The Web Design Process

I’ve worked with dozens of clients to create over 100 websites, all created from scratch to perfectly match my client’s personality, vision, and website goals. Through the years I’ve honed a method that will make building your new website a quick, painless, and maybe even fun process. Here’s how it works:

Communication

My first job is to find out exactly what you are looking for in your new site. We’ll work through my handcrafted Project Brief which will give me a better idea of who you are targeting as well as what you want your site to look like and be able to do for you.

Content

The content on your website is vital to engage your audience and move them to action. I can help you coordinate all this content to go on the web, and if need be connect you with professional copywriters and photographers who will take your content to the next level.

Design

Then comes the fun part – designing your new website! I’ll create custom designs of your homepage and you’ll get the chance to pick your favorite and give any feedback you have. From there we’ll work through the rest of the site – designing out every necessary piece until you say it looks perfect.

Development

I work with the best developers in the world, but that’s not even something you have to worry about. I’ll take care of everything technical and you can just watch for the email telling you things are ready to go. Your custom, professionally-coded site will sit on WordPress, the internet’s leading content management system. This makes is scalable, secure, and ridiculously easy to update.

Launch & Training

You’ll have the chance to review your fully-functioning site before anyone else can see it and make any final changes you want. When you’re ready we’ll launch your website and let it take over the world. It’s now your turn to start promoting it and continually driving visitors to it.

I’ll create a custom-built tutorial for you that explains in detail how to update and edit every part of your website. We’ll hold a quick meeting where I’ll show you how everything works – and it will be easier than you thought possible. Now the power is in your hands!

Edits and Improvement

I’m available to you at any point in the future for updates to your site – big or small. Some clients come back to me for every update, but most handle all the changes to their site on their own. I can also help you take a look at your traffic and visitor analytics in the future to help determine ways to revise your site for better goal conversion.

In the end you’ll have a new website that you and your visitors love, is easy for you to update, and helps you stand out from the sea of boring websites!

 

Traci Mann, Author, Professor of Psychology

Brad is an incredible designer. My book’s website is exactly what I wanted, even though I couldn’t even begin to articulate what I wanted before talking to Brad. Not only is the website wonderful, but he finished it faster than he promised, and he was great to work with. I am so glad I hired Brad for this project. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

Brad made the process of developing my web site not only painless, but positively enjoyable. His enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude permeated every discussion we had. I would recommend him to any writer looking to develop a web site!

James Townsend

James Townsend, Author and Co-Owner of The Human Condition

Brad’s creative insight is easily accessible through constant communication and feedback. He’s concerned about your vision, and it shows in the final product. He has a consistent devotion to making your vision a reality.

After scouring dozens of author websites I contacted Brad – because his designs are clean and tight, and he is easy to work with. From inspecting his initial concept drafts, it was clear that selecting Brad was the right move.

Kirk Douponce

Owner of DogEared Design

Apt Design is a pleasure to work with. They always meet or beat their deadlines with consistent creativity.

His ability to grasp an organization’s goals and translate them into images is pitch-perfect. With his upbeat attitude and timely delivery, he is a real pleasure to work with.

Jennifer Skiff

Best-selling Author

Hiring Brad Fitzgerald to create my website was the greatest gift I gave to myself in 2013. He is a pleasure to work with!

I really can’t recommend Brad highly enough. He’s come through for us time after time, and always delivers outstanding work. His sites are beautiful and functional works of art. Brad has designed the websites for some of our biggest authors. You know he’ll deliver an amazing site, right on schedule.

Emma Otheguy

Children's Author

Brad effectively translated my half-formed ideas into a beautiful website, and he gave me lots of choices and allowed plenty of feedback. He also did a great job making the web design flexible enough to evolve with my needs.

Justen Forge

Author

EVERY project he works on is the most important project to him, and that’s how he makes you feel through his accessibility, responsiveness, communication and professionalism.

Susan Lagsdin

former Executive Director of Write On The River

Brad’s design work is creative and impeccable — and best of all, he listens well and asks all the right questions, with no assumptions about his clients’ experience.

Carol Scibelli

Humor Writer & Speaker

I chose Apt Design because Brad’s websites stood out from all the others I saw. The bonus was that besides his talent he is also a joy to work with.

Dr. Robert Rosenthal

Author

It was a pleasure to work with Brad at Apt Design. On the design front, his concepts were spot on, so we never got started on false trails. And he easily and accurately incorporated my feedback in a comfortable back-and-forth dialogue that resulted in a strong final product. I remain extremely pleased with the result.

Ona Russell

Author and Speaker

As an author, I wanted something that would showcase my books, but do so by telling a kind of story. And that is exactly what Brad accomplished. The finished product is beautiful, evocative and efficient, just like a great novel.

I had a terrific experience working with Brad. He was at all times flexible, patient, and responsive. Above all, Brad is a terrific person and working with him was a pleasure.

Rolf Boone

Blogger

Brad provided very clear and understandable (for those of us who are tech challenged) directions on the process, explaining the steps he would take to build and design the site, as well as the input he wanted from me, and the training involved once the site was complete. Brad, who has a sharp eye for design, ran with it and produced a great site. He does good work.

Robert Howard

Author

Brad came up with a powerful visual look and graphic design that tied together the various “chapters” in my story. What’s more, he is a pleasure to work with—a great listener and highly collaborative!

Traci Mann

Author, Professor of Psychology

Brad is an incredible designer. My book’s website is exactly what I wanted, even though I couldn’t even begin to articulate what I wanted before talking to Brad. Not only is the website wonderful, but he finished it faster than he promised, and he was great to work with. I am so glad I hired Brad for this project. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

Brad is a complete professional and a pleasure to work with — he’s intuitive, creative, responsive and reliable.