Today I’ve put together a particularly horrifying web design process. Please don’t actually follow these steps (if you can help it).
- Start the project by creating some visual mockups. Don’t worry about the content yet. You can just plug that in later when the website is completed.
- Adjust the mockups based on each and every criticism made by the person responsible for the approval. This is especially important if the person requesting the changes has no design training.
- Once the mockups are approved, build the website. Make sure to use dynamic drop-down menus, or create the whole website in Flash.
- Start writing the content. Someone in the company can steal text from competitors’ sites, or scribble some notes and hand them off to the designer to fix up. This is also the perfect time to brainstorm and come up with new sections, pages, features and functions to add to the website.
- Find some pictures to put on the website. There must be some laying around somewhere, so dig them up. The designer will be able to clean them up in Photoshop if they aren’t that good. There are also may cheap stock photography websites out there that have some good pictures.
- Plug the content into the website. Whoops! It doesn’t exactly fit. Rather than going back and redesigning the site from scratch, recode each of the pages to make it fit. If there are pages or sections you failed to include in the navigation just add the links somewhere and make them flash or blink to get the visitor’s attention.
The website is finished! It doesn’t look very good and isn’t user-friendly, but it’s a website!
Have any additional steps to add? Let me know.