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    So I'm in the process of re-hauling the look / features of my corporate website and I was wondering (from a designers & clients standpoint) if 'mocking up' projects is viewed as cheesy or not.

    For print projects I feel a mock up or nice photograph of the project looks great, what concerns me are web design mock ups.

    So what is your take on all of this? I have some examples of what I currently have up there that can be found in my signature, however in the new website design the portfolio image is quite larger (700x500 instead of the 500x500)

  • #2
    Following the link in your signature takes to a 404 page.
    "Go ahead, make your logos in PS. We charge extra money to redraw your logo into vector art so it can be printed on promotional product. Cha CHING! " - CCericola

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    • #3
      Works for me.
      This post is brought to you by the letter E and the number 9. Those are the buttons I push to get a Twix out of the candy machine.
      "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

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      • #4
        Hmm it's working for me, but in case anybody else experiences this problem it's....

        www.huemordesigns.com/portfolio.php

        If you click on the first project listed you'll see how I'm displaying websites.

        (I apologize if I shouldn't be linking to my website)

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        • #5
          I don't think it's a bad idea. I don't think you need the ipad and iphone versions though. They are so small that you can't really tell much about them.

          One thing I would caution against is having an actual link to their site. I used to do that, and one of the sites I designed wasn't renewed by its owner and the URL was purchased by someone and it redirected to a porn site. So I had a link from my site to a porn site. Not that I have anything against porn, but you don't want it to look like you are responsible for a site that has changed. For instance, if the client has another company redesign their site and you still link to it, you are now advertising for someone else.

          At least, that's my take on it...
          http://brokenspokedesign.com

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          • #6
            It's correctly linked to your portfolio section.
            This post is brought to you by the letter E and the number 9. Those are the buttons I push to get a Twix out of the candy machine.
            "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

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            • #7
              That's a really good point that I never even thought of. For smaller / in-stable clients I'm definitely going to consider this. I would hate to re-direct a potential client to a malicious website.

              Originally posted by Cosmo View Post
              I don't think it's a bad idea. I don't think you need the ipad and iphone versions though. They are so small that you can't really tell much about them.

              One thing I would caution against is having an actual link to their site. I used to do that, and one of the sites I designed wasn't renewed by its owner and the URL was purchased by someone and it redirected to a porn site. So I had a link from my site to a porn site. Not that I have anything against porn, but you don't want it to look like you are responsible for a site that has changed. For instance, if the client has another company redesign their site and you still link to it, you are now advertising for someone else.

              At least, that's my take on it...

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              • #8
                Only designers may think mock ups are cheesy or pretentious. Clients will like them. do it for your clients and if you like the look of it.
                It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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                • #9
                  For some reason...it works this morning. I'm going to put it up to my computer having a bad day yesterday....Monday sucked!!! I'm glad it's Tuesday.

                  As for the site...I like it. I like the hover over the images particularly. It is a very well put together site.

                  I'm going with Buda on this...nothing wrong with a mock up. I enjoy doing them myself.
                  "Go ahead, make your logos in PS. We charge extra money to redraw your logo into vector art so it can be printed on promotional product. Cha CHING! " - CCericola

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                  • #10
                    I appreciate the compliments DarkWolf! While this website was a vast improvement over our previous website, the one that will be deployed in the next couple of weeks will blow doors off of this one. The current one was more of a rush because the previous design failed.

                    After debating back and forth, and looking at some other design firms websites I decided that the best approach would be to just display the website without a mock up. Not because I through the mock up was cheesy, but because it saved time and allowed the work to be displayed at a larger size.

                    The print work however will be mocked up because my team and I are strong believers that context can make or break the design. A logo might not look great on a piece of paper, but when delivered with the whole project one understands why the designer made those choices.

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