8 Things to Read if You Have Ever Designed a Website
If you have ever designed a website or thinking about designing one, you have no doubt felt the pressures, frustrations and uncertainty of whether or not others will find value in your work. I received my certification in website design in 2004 and I know I was always second guessing myself as I created various websites. I still struggle to find the right “look and feel.” Read and enjoy these 8 points of inspiration to gain more appreciation for your designs, past, present or future.
There are three typical responses to viewing a new web design: Yes, No, and WOW! Wow is the one you want to seek out.
What separates design from art is that design should always be functional. Without functional design, the art is ineffective.
If there’s one thing you will discover by working on various and diverse web sites is that almost any design idea – no matter how incredibly bad – can be made usable in the right circumstances with enough effort placed into it.
Websites promote you 24/7 – You will not never an employee who will do that. If you are working in a 9 to 5 job, do you promote your boss 24/7? Probably not!
It is only through huge mistakes and other mishaps that you actually can improve. You have to get really bad in order to get really good.
Intuitive design is how we provide the user with new awesome superpowers.
Web content precedes wed design. Design in the absence of content is not design at all – it is only decoration.
Create your own visual style and allow it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
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Really well written Steph! I have to agree about how important the design of the website is. It is like building a house – everyone wants it perfect and will go to great lengths to ensure it IS perfect. However, don’t you think it is also wise to set yourself some realistic expectations and maybe even a time frame to finalize things? I often find that people spend WAY too much time and effort getting the website up – often the opportunity cost is high!
Absolutely! You do need to have a time frame set up to create your website. These statements were only meant to be words of inspiration, not actually guidelines to follow. For some concrete guidelines and tutorials, visit my tutorial section on Wed Design Tutorials. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful day!
Wow, Steph. I always love your posts but this one really speaks to me. I loved every point you included. The first one was my favorite because you are so right. You really want that “wow” more than anything and when you hear it for the first time, it makes all of you hard work worth it. I also love what you said about how content is greater than your web design. I know it can be hard not to get caught up in all the fancy bells and whistles that new themes have to offer but I try my best to remember that it’s firstly about quality. If I don’t have great content for others to read then they won’t come back to my website and they might not even finish the post that brought them there in the first place. Great post, as always. Take care!
Thank you for returning to my website for my latest posts. I like the first one the best as well, because it really does make all of your hard work worth it when you hear multiple people complimenting you on your website. With the competition being steep in today’s digital world , it makes a big difference to be able to stand out from amongst the majority. Content is definitely the key to any good website. It is what your visitors are seeking after all. When they come to your website, they are wanting information, they are not there to look at your designs. That being said, it is important to have some visuals and design elements to attract the eye and make them want to stay. However, the designs must be tastefully done.
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