WELCOME!

YOU'VE MADE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS 

Good design will convert more website visitors into subscribers and customers.

Good design will help you bring in more inquiries.

Good design will take you from where you are to where you dream of being!

BRAND & WEBSITE HOMEWORK

On this page you will find:

  • Suggested Squarespace templates to take a look at, however I ultimately choose the best template to suit your needs and functionality.

  • Help with purchasing your domain (if you haven’t already).

  • Instructions on how to create your Inspiration Board on Pinterest.

  • A workbook to help me understand your goals and create a brand and website you’ll love.

  • What I need from you before your project starts.

  • Calendar for scheduling consultation calls.

  • Helpful tips for providing helpful feedback.

Please feel free to email me at hello@cdbdesignstudio.com if you need any help. I’m always happy to hop on a Zoom call or chat via email if you need me to talk you through anything! 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

When you're booked in my schedule, we'll stop using email to have our conversation and we'll start using my project management tool, Asana.

A project management tool is a secure space online where we have have conversations, share files, set reminders, and create to-do lists.

Whereas files often get lost when I'm managing projects through email, nothing gets lost or forgotten in Asana. It's the simplest way to keep your project organized and make sure it goes as smoothly as possible!

Don't worry - you won't need to pay for this tool and it's not hard to use. Click the button below to watch a 2-minute tutorial on how to use it!

01. SUGGESTED SQUARESPACE TEMPLATES

All Squarespace templates allow you to add a shop/store page, portfolio and blog but some have very different layouts to others.

To browse all templates, visit this page.

Don’t worry- your website won’t look exactly like the template. The template will just be the foundation (framework and functionality) for the layout of your site.

Only certain templates have blog sidebars. If you definitely want one, it will narrow your options but if you’re okay with that then so am I.

Blog sidebars are great for advertising products, listing categories, showing popular posts etc.

Templates:

Have a good look through the Squarespace templates and keep these things in mind...

  • Do you like the layout?

  • Do you like where the navigation menu is?

  • Does it have a blog sidebar? Do you want one?

  • Does it have a unique shop style and do you like it?

  • Does it have a unique blog style and do you like it?

You'll be able to tell me which template appeals to you in the questionnaire further down this page. 

02. REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN

A domain is the URL of your website (eg. www.example.com). If you have already purchased a domain from somewhere like Godaddy or 1and1.com then you can skip this step. 

You can buy a domain directly through Squarespace, that's the easiest least complicated route but you don't have too. Some think it's best to buy it from a third party, to maintain freedom to move from Squarespace in the future if you need to do that. I can repoint your domain from your third party host to Squarespace. 

I suggest buying your domain through 1and1.com or Siteground.com: Domains start from $11.95 USD per year.

(Do not buy your domain through Godaddy- they always have tech issues.)

03. BRAND INSPIRATION BOARD

On Pinterest, create and fill a secret board with inspiration for your brand, including: a minimum of 5 logos, 5 colour palettes, 5 patterns and 5 website designs.

Follow me @cdbdesignstudio and invite me to your secret board. 

When you've filled your board, go through your pins and leave comments on your favorites stating what you like about them. 

Video Tutorial: Creating Your Brand's Inspiration Board

 
 

If for some reason you are stuck let me know soonest so I can set you on the right track and get you going.

04. DIGITAL WORKBOOK

Full Name *
Full Name
Phone *
Phone
Address *
Address
Eg. About, shop, services, blog, portfolio, gallery page, etc
Choose the elements you'd like on your homepage.
If you want a blog sidebar, what widgets do you want in it?
Eg, Mailchimp, MailerLite, etc
During projects, I like to know "Behind The Scenes" of the project, are you okay with this, or is this project Top Secret?

05. UPLOAD YOUR WEBSITE CONTENT TO ASANA

Before the start of your project, I need you to provide your website content (images & text) and upload to Asana. 

Content you'll need to compile and provide:

  • Text for all of your pages (including headers)

  • Opt-in form text (if applicable)

  • Opt-in button text (if applicable)

  • Sidebar text

  • Button text

Images:

Please organize all images into folders and name them where you want them to go. (Eg. About page, Contact page etc.)

Images must be a minimum of 1500 pixels wide. The bigger, the better!

If you don't have very high quality photos, I recommend buying stock photos from Haute StockStocksy, or any stock photography site of your choosing. 

06. BRAND CONSULTATION

Upon completion of your client homework (Pinterest Board Completed & Workbook Submitted) or if you need any guidance with completing your Inspiration Board, use the calendar below to schedule your client session. These must be done before your Start Date, as your start date represents the design phase of your project and we both need to be on the same page before any designing begins.
 

 
 

07. TIPS FOR PROVIDING HELPFUL FEEDBACK

You can help me do a really good job by providing me with organized, helpful feedback on your designs. Here are some tips!

  • Try and use bullet points when you're listing revisions.

  • Break up your feedback into paragraphs.

  • Seperate your feedback into sections. For example, feedback about your website footer could go under the header 'website footer' and feedback about your header could go under the header 'website header'.

  • Be as specific as you can.

  • If there is more than one person providing feedback, please gather your feedback into one message instead of posting multiple messages.

Feedback like this really helps the design process run smoothly. Thanks for your cooperation! You're the best. 

TIMELINES

To help keep your project on track to finishing on time, please provide feedback on your designs within two business days of receiving them. 

I really appreciate your effort to provide files and feedback on time! Timeliness from both of us will help us get your project done on (or even before!) the deadline so you can move on to the next exciting task on your to-do list and I can cheer you on.