Episode 028

028: Our Design Process

The process you follow for design projects will vary depending on the type of work and the client, but in this episode we discuss the basic process we follow for designing websites. We give advice for wireframing, dealing with client feedback and revisions. Your design process is something that will evolve over time and it’s a good idea to always be open to learning new techniques and improving on your process.

"This could be the first time a client has worked with a designer before, so you want to make it a good experience for them."

Femke


Key takeaways

Clients don’t just hand over a full brief with everything you need to know. You need to ask them lots of questions to learn enough about the project to create a proposal and give an accurate quote.

Brainstorm your own ideas first before searching for visual inspiration references. Other designs you look at will have been created for a different purpose so it’s better to come up with your own design ideas first before taking inspiration from them. They shouldn’t be your starting point.

 

When you share your progress work with clients, educate them on the best way to give useful feedback. Walk them through the design and explain which pieces may be placeholders, so that they don’t waste their time giving feedback on the wrong thing.

Be open to new ways of doing things and learning new techniques to add to your process. You never know what you could learn that may become essential to your process and really help you out, so observe the designers around you and learn from them.


Show timestamps

1:15 – Weekly check in

3:37 – Client projects vs in-house projects process

5:00 – Reverse briefs

8:05 – Starting the design phase

9:30 – Coming up with your own ideas before looking at inspiration

13:00 – Clients giving inspiration images

15:10 – Wireframing

22:30 – When do you share your work with the client?

30:30 – Revisions

35:50 – Educating clients on how to give useful feedback

38:35 – Where did we learn our process?

41:15 – Losing motivation in the process & how to deal with it


Show links

The Apartment blog

Wireframing tutorial

Useful feedback

Episode 21: Motivation

Episode 19: Inspiration

 


Show credits

Our site: designlife.fm

Our Twitter: @DesignLifeFM

 

Design Life on iTunes

Our theme tune was created by the talented Camiel van Schoonhoven