. This is where the client’s needs may be most clearly defined and easy revealed to the designer.
  5. What is the company’s goal in developing or redeveloping the website
  6. Who is the targeted consumer? What are the average demographics (age, gender, and location) of potential customers?
  7. What information does the company intend to provide to online visitors? Will the company require eCommerce (online sales) solutions?
  8. Identify the company’s competition and whether they have developed their own website.

A professional designer will use the information obtained from you, the client, as a foundation for the website’s design and layout. To get an effective website designed, contact our web design team today!

What I do?
I produce (and design) websites / collect eggs from the chickens / herd goats / be a stay at home mom

Things I know?
WordPress / Zen Cart / html / dreamweaver / javascript / photoshop / bbedit / illustrator / programming languages such as cobol and assembler / a few words of french / how to knit

Where I’ve been?
Parsons school of design, graphic and digital design / new york university stern school of business, m.b.a. information systems 1987 / chubb institute for computer technology, programming certificate 1981 / colorado college, b.a. anthropology 1980 / brown brothers harriman & co. (systems analyst 1994-1996) / kpmg peat marwick (programmer, systems analyst, project leader 1983-1994) / top of longs peak / madrid / colorado river

Where I’m going?
Wherever the winds take me