A Web Design Process

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Having a Web Design or Web Development Process is essential for good business and staying out of trouble. Here are some tips that I have developed over the last 15 years in Web Development. I hope you get a lot out of it. If you have any questions please let me know, wes@crowdedsites.com

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A Web Design Process

  1. 1. A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  2. 2. "If you focus on the process of climbing, youll end up on the summit." - Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  3. 3. "In the beginning, its not necessarily important what your process is, its that you have one." - Steve Axthelm A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  4. 4. What method do you use? • Waterfall • Scrum • Agile A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  5. 5. Waterfall approach with some tweaks • The Waterfall method works, because clients get it. There is precedent for it. A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  6. 6. Process Overview • Meet / Estimate / Contract • Kickoff / Mindmap / Schedule • Wireframes / Site Architecture • Design Mockups / Key Pages • Development / Content • Reviews / Fixes / Launch A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  7. 7. Our terms are unique • Price according to features • Use Freshbooks "Accept" estimate feature • Contract has EVERYTHING in it! • Dates depend on features • 50% deposit, 25% after 30 days, 25% at end • No work released until paid in full • Anything changes, work stops A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  8. 8. Discovery A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  9. 9. Schedule A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  10. 10. Wireframes A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  11. 11. Design A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  12. 12. Content A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  13. 13. Revisions • 5 hours of revisions only • Two rounds of revisions • Create list one, do list one • Create list two, do list two • Additional revisions require new estimate and charged $150 / hr • Test like crazy - Browserstack.com A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  14. 14. Walkthrough & Education • Create a formal review • Reference original goals • Set time for training, 5 hours • Note any last minute bugs • Set a date for launch • Invoice for final payment A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  15. 15. Final Power Tips • Set up a regular status update schedule • Warn of blackout period during production • Projects get weird at 3 months, meet up • Go live on a Tuesday • Follow up with your client in a week, really • If you messed up, fix it • If they want more, charge for it A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  16. 16. When it goes south... • Call client for call or meeting • Its better to have a face to face • Review where things are & whats left • Provide scenarios for completion • Come up with a realistic timeline • Do what you say A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  17. 17. Sleep great • Be elegant • Be professional • Be sincere • Do great work A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12
  18. 18. Thank you! • For any questions feel free to contact me! • Wes@CrowdedSites.com A Web Design ProcessTuesday, January 17, 12

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