I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. – Vincent Van Gogh
That’s us! If you take it the right way. Although we haven’t quite lost our minds (at least not yet), you could say we’ve put a lot of our minds into the process we follow. We regularly spend time reflecting and thinking about how to make things more efficient. We believe a good work process cultivates efficient, quality and effective communication.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first. – Blaise Pascal
That’s why we work with a fluid feature driven design process. It’s always changing and some parts may be unnecessary for a particular project, but in general, this will give you an idea of what to expect when working with us.
During the initial meeting we learn a bit about you and you learn a bit about us. We find out what your goals and interests are and then share some projects that we’ve done in the past. We talk about payment options and make sure we’re both comfortable with moving forward.
After the meeting we deliver a project proposal listing overall goals, features to be included, assumptions, risks, a timeline and a ballpark estimate for the cost. We take your questions and feedback and work it into the proposal until we get it right.
Once you’re happy and ready to move forward, we collect an initial down payment and the fun begins.
Now we brainstorm. We ask a bunch of questions and work to get an intimate feel for who you are and your vision for what should be represented in the project.
- Talk about branding, color schemes, imagery, and content.
- Learn about your identity and the terminology unique to your business and the project.
- Determine your target markets.
- Identify and study competitors.
- Discuss technologies and implementation options.
All of this helps us choose which tools to use to build your software and decorate it properly. Any resulting impacts to the original proposal, including the project cost, are documented and signed off on.
Establishing the Foundation
All of the information gathered has been simmering and is ready to pour out. We determine the overall architecture and begin to work out the user interface and navigation techniques. We design the theme and provide mockups of the first level screens for review.
Once we have the basic design nailed down, we can start adding features.
Feature Design & Implementation
For each feature, we determine the most advantageous design and optimal technological solution and “make it so”. We build your project one feature at a time. You get the opportunity to see every step along the way and steer the project in a different direction if needed.
Wrap It Up
Once all the features are complete and we receive the final payment, we deliver the product to you. We submit the product to the appropriate markets and search engines. We also provide help documentation and provide administrative training if necessary. If ongoing support and maintenance is desired, we go over the options with you.
Finally we request that you fill out a customer satisfaction survey so we can learn what we did right and where we can improve.