Posts Tagged ‘questions to ask a web designer’

What Colors within a Logo Design Have Meaning?

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The color of your logo design is just as important as your design concept — if not more important. However, if you choose the wrong colors for your logo, it can spoil the entire image.  When you are designing a logo for your business, you must consider the fact that colors have special meaning and people react to certain colors. For example, the color blue is a calm color that is often associated with tranquility. Blue gives a person the feeling of assurance. You will find that many electronic companies use the color blue within their logo design.

Red is a very lively color and is normally associated with passion and adventure. Many companies in the food industry use red because it has proven to be a great color for selling food.

Purple is associated with royalty and magic. Children are often drawn to this color. Toy manufacturers have used the color purple to attract kids in the marketplace.

Black gives people a feeling of constancy. Black is great to use for accents within a logo design.

Your Customers Are Affected by the Colors You Choose

When a person is brainstorming ideas for a logo design, they often neglect one important aspect and that is choosing the right colors. When you choose the wrong colors, it can have a negative affect on your business. For instance, let’s say that you own a landscaping business; you will have a greater impact on your customers ‘visually’ when you choose the right colors such as earth-tone colors and blue for water. However, if you use purple or red for a landscaping logo design, this can actually turn-off your customers and divert to your competitors.

Overcoming the Color Challenge in Designing a Logo

If you want to attract customers for your business, you have to choose the right colors. Working with an experienced and talented logo designer will create an image that will attract your potential customers within your market.

5 Important Questions to Ask a Web Designer

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

When choosing a web designer, it is recommended that you compare services and rates from at least 3-4 designers before making a final decision.  If you want your website built the proper way, you will need to take it one step further and ask the web designer a few important questions before signing the dotted line.

Here are 5 important questions to ask a web designer:

  1. Have you ever built websites like the one I want built? Let’s say that you want an ecommerce site built. You will want someone who specializes in building ecommerce sites. If you hire someone who has never built an ecommerce site, you are wasting your time and money.
  2. Can you provide me with at least 2 references from companies that you have built websites for? Sometimes consumers will read the website testimonials and call it a day. You will want to ask for verifiable references from previous customers.
  3. Does your web design company only use web templates? Many web design companies use only web templates. If you want a professional looking website with maximum functionality, you will want a web designer who can provide custom web design services.
  4. Can you create a logo for my website? Having a well designed logo for your website is important for your brand image. Ask your prospective web designer if he or she provides logo design services. You will find that many web design companies like 8Consulting provides logo design services.
  5. What is the time frame? The amount of time it takes for your site to be built depends on the complexity of the site. Normally, a small professional website takes up to 20 days.

Finding the right web designer to build your site doesn’t have to be complicated. When you ask your prospective web designer the questions above, their answers will help you determine who to hire.  Remember, the key to having a well

Almost 8 years of Happy Customers

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Testimonials for 8 Consulting, LLC from some of our clients

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

I am happy to provide a testimonial for 8 Consulting, LLC, who has produced web and print projects for our work at Emory University, Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International (GMDI), Southeast NBS & Genetics Collaborative and the Southeast Regional Genetics Group (SERGG Inc.).

We have worked with 8 Consulting, LLC since December 2005.  Our consultant Dinesh (Dino) Mahtani and his team have helped us create innovative marketing and educational materials for ongoing projects and medical conferences, including website design with registration, online payment solution and content management systems. Also created and enhanced logos, brochures, envelopes, letterhead, attendee badges, and course syllabi.

Dino took the time to listen to our needs and integrated his web and graphic design expertise to truly capture the vision we wished to present.  The 8 Consulting team worked tirelessly and delivered timely, satisfactory results.

Based on my experience working with Dino and his consulting team, I highly recommend the exemplary services of 8 Consulting, LLC.
Rani H. Singh, PhD, RD, LD
Director, Nutrition Section, Division of Medical Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
Founding President, GMDI

Vision Airlines, Suwanee, Georgia, USA.

