Let’s take a look a what these common problems are, and what you can do to keep your next project on track, on time, and on budget.
How long will a job take?
For a simple business web presence the job could be done in 2 weeks or less. Of course, there is a lot of complexity and variation when it comes to client needs, so as the job grows, so does the timeline. It may be a week of development before you see a nearly finished draft. Then you give your comments and we do a quick revision to get everything lined up for you. Read on to see what slows a project down and how we can eliminate these issues.
Waiting for content
I have done jobs personally where I have waited months for content. Whether it was waiting for site copy, images, or multimedia, having empty spaces on the website keeps it from being launched and sends the project into limbo. Solution: In our requirements document we will decide who’s job it is deliver each type of content, with deadlines for when it should be delivered. Then content and design merge at the perfect time.
Quite a lot of time can be spent settling miscommunications about how the site should look and function. All of this is avoided in our first meeting. We go through the Website Questionnaire and I show you some working models to help narrow down your design intentions. Once we are on the same page, then all the work begins.
Changes after the fact
On a creative project you definitely have to be prepared to duck and dive a bit, making changes as the project comes to fruition. The one thing that will slow things down and drive up the cost is making core functional changes to the site after the work has begun (or is nearly finished). We will go through all of the site functions at our first meeting and make sure we are choosing a framework that will suit all of your needs from the beginning.
Client vs Manager
I like to think that a web design project needs a client and a manager, not someone playing a dual role. I make myself the contractor on the job; I organize the developers, designers, back end specialists, and make sure they are all hitting the timeline and the budget. Then you only have one person to deal with when it comes to questions and answers and you can put your faith in one person to pull all the strings.