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Design Tips: Educating Clients to say Yes

Design is all about providing the best solution for a problem to a target audience. That's at least the simple way to describe what we do right? Well, some times it can't be harder to make people (and for that I mean clients) understand that and approve a design based in goals and not in a personal opinion based on taste. Even though we can manage to make the client approve a design, the worst thing is when after they approved they decide that the design is not good anymore and it will be necessary to change a little thing or to add that other thing, and in the end what we got was a Frankenstein design. So what can we do? Paul Boag, a famous web designer and host of one of the coolest web design podcasts out there, Boagworld, did a great presentation on that subject on the last Future of Web Design Conference and he has some tips for us on how to make clients understand our work. The keynote was called "Educating Clients to Say Yes", and he talks about how to make clients understand what we do, and some tips on how can we make they approve our work. I highly recommend you to check that out right now. Also Paul Boag is behind a nice web service called GetSignOff that is exactly about that, getting your design approved. You may present your site designs, manage feedback and also organize multiple versions of your designs in a clear way: Do you struggle to get design sign off? You may produce the best website designs ever, but getting sign off is always painful. Presenting designs to distant clients and managing their feedback is challenging. GetSignOff provides a mechanism for presenting your site designs, managing feedback and organizing multiple versions of a design. The service is really nice and simple, you create a client and upload your design with the explanation of your approach to it, also you can add notes directly to the design. Then you send to the client a link to a page where he can see that and leave comments. Once you have the client's feedback you can revise the design and send it a new version. For more information visit the GetSignOff website, they have really good videos showing how it works and give it a try. I think the best way to make clients understand what you do and respect you is showing that you are really professional. You have a very organized system to present and deliver your work, and the most important: you have documentation of the work you have done. Sneak Peak at from Paul Boag on Vimeo.

Inspiration: Marcio Toledo

Yesterday I happily crossed Marcio Toledo website where he has a great portfolio selection, and if you love web designing this is something you most see, not only the design but the structures of the websites he designs, very good inspiration for those who like it. Brazilian cross-media designer with 6 years of experience in the market for internet, print and advertising, has developed projects for clients like ABC Television, Atrativa, Bandai, Bavaria, Cartoon Network, Dj Patife, Gafisa, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Governo de São Paulo, Helbor, I-Play, Imovelweb, Investbolsa, Lycos Networks, Lopes, Microboard, Nestlé, Oi, Petrobras, PlayPhone, PSDB-SP, RatedPhone, Real Arcade, Sega, Skyzone, Sobloco, Spinelli Corretora, Spring It, Tamboré, Wal-Mart among others. For more visit

Web Design: Rock Bands Sites

There's been a long time since I've actually visited any band site. But today I was wondering how band were presenting themselves in the web, and it's been a cool ride. I know that this list features solo artists, but still, Alanis' and Madonna's sites are pretty cool, and worth a visit. Anyways, this is another post of our great Web Design series... for further inspiration, visit our other posts about it! So go on and check these out! Cheers! ;) Aerosmith Foo Fighters Alanis Muse The Strokes Third Eye Blind Metallica AC DC Blur Coldplay Beastie Boys Rooney The Killers Franz Ferdinand Maroon 5 Madonna U2 Green Day Oasis R.E.M. Eagle Eye Cherry The Kooks Semisonic Daft Punk Dashboard Confessional

Web Design: Yellow Sites

When you design a new site, the best thing is having lots of options: gradients, minimalist, blue, black, green... and all other cool trends we've seen so far. So, check out today's trend: Yellow sites!! Hope you all enjoy my selection!! Cheers! ;)

Web Design: Real Estate Sites

One of the best clients for web designers are Real Estate agencies. As Lex Luthor would say, big money lays in land, property... so there's where you'll find good clients. You can count on that. And here is a little inspiration for you. These are really awesome, I was actually concerned that I wouldn't find good looking real estate sites, but I was wrong; there are plenty. Since I'm looking for a good structured settlement with any nearby school, I started visiting some of these (in Brazil only), and found good sites, so it come to me to make this post. I hope you all enjoy this. Cheers! ;)

Web Design Inspiration: Lucas Hirata

During my daily reads, I usually spend sometime at, Brazil's biggest network, where one finds many subjects, from sports to the latest politics news. It's got a fresh design, and last week I've found the designer behind it. Lucas Hirata is a Brazilian designer from the state of Bahia, and has been designing since 1996, but in 2006 he started working to Globo, and it's been doing awesome interfaces for them since them. If you enter, you'll get to see his major work. Besides Globo, there are also some cool pieces, check them out here. Hope you all enjoy these. Cheers! ;) For mor info visit Lucas website at

Web Design: Grunge Sites

Following our series of Web Design, today I bring to you only grungy designs (user request). These are pretty awesome, so come on and check it out! Grunge design is really nice to do... there are a few elements that make that grunge look: dripping sprays and paints, non-regular brushes, torn papers, old paper textures, rough edges, among many. Here is brief selection of sites... I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)

Web Design Inspiration: William Wilkinson

Following our series on web design inspiration, we're bringing you William Wilkinson, a young designer from Victoria, Canada. He has worked on some really nice web design projects such as the 280Slides, which is an online version of Apple's Keynote. Also he's fantastic icon designer, with some superb pieces. Check his work out at Litte Pixels ( It's definitely worth it. Some Works

