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    Hi,

    I am well down the road on a concept for a community-based web application I would like to have designed and developed. I've created a wire frame mock-up (using mockflow) and am documenting data sources for look-ups, jquery auto-fill fields and reference sites for elements needed. I'm not yet sure of the framework I'll need, but it appears that Ruby on Rails might be the best option. I am getting close to the point where I would to find a designer to work with. My question is how to best structure a request for proposal so that the designer has the most clear understanding of the project. Also, am I better off looking for a designer only, or someone who can deliver the HTML and CSS as well. Any guidance would be helpful. Thank you!

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    I couldn't really tell you how to structure the proposal, but I can tell you this: Go with a web designer...In other words, one that knows, at the very least, HTML and CSS. Javascript knowledge would be helpful as well, depending on your project. It also couldn't hurt to find someone who is at least acquainted with ROR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe, post: 218301
    I couldn't really tell you how to structure the proposal, but I can tell you this: Go with a web designer...In other words, one that knows, at the very least, HTML and CSS. Javascript knowledge would be helpful as well, depending on your project. It also couldn't hurt to find someone who is at least acquainted with ROR.
    Thank you for the guidance Ronald!

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    If you have gotten to the point that you have selected ruby, you are well ahead of the game.

    I'd suggest a general proposal looking for a developer with ruby experience that also has a usability experience. If they understand the usability aspect of your project, it will be much easier to tie in a good design with it.

    Most developers are very proud of the products and projects they have worked on and will go on and on about the overall project and or their contributions to the project.

    If you look for just a designer, you'll get all kinds of enquiries from people that want to learn on your dime. The more specific you are ( say 2-3 years developing in Ruby ), the less you'll have to weed through to find the right person. Be willing to pay for the experience and expertise, or you'll likely end up letting some learn, while youre paying them...'that is usually a recipe for a very long project timeline with a lot of rethinking


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