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4 People You Should Ask For Website Feedback Kontact_contactsHere are four tips that I found on a website that will give you good feedback.

1. Ask Your Mom

Iím serious. Better yet, ask your grandma. Heck, even your plumber would be great! The reason I say this is because you must have people review your website who arenít part of the web design and development community. Too often, web designers design for their industry colleagues and not for the audiences that their clients are trying to reach.

If you really want quality feedback, go a step further. For every project, try to get feedback from actual members of the audience you are trying to reach. If you are building a website for engineers, talk to engineers. If you are designing for a school, talk to teachers and students.

Admittedly, getting actionable feedback from outside the web design community can be hard (see ďHow a Web Design Goes Straight to Hellď), but at the very least, these groups might alert you to mistakes youíve made from misunderstanding the target audience.

A lot is to be said for thinking on your own about an audienceís online habits and aesthetic preferences. But as fruitful as that can be, do it only after youíve stepped out of your ivory tower and mingled with the Internetís common folk.

2. Ask a Big Name

Hereís a question: if you could get feedback from anyone in the world, who would it be?

Every person would choose someone different, but Iíll bet almost everyone could whip up a shortlist of people who they would love to bounce a few questions off of. Hereís the more important question: whatís stopping you from asking them? Sure, they may be busy and important, but that doesnít mean trying to reach them isnít worth a shot.

I donít meant to brag, but Iíve been able to get just about everyone Iíve approached to reply to an email or talk by phone for five minutes to discuss a few questions. Sure, it took some digging and out-of-the-box thinking on my part (as well as being extra nice to their personal assistants or secretaries!), but it was well worth it. You would be surprised how accessible such people can be if you show genuine (but not creepy) interest and respect for their time.

Tim Ferris has an excellent section in his book The Four-Hour Work Week and in a post on his blog about reaching out to big names to discuss ideas and ask questions. In the section of his book entitled ďFind Yoda,Ē Ferris gives a few tips for getting big name mentors on the phone (the one he mentions from his own experience is author John Grisham).

Not everyone can do this, but thatís the point: only the most innovative, persistent and courageous will follow through on getting feedback from their heroes, and that is ultimately what sets them apart from the crowd.

3. Ask Yourself

Hereís a seemingly obvious one. You are surely already editing your own work and making adjustments as needed. But are you really stepping back and asking yourself deep critical questions about your work (questions that would likely lead to revisions), or are you coasting on what you think looks good at the moment?

Every designer and developer would do well, upon completing a project, to wait before submitting it to the client. Get as far away from it as you can for a day or two, and then come back to it with fresh eyes.

Waiting until that heat of the moment has passed will uncover problems that you missed earlier or perhaps give you new confidence in elements you werenít sure about before. Either way, taking a step back and asking yourself critical questions will give you a more thoughtful, deliberate piece of work.

4. Ask Your Community

Whether you work alone or with a team of designers and developers, you need feedback from people who are like you and who do the same kind of work you do.

The feedback you get from fellow members of the community is the most actionable because they know the vocabulary and can give you hard, practical advice (instead of the dreaded verdict one gets from clients, ďIt needs a bit more pizzazz!Ē). Your community also understands the various factors that affect your work, like budgets, deadlines and stressful clients.

If you are a freelancer or work alone, getting feedback from the wider community can be frustrating, because you donít have a dedicated team of colleagues who can review what youíre doing. Youíre not alone in this (think of the thousands of other freelancers out there), but there are a few ways to work the situation to your advantage.

One way is to trade feedback. Find a web designer or developer whom you respect, and offer to review their next project in exchange for their feedback on yours (you might not even know them personallyóbut donít let that stop you!). Figuring out a system for giving and receiving feedback might take a while, but such a relationship has the potential to become beneficial and second-nature for both of you.

Tools for Collecting Feedback

Most websites, with their forums and comment sections, arenít ideal places to collect and aggregate feedback. Here instead are a few innovative tools that provide great ways to share and receive feedback on projects and designs.

4 People You Should Ask For Website Feedback Conceptfeedback

Concept Feedback is a growing community of design, development and marketing professionals and a welcome change to disorganized forum walls. Concept Feedback allows others to provide quick, actionable feedback on your website via a comprehensive rating system, with the requirement that everyone first give quality feedback before receiving feedback from others. Oh, did I mention that itís free?

This was found Here and I take no full credit of this post.


Post†on Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:17 pm by†Guest

lol amazing!


Post†on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:18 pm by†Dragonfir731

I dont mean to brag but.... 4 People You Should Ask For Website Feedback 427698


Post†on Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:42 am by†Juz

Cool. Gonna try this one out. Smile


Post†on Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:49 am by†icow

Thanks for the advise! Grin


Post†on Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:11 am by†Ronin

Don't think your mom would be that great. Parent's don't know much about design so she would normally think anything on a website looks good.

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