Everything in its right place !
Such a project involves a number of skills:
- Project management
- Content strategy & copywriting
- Data analysis & migration
- Frontend development
- Backend development within a CMS solution (Content Management System)
- User testing of a responsive web design
At Spade, our experience has taught us that every step in the process of creating a great website is equally important. Our qualified experts offer a diverse range of capabilities that meet the various needs of different stakeholders .
1Prototyping your website as close as possible to the reality
On several projects we apply the "design in the browser" methodology, mainly for the User Experience step (UX Design). This allows us to build responsive prototypes we can test in many contexts and ensures a successful en result.
2Think style guide !
You already use a Brand Guide. Be familiar with the Style Guide.
Benefit for the management
A style guide is a tool that will be used by every person involved in your project. It's a real reference for any discussion about scenarios to test, new content to add, new modules to develop, future evolutions. It makes project management more effective and ensures all visual communication is cohesive.
3Frame your design integration
Also called "front-end development", this step is a crucial one. Following a strong methodology will allow the project to have deep foundations and ensure its sustainability.
Build or choose a framework
For every business environment, we always use a front-end framework, and are able to build one if required. We have knowledge of relevant tools, a strong skill set, and experience to be able to offer advice on your best options. For example, if your project is simple, there is no need to use a complex framework. Conversely light frameworks could quickly be restrictive.
4Collaborate around the code
Code is often hard to maintain, especially when there are several people involved in project and not always at the same time. There are tools to help manage this.
We used Github to host and share our code. It's a powerful collaboration tool for code review and code management for both open source and private projects.
Today when you publish a website you need to test it on a lot of devices.
Chicon Valley : the Open Device Lab
Spade is the proud host of the first Open Devices Lab in Brussels. People can come to our office and test websites and applications on more than 12 devices including a range of smartphones, tablets and computers.
Spade proved to be the ideal partner on this Sitecore web project. The collaboration with Sidewalk and Partenamut was swift and efficient. Spade's biggest asset was their extensive expertise on responsive design and front-end framework building. They offered creative solutions, continuously adapted the project lifecycle amidst emerging constraints. Partenamut can now count on a comprehensive set of tools for upcoming front-end applications designs, applying up-to-date UX standards and best practices.