From a designer’s viewpoint, website creation requires time and advanced technology in the form of fancy software and tools. Both time and technology form an integral part of the workflow for all web designers who are either freelancing or working with any of the graphic design companies.
A generalized workflow for the creation of any website includes making of a basic design skeleton in the form of a Photoshop file.
This step is executed by the designers.
The next step involves the developers who take care of the coding part using CSS and HTML to make the design work.
After this is done, the developers send across their comments, suggestions and changes to designers again for implementation.
This could take a while; most graphic design companies say that it takes several weeks before the final draft of a web design is considered to be ready to go live.
Design versus Development at the Graphic Design Companies
Creating a website is nothing short of a war between the web designers and the developers.
For the designers, it is the aesthetics and the usability of a design that matter the most.
However, the priorities for a developer working next to the designer are functionality and the working of all the elements that make the design.
Websites, before being made live on the web are shown to the client for feedback as well as for approval by the graphic design companies.
After the Photoshop file sent to the developers is coded for, a URL is created for the same.
This URL needs the approval of the client before it can be uploaded onto the browser and made live.
Fonts, images and sometimes, the whole layout may need to be changed as per the client’s requirements.
Making Things Work
A code-free and creative working space for the web designers can result in great designs that originate from how the designers envision a graphic element at the outset.
A key fact to note here is that the design in its flat mock-up stage may greatly differ from the working website which is about to go live, and it is at this stage where, according to the graphic design companies, maximum number of alterations need to be made.
The aim of a good web design is to effectively communicate both the user interaction and the experience, which are just as significant for the overall design process as is the effective conveying of the look and feel of the site.