As your structure is set right, it will make it easier to style the code, as to an extent you will be letting the natural html elements create the layout of the design when your creating the styles for your mobile site. [More]
May 11, 2012 11:14 by EAOM
As we move further into the digital era, it is evident that almost every business can benefit from having a professionally designed website. In many instances, a website will be the first impression that customers will have of a company, and hence the importance of carefully choosing a web design company. However, choosing between the hundreds of web design agencies can prove to be a challenge, especially when the estimates vary so wildly between one company and the next. To help you with your choice, this article will point at the main elements to look for when selecting a web design agency.
1- Look for a company that can deliver well-rounded service
There is no doubt about it: websites must be visually appealing to potential customers, but there is no point in having a very attractive site if it does not work, or if it has technical glitches. A good web design agency must be able to provide outstanding design and equally impressive functionality.
2- Understanding prices
Setting up a website from scratch can be costly. However, you should consider the money spent on web design as an investment in the future of your company. To ensure that you are putting the money in the right place, always ask web design companies to show evidence of value. What kind of results have previous customers seen after working with a particular design company? Does the design company have a client portfolio? Is there a testimonials section in their website? The more expensive an estimate is, the more results you should be able to expect.
3- Choose a company that suits all your needs
Although almost every business needs a website, not all businesses have the same needs or requirements. What are your priorities? Perhaps you need a website to help you promote your company. In this case, look for a web design company that has experience as an online marketing agency. Maybe you need to focus on e-commerce, in which case a digital marketing agency is a good choice. Or perhaps you already have a website but need to increase the traffic it receives. In that case, ensure that the web design agency of your choice can double up as a SEO agency. The same applies if you need someone to create content for your website, in addition to designing the page.
4- Define your expectations
It is important to be clear as to what your expectations are from a professional relationship with a web design agency. Obviously, clear communication is a must, but be specific about how often do you expect the agency to be in touch with you. Also, it is important that you can be updated directly by the designer who will be in charge of your website. Additionally, discuss with the agency what will happen if problems arise. Examine carefully your impressions from the initial meeting: did the company seem professional? Did they understand your business concept and your requirements straight away?
If you want to find out more about EAOM's web design services call us on 01772 331830 and speak to one of our team.
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When starting a new design I tend to prefer flicking through sites such as FFFFound or Pintrest for little snippets of inspiration maybe a certain font can generate an idea or the use of certain assets might spark something, of course for things such as layout ideas for web design, I prefer to know all the elements that are required for the layout then I believe it's a case of working out a hierarchy of importance then playing with the elements required in a layout, moving things around and trying to invent different ways of displaying them. Obviously you can't reinvent the wheel, and there's only so many ways to lay elements out, but I think looking to have them display in different ways can ad variety and bring something new to a web site, i.e. JS carousels, there are many different variations available for free these days and many you can manipulate to suit a particular design or for more originality (I came across a carousel recently and wondered how it worked, then realised it was on I already had which had just been tweaked to work differently.)
At the end of the day I'm not condemning the referencing of design books et al (I'd be an idiot to even suggest that) I just feel it's easy to become tainted by a design or style, and it's more the subconscious that is influenced and in turn you end up creating a mish mash or styles, flicking through them and looking for those little sparks of inspiration however is certainly my preferred method.
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