- 14 Oct
The practical guide to web design workflow
As a web designer who’s part of a larger web development team, it’s common that you have to juggle a lot of tasks simultaneously. Having created some first design drafts for your client and now waiting for that first feedback, you are probably pretty excited about how your work will be perceived by the client. With so many things to monitor in a strict time frame, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the complexity of the project. There are many steps involved in designing a website or app. These steps slightly vary from person to person, but the basic workflow remains the same. With a good workflow set up and with a few tools and software, you’ll easily keep the ball rolling and avoid lengthy feedback cycles. Here’s a practical guide to a design workflow that you can use to increase the productivity of your team. Preparation phase: Managing expectations Whether you are simply maintaining an existing website or designing a new website from scratch, both you and your client are required to manage each other’s expectations. While your primary responsibility is to understand the requirement of the project in detail, the client’s responsibility is to understand how each choice that is made impacts the scope and the budget of the project, with your help. Let your client know about the required technology, the required budget, and the time frame required for finishing the project. Approaching your project in an organized manner will save time, efforts, and budget. Phase 1: Defining site goals This is probably the most important phase of any design project as you define the goals, set up the overall structure, decide on content and assign roles and the different deliverables throughout the project. By setting up proper planning right from the beginning, you save yourself from a lot of grief later. Here you work with the client to establish the schedule, budget, timeline, technical needs, visual style and the content structure for the target audience. When managing expectations and getting started with your design project, I’d like to recommend making use of a lean and easy-to-use project management in order to keep track of defined goals, budgets, tasks and schedules.
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As a web designer who’s part of a larger web development team, it’s common that you have to juggle a lot of tasks simultaneously.