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6 Key Principles Of An Effective Web Design


As it is truly said “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, in the same way an effective web design is judged by the users of the website and not by the owner. There are many factors that affect the usability of a website and it is not about how good it looks, but also how easy it is to use.

You must have noticed the websites that are not well designed tend to perform poorly - high bounce rates, low pages per visit, low time on site, website downtime and low conversion rates. Sometimes, design wise the website is amazing but due to it loading speed users move away. So make sure that your website is hosted with the best hosting service that fulfills all your requirements. There are companies which offer cheapest web hosting services that are very affordable for businesses who are just starting out.

So, what makes an effective web design? Listed below are the 9 key principles of effective web design that will make your website aesthetically pleasing, engaging, easy to use and effective.

1. Purpose:

A  good web design always serves the needs of the users. Do you notice that your visitors come to your website looking for information, some type of interaction, or entertainment? Your each web page needs to have a clear purpose and should fulfill a specific purpose need for your website users effectively.

2. Colors:

Using a spectrum of colors can go a long way to enhance the user experience. Using contrasting colors not only makes text and background easier to read on the eye but also creates balance and harmony. Vibrant colors creation a feeling of emotion and should be used delicately. For example, they’re best for buttons and call to actions. Lastly, white spaces or negative space is also as important and effective at giving your website a modern and uncluttered look.

3. Images:

Images say a lot about who you are, and choosing the right images for your website help in brand positioning and connecting with your target audiences. Always go for high quality photos. If you’re short on budget, you can look for images at iStock

You can also consider using videos and infographics as it is an easy and effective way of communicating your message.

4. Grid Based Layouts:

Never place the content randomly on your web page, it creates a haphazard appearance that looks messy and is also not very readable. Use grid based layouts, that will arrange your content into sections, boxes, lines and columns that line up and and give a balanced look. 

5. Fast Loading Time:

Everybody including you and me hates it when a website takes ages to load.  you can decrease your loading times by optimising image sizes, combining code into a central CSS or JavaScript file as it reduces HTTP requests, and by compressing HTML, CSS, JavaScript to speed up their load time.

6. Mobile Friendly:

Nowadays, accessing websites from multiple devices is becoming very common. So, it is important to consider whether your website is mobile friendly or not. If it’s not, then I’d suggest you either rebuild your website to make it responsive, or you can build a dedicated mobile site which means a separate website optimised specifically for mobile users.

You can create a beautiful and functional website by keeping these design elements in mind. If you are planning on creating a website and are looking to get the design right from the ground up, all you need is these principles to help you get things right in the first attempt.

Post by webdesignworld (2015-02-27 07:49)

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Typography


Textual representation is one of the most important design element. People generally make a mistake of not having good typography for their online demands. Your virtual look is more important than anything in the digital world. You need to make sure that you get the perfect first glance.

 

People generally assume that the pictures or color representation is one of the most important aspects of web design. But that is not true. The major chunk of good web designing is Typography.

 

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Typography is the art of designing letters like managing typeface, point size, line length, spacing etc.

 

Lets look at the few basic pointers of typography:


  1. Font: Each company has font type fixed. You cannot keep on changing and manipulating it. Especially when it comes to logos and other brand image stuff.


  1. Size: it depicts the importance. For example if you write the entire word in CAPSLOCK, it would get immediate attention. But if you write an entire paragraphs in capital letters you might not get the full concentration. it is difficult reading a sentence of capital letters in relation to sentence case.


  1. Color: The color you chose for your logos etc would be stuck with you for the long haul. So you should be extremely careful of what you choose.


  1. Space: Between each letters, words etc. This also plays a huge part in typography. This distinguishes between a collection of words, sentences and a paragraph.


  1. Others: Highlights, bold, italics, underline, strikethrough etc. all of these are used for enhancing your typeface.

 

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People generally assume hosting a website is the difficult part. But that isn’t true. You have various easy hosting techniques like shared hosting, cloud hosting etc. But the most important of any service is the creation of that document. You should know how good or bad the look of your file is, before you go ahead and launch it.


