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Example of Design Process

Here’s a visual walkthrough that shows the workflow of my typical design process.

First, a look at the client’s original website {not my work}

Client Design Sheet

First we decide on the package, theme, and layout together. Then I will send a detailed design sheet for you to complete with your style preferences. I’ll use this as a starting point for your colors, fonts, and overall aesthetic.

In this case, she sent me some inspiration pictures for my design services. Some clients send pictures, links to websites they love, or even Pinterest boards. This step is optional, but if you’ve already been collecting inspiration I’m always happy to look at it. This can help round out the information I collect on your design sheet.

Determine Colors

I will use your design sheet and any inspiration you send to create your color palette.

If you aren’t sure which way you want to go with colors, I’ll send color suggestions to help narrow down options. In this example, I sent the following color suggestions. She selected color palette #7.

If you have a good idea of the colors you’d like, I skip ahead to create headers in a variety of those colors instead. Here’s an example of this stage of the process in another design.

Custom WordPress teacher blog design, logo, and branding for teacher entrepreneurs and education bloggers via Design by Christi Fultz

Fonts + Header Design

Sometimes clients request specific fonts or layout preferences, but if not I provide a variety of options based on the initial design sheet. You are given 3-5 completed header designs to begin the process.

In this example the client had sketched an example with the top of the heart for the word “meeting” so I included that as a design option, in addition to several more.

Header Revision One

Next you’ll select your favorite header, mix/match pieces of several headers, or we can start entirely over with a new header proposal based on your feedback. This is an important step that really begins to drive the overall design feel. Two rounds of large revisions are included, as well as additional minor edits to fine tune your header.

In this case, she wanted to see what her favorite design would look like with a dotted “i” heart. My design style tends to lean toward clean and minimal, so I sent the dotted heart option, as well as one with the original heart removed.

Header Revision Two

Now the client has a chance to further tweak her favorite header design for revision #2.

In this case, she wanted to compare thicker and thinner fonts.

Header Approval

After the initial header proposal and two rounds of revisions to refine your favorite, the header design is typically completed. If additional large revisions are needed beyond the 2 included in your design package, they are billed in advance at current my hourly rate. Minor revisions are always included, within reason. Rest assured, this rarely happens. You can scroll to the bottom to see other ‘behind the scenes’ designs to see more revision details.

In this example, she approved the left mockup and our header design was complete.

Coordinating Branding

A similar process is used for all other graphics in the package. The header must be locked in before moving on to the extra pieces, which are designed to coordinate with it.

Here’s a look at two of her options for the promo boxes, which can also go through the revision process if needed.

Her final promo box grid.

Demo Site

After the graphics are approved, I build a personalized demo site for you. This allows you to see your header, colors, fonts, and website layout all in one place while we work together to make it perfect. If you have a brand new site, this will be built “live” on your own website.

If you already have a website, we will build your new project on a staging site instead. This keeps your current site ‘live’ for visitors while we develop your new site.

Completed Project

You’ll receive website-quality, flattened .jpgs or .pngs of the final graphics I designed for your project.

Her final graphics package shows an entirely new look from the original “before” branding. This is a portion of it.

Installation

I install and configure the final product so that you receive a turnkey site when finished.

Communication

Carefully completing your design sheet is an important first step in the process to shape your project, but as you can see this entire process is a collaborative effort. It’s important for us to communicate frequently with each other by email during your design window to keep the project moving.

A Few More Design Process Examples

contact me for your own website design or branding. i look forward to bringing your vision to life!

