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  Web Design Notes

The first thing about Web Design is don't start with the computer or some dang web design software program. In other words - get away from that keyboard! Draw a flow chart and build from that, let the ideas flow!

 


Here are some simple steps to help you along the way:

Step One: A marketer/designer's motto: Know thy target market!
You have to know who you are designing your website for!

Step Two: Get a pad of paper out and start letting the ideas flow. 
It has to start somewhere, so let's get the ball rolling.

Step Three: Create a "Flow Chart" of your website.
This is the "floor plan" of your online site. Think of a store layout.

 

sir tomax and his favorite box of corn flakes
- you wanna do what? (1961)

 

Step Four: Sort them into logical order, and presto - blueprint of the website!
Biggest mistake is not ease of navigation - too many distractions (toys) leads to confusion.

Step Five: Tear it apart and rebuild it <--- real life unfortunately.
Usually takes about three tries before it looks and works great!
Anyone can build a site in one day; but then it looks like a one day site...

Step Six: Remember the "Rule of 3".  No more than three fonts, three styles, three colours.  This is a rule, not a law....


Seven steps into creating a great web site:

1. Keep it simple. The power of good design is in its simplicity. Define the essence.

2. Don't be seduced by form versus content. The designer concerned with content is more likely to make a meaningful contribution than the designer who is primarily concerned with form.

3. Make sure you clearly identify the problem that needs solving and that you are not simply icing the cake. The final appearance is only the icing.

4. The most important aesthetic consideration is transmission speed. If it takes too long to download, go back to the drawing board.

5. Learn to communicate and collaborate with all the key Web professions: engineering, production, editorial, commercial.

6. Remember it always takes twice as long as you think it's going to.

7. Finally remember this while designing:

Make it good  

- it's gotta look like someone spent time on it!

Make it simple 

- it's gotta be easy to move around and understand!
Make it relevant    - it's gotta be fresh and up to date!
Make it involving   - it's gotta have interaction with the reader (i.e.: contests)
Make it believable - it's gotta be real...no "promise the moon" sales pitch!
Feeling brave? Here are some test codes you can play with.
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