A webpage is an important part of brand image. You need to make sure that you give it the utmost importance.

 

Post by webdesignworld (2014-07-02 10:04)

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Design and it’s importance


First thing you do before you go out is dress up. Mostly according to the situation, or the destination. But your presentation is of utmost importance. The same applies for anything else. If you want to make an impression you need to design it good.

 

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Starting stage of anything is a plan, an agenda, a sketch, a concept that makes your chalk out your way of how to make things work. A designers base starts from here. You need to know what you are designing for. Before the world started using computers, everything was manual made. If you watch any ond animated series, for example the first mickey mouse, every scene was made by hand, every moment was hand sketched. Now it is more simple, all you need is use of graphics and you have your design ready. Same applies for any pictorial or textual representation.


What do we need to design for?

1. Logo: This is your identity. This is what makes you noticeable to the world, from afar. All the famous brands have a logo that defines them.  


2. Brand creation: logo is just an aspect of a brand image. The image that needs to be created is done by extensive research and design.


3. Marketing : Now a days nothing is done on a piece of paper. everything is online and is made through graphical representation. You need digital designing for marketing requirements. For example; advertisements, pop ups, banners, etc.


4. look: The look you show to the virtual world. through well designed webpage/site is of the utmost importance. Most of the times, your clients or consumers would prefer to check you online before they make a decision to hire or subscribe to you. For this you need to have a top notch design team.


5. Content: The worst website is a crowded website. You must have a lot of content to tell, but it cannot be dumped into a webpage just like that. It has to be designed and be pleasing to the eye.

 

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Few rules of designing:

 

1. Simple : All believe in simplicity. Don’t go over the top, you might just lose clients that way. Always attract people through simplicity.


2.Constant: Dont change your brand identity. Once you have fixed on something stick to it. and even if you want to change and give a new look to your website, make it sure that your consumers understand that.


3. Space: Space is not bad. Do not overcrowd your webpage. Give space for the elements to breathe.


4. Balance: Always make a balanced page, if you try to put all your creative elements on one side while the other side remains untouched, it would seem too odd for the viewer.


5. Flow: The elements on the webpage should guide you through the whole page. Not abruptly scattered around but in a flow.

 

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Designing is the most important aspect of branding. Without a good design team no matter how good your product or service is, it would not seem that way to the larger audience.

Post by webdesignworld (2014-07-02 09:50)

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Designers Dilemma - Illustrator or Photoshop


Since everything is digital, and everything that is online, has to be created somewhere. Perfect graphical representation is of the utmost importance. In the digital graphics world there are two types of softwares - Vector and Raster. The difference between the two is given below.

 

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VECTOR

RASTER

This  is made up of paths, each path has a mathematical formula that tells the description of the path like the color, shape etc. This is in format of grids.

This is made of pixels. Color has more value in a raster graphic. You cannot resize a raster image, because it would lose its texture.

Once a vector image is made, you can scale it to any extent. it doesn’t get blurry. So that the same image can be designed once and then you can use it for various printing purposes. like A4, postcard, billboard, business card.

Raster images show a kaleidoscope of colors in a single image. They allow better color editing than a vector software.

Adobe illustrator is one of the many vector softwares that are used to design graphics.

Adobe photoshop is one of the best raster software. Mainly used to edit photographs.

Mainly used for printing purposes.

Publishing online graphic content like webpages, photographs etc.  


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When you do graphical design, you should try using both photoshop and illustrator. Both have their advantages and that helps a lot in designing. For example for logos, typographical representation, business cards, pamphlets etc you should ideally use Illustrator. For photo manipulation, creating something that  wouldn’t be required to increase in size like a website etc. you should use photoshop.


Convert a .psd file to a .ai file, in other words conversion from a raster software to a vector software:


Both photoshop and illustrator and excellent tool that is designed by adobe. Files created in photoshop can be easily imported to illustrator. Most designers go this way. they create logos etc in one while editing photos and creating the website in the other. It becomes quite a handy task to have both these tools up your sleave

Post by webdesignworld (2014-07-02 09:43)

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