Principles of Good Web Design

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Published on July 21, 2014

Author: crp2755

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Principles of Good Web Design: Principles of Good Web Design A Well Designed Website Should:: A Well Designed Website Should: Be attractive and pleasing to look at and read Be well organized Be self-explanatory-the user should be able to understand the focus of the message being conveyed without much trouble Contain text and graphics that are carefully linked to each other Contain design and content that are appropriate for the targeted audience 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #1: Website must be easy to read and consistent throughout Easy navigation Complementary color scheme Graphics with consistent look and feel throughout Easily accessibly hyperlinks Use background colors that don’t hide text or strain the eyes Change the layout only if necessary 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #2: Know your target audience Target audience is any potential visitor to the site Consider age, gender, occupation, etc. What is the central theme you want to convey? 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #3: Make your site’s navigation user friendly Visitors should be able to find what they want in your site within 3 mouse clicks – if not, they will likely leave the site Rule #4: Use white space Allow for some “breathing room” between text and graphics – don’t clutter 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #5: Lay out website using tables with invisible borders More professional look Eliminates headaches of trying to keep elements aligned correctly Rule #6: Use fonts that will display correctly Arial, Courier, Georgia, Helvetica, Times New Roman, and Verdana are the best 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #7: Keep text consistent throughout website Font size 8-14 Left aligned except titles – center works best for titles Don’t underline in your page because hyperlinks will underline Use same color for titles throughout and same color for text throughout 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #8: Make site look professional First impressions of viewers are important Rule #9: Proofread for spelling, grammar, and design mistakes Have someone else proofread it for those items Rule #10: Revise, Revise, Revise Rarely will it be “right” the first time Building a site is work in progress 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #11: Use consistent graphic types If using photographs – use photographs If using cartoon images – use cartoons Rule #12: When in doubt, apply the “KIS” rule When design decisions are tough, revert to “KIS” – Keep it Simple 13 Rules of Good Web Design: 13 Rules of Good Web Design Rule #13: Follow guidelines when working with colors Maximum of 2-3 colors throughout website Think of how houses are finished – one dominant color and then trim colors Choose colors that go with the theme Dark color text on light background is easier to read than the opposite Summary of Good Web Design: Summary of Good Web Design The basis of good page design is use of design elements and their thoughtful application in the form of design principles. Clearly identify what you are trying to accomplish – use design to convey your message. Follow the rules! Principles of Good Web Design: Principles of Good Web Design

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