How to start (and run) a Web Design project

This mini-guide dedicated to web design , talks about the process just after the acquisition of a job.

It often happens, especially in the web world (alas), that the customer does not have a clear idea of ​​what he wants exactly from you and from the project he wants to undertake.

This usually derives from a lack of deepening of the theme or from a distortion of the information that he read quickly on some blog or from some not very precise advice arrived from who knows where.

Small stop, let’s clarify this point.

I do not mean to say that we need to talk to the client by belittling his ideas or by arriving at a standstill.

On the contrary, we must prove willing to explain our work in a synthetic and exhaustive way , assigning it the right value. I know it is not easy at all to explain the world of the web and everything that revolves around it with a simple and understandable language for everyone, but it is a fundamental step to start a project on the right foot.

As for my way of working, I prefer to put the personal relationship on top of the project , and in the background everything related to the business.

It is the project that has to go around people, and not the other way around .

On the concept of “assigning the right value” to one’s work, many other words should be spent on it. Many of my colleagues have already talked a lot about it, and I believe that everything can be summarized in the videos presented a few months ago by the guys from Zerovideo🙂

After this brief introduction, I would say that the time has come to move to the content promised by the title.

Inspiration comes from a Designmodo infographic. Have you ever visited their site? It’s one of my favorites! Here the link.

I will divide this mini guide into 5 easy to read and convenient paragraphs to reuse for your future projects.

Collaboration with the customer
Research, inspiration and planning
Design
Development
Test and launch
1 – CUSTOMER COLLABORATION

As indicated in the introduction of the article, this point is of fundamental importance to work well and to achieve results in the pre-established time .

It is therefore necessary:

Set goals
To sell ? Collect contacts? Improve your image on the web? Provide a service?

Establish the target audience
To whom is the website addressed? Future customers? Investors? Companies?

Proposals
Is there already an idea on how to develop the project? Are there examples to take inspiration from?

Establish content and features
What kind of site should it be? What main features should you have?

Once these points have been clarified and an idea of ​​the project has been made, it becomes necessary to move on to the formalities of the case (it is recommended to do a mini-contract):

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