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Trying to find application interface designer

As I have failed miserably to find qualified people on elance, I am looking for personal recommendations from you guys as I respect this forum and its participants a great deal.

The thing is that I need a designer to do a graphic redesign of my application interface. The emphasis is on graphic design as the functionality is in place, it just needs to look better.

The application looks like a regular desktop application but actually uses an HTML AJAX frontend. The designer just needs to be able to make a pretty photoshop version and carve it up into HTML. I.e. zero scripting except for icon mouseovers.

As I mentioned I have tried to find somebody on elance, with surprisingly meager results. I just seem to get spammed with irrelevant portfolios and bids that obviously have not understood what I want to do (example: Proposals to build the whole thing in PHP, others talking up how I need proper SEO for the project).

If anyone knows somebody who could be a fit for this task, please don't hesitate!
jz Send private email
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Best of luck, I really, really struggled to find a decent design company to rework the GUI on my app. In the end, I decided to knuckle down and learn what I needed in order to do it myself and I can honestly say I'm suprised at how good it looks. As I said, best of luck.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I dunno about Ajax but I've seen some nifty looking "skin" packs available. I'll do a search for you..


There ya go. Seems quite a lot out there though I didn't click through on anything. Certainly an easier option if you can find what you like off the shelf?

Adam Send private email
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Adam read the op again.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
To be honest, if you want good to great results from someone who really knows what they're doing, you won't find them on elance. And you should expect to pay a decent amount. A lot of developers complain that the code they get from elance is often not so good, the same is true for web design. It's non-professionals trying to pass of as professionals on average. Not that there aren't good people, they're just hard to find.

Plus you're basically asking for two skill sets which are extremely hard to find in tandem!

1 - Good looking design - nice graphics
2 - Good UI knowledge.

For me personally, I've always tried to find someone who has the first skill set (good looking design) and I explain them what I want. Basically I spoon feed them what I need in terms of layout, etc., and they make it look professional.

UI design is a hard skill, and a lot of it should be coming from your user base (customer feedback). You can outsource some of it, but expect to get most of it from feedback. Plus it's not that hard to learn if you apply yourself to it. There's lots of great book (Design of Everyday Things, Don't Make Me Think, etc.).
Stephane Grenier Send private email
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Hi jz,

I am an interaction designer so I do design but also usability and the rest of the user experience stuff. TBH, I'm more on the usability side than design, but I can take a look at what you want. Email me at this address if you want to chat and I can send you my resume and portfolio which should give you a clearer picture of things.

If not then no problem. It can be hard to get a good designer - we're not necessarily cheap. I've often found the outsourcing websites to be crammed with people who don't properly read job descriptions and bid on anything for tiny amounts. I gave up trying to get work at those places because I can't live on $5.00/hour. It seems that good design, for now at least, is less affected by outsourcing than the rest of IT.

Another place to try might be the Interaction Design Association (http://www.ixda.org/discuss.php) who will carry adverts for work; or maybe a graphic design forum somewhere - and obviously, check out portfolios and (if available) resumes before contracting anyone.

Best of luck,

al Send private email
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I might be interested. I head Tenmiles Corporation with usability and interface design. Have learnt a great deal - to keep things simple, stupid and usable.

UI done by me:
http://www.helpdeskpilot.com (web based help desk - web2.0)
http://www.tenmiles.com/screenswift/screenshots.php (desktop based tool)
http://www.tenmiles.com/flashwallpaper/screenshots.php (similar desktop based tool)
http://www.tenmiles.com/livemon/screenshots.php (a retired web analytics tool)
http://www.tezaa.com (web2.0 polls, looks better without ads - but darn the company needs money!)

Feel free to email me to discuss.
Shalin Jain Send private email
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
JZ - this is a very tough area and I can certainly sympathize with your difficulty in finding a good fit on Elance (I just had lunch with a great UX designer yesterday and we happened to talk about prices - UX design is not cheap). You could try Guru.com, although you'll run into the same issues as on Elance.

As one alternative, I invite you to take a look at  http://www.crowdspring.com

crowdSPRING is the creative marketplace. We differ in many ways from Elance: on crowdSPRING, you post a project, creatives submit actual designs, and you pick what you like. So, instead of proposals, you review custom designs. You set the price and we guarantee at least 25 entries.

Here is a recent application interface design project as a barometer of what you might expect to see:


We take care of end-to-end project management, file transfer, provide a customized legal contract protecting your purchase, and take care of paying the winning creative anywhere in the world.

It's a great way to purchase design work. Over 4,200 creatives from 125+ countries have chosen to work on crowdSPRING.

Please take a look if you have a moment.


Ross Kimbarovsky
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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