When you first start contacting a designer for a new website or blog design, you need to give them examples and explain to them what you are looking for. While they can also use some of their own creativity and vision, it helps to give them a place to start from. If you don’t give them enough details and examples, they won’t know what it is you’re looking for.
Show Different Color Combos
The first thing you can show the web designer to make sure you get what you want is different color combinations. You should already have an idea of what colors you want to use in your design. If you already have the logo created, show that to them, as it can tell them a lot about the colors and style you are going for. If not, you will need to put together a color combo that you like. This doesn’t have to be exactly what the website will have, but at least give them some ideas. You can either show them a little palette that shows the color you want, or be from an actual website that shows what you’re looking for.
Give Them Logo Design Ideas, Examples, or Inspiration
If you are planning on having them create a custom logo for you, you need to find some good examples. The more examples you can show to the web designer, the better off you will be. Try to find actual examples of logo styles that you like, whether you liked how creative it was, the way the wording was placed in the image, the simplicity or complexity, or just the color scheme. When providing examples to the web designer, be clear about what part of each example you like to give them a good idea of what style you are most interested in.
Find Websites or Blogs You Like
When the graphic designer is creating a full website or blog, this also requires some good examples. Browse the web and find websites within your industry that you feel would suit your website. These examples aren’t going to be copied, as your design will be original. But it does help a designer get a feel for what you want in the finished product. It can also help them look at different aspects of a website that you are looking for.
Give a List of What You NEED On the Site
If there are certain things you absolutely need on the website, make that known from the beginning or during the planning stage of the website. You might come across a website that has a certain tool or design aspect that you feel you should have on your site. Make sure you bring this up to the designer as soon as possible. Be clear about what parts of the design are optional if it flows well, and what it absolutely has to have.
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