It is with great privilege that I write in recommendation of 8 Consulting. Our company was poised to  announce a major expansion and 8 Consulting was an integral component of our successful launch.  They possess an extensive knowledge of IT related issues and the skills to execute the assigned tasks quickly and eciently. 8 Consulting also has the ability to foresee growth opportunities, and was very informative in suggesting additional avenues for our company to follow regarding our presence on the world wide web.
Best Regards,
Michael Swing, Manager of Interactive Services and Design, Vision Airlines, Inc.

Caminar Latino (non-profit organization), Atlanta, Georgia, USA

I just wanted to say thank you to 8 Consulting for the incredible work that your company has done for Caminar Latino. Since we first began working with 8 Consulting, you all have gone above and beyond to ensure that we had the tools necessary to reach our community and do our work in an effective manner. Not only do we have an incredible new website that we are able to manage ourselves but also the knowledge that we can contact 8 Consulting for any additional support. Working with 8 Consulting made me feel that we were not just another client, but instead an non-profit organization that was valued in spite of our limited budget!
Thank you 8 Consulting for all your hard work!
Jessica Nunan, Executive Director, Caminar Latino, Inc.

Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs is extremely pleased with the web site developed by Dinesh Mahtani and the folks at 8 Consulting. From our first meeting, 8 Consulting was professional, courteous and helpful in the planning and design of our website. Dinesh took the time to ask questions and to get to know our clubs and what things were important to us. He offered suggestions and recommendations that really enhanced the look and usability of our site… things that we would have never thought of on our own.
Thank You
John Coles, President, Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs

What to consider when deciding between a static or dynamic website

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Now that you’ve decided to make a website for your business, you are ready to take the next big decision: the scope. How thorough or detailed your website is going to be? What features and functionality do you want it to provide? Will it also be an e-commerce solution? Questions like these and many others will need to be answered in the planning stage to ensure that your website is created exactly according to your requirements, functions smoothly and fulfills its purpose.

A major decision in website creation is choosing between a static and dynamic website. These two don’t have to be mutually exclusive- you could have static as well as dynamic sections or pages within the same website. But on the whole, websites can usually be categorized as either ‘static’ or ‘dynamic’. What these words essentially mean for your website is that a static website is one that is developed using just html and is WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get): whatever you develop in html is exactly what will appear to the end user without any functions like individual customization or interactivity.  A dynamic website, on the other hand, is one that is developed with server-side languages (such as PHP, ASP, Coldfusion etc). These scripts draw content from your website’s internal database- or content management system- and display it based on the end user’s actions. This allows for a ‘dynamic’ experience for your visitors who can interact with your website- whether it’s through forms, blog postings, message boards, an online store or personalized user accounts etc. This is a sharp contrast from content on a static website which is just displayed to the user and they can’t ‘play around with it’.

The best option for your website could be either static or dynamic- and even a mixture of both. But what it really depends on is your requirements and constraints. If your website will be used for just providing information (for instance, you just want to have pages that tell a little about yourself, display a bunch of images and provide contact information), a static website is probably the right choice for you. Static websites also usually cost less and provide you with flexibility to change up the design on every page of your website. On the down side, you’ll always need to update the website’s development code to make changes, extensions or updates. And that might require you to call upon your developer, time and time again.

If you want to enable user interaction for your site (especially if you want to have an e-commerce component) and make it a dynamic experience, you may need to pay a bit more for a dynamic website. However, a dynamic website is generally far more engaging and useful for your visitors and you can usually easily make updates and changes yourself by simply using your browser. You could add additional product categories and items without the need to changing existing code or creating more pages. You could post news and updates by just clicking the ‘post’ button. Moreover, your users could personalize your website according to their preferences. The possibilities of a dynamic website are endless.

Both static and dynamic websites serve certain purposes and either could be a complete solution for your needs. Take the time to discuss what will be the right choice for you with your designer.