We’re just about to get our first look at the new Portland City Council web design district.
And now, we’ve got an in-depth look at what it’s like to work in this district, which covers about 100 square miles in southeast Portland, Oregon.
We’ve been following the design process closely, from initial conceptual drawings and early site visits to final site visits and site testing.
For now, the web design process itself, which has been going on for about two years, is a series of stages, each lasting about a week.
You start off by talking with the team that’s designing your site.
Then, they send you some concept sketches.
The team then spends the next week or so reviewing those sketches to determine what they like.
The team will then decide what they want the site to look like, from the basic layout to the visual style and even the overall design aesthetic.
Once they have their design, the design team goes to work.
It’s a three-phase process, and there are three different stages: conceptual design, concept sketching, and site visits.
To get a better idea of what it takes to design a website, we sat down with a design team that has been designing for nearly a decade.
Design Phase 1: Conceptual Design 2.
Concept Sketching 3.
Site Visit Phase 1a: Concept sketches are drawn up in sketchy, unprofessional style.
“The concept is everything from the architecture, to the colors, to how the elements are arranged and how the visual elements are designed,” says one of the designers, Chris Saller.
“This is how the site will look, and how we want it to look.”
The site team uses a pencil and paper to draw out a concept sketch.
This is a concept of what the Portland City Hall website would look like.
It has an “architectural” feel, with an emphasis on clean lines and clean lines of light.
The city hall website is designed around clean lines, which are usually the same for all of the district’s buildings.
(Image via Chris Siller) (This is not a mockup of the site.)
Once the site team has finished sketching out their concept, they start working on site visits, which they do for two months, during which time they go through the designs to make sure everything is still within the district guidelines.
In addition to getting an idea of how the website should look, site visits allow them to check for inconsistencies, make sure the design is clean, and to make the design look good on the web.
One of the major concerns is that the website will be viewed by a large number of people.
“We want the people who come to see it to be able to get to the information they need to make decisions on what to do with their money,” says the team’s design director, Emily Pecan.
During site visits the team will check to make certain that the design meets the district site guidelines, and that there is enough space for all the information the district needs.
“In some cases, if we don’t meet the site guidelines we have to do more research on the site, which will be a bit of a hassle,” says Pecen.
“It’s not uncommon to have a site that’s two pages long, or maybe two pages wide, or two pages tall.
We need to be very thorough and look for areas where there’s an issue.”
“We can’t be overly careful,” Pec and Sallers continue.
“A website has to be built with all of these elements in mind, so we have a lot of work to do.”
(View of the Portland city hall site from the west side of the Capitol building.)
Design Step 2: Concept Sketch Phase 2b: Concept sketching begins.
The site team takes the design from the conceptual sketch to the sketching stage, where they are given a full copy of the design and can go through it in real-time.
They will use their sketching to refine the design, including the layout, colors, and overall design.
At this stage, the team gets to design the final product.
“The site is a huge part of the city’s identity, and the design has to reflect that,” says Salleser.
A lot of the work that goes into creating a web design site is actually done in this stage.
“A lot is done on the first page of the web site,” explains Pec.
“At this point we’ll start taking design notes and talking to the design teams to make changes, like removing things, adding more text, or even removing certain elements.”
Once all the design work has been done, the site’s design team will take the design back to the drawing board, to see if there’s any