In this thread I am seeking advice regarding the processes of hiring someone to do graphic design & web design, I will explain why I am experiencing some frustration in the process and would appreciate your advice in the matters. I will begin by setting the scene...
I recently started my own business, so recently that I am currently in the process of building my website which will be my starting point for operating as the primary point of contact with my customers.
As a developer myself I am writing all of the back-end code for my website, this involves the server side processing and database code.
So this is where the problems starts, should I also design the front end or hire someone to do it for me.
I could design the front end of my website however I am not the best at creating professional looking CSS, and good looking graphic design is not part of my skillset.
I could definitely do a simple front end for the website but I feel since the site will be my primary contact point I should go over the top and create a strong brand image.
So I did some google searching and the web design business is loaded with competition I don't know where to start since their are too many options and it seems to be an industry where you contact someone and wait around for a quote to come back that over your limit which makes it frustrating.
Here what I need: Around $750 at most for 5 pages, I need a custom logo design, and I want professional graphic design with custom images on most pages. The most important page is the landing page which must have custom images and the checkout page needs a very slick transition and checkout interface. Second most important is the look of the users login profile which needs basic account setting page, and then a section to select from the 10 products I am offering. Other pages are basic stuff like "about us, contact us, products". (again I handle all the backend stuff.. I can even do the ajax calls on the front end).
So far my experience has been bad web designers in my price range, or great looking company that comes back with a quote of say $2500, I hate messaging people and waiting for quotes.. I don't like the freelancer sites they all seem in a rush to make a buck and dump your project on you. There also seems to be a gap in the market between good graphic designers and good CSS web designers.
Send me a link to your portfolio if your interested!
Edited by Pally, 05 October 2013 - 07:57 AM.