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Newbie here - how to look for web designers ?

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Bodgan C Member Since: Aug 24, 2017
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Hello everyone,

 

I'm new here and I'm not sure how to find a web designer.

 

Basically, what I want is a design (with html/css) for a landing page (mobile responsive) that contains:

  • the main landing page
  • a registration page

 

I know pretty well what the registration page should contain and look, but not very sure about the main page.
I do have some ideas on what I'd like to display there, but not how it should look.


The things that are unclear to me and make me uncertain on how to proceed are:

 

  1. Do I need a draft for the main landing page or is the info I already have enough for a designer ?
  2. What is the price for such work ? How can I know what is the fairest price for both me and the designer ?
  3. Can this be done by 1 designer ? Or must I work with a designer first that gives the photoshop files and then a slicer is needed for me to get the html/css ?

Any information is greatly appreciated Smiley Happy

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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Since you are new, I suggest you stick with people with a lonnnnng history on here. You should also verify that portfolio items aren't stolen, but chances are that if someone has several years on here and charges a reasonable rate, then they aren't scamming people.

 

Post your job and shortlist people, and maybe show them examples of what you're looking for. I like to put together a document for them to read. Makes it easy and they can read what I'm looking for at their leisure.

 

Don't post your domain, because the scourge will harass you endlessly on your private accounts. Anyone who PMs or spams this thread is a loser, so stay away from them.

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Andrei T Member Since: Aug 30, 2016
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Actually, you have two options:

  • you can post a job for just the first half of your message and ask for ' a website '; then stick with the most experienced freelancers etc.

OR

  • you can post the entire message as a job and ask for consultancy and/or project management; the freelancer in this case will help you to understand the technicalities of your project, how to find the most suitable freelancer to do the job, and maybe even track the work from start to finish

The latter has a higher probability of success (quality? speed? etc.). The former can be cheaper; but it’s also riskier, so it can easily become very expensive. 

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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If cost is a concern, then make sure you hire more than one person.

 

Otherwise, you will be unable to compare.

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Bodgan C Member Since: Aug 24, 2017
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I guess I'll gather what info I have and open a project for it.

 

My question about hiring 1 person or more is because i'm under the impression that you first need a designer that mostly works with photoshop only, and then another person is needed for the actual html/css code.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "My question about hiring 1 person or more is because i'm under the impression that you first need a designer that mostly works with photoshop only, and then another person is needed for the actual html/css code."

 
Well... that's how I would do it. But that's not the only way to do it.
 
There are many designers who will do both.
 
I prefer to separate tasks and assign them to specialists. If that's what you want to do, then you could hire somebody who is an artist to create you purely visual design.
 
And then you could hire somebody else to convert the design to HTML/CSS code.
 
You could hire separate artists to create custom icons or illustrations that are used in the design. You could hire a photographer to provide you with royalty-free custom photography for your site.
 
And you could hire other people (if necessary) to implement front-end interactivity via JavaScript, and hire somebody else to implement back-end functionality, etc. It depends on what all you need your website to do.
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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@bodgan C wrote:

Thanks everyone for the replies. I guess I'll gather what info I have and open a project for it.

 

My question about hiring 1 person or more is because i'm under the impression that you first need a designer that mostly works with photoshop only, and then another person is needed for the actual html/css code.


 The person who does the PSD file can probably cut it up for you. I always ask the designer to cut it up for me, but I can tell you that it's about $250 to buy into a service that will take your PSD file and cut it into HTML/CSS. Not sure about Upwork though. If I were you, I'd tell them that you want the design cut into HTML components. I've never had anyone tell me that they can't. That's what designers are paid to do in the real world.

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Baris A Member Since: Mar 15, 2017
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@Jennifer M wrote:

 If I were you, I'd tell them that you want the design cut into HTML components. I've never had anyone tell me that they can't. That's what designers are paid to do in the real world.

 That's not true. Ask any designer. Coders code, designers design. Those code and say they design use or modify templates. 1 in 100 or maybe less real designers.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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@Baris A wrote:

 That's not true. Ask any designer. Coders code, designers design. Those code and say they design use or modify templates. 1 in 100 or maybe less real designers.


 They don't cut up the design? LOL What world do you live in? I told them to cut it up all the time. Maybe I just scared them haha Cutting up PSD to html is totally within the design realm. There are even designers who offer it online. That's how I know it's $250 to have it done off of Upwork.

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Melissa T Member Since: Dec 5, 2014
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I've cut psd to html many times. Slices. Slices are your friend. That said, exporting all these pixel-based assets in a time when CSS is being adopted in a much more widespread fashion could push the slice & dice to the curb not too long from now. Responsiveness, seemingly endless screen resolutions to export assets for, and moving away from pixel-based design in favor of fluidity may one day make this conversation seem silly. 

 

That said, designing with psd to html in mind depends on whether you want to toss the design over the fence to the developer or work hand in hand as a team from the outset - which plays into what Preston said. 

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