How to get the most from your design meeting

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We’ve recently added a post about ‘10 (more) questions to ask your web designer‘ aimed at helping you get the most out of a meeting with a potential web designer. Following on from that we have decided to write a post to give you tips on getting the most out of your initial design interview (once you have signed up to a website design).

We always ask that a client meets with us to discuss requirements, their likes and dislikes and to talk over expectations.

A face to face meeting like this is the most productive way to make progress with a design and to hit the nail on the head as early as possible.

After years of these design meetings we descided to put together the following tips so you have an idea of what to expect.

1) Talk to us

Simple isn’t it! We want to hear what you have to say, what you are looking for, what your business does. The works. You should be the one talking and we should be listening (and possibly taking a few notes!) If you are stuck with how to begin don’t worry, we will have a few questions to start you off and get you chatting.

2) Show us

One of the most telling parts of a design meeting can be hearing what you do and don’t like. Whether it’s websites, logos, flyers or even magazine layout. It all helps us get a feel for what you are looking for. You may think that everything is a ‘hodge-podge’ of unrelated ideas but with seeing just a few examples we can immediately see a theme. It can really help us to see straight away that you like simple designs, bright designs, a classic or a grunge look and can be easier for you to tell us what you want without actually telling us!

3) Wait fo us!

This design meeting is not about having an immediate solution or design before you leave the office. We need time to digest what you have said and played about with a few ideas before giving you your first webdesign sample. This is a normal process so don’t be disappointed! It gives us time to really think about what you want and to give you a considered design.

4) Be a little prepared

To really get the most out of your design meeting you can prepare yourself. Before the meeting take a coffee break and consider a few points:

  • Do you have a colour scheme in mind?
  • Do you have images you would like to use or have to use?
  • Do you have set fonts?
  • Do you have a logo designed? If so then bring a samples long with you.
  • What websites do you like and dislike?
  • Who’s going to prepare the textual content?
  • What message do you want to get accross? Any call to actions you need to include?

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