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Archive for July, 2010

Web Site Design and Photography

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

In designing a site I always ask for as many photos as I can from a client. The more images you have for a site the more visually appealing the site can become; but if a client does not have any images then we go to a photographer to take pictures for the customer or more commonly we go to a stock photography site. The old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is very true when it comes to web design.

When developing a piece of marketing whether it is a brochure, billboard, flyer, or even a web site. Society reads on an 8th grade level, which lets us know how visually-based our society has become. So when designing a web site the more pictures you can use the more you’ll be able to draw in your visitors.

When developing a web site; I always start out with a two hour meeting where we go through a creative strategy process where we ask the client a great deal of probing questions; such as, what colors do you like, what type of feel are you going for on your website, are you selling a product, and so on. (More to come on Creative Strategy in my next article) Once I have gathered this information I then go on and construct a light-box of images whether the images are from the client, a photographer, stock photography web site or a combination of the aforementioned sources.

So when you begin developing a web site for a client it is very helpful to start out by presenting them with a light-box of images. This is a great way to spawn ideas for the development of the site as well as get additional direction from the client. This allows you to develop a visual story for the client and will help visually layout the site with the images you have chosen. For you newbie’s out there I am sure you are wondering by now what is a light-box? Well, here is the official definition: “A folder used on stock photography site to allow a user to organize digital photos.”

When picking photos for a light-box there are several great stock photography sites out there; such as, www.istockphoto.com, www.bigstockphoto.com, www.shutterstock.com, www.rubberball.com, www.jupiterimages.com. I personally use www.istockphoto.com because the image quality is superior and the price is very reasonable when purchasing photos. Istockphoto.com also has a built in light-box which you can create for a specific client and then send the client a link to that light-box so they can review the images that you have chosen.

Here is an example of one of the light-boxes that I created for a client. Click Here

When purchasing photos make sure to keep a copy of all photos not only for the client that you have purchased them for but also to keep a copy for yourself. I have done this for the last 10 years and I have built up quite a collection of photos for my own library of images. I use these photos as my go too photos for clients before I purchase any additional.

Once the client has chosen the images that he/she wishes to use for construction of their web site I begin designing a Mood Board for their website. “What is a Mood Board you ask?” Well here is a link to the article that gave me the insight on Mood Boards.

Best of Luck in designing and developing your own web sites, please feel free to email me at dwerne@mojoe.net for any questions or comments in regard to this article.

What’s The Difference? | Web Design Greenville SC

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Recently we had a potential client ask us for a quote on a web site for his business; we have course prepared the quote and spent several hours with our potential client going through our creative questions and we had several meetings as well.

Well, you know how it goes. The customer went and got pricing from other web developers and web designers. Of course all of the quotes that came back at a lower cost than ours. So the customer ask, the Million Dollar Question, “What’s the Difference?”

So I explained to the customer that not all web developers / web designers are created equal nor do they provide an apple to apple comparison and most likely that most of other developers that he received quotes from left quite few things out in their proposals. So the customer asked if I would write a list of all the questions that he could then asked the other developers to see if we were comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. After about 2 weeks of waiting I finally received a call back from the client and some of the developers had answered all of the questions. Not to my surprise, all of their quotes had gone up considerably and we ended up being the more reasonably priced.

Due to this client interaction we have developed a new page for our web site called Questions where we answer all of the questions that we proposed to the other web developers / designers. We have made this page so that other potential clients whom probably have some of these same questions can get answers straight from our web site.

“Stuff We’re Diggin’ ”

1. Web Designer Depot

2. DaFont

3. Web Page Design for Designers Resources

Mojoe.net develops new web design for iPhone

Monday, July 26th, 2010

In the past we have designed our web sites with a  CSS or Cascading Style sheet which not only controlled the layout of the site but also controlled the printing of the web site along with the mobile version of the web site, but now we have developed  a separate iPhone version. The iPhone version of the site acts just like an application on the iPhone but it is brought up in the Safari web browser. The iPhone version of the site will interact will several aspects of the iPhone; such as, SMS, Email, Phone, YouTube, Google Maps, and other applications that are uniquely part of the iPhone.

We have recently just released our version of our site for the iPhone. The site is completely compatible with the iPhone; you can instantly call us, SMS us, or even email us through the iPhone mobile versions of our site. The site is completely compliant with the built-in safari web browser. The site also even inter-acts with YouTube, and with Google Maps.

The site is also  shares information about Mojoe.net, our services, and some of  our web sites, as well as has a contact form for immediate assistance.

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