Our Design Process [VIDEO]

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I’ve created this video to go over our design process and what it’s like to work with us. We’ll start from the initial call or email, all the way through to the final product.

Video: Our Design Process – Graticle Design

 

Video Transcription

Hi, my name is Shawn and I’m with Graticle Design. We’re a web and graphics company.

Today I’d like to go over our process so you can know exactly what to expect when working together. From first contacting us, to a finished project.

Every company is different in their process, and that’s why I want to show you how we work and what you can expect.

So let’s get into it:

You’ve either emailed us through our Request a Quote form on our Contact page, or you’ve simply given us a call.

The first thing we’ll talk about is your project you have in mind.

We’ll have a few questions like:

What is the importance of this project?
Your goals and ambitions for the project?
What does a success of the project look like?
What is your deadline?
What is your budget?

This will help us gather a better understanding and get us both on the same page.

After our initial conversation, we’ll then start researching the various aspects of your project and develop a proposal. We’ll recommend strategies and options and do our best to make sure this project is the success that you are hoping it will be.

We’re not going to take an order and mindlessly pursue it without thinking it through. We’re going to best guide you based on our experience. After all, you wouldn’t be hiring us if you planned on doing this yourself.

With the proposal it can either be a simple email bullet pointing the various aspects of your project and including a price. Or for larger projects, a complete design brief including milestones, deadlines, and a price or estimate for each of these steps.

Almost all projects are different. Although they share basic details such as a WordPress website or brochure, they are all different. With that in mind, we tailor the proposal and project to your needs.

Again, we won’t put together a cookie cutter template, rush through the project, and are off to the next job. We take our time to make sure your experience and the end project is something you can be proud of and see results from.

After we’ve presented our proposal, assuming we’re on track, we put together a contract and terms, and then both of us sign it, and now we’re ready to start on the project.

We ask you for the content that we’ll be using in the design (text and images) and we’ll start the first stage: the wire-frame.

A wire-frame is a simple layout that keep us restricted to basic typography, hierarchy in the design, contrast, and overall balance. You can think of this stage as the foundation of a house, everything else will be built on top of it, so a strong structure is needed. We also use this stage as a chance to keep communication open. Once we’re finished with the wire-frame, we’ll present it to you. After that, we’ll make a revision or two, receive approval from you, and start digging into the design further.

This second stage of design will be where we choose the typeface(s), add color and texture. We’ll go through a similar process as the wire-frame, and then presenting it to you. The majority of the time, this initial design is approved, but we may need to go through a revision or two.

And that’s about it.

We take the final product and deliver it.

If this final product is a website, we move it onto our server for the world to see. If it’s a print project, we’ll take the final design, send it off to print, and have them shipped to you when printing is completed.

All of this is completed within budget and within the deadline that we agreed upon in the contract. You were involved through each step of the project, so the end result is not something that you were surprised by, rather something that you expected.

I hope you’ve found this video to be helpful and was able to better help you understand our process while working together.

Feel free to share this video with anyone that could use our help in pursuing their web and graphics needs.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about your project you have in mind,
you can give us a call at (360) 450-3711 and we’ll help you out.

Last updated on August 31, 2016. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

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I worked with Shawn on my company’s website and he was very helpful and generous with his knowledge and time. He was responsive when I had issues or questions. The input he provided on concepts and trends that make some sites better or more visible than others was great as well. I would feel good referring Graticle to others and was pleased with the services they provided to us.

Jordan Gamboa

Designer

Industrial Air System Provider

Longview, Washington

Shawn at Graticle Design has been great to work with. Our Professional Services firm needed some critical sales material for a multi-million dollar proposal and Graticle came though and blew away our competition. We are going to be using Graticle again for our ongoing website design and high-end graphic needs.

David Horn

Principal Engineer

Professional Services Firm

California