Client Collaboration

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CLIENT: I love the layout and the logo! It’s perfect.

 

Two weeks later:

CLIENT: Can we change the logo to a meditating frog?

 

The next morning:

CLIENT: Ignore what I said yesterday, I was drunk. It still looks great.

 

Just prior to the due date:

CLIENT: I want to change the entire layout and make the logo a rocket ship.

from: http://clientsfromhell.net/

from: The Oatmeal http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell

Make the logo BIGGER!

Make the text RED

Can you try Times New Roman?

Try the body copy in 9px

Let's make the text blink

Trust

Resource: Meme Guy http://memeguy.com/photo/77366/trust-building-exercise

Starting Out

Why?

  • You have content that you want to be able to easily update
  • You have content that you're going to have someone else update

you:

client:

  • I want better SEO
  • Everyone has a WordPress site
  • It's like Squarespace but free!

Educate your client

  • Talk on their level and avoid industry "buzz" words
  • Make sure they understand what WordPress is and what it's not
  • Debunk any myths and talk to them about concerns

Debunk Myths

Tour!

Learn

WordPress.com

Tour!

Updates

Don't be afraid...

Alternatives

Other CMS Platforms

THE KICKOFF

Set Roles & Goals

Roles

  • Discuss and set everyone roles in the project with the client 

  • Who's doing what, approval process and communication tools

Reference: http://gis.yohman.com/up206b/category/groups/gom/

Roles

Who's involved with decisions and the approval process?

Site Goals

  • What's working
  • What's not working
  • Business/Marketing Plan
  • Requirements
  • Who are the users
  • Expectations

Timeline

  • Set a "realistic" timeline that works for both you and the client
  • Make the client aware that any review and assets must be provided in a timely matter
  • Make sure the timeline includes user testing and QA

Ask Questions

It's better to play stupid and ask obvious questions then to misinterpret the information and avoid endless

REWORK

UX

Before you start

  • WTF is UX?
  • Do I have to do user testing?
  • Why do you need to look at my analytics? Are you trying to steal my keywords?
  • Why don't these wireframes have color ?
  • Can we just skip this process and start with the visuals?
  • Educate yourself

Content

  • It's important you understand what content is important and you and the client both agree on it.
  • Make sure you review the agreed upon goals and requirements with the client
  • Educate the client on the importance of good content

Visual Hierarchy

  • What the hell is it? Does your client know about it? Help them understand.
  • Work with your client to come up with a component list based on importance

UX Workouts

  • Gives the client the feeling of participation
  • Easier to show the client good vs bad UX
  • Must-have supplies:
    • Whiteboard
    • Giant Post-It notes
    • Sharpees
    • Paper
  • Quickly work out UX ideas with the client

DOCUMENT EVERYTHING

Resource: http://theuxreview.co.uk/sitemaps-the-beginners-guide/

Responsive Wireframes

  • Helps the client understand stacking order 
  • Client can make more informed UX decisions 
  • Wireframe within the browser

Tools

Tools

For those who are more savvy with HTML/CSS

UI/DES/CON

Design Brief

  • Most useful tool to help you understand the client expectations
  • Ask questions that will help you understand what visual style the client likes
  • Make sure the visual style is aligned with the site goals
  • The client should know it's importantance and how the answers will determine the visual style

Reference: PJA http://blog.agencypja.com/2012/11/05/advertising/the-evolution-of-the-creative-brief-2/

Style Tiles

  • Help the client understand and choose the visual style before starting design
  • Includes fonts, color, photography style, illustration style, look and feel
  • 3 is the magic number

Style Tiles

Reference: http://styletil.es/

Style Tiles

If you're HTML/CSS Savvy.... whaaaa?

Constructive Feedback

Reference: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell

Constructive Feedback

  • Limit iterations
  • Ask questions. Why do you want all the text in red??!! 
  • Trust the designer
  • Remind your client about the timeline
  • "I never said that" syndrome
  • "I don't like it" syndrome

Tools

Content

  • Have the client input approved content
  • Content is KING!
  • Educate the client that web content is different then print content
  • Get involved

Training

  • Always train your client
  • Make sure they understand on what they can/can't do
  • Leave them with a list of helpful resources

WRAP UP

Client Collaboration

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