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What do you mean?

Regardless if you’re an interested company or a new designer, we are here to share some web design lists. Although the list generally varies between each designers and is not mandatory to prepare beforehand, it should be useful to know. You might ask, “Why should I care? We’ll talk about it during the meeting anyways”. Although it is true, having a rough idea or preparation beforehand can help the designer to know what the client wants and need quicker. It would also make the designing process progress smoothly without the need for constant guess and check throughout the web design process.

Which is what?

Before we start listing the needs and wants, you should be informed about the differences. There’s a few different lists depending on the client type. We first start by asking the simplest question: Are we designing a new site or redesigning an existing one? Depending on which, we will need different things for the web design process.

Layout draft for web development

Designing a site means starting with little to no contents.

Site Arrangement Picture in web development

Redesigning your website means working with existing contents.

Off-site Factors

Let us get straight to the point with some off-site factors. These factors easily eliminates unsuitable options effectively and allows both parties to cut to the chase.

  • Budget

    This may sound materialistic however it is the fastest and most direct method to get unnecessary things out of the way. By knowing of the client’s intended budget for the site, the designer and client can immediately discuss realistic goals for the site. For the designer, the complexity and extent of the site is made clear. And for the clients, it helps eliminate a lot of modules such as recommended plugins that are not mandatory for the site to function (optional add-ons).

    Web Design Options

    Setting a budget helps to filter options realistically, effectively and efficiently.

  • Company Information

    Company’s information serves as a foundation for Designers to use when designing a website. A company’s goals and aims can shape how the final design looks such as the themes, concepts, styles etc. A company’s logo can double as a colour palette for the site if the company hasn’t decide on any official brand colours yet. Knowing the company’s target audience is also helpful because there are different designs to attract different target groups. By knowing the company in-depth, it’ll be easier for the final design to be as close to ideal as possible.

  • Time Frame

    It’s good to establish a mutual timeline for follow up and updates. A rough, or if possible a clear, schedule would allow the clients to gain insight on what will take place and acts as an assurance point. While a schedule for a designer means an easier time management and prioritization as some might be balancing multiple clients and project at once. It’ll help to keep both parties up to date with each other.

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