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.

Lyn Kelley

Communications & Events Coordinator at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Brad is a joy to work with. He’s a great listener. He was able to take our vision and make the reality of our design even better! He is a design professional with an understanding of what businesses need: on time, on budget and on point. He was patient with our input, prompt with our…

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.

Marcia Janke

former Tourism Director of the Wenatchee Valley Visitor's Bureau

Brad is a delight to work with.

Jerri Barkley

Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

I have not known of anyone that has worked with him on a project that has not been 100% pleased with the end product but also with the process.

Andy Dappen

Founder, Editor of WenatcheeOutdoors.org

Brad was always extremely prompt and professional in turning around what we requested. And Apt Design brought top quality design elements and ideas to the table for our consideration.

Steve Maher

Partner at RunWenatchee.com

We’re proud of what the public experiences when they come to our Run Wenatchee website. The site is clean, well-organized and lively, and for good reason. Brad Fitzgerald took the early design concepts we had in mind and made those come to life in a singular fashion.

Kirk Douponce

Owner of DogEared Design

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

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.

Adam Vognild

Co-owner of The Inner Circle Gym

Brad did an incredible job of building our web site. We would recommend Brad to anyone needing a creative and highly functional site for their business.

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.

Susan Hufman

Executive Director of the Leavenworth Summer Theater

…finding Brad was the answer. He listened, researched, welcomed honest responses to drafts, adapted, educated us, stayed on deadline and delivered a first-rate creative website that continues to draw rave reviews.

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.

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.

Casey Picker

Wordpress Developer

I love working with Brad! His eye for detail is what really differentiates him from other designers. When I work on a project with Brad, I always know that the finished product is going to be stellar.

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

Reid Peifer

Creative Director at Modern Tribe

His design work and attention to detail is impeccable. He’s also pushed me, and our team to become better designers. When I look at finished work from Brad – I don’t see his face all over it. It’s not about him – it’s about the design. When I look at a finished project and see a happy client, happy budget and happy timeline – well Brad’s face is all over that.

Gina Muller

former Director of Sales and Marketing for Gill Diamond Hospitality

We have seen an increase in our internet revenue since having the new websites.

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.

Greg McKenzie

Director of CUDA Peru

…artistic intuition that can’t be learned, keen insight into what a project needs, the people skills to lead the creative process, the organizational skills to manage the whole undertaking, and the work ethic to get the job done when and how it should be.

Benjamin Field

Principal and Clarity Consultant at be,clearly

The quality of his work and his professionalism (think pragmatic time management, setting expectations) are superb. He’s a seasoned freelancer and that means good things if you’re a client of a collaborator.

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!

Gautam Nayak

Doctor and President of the US Medical Soccer Team

Working with Brad was one of the best decisions our organization made. He is a consummate professional and delivers a beautfiul product in a timely fashion. He strives to make the website easy to navigate, practical, and visually appealing.

Rebecca Hargrove Fox

former Member Services Director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

Brad is a pleasure to work with: professional and friendly every time. He continuously produces excellent work.

Patrick Ward, PhD

Marriage and Family Therapist

Apt Design is definitely a name that fits – Brad is capable, the service is right-on, and I recommend him wholeheartedly.

Craig Larsen

former Executive Director at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce

I have seen Brad’s web design work on two separate and very different projects. I was impressed on each occasion with the time he took to really understand what the customer wants and needs from each project, leading to a great website both times.

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.

Nena Howell

Freelance Marketing Consultant

He’s nailed countless designs for my clients and he gets it every single time.

Eric Granstrom

former Director of Marketing for the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council

Brad was quick, efficient and completely approachable about changes. Best of all, the final layout looked phenomenal.

Jamie Howell

Author, Owner of Howell at the Moon Productions

Communicating design concepts can be tricky, so when you find somebody who can consistently understand your abstract needs and ideas and translate them into creative designs that actually work, you latch on to them. That’s why I latched on to Brad at Apt Design at the very beginning and have stayed with him ever since.

Annette Pennington

former Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association

The design work is flawless, the content is accurate and always within the project budget. He is consistently able to be reached, is open to questions and comment, and each project has been completed on time.