• InFreelance, Web Design, Website, Your Business

    My Web Design Process

    Thinking of investing in a website design? Curious about what the process will look like? In this post, I am breaking down each step of my process from onboarding to project completion, what you can expect when working with me on your website design. My process consists of 10-12 weeks, it is lengthy but does require time to create the website of your dreams!

    *Please note, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you for your support!

    Step One: Questionaire

    First, we begin the process with a questionnaire to get to know your brand and business. This goes in depth to figure out what you want in your website, from the design to the content, this is the foundation of the entire project and an important first step to begin the process. As a result, I will get an idea of what design you are looking for plus more in-depth information about your business.

    Step Two: Review and Sign Contract

    Upon the completion of the questionnaire, I will draw up a contract outlining the project and what everything that the entire project will entail.

    Step Three: Down Payment Due

    Once the contract is approved and signed, I will send you an invoice for the down payment on the project. I require 50% down before the project begins and the rest will be due upon project completion.

    Step Four: Welcome Email

    Lastly, I will send you a welcome email. This email will include the using Asana the project management tool I use for projects, you will be added to the project via email. Downloading Asana is not required since you will be able to reply to project messages through your email but it is helpful to see the project. I recommend downloading the app for better communication.

    Step One: Website Content and Copy

    Together, we will go over any needed content and copy for the site. In this step, you will provide the content you wish for your website, such as photos and text you want to use. In addition, I will also pick out any photos that are needed for the website design.

    Step Two: Domain and Hosting Setup

    During this step, you will set up your domain and hosting services. Bluehost it is what I use for my website. Also, I recommend any of the other official WordPress hosting providers such as Siteground and Dreamhost.

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  • InBranding, Freelance, Graphic Design, Marketing, Resources, Tips, Your Business

    Design Trends For 2018

    Amanda Majorsky Design - Design Trends for 2018

    It is a new year! The start of the new year comes with so new trends that will be popping up in design. If you have been wanting to change things up for your brand and business this year add some design trends into your brand is a great way to do it. This can be the best way if you need a refresh for your brand and are unsure what to to do. Incorporating a new design element in your brand can add a little refresh without completely redoing your branding.

    *Please note, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you for your support!

    Here are my top picks for design trends to use in your branding this year!

    1) Gradients

    They have made a comeback! I remember I used to use gradients a lot when I designed graphics back in high school circa 2008. Just like fashion, design trends always come back in style!

    Ways you can incorporate gradients into your brand:

    – Overlays! You can add gradient overlays on top of photos using your favorite photo editing app. It is a great way of adding your brand colors to a photo!

    – A gradient logo. I would suggest choosing a two-toned gradient in your brand colors and use that has a new variation of your logo.

    – You can find awesome gradients to match your brand color palette on Creative Market. It is my number one go to for my design resources.

    2) Photography

    This year will be all about photography and I agree its one of the best ways to get your brand noticed. Using photos make your brand more relatable to your customer and makes your brand more personable as well.

    Tips for incorporating photos into your branding:

    – Make sure to use photos that compliment your branding:

    – Do not take photos from google! This can be a copyright infringement. Make sure you are using free or buying your own stock photos. I like using both free and paid sites for stock photos. Some free sites I like to use Pexels and Kaboom Pics and paid sites I use are Adobe Stock and ShutterStock .

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  • InFreelance, Graphic Design, Marketing, My Designs, Web Design, Your Business

    My Year In Review

    My Year in Review Amanda Majorsky Design

    I have been doing freelance design as my side business for almost 2 years now. I definitely implemented the most changes in my business this year. They all have really helped grow my business, this year for me has been a lot of trying new things, learning new things and investing more in my business. I have also worked with some great clients this past year to create the designs they have envisioned for their businesses!

    Some Highlights From My Year:

    * Launching My New Website

    * Getting Brand Photography done by Jamie Leonard Photography

    * Website Launch for AIM Financial LLC

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  • InBranding, Graphic Design, Web Design

    Where I Get My Design Inspiration From

    Where I Get My Design Inspiration | The First Step Of My Design Process | Amanda Majorsky Design

    The inspiration for my design work comes from many different outlets. I wanted to give you a behind the scenes of what inspires me when I am designing. It’s really all about the process and for me finding inspiration is the first and most important step in my design process. All of the following outlets help me get a running start before diving into the initial design.

    My Own Personal Style

    I would describe my design style as bold, simplistic, modern. In my personal brand contrasts darks and lights. This comes into play when I am designing, I tend to stick to my style with a little variation depending on the brand I’m designing for. This always adds a more personal touch to each brand I create with also showcasing my design style.

    Design Trends

    I always find myself in awe over the latest trends in the design world! Whether it’s a new style of icons to parallax websites (a style I’ve been dabbling in lately!). I get so much inspiration from seeing was is new and exciting! I try to implement these trends when I’m designing to keep my designs fresh!

    Social Media (Pinterest!)

    Every time before a begin a design I am scrolling through Pinterest to find inspiration! Its one of my favorite things to do! I have over 1000 pins of designs that inspire me and pin new ones on a weekly basis. Instagram is also another platform I find inspiration from, my feed is filled with design!

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