While on Designer News today, I stumbled across a good article about Front-end Principles for Design and did a little digging on the author, Jon Yablonski. I quickly found out that he is also an editor of the shockingly comprehensive Web Design Field Manual. I link to several of the resources listed in the Manual every year in class but I've never seen so many, especially all in one place. After a few minutes of browsing the site, I've found several new and useful resources. I'm sure you will too!
I put this list of resources together for my Design Production students but thought it might be useful for others as well. This list of tools and resources helps them know their options and have an idea on how to start making freelance websites professionally. These are logistics of setting up the actual site, not design suggestions. The general process I gave them is listed below. If you know of any other good resources, please add them in the comments.
- Determine content and functionality (this will dictate development style)
- Determine development approach (Use a CMS? Build from scratch using a UI Framework + HTML? Contract development support?)
- Determine maintenance plan for site after you launch
- Agree to terms of project via a contract
- Buy server space + domain
- Design and build
- Roll in money
Collective legal guid for designers - with contract samples (Smashing Magazine)
10 Free Contract Templates for Web Designers (Mashable)
Calculating your hourly rate
Consider forming a business
Wordpress (.org - not .com)