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MacMadame
11-14-2011, 11:28 PM
Actually, I might :shuffle: :slinkaway

I'm a student about to start working.... and I have been working throughout my studies. But still, I'm working on a tight budget for sure.

Please don't throw money away on designing a website. You can't afford what it takes to get a good design and you are a photographer so you should have the visual sense to make your own simple web site. Plus, there are plenty of portfolio sites out there where they walk you through the steps to set up your site using a template and that is perfectly adequate for your purposes.

Look at some famous photographers web sites and you'll see that most of them follow a simple pattern and is easy to use and gets the information you need to get out. It would be different if you were designing an online store or some other complicated web site.

luna_skater
11-15-2011, 12:07 AM
Please don't throw money away on designing a website. You can't afford what it takes to get a good design and you are a photographer so you should have the visual sense to make your own simple web site. Plus, there are plenty of portfolio sites out there where they walk you through the steps to set up your site using a template and that is perfectly adequate for your purposes.

Look at some famous photographers web sites and you'll see that most of them follow a simple pattern and is easy to use and gets the information you need to get out. It would be different if you were designing an online store or some other complicated web site.

Having seen far, FAR too many horrific photography websites, I would argue that spending money on good site design would never be a waste (if the end goal of the site is to lead to income from your work). I *will* say that you can look for opportunities to get creative about how you pay for the service. Last year, a friend of mine was building websites (beautiful ones) for friends on the cheap to build up her portfolio quickly so she could start up her own business. In one case, she traded services with another friend of mine, instead of charging. Perhaps there are opportunities for you to offer photography services in exchange for a discount on web design.

I wouldn't condone breaking the bank on a site when there are plenty of good templates out there, but it is worth considering the advantages and disadvantages of taking either route. The time saved and professional touch found by hiring someone can make have a big impact. I've spent the last 6 years looking at photographs and photography websites for a living--it makes a difference.

Also, having a good eye for photography does not translate into having good design sensibility. I know some people who take wonderful pictures who are utterly useless when it comes to other kinds of design. (Not that that's necessarily the case with millyskate.)

Good luck! :)

Anita18
11-15-2011, 12:19 AM
Having seen far, FAR too many horrific photography websites, I would argue that spending money on good site design would never be a waste (if the end goal of the site is to lead to income from your work). I *will* say that you can look for opportunities to get creative about how you pay for the service. Last year, a friend of mine was building websites (beautiful ones) for friends on the cheap to build up her portfolio quickly so she could start up her own business. In one case, she traded services with another friend of mine, instead of charging. Perhaps there are opportunities for you to offer photography services in exchange for a discount on web design.

I wouldn't condone breaking the bank on a site when there are plenty of good templates out there, but it is worth considering the advantages and disadvantages of taking either route. The time saved and professional touch found by hiring someone can make have a big impact. I've spent the last 6 years looking at photographs and photography websites for a living--it makes a difference.

Also, having a good eye for photography does not translate into having good design sensibility. I know some people who take wonderful pictures who are utterly useless when it comes to other kinds of design. (Not that that's necessarily the case with millyskate.)

Good luck! :)
That's a GREAT idea. Many graphic designers have no idea how to photograph their work. :o

As always, it depends. Millyskate will likely not need a website custom-built from scratch, and if she's just a photographer, there's no need to have a fancy site that has the latest and greatest coding bells and whistles. From my own experience, I spend more time playing with scrolling CSS animations on a site than reading it if it's too fancy. :shuffle:

OTOH, it's a good idea to have someone helping out even when you're just working with a template. My friend was doing all kinds of crazy things with his CSS before I came in and cleaned stuff up. :lol:

Aceon6
11-15-2011, 01:12 PM
There is a middle ground. If you choose to use one of the template sites, have a pro help you tweak it before you launch. Something a simple as changing a greyscale can have a huge impact on the usability of a site.

One other thing, when you're ready for testing, test using your actual target audience, not random family and friends. In assess your target audience, figure out how old they are, how experienced they are, what platforms they use (including iPad), and the top 3 things they need to do on your site. Write out a test plan. For example, if you have e-commerce, make sure your test plan includes having customers read and acknowledge your policies for returns and refunds. Then, make sure you can modify an order, cancel an order, and displaying receipts for any transactions. Too many people focus on visual appeal, only to find that the site is difficult to use and/or does not comply with applicable laws.

luna_skater
11-15-2011, 09:23 PM
OTOH, it's a good idea to have someone helping out even when you're just working with a template. My friend was doing all kinds of crazy things with his CSS before I came in and cleaned stuff up. :lol:


There is a middle ground. If you choose to use one of the template sites, have a pro help you tweak it before you launch. Something a simple as changing a greyscale can have a huge impact on the usability of a site.


Agreed on both counts!

manleywoman
11-15-2011, 09:51 PM
That's a GREAT idea. Many graphic designers have no idea how to photograph their work. :o

As a designer, I agree. We had a photographer friend shoot our stuff as a trade. We also traded to a developer to have them develop our site in exchange for giving them new presentation materials (theirs were painful).

Karina1974
11-16-2011, 12:24 PM
The time when I have to set up a website for my work has unfortunately come round, and I would love to get people's opinions and recommendations regarding websites they enjoy browsing.

I'm especially interested in FSU's good taste for artist/photographer/small business websites.

:)

http://www.perfectaphoto.com/

http://www.businessdesignstudio.com/

The woman who owns both of these sites has over 20 years of experience with graphic design in numerous areas, and has built over 350 web sites in her career. You may want to take advantage of whatever services she has to offer through either site.

millyskate
11-16-2011, 06:12 PM
Thanks for all the feedback everyone... I'm taking time getting back to people but it's on its way :)