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Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:08-05:00
Working with Christi has saved me so much time and frustration. If you are debating if it’s worth the money like I was, I’m in the other side of it to say it was worth every penny. I highly recommend her and plan to use her services again.
I was referred to Christi by Bill Erickson, who works on larger projects... Christi was so prompt, informative and genuine. I absolutely love how my new site came out and will certainly be a returning client.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-11-15T17:01:28-05:00
I was referred to Christi by Bill Erickson, who works on larger projects... Christi was so prompt, informative and genuine. I absolutely love how my new site came out and will certainly be a returning client.
It was such a pleasure to work with Christi. She was on deadline and budget. In fact, she even gave me a couple of ideas that I hadn’t even considered before meeting with her. If you are looking for a trusted professional to work with I would highly recommend Christi.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-03-12T14:03:10-04:00
It was such a pleasure to work with Christi. She was on deadline and budget. In fact, she even gave me a couple of ideas that I hadn’t even considered before meeting with her. If you are looking for a trusted professional to work with I would highly recommend Christi.
I am absolutely in love with my new Wordpress website. Her pricing was fair and included so many things I couldn't get with other developers. Christi delivered me a professional and stylish branding package. Thank you Christi, I would work with you again in a heartbeat!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-08-16T20:50:31-04:00
I am absolutely in love with my new Wordpress website. Her pricing was fair and included so many things I couldn't get with other developers. Christi delivered me a professional and stylish branding package. Thank you Christi, I would work with you again in a heartbeat!
Working with Christi has been easy breezy... She is creative, professional, and most importantly, responsive... all the things I need in a web creator. I’ll definitely be using her on other projects.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-10-21T13:44:14-04:00
Working with Christi has been easy breezy... She is creative, professional, and most importantly, responsive... all the things I need in a web creator. I’ll definitely be using her on other projects.
Working with Christi was a dream. She was incredibly knowledgeable and timely every step of the way with questions, resources, tips, and advice. I was so pleased with how well she captured my style... Now I have a branded online presence that feels “like home” on all of my platforms.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-06-07T20:34:05-04:00
Working with Christi was a dream. She was incredibly knowledgeable and timely every step of the way with questions, resources, tips, and advice. I was so pleased with how well she captured my style... Now I have a branded online presence that feels “like home” on all of my platforms.
Choosing to work with Christi was the best decision I could have made for my website. She helped me make my dream a reality. Christi made me feel listened to every step of the way and was so fast at getting the work done!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-06-08T12:07:57-04:00
Choosing to work with Christi was the best decision I could have made for my website. She helped me make my dream a reality. Christi made me feel listened to every step of the way and was so fast at getting the work done!
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:50:30-05:00
Working with Christi was an absolute dream. She was prompt, responsive, and incredibly helpful for a client who is largely uncomfortable with web and graphic design. She made me feel comfortable asking questions, and handled suggested revisions with welcome input and ease.
Christi is by far the best web designer I have ever worked with! She is intuitive, smart, and knew exactly what I wanted... Thank you for helping with all those little details that truly made my site like none other!

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2020-11-15T16:47:16-05:00
Christi is by far the best web designer I have ever worked with! She is intuitive, smart, and knew exactly what I wanted... Thank you for helping with all those little details that truly made my site like none other!
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:53-05:00
From the very first email, she was professional and thorough. Christi was patient and helped us to understand all of the critical steps in getting the end website that we dreamed of. She went above and beyond to make sure that she worked quickly and diligently.
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:53:14-05:00
Christi is such a breath of fresh air! If you’re in need of a new design or even just stuck on problems with your website, she’s the go to person! I have worked with other designers before and she is the only one who put up with my constant e-mailing.
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:46:19-05:00
I really don’t know if I can put into words how grateful I am! When I was a brand new blogger trying to get my business off the ground, she delivered! She is insanely easy to work with, highly-talented, and a true professional. I cannot recommend her enough.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.

Design by Christi Fultz // Website Design + Branding for Entrepreneurs
2019-12-24T15:52:50-05:00
It was an absolute pleasure to have Christi give my website a new, improved look. She took what seemed like an overwhelming process and broke it down into easy to understand steps. Her communication skills were flawless. She consistently responded quickly and professionally, while also remaining friendly and personable.
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