Our Process

Our Design/Development Process is straightforward whether it is a web design project or a graphics design project. The initial step is the same for all projects:

1. Define Project Scope

We determine your requirements from the information you supply and subsequent discussions. Our aim here is to quantify  what you are after (i.e. your goals) and determine design needs and features required. We also take into account your target audience. During this stage we attempt to get a feel for  your business (relevant to the web design project) and your likes and dislikes e.g. colour schemes/preferences.

If you are after a web design it is useful for you to have thought about the content of your site (looking at competitors sites is useful). This will also help you decide on the web pages that you will have, the web site structure, navigation requirements and the features you are after. Your company’s literature (including images) on the products or services you supply will assist in this process. Remember you know your business so it will be the information that you supply which will be used in providing content to the website. We can help you with this and point you in the right direction especially if we believe the information is insufficient or if it requires updating. Our experience with web development and design and our ability to analyse competitors information allows us to provide you with objective input.

The cost of defining the project scope depends greatly on the amount of information readily available from you and whether you have clear requirements from the start. In many cases especially on smaller web sites the charge is small  and we absorb it in the price of the finished web site. For example if you come to us with a clear definition your requirements together with  the number of topics/pages you want and have existing content then we will be in a position to give you a fixed quote without any extra charges. In other cases we might need to spend time to determine your requirement and scope and this will be charged on a time and material basis.

At the end of this stage our aim is to produce a finite description of the work to be undertaken (in the form of a user requirement),  together with a fixed price quote and an estimated time for completion.

2. Project Plan

If the quote is accepted, we break the project into manageable tasks, allocate resources  and create a project plan. The plan is used by us to ensure work is scheduled and that there are clear deliverables at every stage of the project. This is especially important for larger projects when there are numerous activities and resources involved.

Critical activities are identified, highlighted and closely monitored. Risks and assumptions are defined as part of the plan. Any deviation from the plan will ultimately affect the project timeline and cost variations and these will need to be agreed by both parties.

3. Design Draft

From the information we have now it is time to determine the look and feel of the web site. In the first instance our graphics designer will create a front page draft of your web site. This will take into consideration numerous things including target audience, company logo and colours. A site aimed at teenagers, for example, will look much different than one meant for an accountancy firm.

In this phase our graphics designer will work closely with you, exchanging ideas,  until  a final design for your web site is reached.

Once the draft is agreed, full development of the web site can follow.

4. Development

The development stage is where our technical developers work together with the graphics designer to create a functional site that is cross-browser compatible. This is typically done by first developing the home page from the initial draft, followed by a template for the interior pages. All elements/features of the site are built based on the original user requirement. There is on-going interaction with the client during this stage to clarify any issues or to supply the contents of the web site pages.

5. Testing and delivery

Testing is carried out throughout the development by our technical team. A final test is carried out internally to ensure the web site is fully functional, complies with the user requirement, and is cross-browser compatible.

Once it has passed the final test, it is loaded onto the client server in a secure area for Client testing and final acceptance.

6. Client Acceptance

The Client checks the new web site and signs off on it when satisfied, within an agreed time frame (based on original plan). The web site is then published.