It seems everyone is advising and recommending how to choose a designer for your company or personal website in blogs, articles and the various web publishing mediums. So now, if you have read all or some of these posts or articles, you should be well versed in the subject matter. However, it’s not quite that simple! Surprised? I am sure you are, as most of the posts or articles tell you everything you already know. There is nothing informative there, is there?
Oh yes, you should make sure it is a design house capable of doing the right job for you. And you should make sure they do what they say they will do. Or you should make sure their price is right for you or make sure you understand them and they speak the same language as you do and all the various things mentioned that you have already read about. But consider this: If you’re talking to the sales people, do you know who will be doing the design for you. Sales will promise anything to get your business but who is the designer and what about his work, have you seen it? And how will you get along with him, will he fight your ideas or is willing to listen and follow through with them or at least give you a good explanation why your idea will not work.
A design studio may have several designers or a team of people with different disciplines working on your project which could be different than the ones showing their work in the portfolio section of their website you have been so diligently looking at. Designers come and go pretty often and the works you look at that get your attention and/or you really like may have been done by someone who’s no longer there.
Then it’s the attitude with which you have to deal with. Will you get a prima donna or someone easy to work with and responsive to your needs? This is critical especially if you already have some definite ideas about your site and how you want it to look or function. A good designer/developer should explain why your idea may not work or at least advise you of its short coming’s and the damage it may do to your eventual objectives but not to discard it.
Sometimes it’s not possible to see or realize any of the above until you have met the person who will be working for you and his sample work. When you are sitting across the table form the actual designer asking questions or just talking is when you realize things you didn’t before. You can feel how the relationship may go and how you’ll be treated during the design process.
Many solicit your business on the web from far away and you may never see them in person. This is not advisable unless you can travel to meet that person. A local designer is by far more accessible.
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