Word must be spreading that I do websites as a couple of weeks ago I was approached by a local garden supply company that was looking to step into today with a website.
The client had a very clear idea of their site structure and was able to provide 99% of the copy as well as all logos and photography. The only photo taken here was of a shrub in the backyard which I used to create the seamless background.
With all resources provided to me, I had more time to spend on the design of the site and I think it is a big improvement on my first commission. Pleasingly, the look has wandered away a little from the others sites I have created. That is a good thing as I was beginning to think all of my sites would look the same: rectangular top banner, top or side links, (mainly) plain backgrounds and a gradient or two. This time around I have experimented with transparencies and curvy design elements.
The site look was created to resemble something like a competitor’s website, but I made damn sure it looks a whole bunch different as I do not want to infringe on design copyright. The only things I am needing to complete the site now are the USB stick full of photos and figuring out how to get Internet Explorer to show the link colours how I have coded them in CSS, not as that program’s default colours.
Perhaps, most importantly is that the only connection with cycling this site has is that the owner is a cyclist at my club.
Homepage of website commission #2
Recently I secured a brief to create a simple website as well as a mono-colour logo.
As this is my first “real” design job, I’ve quoted them “around $600”. $400 for the site, $200 for the logo.
Looking at how much it costs to develop a website, that’s a huge discount. (Check out this link to get an idea of how much this costs to develop). For the logo, it’ll probably take me 3 hours to create it, so I’ll make a little bit of profit from that.
Website wise, the main goal there is to produce a site worthy of a portfolio piece. I’m tracking how much time I spend on this brief so I will have some real figures to work with the next time I take on a web design and development brief. What seems strange is that it looks like once person will develop the website design then another person will produce all the coding. If so, the fact that I can produce a pretty picture the translate that into html and css code must put me at an advantage.
On a semi related note, if this sort of work does not take off, it’ll be a mad rush to find a science job as my redundancy payout is looking a little sparse and the Government’s job search allowance is a tad pitiful.
Update: the site more or less looks as I envisioned it. The client has approved the logo. I’m not particularly happy with the typography so may revisit that as a personal project. The colours were based on a combination of moodboard and client wishes. All photography is my own.
Homepage of website commission #1