Flash Websites from 1998:
These are websites that were designed 20 years ago, but still look fresh. They look small because most users had 15″ & 17″ monitors with half the screen resolution we have now (800×600 or 1024×768).
Web Design Timeline
In our first meeting, we will define the project goal. We want to know YOUR needs and your “wants” for the new website. We will discuss the project scope, timeline, responsibilities of both parties, and the dreaded “B” word…budget.During this discovery phase, you will provide examples of your favorite sites, various competitor sites, and other personal “likes and dislikes” about the web.
Developing a sitemap is a critical element in designing your website. This is where we’ll list the pages you’d like to have on the website (Home, About, Services, Contact) in a way that will help visitors navigate easily and quickly in their search for information. Here we focus on information hierarchy and overall web navigation.
A wireframe is a simple black & white line drawing that depicts the web page screen area. It takes into consideration how customers view the internet on devices that have various screen sizes. Wireframes show us what the screen will look like.
We create visual sketches, or comps, using Photoshop in order to produce what looks like an actual web page. Hidden from the public, these comps will be posted to a behind-the-scenes page so that you, the client, can review and make suggested changes in regard to layout, color, and other visual design elements that align with your brand. Remember, this is YOUR site. We value your input.
Once you approve the visual design, the files are saved as gif, jpg, or png files and built into template pages. These pages end up being the foundation of the final website. Integration is time consuming. Hours upon hours are spent testing the site to ensure that it works on a number of different browsers and platforms. It is also during the Integration stage that you will send your content, both imagery and text, that will reside on the various pages.
After Integration, we will stage the site so that you and your team can review all of the content and navigation. You’ll look for typo/grammar errors, check embedded links, and assure the website loads properly on all devices and browsers.
Once you give your approval, we simply move the files to a live directory and introduce your website to the world!