Terminology most outside of the web design business don’t know.
It probably seems that in order to get your designer to do what you want (without endless, tedious trial and error) requires you to learn a whole bunch of new terms and have a basic understanding of the various elements of your
In the article below I’m going to reveal THE easiest way you can give your developer the feedback he or she needs to tweak things so that you end up with exactly the sexy beast of a website you’ve
Now there may be some web designers who will not be happy with me for sharing this with you. As a design
I’m going to tell you a secret that you mightn’t be overjoyed about but it’s the truth so brace yourself!
Web Design Basics: Don’t let bad design be your fault!
If you use this technique and your website ends up looking like the website equivalent of the bride of Frankenstein then it’s partially your fault. Its critically important that you trust the advice of your web designer. If you don’t I would urge you to consider finding a new one that you do trust!
I think I’m safe speaking for designers in general when I say that most designers *want* to give their client’s an outcome they are happy with.
Professional designers read blogs about the latest techniques and trends in design. They spend their lives immersed in
Webpage Design Advice
Please, for the love of all that’s good and holy, find a web designer that you trust. All designers have an “eye for design” and their own “brand of design” that you can see in their portfolio. If you don’t see it in your potential designer’s portfolio, don’t use them! Seriously you have lots of options.
The Ultimate Web Design Feedback Technique
It is a real challenge to describe what you
The simplest way to remove this issue of communication is to change the mechanics of offering your feedback from a “Tell me what you don’t like” to a “Show me what you don’t like” paradigm. Simply put: if you show your designer what you
The best news is that you don’t need any design skills in order to become a master at this technique, but you are going to need to install a small piece of free software called Jing.
Go here to download and install this software: http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/
When the installer file downloads, simply
After Jing has installed and you have started it up you will see the control interface somewhere at the edge of your display which looks like the diagram to the left.
You can test to see if it’s working by hovering over the sun to see if it pops out as in the diagram.
Step 2: Open a browser window
Open up the web page you need to offer feedback on in your web browser. I would recommend you use Chrome or Firefox (NOT Internet Explorer).
Side Note: Internet Explorer is a horrific, unbelievably poor, woefully woegeous,
Step 3: Fire up Jing!
Click on the + shaped icon that pops up when you hover over the Jing sun symbol at the edge of your screen.
Your screen should
Hint: You’ll want to leave plenty of room on either side of the web page so you have room to write your comments. Jing doesn’t scroll the page down so you might need to do two Jing captures for each page,
Step 4: Capture your
Click on the Capture Image button after you let go of your left mouse button.
Step 5: Add directions and comments
Easily and quickly add your arrows and comments using Jing. The controls to do can be found on the top left of the Jing window.
Step 6: Share your feedback with your developer
Now you’ve added all your comments, it’s time to share it with your developer. I would recommend using the Share via Screencast button (the first one!). When you click that button Jing uploads your image with your comments to Screencast and copy’s the URL to your image onto your clipboard.
Open up your email client and either click Reply to your designer or Compose a new message. After saying hello (it’s nice to be nice!), simply hold down your Ctrl key and press V on your keyboard. That will paste the URL to your commented image on Screencast into your email.
Click send and hey presto! Your designer/developer is now up to speed! Hurray!
Have you ever had to give a web designer feedback? How was your experience?