Web Design Inspiration: Jason Santa Maria

Last week we started a new series of posts about famous web designers. For our first post we showed the work of Vitor Lourenco, the guy behind the new Twitter design; and for this second we will feature one of the most famous designers out there, Jason Santa Maria. I'm sure you have seen some of his works, but we could just say that he designed the Wordpress identity and admin pages; and A List Apart, identity and web design. Jason Santa Maria is a Graphic Designer living in sunny Brooklyn, NY. He serves as Creative Director for Happy Cog Studios, both in New York and Philadelphia. This status grants him access to most black-tie galas and groundbreaking ceremonies.... Jason enjoys loud music and subsequent ass-shaking. Jason nearly knows the value of a dollar, though could still be persuaded to purchase magic beans. Jason enjoys good and bad Horror and Sci-Fi movies, though prefers good, and can often be found losing the day to video games..... For more information visit his website at:

Web Design: Restaurant Sites

It's been a time since we had our last Web Design post, so I've decided to search the next topic... and since I was pretty hungry, my stomach did all the thinking to me. So here are some cool restaurant sites designs. It came up that the best way to design a Restaurant site is to make the good stuff really noticed. If their ambiance is the hot thing, then you should really reserve a good spot on your design dedicated to it. The same if there's a really unique recipe. Anyways, this is what I think about it... I bet you'll get your own conclusion checking these out. So c'mom and enjoy! Cheers! ;)

Web Design Inspiration: Vitor Lourenco

We have featured very talented graphic designers and digital artists in our Inspiration series of posts, but we have never featured web designers. Because of that we will start the Web Design Inspiration series, showing the work of some famous web designers out there. For the first post we have Vitor Lourenco, the guy behind the new Twitter design. Vitor Lourenço is a 21 year old Interface & Visual designer working from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is specialized in creating simple and elegant web interfaces, hand coded in W3C compliant sites. His clients includes Twitter, Huge Inc., 280slides, STN Labs and SoftPixel. Some Works For more information visit his website at

Web Design: Religious Sites

Since my friend and I are developing our church's web site, I start to research tendencies for this kind of site. And my surprise is that there are really awesome sites out there about it! From vintage style to illustration, flash elements, gradients, photographic background... there are many trends, but all of them are really well done. So check these out, it's pretty great! Cheers. ;)

Web Design: Black Layouts

Following our hit series about Web Design, today I bring to you only awesome black layouts! Man, I love these... It's incredible how a layout can get beautiful with darker colors. And of course, when you work with black, the right colors will bring just the right contrast. Lime-green, Orange, Electro-Pink... most shocking colors will bring awesome life to the layout. Of course, checking this sites you'll get to see many examples of how to apply colors in a black layout. Some of these are not pure black, 'cause if I start to name all the shades of black, grey and other monochromatic colors I'm gonna enter an eternal loop. So, I just hope you all enjoy my selection. Cheers!! ;) And of course, the best black layout ever.

Web Design: Blue Layouts

Our web design series are doing great! Our last post had over 40 thousand visits! That's a obvious sign that you people are craving for more web design posts! So today, I bring to you only blue layouts. From little guys to the BIG fish... this list has it all. There are plenty examples of html and some flash sites, but all very beautiful! My favorites are the Corona's and Pepsi's sites. And I hope you guys enjoy this selection! Cheers. ;)

Web Design: Illustration

Following our series of web design posts, I was thinking about a nice web element that many sites have and that we've featured a lot here at Abduzeedo: illustration! We've seen a lot of it here, interviewed the artists, but never really talked about it inside web design. Well, right now I won't talk, but show you many sites that use illustrated elements in their design. It's really great how they turn out to be... the results are pretty sweet! I hope you all enjoy my selection! Cheers. ;) Reader suggestions:

Web Design: Photographic Background

If I were told to make a list of web design trends I love, there would be really few itens. Wood, glowing stuff and other things... and most definately, photographic backgrounds! I even had a personal project back a few years agora, but it never went online. Here are a few websites that we get to see this awesome trend... most of them are flash sites, because when you have a photo background, it's important that it will respond to your resolution... otherwise, if you have a 1280x1024 back photo, it will lose a lot of information in 1024x768. Do you guys know any other cool sites like these? Or even cool tutorials on how to do it? If so, leave a comment! Enjoy! ;) Explore the thumbnails to enter the photoback. Just choose a language and it will pop up.

Wood in Web Design

Another day I was talking to a friend of my, and he told me that he would love to see more posts about web design here at Abduzeedo. When he told me that, I totally understood that we're kind of posting just about photography and illustration... and only Fabiano is doing something about web with his tutorials and links in the Best of the Week series. So today, web design it is! :D When making a new site design, most of us try to figure out what kind of theme to go with... and there are plenty: space (lol), water, wood, colorish, glowing and shinning stuff, etc, etc. The list is just endless. One of my favorite design elements is wood! It's really great how you can manage to make a sweet design with wood background, static or not (I do prefer static). Anyways, here are some hand picked websites that got plenty of wood for your design needs.