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Deborah Brancheau
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Rank: #25
Points Earned: 724
Member Level: Silver
Member Since: 2013
San Diego, CA 92122 USA

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Excellent and expeditious website design. Highly recommend this designer. Check out my site and see for yourself! Thanks for all your help and I look forward to working with you in future endeavors!

from Soar Environmental Consulting
Clovis, Ca

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How long have you been with your company?

Over 10 years

Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

I am both self-taught and I have taken courses regarding web design and development including programming and scripting languages such as Java, C++, PHP, JavaScript, SQL and MySQL.

What web browser do you use?

I use them all for testing purposes but for general purposes I use Firefox.

What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.

I don't have a favorite, but certain social media is more suited to certain types of businesses.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

Learn programming and scripting languages. There are a lot of designers out there that are very talented. The competition is fierce. But if you learn programming and scripting, you not only set yourself apart, but you can then create and sell your own software and apps directly to businesses and end users.

What`s your favorite development language and why?

I don't have a favorite. Each language is designed for specific needs. I love Java and C++ for it's software development capabilities and I love PHP and JavaScipt for web development.

If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

That's really not a logical question. We would never choose just one. Very often you need to use multiple languages to build one end product. For example, Firefox itself is built with multiple languages:

Rendering engine: Gecko, C++
JavaScript engine: SpiderMonkey, C
UI: Mostly XUL (a custom XML dialect), CSS, and JavaScript, with some C++.

Most often when you build plugins for CMSs like WordPress you'll need to use PHP (server-side language) and JavaScript (client-side language) along with MySQL (database).

So to pick just one language makes no sense. ;)

What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

Phone apps and mobile browsing. Seems obvious, and it is. ;)

Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

My typical clients are businesses from small to large and non-profits.

I work on a lot of different types of websites including ecommerce, news, nonprofit, subscription-based sites, etc.

What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

Know your budget, your competition, and your target market and clearly define your goals with specific examples of what you're looking for.

Think in terms of how you can decrease the amount of time it will take to develop your site. And the biggest way you can do this is through effective and efficient communication.

For example, when you ask a designer to draw up a design and you don't give them any specific examples to refer to, you are going to add at least a week of design time since you and the designer will need to go back and forth with designs you probably don't even remotely like just to get within the ballpark of what you are looking for.

And if your designer charges by the hour, that's an unnecessary amount of money you're spending.

Even if your designer charges by the project, it's really a waste of time and will likely cost you valuable time in terms of getting your site up by your deadline.

I always ask my clients to provide links to their competitors' sites, and to sites that are visually what they are looking for. And before I begin a design we nail down all the elements needed and crystallize it in the contract.

What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

The biggest problem I've have with new clients is clients communicating what they want. Sounds basic, but it's more of a struggle than you'd think. ;)

Many times clients want to simply hand over the work of designing a site to the designer thinking that all they need to do is say, "I want a great site. Do it."

Clients need to understand that this is a collaborative effort and that they will be very involved in the process throughout the development of their site.

Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

We've been designing and developing websites for over 10 years. With that, We're highly experienced with SEO/SEM, content creation, internet marketing, split-testing and analysis. We've worked with local small businesses like Scripps Mesa Glass, national companies like Direct Commerce, and international companies like Forbes Magazine. We've also worked with nonprofits like The American Liver Foundation.

What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

We love learning about the businesses our clients are involved in. We've worked with stores, nonprofits, theaters, magazines, b2b businesses, national and international businesses, etc.

Each client is unique and that's what makes things interesting for us.

Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

Not always. In some cases, we may use something like BaseCamp, SalesForce or Zoho, etc, but often we use our specific set of documents to work through the process clearly.

However, if a client wants to use a specific CRM, we're more than happy to consider it.

Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

No, but to give you an idea of us versus our competitors, here is a basic breakdown of the average cost versus our average cost:

Logo: $234, $300
Corporate Branding: $1,721, $900
Basic Small Business Website: $985, $4,000
Basic Corporate Website: $1,995, $4,000
Basic E-Commerce Website: $2,878, $6,000
Advanced E-Commerce Website: $4,972, $6,000
Advanced Interactive Website: $8,650, $8,0000

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