How does the process work? View Answer || Hide Answer
- I submit an estimate outlining the fees and specifics of a design project. The bid would also include estimated turn around times and fee schedules. Once the bid is agreed upon, the development phase begins.
- The client must supply logos and a draft of the text. This is the longest phase of the process requiring good communication and extensive research by all those involved
I submit design ideas in pdf form (comps) and you pick a direction. Revisions are encouraged in this phase until the design is to your liking.
- Once you approve the design, several “live” pages are put together, images are purchased if necessary and information graphics are created.
- After these first pages are approved, the other pages are assembled using your proofread, finalized text. Any author’s alterations (AAs) after this point are charged for.
- Once you approve the job, I will provide a testing site (for web) or the printer will provide either blueprints or other proofs (for a print job).
- FINISHED! When you approve these final documents, your website is loaded onto your server or your job is printed.
Do I need a “custom” design, or would a web service work just as well?
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Web services use templates. They will work adequately. If you just want an adequate site a web service would fill your expectations. However, remember that you want your site a notch above the others. Your web site needs to have impact. That requires the finesse and expertise of a good designer. Design is an investment in your venture that will pay for itself in increased sales!
What if I don’t like the design? View Answer || Hide Answer
We tweak the design until you like it. If design concepts continue to be completely off base that means there has been a severe communication breakdown. If things cannot be rectified, the job can be cancelled for a small percentage of the agreed upon price (a kill fee), reflecting a fair charge for work done in good faith. I am a member of the Graphic Artists Guild and adhere to all their pricing and ethical guidelines.
Can I make changes? View Answer || Hide Answer
Yes, you can make changes. Changes are welcome during the development phase. However, once your final text is laid into a live document, changes are charged at the rate of $45 per hour.
Who arranges for the printing? View Answer || Hide Answer
You must arrange for the printing. I will provide everything the printer needs to go to press. If you do not know a good printer, I will be happy to recommend one.
Who arranges the web hosting and domain name? View Answer || Hide Answer
You must arrange for the web host and the domain name. If you do not know a good service I can recommend “Pair”. You are reading from one of their servers now.