What is Website Design?
Website design is no different from any other design discipline. It exists to define a finished product, as well as the process by which that finished product is created, delivered, installed, maintained, repaired, and even decommissioned. Design is a comprehensive discipline, and involves up-front costs, often substantial. If the design process is successful, these costs represent an investment with a positive return, in other words good design pays for itself. The implication is that poor design is costly.
The key for the client then, is a successful design process which will ultimately pay for itself. The difficulty in Website Design, as with software in general is how do we define a product that by its nature is nearly infinitely flexible and where the cost of real-time design modifications appear to be very low?
The answer is simple: knowledge of how to leverage the flexibility while avoiding the hidden costs. Simple in theory, difficult in practice. Naturally, the hidden costs don’t announce themselves the moment you implement a change in the code.However, there are tools and techniques that can assist and your developer should be using them.