Web design is more than a pretty website, it’s about making something useful. It’s about creating something that your audience will undoubtably understand. Web design is taking an idea that manifests in your head or on paper and turning it into a beautiful and completely functional experience. It should look great, yes, but it should work great too.
Web development is a foreign subject to many, but it can be simplified in these terms: a beautiful design is broken down into certain elements and within those elements, website users are able to interact and engage in a set of actions (hover, click, read, submit a request, etc.). A perfectly developed website is one that works beautifully for both front-end users and those who manage the content of the website.
UX strategy is simply a plan to execute a desired user experience. Whether the strategy is taken to in-depth measures, such as wireframing individual pages, or the strategy is simply mapped out through a content outline and a few discussions, it is absolutely important that the UX strategy be in place before spending both time and money on design and development.
I’ve worked with ‘em all. Freelancers. Agencies. Everything in-between. I can say hands down the best person I’ve ever worked with (and continue to work with) for my web development is Brad Hogan. Besides having mad programming skills, the best thing Brad brings to the table is excellent communication and always gets everything done on time. Highly recommended.