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Thursday July 01, 2004
11:04 AM

Designer Hunting

[ #19626 ]

How would you find a web designer? I've got a couple of small projects that need some help.

My first thought was to consult consult the oracle of the interweb, Google.

web designer: 5,420,000

web designer web standards: 2,050,000

web designer web standards hire: 152,000

Wandering through the first dozen pages of search results didn't find any likely candidates. Where are all the web designers hiding?

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  • Well first off, what are you defining as a 'web designer'? this can range from a pure graphic designer to a template editing web monkey. Do you want to have freelance designer or someone on a contract/permenant basis? Is it even paid employment?

    It's not an easy thing to hire anyone, but if you work out what exact role they need to fill, then you can look more easily at likely candidates.
    -Scott McWhirter- | -kungfuftr-
    "JAWK - Just Another Whiny Kid"
    • I consider a "web designer" to be somebody that is able take a spec, design an appropriate page (or set of pages) using HTML and making accompanying graphics, while a "graphic designer" does the same for print.

      A template editing monkey is something entirely different and in this case would be me :)

      Sorry for not being clear on this, I was looking for a freelancer designer for paid work.
      • Rightio... next thing to ask is how much you'd be willing to pay and what quality you'd be looking for within that price range. I know plenty of people who charge around the GBP £20 per hour mark, but that may be a little steep. Another possibility is or that kind of thing.
        -Scott McWhirter- | -kungfuftr-
        "JAWK - Just Another Whiny Kid"
  • Email me at autarch { AT } if you're looking for someone to do graphic design / HTML without any programming. I have a couple friends who are good designers who do freelance work. They can work with a templating system (along the lines of "don't touch those bits").
  • In most circumstances, the best way to find a person who does 'X' is by direct referral. Go to your peers, let them know that you're after a web-designer, and do they know anyone they can recommended? In posting to use.perl, you've done that in a virtual sense, which is excellent.

    The big advantage of referral is that most individuals are unlikely to refer you to someone who they feel is a poor worker. You're also more likely to get someone who's close to you, and share a number of common social and bu