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    How long does it take you to create a web design?

    Ok I know this sounds like a noob question but bear with me. I'm not a noob, I've been doing web design/development for 10+ years.

    What I'm asking is how long does it take you in general to go from the concept stage (brainstorming, wireframing etc) to full page design in Photoshop. For the sake of argument let's say this is going to be for a relatively simple website, such as for a local cafe.

    In general it takes me about about 12 hours, I'd love to hear what you guys think!

    thanks!
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    I would have to say that I am about on par with you in time...

    I try to split my time up though between a few different days so that I can return to the project nice and fresh.

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    I do the same thing, after a few hours I have to step away from the design otherwise I get too caught up in the details. How often do you take breaks from working on a design?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PartDigital View Post
    I do the same thing, after a few hours I have to step away from the design otherwise I get too caught up in the details. How often do you take breaks from working on a design?
    Depending on the project I try to work on it anywhere from 3-4 hours then let it sit till the next day and come back to it. I usually spread the time out over 3-4 days.

    I don't think I have ever developed a site where I didn't change the wireframe or mockup each day I worked on it. Always seem to find a new inspiration from some random thing...

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    12 hrs – would that be a collection of say 3 fairly refined, considerably different landing pages that establish the overall look and feel of the site?
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    Our Junior Designers can create 1-2 days custom design. They have 1-2 years job experience, who can build sample galleries of content and basic web banners, headers, logos etc.

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    I believe I can make a better website in 5 days.

    Fully designed brochure-type website, with links, graphics and database.

    Of course I need to collect images and data for the product/services I will sell.

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    I think that 24 hours is a good time of creating something good. Designing is really simple, but programming part is the thing you never know (how long does it take now?). Sometimes you need to workaround etc.

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    Depends on how many versions in the first round. I rarely submit only one design. I try to submit at least 2 significantly different looks, 3 if project timing allows. For a single iteration I would say 6-7 hours of exploration and design time, maybe a bit more.

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    I am not clear about your question but as per understanding, it will take around 12 hours for creation a web page from wire frame to a full concept.

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    I don't end up doing anything in Photoshop, but it takes me quite a bit of time.

    Usually because once I get a wireframe I wander around the outside of the local grocery store with paper sketches and ask random people if they'd be willing to test my frame for me. I have them tell me what the page or site does, where they would click if they wanted to do X, and what kind of information they would expect on page Y if they were to click on another link.

    This is after figuring out a real basic layout, but not necessarily colours or fonts or anything like that. Just, architecture and navigation. I usually have to wait for text and then try to test that separately ("do you understand what that's saying? Can you explain it to me as if I'm 8 years old?").

    Figuring out colours and stuff takes me forever, because I'm not a designer.

    With our crappy old sites which had no user testing, usually the boss would pick out a web site whose layout he liked and I would just copy it in a half hour or so. As content filled it the layout would get lots of tweaks so possibly the total time was quite a lot.

    I would some day really like the opportunity to create something from scratch for a client by using sketches and wireframes... for multiple devices and sizes. Would be neat.


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