When you need to get a new website created, it is important to get the design ideas sorted, both in your mind and on paper! Going to a designer is a good way to get some ideas flowing, as they will have the experience to know what has worked well in the past, current trends and how customers behave. There are other ways to gather ideas and inspiration for your new site look as well:
Firstly, we would recommend looking at other websites within your industry – competitors often have ideas which you can borrow, and you’ll be able to see what you like or dislike about their sites. We like looking out for those areas which are ‘missing’ – these are functions which you think should be there – if your competitors do not have them, it is a great way to add in something different to your site to make it stand out.