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Thread: Creativity process?

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    All the small things!

    Creativity process?

    Hello everyone! Im a fairly new programmer and flash MX user. I have a question though, if someone wants you to build them a website or in any web building situation how do you begin the design process? Do you draw out a web page or what? Sometimes I just get stuck. Thanks a Lot!
    Fidelity!

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    well yeh...i personally do layouts or just concepts in photoshop, like my post above... the criteria you judge the site by differ tho....

    in my post above im trying to gauge an overall style, (colour, emotion)... the usability side..layout, typography, menu all come later for me...

    i think your approach differs slightly dependant on the client's requirements. some sites are purely text information based, so you have to have a slightly different cap on

    hope this helps

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    You should ask them if there are any sites out there that they already like. Then you can have a starting point (organic vs. tech, water vs. metal, red vs. blue, flat vs. rendered, etc). Especially if it's for money (don't want to keep re-doing it).

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    I have a questionaire I have clients fillout. Always ask for their preferences color, size...blah. Alo ask them to send you any sites they enjoyed or like. Always be inquisitive.

    shane-c....Your site is a lot like a transvestite in that respect.
    fester8542.I'd hit it like the fist of an angry God .
    JoshuaJonah.I design for DDD. Then clients usually like it, and the ladies find me more attractive.
    Cybercode Albert Einstein Said that my math teacher has that on his wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by EthanM
    I take my design monkey out of his cage and let him run around the room for say 10-13 minutes. He works best after he's exercised a bit. Then I give him some warm banannas. He's so spoiled, he likes it just the perfect temp. So I heat them for 2:30 on power 5 in the microwave. I then take out of my box of crayons and the colors the client wants to use and I let the monkey go to town. He can have a whole lay-out done it about half an hour.
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    lol.../\ /\

    shane-c....Your site is a lot like a transvestite in that respect.
    fester8542.I'd hit it like the fist of an angry God .
    JoshuaJonah.I design for DDD. Then clients usually like it, and the ladies find me more attractive.
    Cybercode Albert Einstein Said that my math teacher has that on his wall

    K-Emmys-06: Best "Best Mod" K-Emmys-06: Best "Most Creative Critic"

    Member #1 of the "I wont critique Timmytot's designs anymore" club

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    the best way to begin with any client is to ask a lot of questions... as said: color choices, goal, what the client feels is the overall image portrayed by the company, logos, typo in use on products, always ask for as many brochures/flyers/advertisements as possible it really helps you to get a sense of the style that has been portrayed in the past. Oh, and always ask about budget - dont want to spend a month on a killer design and realize the guy only has a few hundrend to spend.

    In a nut shell: the more questions you ask and the more dialogue you have with a new client at the begining of the project the smoother everything will go!

    peace

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    Hey thanks everyone for the hints and stuff. Do you guys usually look at a lot of good websites for ideas also? And are most of you artist ( as in pencil and paper stuff or paint) ?
    Thanks a Lot
    Fidelity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidelity88
    Hey thanks everyone for the hints and stuff. Do you guys usually look at a lot of good websites for ideas also? And are most of you artist ( as in pencil and paper stuff or paint) ?
    Thanks a Lot
    Fidelity
    All that really depends on your style and how you get inspiration.

    Honestly I try not to look at to many sites when designing a site, as I want to try and always bring something new and original to the table... w/o the possibility of rippin someone off unintentionally. If you ask them for sites that's always good cause you need to know what feel they want, but even so I always get the idea down but after that I don't really reference them afterwards... that way I can let my creative juices bring it all together.
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    and after you have spoken with the client and agreed on how it should look, you should always make sketches of possible layouts and even explain possible animations you think would look good, a client should alwasy listen to a designer since it's the designers profession, unfortunatly a lot of clients know 100% want they want even tho it might look awfull...

    oh and if a client isnt sure about what colors he wnat make a dozen or what possible color schemes too and it's alwasy good to give your sketches soem color with soem good markers.

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    I try not to be a "1 trick Pony" as well. I can do traditional art, 2d/3d animation, Modelling, Programming (server/client). Photoshop, vector, Some flash. It always pays to wear more than one hat.

    shane-c....Your site is a lot like a transvestite in that respect.
    fester8542.I'd hit it like the fist of an angry God .
    JoshuaJonah.I design for DDD. Then clients usually like it, and the ladies find me more attractive.
    Cybercode Albert Einstein Said that my math teacher has that on his wall

    K-Emmys-06: Best "Best Mod" K-Emmys-06: Best "Most Creative Critic"

    Member #1 of the "I wont critique Timmytot's designs anymore" club

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    I just use the creativity plugin

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    What if the creativity plugin is in demo mode? Where can I get a real serial number without paying the high cost of creativity?

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    Serial and warez talk like that isn't allowed here. I might have to ban you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDD
    I have a questionaire I have clients fillout. Always ask for their preferences color, size...blah. Alo ask them to send you any sites they enjoyed or like. Always be inquisitive.
    hey can i take a peek at your questionare ?

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