How It Works
All new projects starts with a conversation. We’ll chat about what your goals are for the project, your timeline, your budget, and your expectations. Afterwards, you’ll get a price, a contract, and a schedule — all three will be honored. Like everything else, my goal is to keep it as simple as possible.
How many comps (versions of the rough draft) do you get?
I’ll take into account your content, your target audience, and the function your site will serve — and then I’ll blend all of these into the best way I feel it can be presented. Will it be perfect the first time? Doubtful, but refinement is part of the process, and some of that is going to be based on your feedback. As far as how many changes, that’s hard to quantify because a change could be anything. This usually isn’t a big deal as I expect a certain amount of changes, but we’ll set some guidelines in the budget.
Good ideas rarely come in bunches. The designer who voluntarily presents his client with a batch of layouts does so not out prolificacy, but out of uncertainty or fear.
How will comps be presented?
I design in the browser, you’ll see your evolving site on a temporary, password-protected server (usually dev.yoursite.com). Design is no longer static — it’s going to be a different bird on your phone, your iPad, your laptop, and your external monitor. You’re not going to get a good idea of how things work unless you see it working. Furthermore, I don’t believe in doing one, magically perfect comp right off the bat, it will continue to change (and improve) throughout the process.
Am I interested in (your project here)?
It’s not always the project, it’s half project and half people. I’ve been struggling with a good way to explain this for some time. I look to work with people who are looking for a long-term partner to build something fantastic and unique. As usual, someone smarter than me has said it much better than I could have. How to Get a Designer is a fantastic article and worth the seven minute read.
In general, the types of projects I gravitate toward are custom, hand-crafted sites that take a little time and love. If you're looking for a Wordpress template or just some quick mockups, I'm not a great fit. Many of my clients are non-profits, but I choose them because I like to work with clients who are changing the world — you don't really need to be a non-profit for that.
Do I bid on projects as a flat fee or hourly rate?
Both. I work in one of two ways.
- Some clients have enough ongoing work that their design efforts require a lot of attention, but not quite so much to justify a full-time employee. We agree on a set amount of hours per week or month and I commit that much time to work toward mutually agreed upon goals. This is my preferred method in many cases as I believe that many forms of design (especially your website) should be constantly evolving.
- Some clients simply need X done and then we part ways for months or years. If that's the case, I bid the project with a flat bid (which we also agree on) and we agree to some limits on time spent so that the project doesn't scale wildly out of hand. This is a little more spendy per-hour, but has a definite beginning and end.
I honestly view every site and every client as an individual, I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. If you’re really curious, let’s just chat.