Going through all the effort of giving the company who will code and implement this site a PDF file with information on color, typography, spacing, dimensions etc. A lot of work, as I have designed quite a few different templates. It's also something I need to do upon their request. Now I'm wondering if this time it will help, and if they will stick to it. Last time they didn't, they did not look at my Photoshop files and screwed up so the project never ended up in our portfolio because of this. The coding and implementation is really out of our hands. The client just has a contract with them. This project will also not end up in the portfolio, because this time we're not allowed to, but this was something we knew upfront.
about 4 years ago
Nice to see this approach for a style guide. Hope they stick to it!
Something I got into the habit for (from my time working with Khoi at Behavior) was when he/they developed an online HTML/CSS styleguide mini-site for the client to refer to. While it was pretty simplistic, I've since done versions of this with working HTML modules and snippets of sidebars and interaction examples. It's hosted on their site, hidden away but it's something they can refer to online, quickly.
This tends to work out well for clients and any internal web administrator or team.
@Naz Hamid, that sounds like a good approach. Problem with this company is: 'if only they understood CSS' :/
@Veerle - Is this something you do often though? I can understand the frustration in having a developer not doing a design justice. But why not just exclude the links to the actual project from your portfolio; thus allowing you to still publish it on your portfolio?
@Adii, No I don't do this often. Wouldn't make a difference for this project anyway. I mentioned above that we aren't allowed to show it in our portfolio.
Weird, why wouldn't you be allowed to show it?
Working at a big agency, my team has to create style guides all the time. We spend weeks on them and it's frustrating when they're not followed. They're also helpful for future designers that end up working on the project.
Interesting how you're using chat bubble to call out the styles. Very nice. Might have to steal that from you. :)
Because the client requested that in the contract. Some clients do not want you to show the work you did for them. Happens sometimes.
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