Instead of me asking for your requirements, going into my cave, and developing a site, I will work with you to create something that’s as beautiful as it is effective.
- I take a collaborative approach. Your input is absolutely key to the success of our project and I work around you, taking into account any guidelines you need me to adhere to.
- I assume you want to be autonomous. Each project gets a full style guide and includes at least one training session. This will enable you to make a range of changes and adjustments to your website without incurring the expense of a developer.
- I only work with people who are as excited about their projects as I am about web development. You won’t find any cookie-cutter solutions here, just good old fashioned craftsmanship. I will get to know your company and everything that makes it unique. Then I will develop a custom website that suits your needs and brand identity.
Your Crucial Role
A lot of clients think that they should stay away from the development process. They often don’t want to ‘influence creativity’ but you actually have a much bigger role in the success of a project than you may think.
Here are some ways you can get involved with your project.
Be the expert
Even though I research your company extensively before each project (as by now I’m sure you know), your experience is much more valuable than most things I can dig up.
Give context to everything. The more I know about your business, the better equipped I’ll be to create solutions that perform for you.
It’s also your job to get your team in order and decide who is responsible for what. It’s best to set roles at the very start of the project and clearly state who is responsible for signing things off.
If that person is you, you need to be involved in the whole process. If you’re coming in periodically throughout the project, you’re going to really struggle to know what’s going on and will not be able to make informed decisions.
So with that in mind, if you’re super busy, it’s better to give someone else the authority to sign off design work.
Give feedback in a timely manner
I pride myself on producing great quality work in a reasonable timeframe. I need your help to ensure I meet these deadlines. I have a long pipeline of work at any time and if there are delays in getting feedback it might mean I need to pause the project until I get another gap.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to be realistic at the start of a project how much time you need to provide feedback so I can factor it into the timeline and ensure deadlines are met.
When working with me, feel free to ask as many questions as you like. Instead of asking for a specific change, questions usually lead to better results.
Don’t worry about annoying me — I am absolutely thrilled when clients take a keen interest in projects. I spend a lot of time behind the scenes deliberating over them and I love the chance to discuss my reasonings with you.
Overall your role in a project is a big one. Sure, you’re hiring me to create a website but without your input and knowledge, the project won’t be half as successful as it could be.