Lizzie Lu Sweets
Lizzie Lu Sweets is co-owned by a close friend of my wife. While X is an amazing Producer (Food Channel, etc) who knows how to tell compelling stories through video, he didn't understand what creating a web presence truly entails. In addition, he admittedly didn't understand what the current trends were in Modern Web design.
When I started talking about "mobile first", "responsive" and "jQuery", he went along for the ride - clearly communicating that he had no idea what the heck I was talking about.
- I created a Mind Map and walked him through the process of creating a site - from cradle to grave.
- We talked about the different "gates" that professional development goes through.
- I communicated the importance of wire-frames to discover and define how the end-user would interact with the site.
- I produced design motifs composites derived from source material that inspired him.
- We looked at current trends (like awesome one "pagers"and responsive designs that honor delivery systems) and talked about how they created a more intuitive interface.
- I showed him was a ticketing system is and how we define scope and track metrics during development.
- I built out the site, based on wireframes, that focused on functionality first -- over design.
- I illustrated how the "front-end" theme simply presents the data-points you give it - in the places denoted by the wires.
- Along the way, I taught X how to use a modern CMS to extend his marketing reach and grow his business.
- Finally, we spent several QA sessions to put on the finishing touches and stomp out annoying bugs.
On an unglamorous day, I pushed the site from dev to production. No big announcement, no facebook campaign blast. Just a simple "apachectl -k graceful" and a "Lizzie Lu is live (eom)" email.