I ran across this well written post by Paul Boag that I believe offers great advice when working with a web designer. As budgets and time allotment for web design seems to be getting smaller and smaller, working more efficiently and keeping open communication will help ensure the projects goes off as well as possible. Much of what he says we already practice. In fact, we use a collaboration tool called Basecamp, which organizes the project much better than email and phone calls. It also allows time tracking and archiving of projects for future references. We currently use a third party but are testing our own solution. Originally Posted by: Paul Boag On Wednesday, 10th April, 2013 http://boagworld.com1. Try not to rush the process
Increasingly web projects are becoming squeezed by limited budgets or tight deadlines. This is one of the best ways to damage the quality of work you get from your web designer. Producing something truly exceptional takes time. Not just time actively working on the project but elapsed time too. The web designer needs time to consider his options and think about different approaches. The longer you give your web designer to think, the better the work.
Of course actual hands on time is incredibly important too. Without it your design will be less polished and the underlying code fail to stand the test of time.