Monday, August 27, 2012

Website design.

This sure has been a Summer of trying all sorts of new things. I'm not about to stop anytime soon. I've really enjoyed documenting all my new adventures here, and I hope you've enjoyed reading along with me as I learn. Maybe I've even taught you a few things :)

For those of you who don't know, I am a graphic designer. I consider myself mildly creative and my style is very clean and fresh. I feel like I have a lot to offer potential customers of mine when it comes to logo design and promotional material creations.

But... I don't do websites.

Until now.....

I'd really love to expand my freelance business, and in the current market, digital marketing really is the most effective way of reaching customers. SO - I hate am forcing myself to love website design.

I've thought for a long time how I can venture into this world of website design. After talking to some fellow graphic designers and friends, I've decided to jump into it with both feet. I will now be offering my customers basic website design. Until I get more comfortable with it all, I can't make huge promises to anyone. However, I have no doubt that I'll pick up the knowledge quickly and be a pro in no time!

My first website customer is a new gym coming to Goshen. The owners are friends of mine and they've agreed to be my test-the-waters-and-build-a-website guinea pigs. Their address is www.iconfitnessclub.com. Keep in mind the site is under construction (and, well, built by a newb... ME!) so don't judge too harshly.


While designing this site, I've made decisions about fonts and concept and layout, etc. It reminded me of a graphic I saw a while ago on Freshlime Digital Marketing's website.
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I don't plan to include flashing graphics or highlighted text or slow loading images, so I think I'm safe with this first site. It still has lots of tweaking to be done, but for my first site, I'd say it's not bad.

Visit www.angeladeak.com if you're interested in checking out my personal website that includes some of my graphic design work.

Happy Monday!

61 comments:

  1. Congrats with this new venture! I pass that gym everyday on my way to the park for lunch. It's scary to start ANYTHING new. I am also a graphic designer by trade, but that's not what I'm doing right now....I heard you also met my husband at RPM yesterday. He seems to think my blog is only interesting when he's in it. Ha!

    Anyway...good for you. So far, I'm impressed.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie!

      Do you go to Rogers Park by chance? I do too, sometimes. There or Shanklin. How funny!

      I've met your hubby before but didn't make the connection until recently that he is who he is connected to you. :)

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  2. I love your page. It makes me feel so young and high school again. I wish you all the best with your new venture and as far as I'm concerned with the design show above, I think all the elements are in it. Simple, a visual aid and the important details are highlighted. I bet you can still do more than that. Keep us posted!

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    1. Thanks, Blake! Is it good I make you feel in high school?

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  3. Even though it is your first website, the outcome certainly is impressive. You clearly are skilled when it comes to designing – an eye for visual balance is what you have. And I like your idea of not including flashy graphics on the site. It can cause the site to load slower, which can convince visitors to leave your page without waiting for the content to load. It would be bad, as the site is the face of your business in the digital world.

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  4. Using flashing graphics is not bad at all. But, make sure that it is appropriate for the site. Otherwise, it would certainly cause your website to load slower. The right usage of flash content can benefit your site aesthetically. Anyway, you did great for your first web design. I bet Icon Fitness Club is satisfied with your work!

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    1. Thanks! They are happy with it! It will continue to change, too.

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  5. Indeed, one’s web design should always be clean and updated. I can tell, your website is easy to navigate, Angie. This is good for you, because most people tend not to stay on a website that is hard to navigate. I like the graphic that you’ve posted, by the way. When it comes to web design, one should know what is good and bad.

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    1. Hi Vilson,
      As I pointed out, I'm very new at the web design and do not claim to be a pro. While I'm glad you paid my blog a visit, I would ask that you keep your comments positive and respectful.

      Thanks!

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  8. Bravo! Job well done on the website! I totally agree with not including flashy graphics because those can affect loading time. About the images, you can edit them by their bitrate size. There are some tutorials on how you can edit images without affecting quality. You can edit them in such a way that, even if there are lots of them on a page, it still loads smoothly and quickly.

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