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Preparing your site to work with a designer
Content & Architecture Now, Design & Layout Later.
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msg:3332157
 2:28 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

As much as I wish I was competent in web design -- I'm not, and right now I'm trying to build a web site with a strong message and focused content.

I'm trying to get started on my new project, but design and layout decisions are slowing me down.

Right now, I only want to focus on site content and architecture and not on design or layout. What I would love would to be able to create my site without design or layout, then hire a professional to create the site's designs and layouts for me.

Besides using valid HTML that link to a blank CSS file, and using a generous amount of ids and classes to identify different components, is there anything else I should do to prepare for a design professional?

Is it common for people to create their site/content without considerations for design elements, and then try to work with a designer afterwards? What might I expect and where might I find a designer that would work this way? Is this more of a hassel than a benefit?

Thank for your comments.

 

pageoneresults




msg:3332159
 2:40 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is it common for people to create their site/content without considerations for design elements, and then try to work with a designer afterwards?

I'm not too certain that it is common, but it is the way I like to work.

I'll open up FrontPage, start a new web, and start banging away. I have a library of various templates, includes, stylesheets, etc. that I utilize for these initial development stages.

I'll design a raw GUI for the client so they can get a visual for how things will work. They can see navigation elements and overall site architecture. What's nice about this type of environment is that everything is in a plain vanilla workspace. The client cannot be distracted by the surrounding graphics so it forces them to focus on architecture and content.

What might I expect and where might I find a designer that would work this way? Is this more of a hassel than a benefit?

Its not a matter of finding someone to work that way, you just need to lay down the guidelines at the beginning for all of those involved.

No, this is not more of hassle than a benefit. It will all depend on how your clients react to a plain vanilla dev environment.

jessejump




msg:3332212
 4:48 pm on May 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>>>> Is it common for people to create their site/content without considerations for design elements, and then try to work with a designer afterwards?

Sure. I think that's the way a site that's content driven should develop. A site shouldn't develop around some design.
Take newspapers for example, they had daily articles written - that's what their purpose in life was. Then, they decided to post them on the web and developed a design and structure for their content- which is their reason for existing.

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