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    Mock ups?

    When a potential client asks for "mock ups" what is involved here please? You have to show them a template? I don;t see if you're building from scratch hwy you would take all that time to put a site together then they dissaprove? How do you guys handle this?

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    Mock Ups

    There just that, Mock Ups. They don't have to be full scale templates with detailed graphics, thats a psd. From my experience with clients they are just rough sketches of where stuff is going to be positioned, and possibly how the page is going to flow. If they are looking for detailed pages with graphics, etc. then they better be paying you for design, and development.
    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yakoup46 View Post
    From my experience with clients they are just rough sketches of where stuff is going to be positioned, and possibly how the page is going to flow. .
    Yes, that helps! Can you ell me how you would provide what's written above please? Do you 'tell" them what you are planning to do or do you show them some sort of draft? If the latter, how do you do this?

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    Well I guess the question I must first ask is did they hire you as the designer, or the developer? (or both)? While im waiting for a response ill draft up something quick as an example

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    This can be done several ways Mike. Was it you who had mentioned you were very familiar with photoshop? I thought it was you, if so you can create a mock up with PS.

    If you google mock-ups, there are tons of programs that will help you do them as well. Dreamweaver can be used, so can Illustrator, and fireoworks. There are I'm sure open source software as well.

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    Well no, I am asking if someone in the future should ask me to do a mock up I wish to have an answer which will ge tme the job WITHOUT doing the mockup.

    It certainly wasn't me who said I was good at PS. I purchased CS5 fully intending on learning it but after my first issue with "removing backgrounds from images without erasing" I said no more. Now I simply purchase images from Istockphoto or dreamstime e.t.c and if I need logos, banners or stlyed anything I have someone create them for me. I had tried everything to learn PS, I joined Adobe and other forums, purchased tutorials, advertsied on Craigslist and other forums to PAY someone to teach me in a step by step manner how to do the above and guess what? NOTHING!

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    Super Quick Example

    This is something i would give to a client... Well not that exactly its rather sloppy. But the point is to just make an "outline" or multiple ones and if they approve then start working on the graphics.

    http://cl.ly/1p1Q0p0e2P1E013A152M

    Hope this helps.

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    Yes, I would like to do something like that, keeping it simple, which software did you use for that? I am wondering if it can be done in Open Ofiice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    Yes, I would like to do something like that, keeping it simple, which software did you use for that? I am wondering if it can be done in Open Ofiice?
    I told you, you can do something like that in many programs. You can make it as simple as the example given, or you can make it a little more complex. Depends on how bad you want the work I guess...lol


    You seem to be wanting to "get" jobs without actually having to do the learning and work that comes along with these kind of jobs. lol I mean you said you wanted to be hired WITHOUT having to do a mock-up, yet if the client asks you to do one, then you should be able and willing to do one. Its rather like a building contractor trying to bid on a building project. Sure there may be quite a bit of leg work and initial figuring on materials and prices, and sure most of this work is done for free, but thats part of it. I've never known a builder "get" work without doing the initial work to actually get the job.

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    Well, my main job is Pc/Laptop repair/upgrade Tech and I am now trying to get into the web programming and as I've mentioned here before not web design, I am simply learning about design as much as I can just to get the knowledge. The way I run my repair/upgrade business is like this, as Mike Meyers said, which is better for a customer, to hire a tech who can be efficient and get the job done quickly effectively 'by hwatever means" or hire a tech who will take weeks to figure out a problem by himself?

    That is the principle I cary with me so where web designing is concerned, I have graphics people who do all of my work, this way I get it professionally done and of course things get done much faster so to answer to your remark, no I am not seeking shortcuts, I simply wish to become a programmer and like many programmers told me before I started on this journey, learn what you will need for your trade and not waste time on anything else.

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    Will all do respect teedoff as far as I'm concerned thats not exactly right. I am 95% developer and 5% designer and I get jobs just fine. However, by the same token Mike if you plan do this alone then teedoff is correct you will need to develop these skills. I work with a small team and we have a designer so he does all that work. I've obviously picked up some skills tho.

    Good Luck.

    oh p.s. I used Gimp for the mock up

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    I have just said that I have graphics people to do all graphics work for me [just like you] therefore no need for me to learn PS and especially since I too plan on programming then no need for it just like you but I understand teedoff's viewpoint where learning PS would definitely be an asset but man I have tried and tried to get someone to teach me PS stuff, even offered to pay for it but simply cannot get the help I need

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    I hate PS so I don't blame you. I can help you in Gimp if you would like.?

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    Absolutely, I would like to learn how to put together what you have done not only for any potential future client to be honest but for myself when deciding on how I am going to put a page together, will come in very handy.

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    Well if you get TeamSpeak you can join our channel
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    Let me know


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