After you’ve met with your designer to go over the basics, they will take a week or two to start designing a sample for you. The only information they have to work with is what you told them in the meeting or in your artwork questionnaire. Sometimes, that information might not have been enough. Sometimes, the wires get crossed and the design doesn’t turn out exactly how you were imagining.
Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get angry. It’s time to get down to work and figure out exactly what you need to do to get your message across to them and get a design that meets your needs.
1. Be Specific
This is the most important piece of advice in this article. That’s why it’s at the top. When giving feedback to your designer, whether you love it or hate it, you have to be as specific as possible. Don’t beat around the bush or use vague language. They are pretty talented designers, but they can’t read minds.
Providing feedback to your designer about your new website can be challenging. You may not know what lingo to use, or what you are feeling. Take your time, review the design several times. When you feel you’ve had adequate time to review the site and absorb everything that is happening, then it’s time to start providing feedback.
You can use the handy comment function built-in to the page we sent you. This is helpful when making very specific comments. But what about the other questions you may have? Learn how to word your feedback in a constructive way to help your designer.
1. Look at other websites.
To start, look at other websites. Look at your competitors locally and nationally. Look at bad websites and look at amazing websites. This will give you an idea of what you may want to strive for, and what you don’t like.
Note the look, feel, and function of websites you like and don’t like. Having another website to look at could help the designer understand what you are looking for when you aren’t sure how to put it into words.
Do you need a new website? Are you struggling with where to begin? We understand that web design can be daunting.
When you work with an agency like Techno Goober, our expert designers will ask you a number of questions to get started. Questions like:
- What are some websites for businesses similar to yours?
- Are there any elements on those websites you like or dislike?
- Do you feel there is something missing from your competitors’ websites?
- Is there another website that you like how it looks, feels, or functions?
- Is there another website that you DON’T like how it looks, feels, or functions?
- What images, content or colors would you like to use?
- Do you need us to take or find photos for you?
Use this Beginner’s Guide to Web Design to gather your inspiration and kick-start your web design process.