How to choose a good web designer?
I recently wrote about where to find a web designer.
It’s time to talk about how to choose a good specialist from the web designers found.
For me, a “good” web designer means professional, and “professional” means thinking, attentive, thoughtful, neat, modern.
1. Portfolio designer.
This is the main indicator of the quality of work of a web designer. It is enough to see 5-7 works. But often this is not new work, but simply the most powerful. I try to watch the latest work. This will tell at what stage of its development the designer is now.
In works, most often everything is drawn smoothly, on a grid. If this is not the case, do not waste time. Next, we look at the quality of the details and design: the indentation of the blocks, what text is used in the layouts, is there a balance between graphics and texts, is there enough free space. The details clearly show how deliberately the designer works.
Separately check if sites have mobile versions. Now this is an important indicator.
2. Communication methods.
When the designer has only mail indicated, this is of course not enough.
A demanding specialist knows that clients often use different instant messengers, sometimes exotic ones. Therefore, the designer should have mail, skype, WhatsApp, Viber, telegram. Some use Slack.
Not everyone may have a phone number and that’s in the order of things. Not all designers communicate well in voice. It requires certain skills and experience. Therefore, the phone can be recognized already in the process.
3. Feedback speed.
In this regard, I agree with Karim Rashid – requests must be answered promptly. Within an hour or two. In case of heavy load – until the evening of the current day.
If the designer did not answer within 2 days, you understand, you won’t be able to quickly solve operational issues.
4. Text about yourself and services.
The text about yourself and the services should be literate, without spelling mistakes.
It is better when a person indicates his specialization and principles of work. This characterizes him as a thinking specialist.
5. Working conditions.
Be sure to find out all the working conditions on the shore. How much time will be required for your task, how much it will cost, what will be the payment scheme and in what way.
Timing is not always possible to evaluate accurately. Allowable play: 2-3 days, but not 1-2 weeks.
6. Application form, brief.
A competent web designer has his own questionnaire, which contains important questions for him on a future project. It is simply impossible to work without a brief – it is impossible to control the result later.
It is good practice to conduct a Skype interview before starting work.
There you will personally chat with the person and you can ask additional questions.
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