Web Design is Harder and Easier than it Looks

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Designing a website is a relatively easy thing to do. Just put up some graphics, easy to read articles, a few animations and the website comes to life. On the other hand, it is very easy to mess it up, as well. For every professionally done website, there are a thousand horrible homemade sites.

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Education is Overrated

What’s the difference? For many people, education and training is the biggest factor in defining the quality of a website. While experience plays a large part in website design, there are ways to replicate those results without spending four years at a website design school. After all, the pioneers of the industry such as the team at Digital Cherry did not have anyone to teach them, and they still built the foundations of website design.

Budding designers will need proper instruction to access all the potential a website can become. But, there are a few tips they can apply right now to keep them from looking like rank amateurs, and even attract some attention.

It Can’t Be Unseen

First, the initial goal of a website is to attract attention. Do not go overboard, however. A website that has anything and everything will not impress anyone.

The thing is, the human eye can only take so much stimulation at a time. Glitter graphics, slide panels, explosion animations are all great options, but never go well together. Too much activity on the visual front is a distracting eyesore, and ultimately, does nothing for the user. In addition, too much activity slows the site down, resulting in a very bad user experience.

Go Here, Now Go Here

It is better to pull back on the visuals, but do not strip it bare. Some designers like to implement their artistic vision onto their work, which is good. It is bad, however, when the art interferes with the functionality of the website.

The website is a portal through which people on the Internet can view products, services, or even the quote of the day. If users cannot get to the parts they came to find on the website, why even have a website in the first place? A good design gives users a clear direction of where to go and what to do. How are they supposed to know otherwise?

These are just a couple things designers can use to their benefit. They do not need a deep understanding of code and programming to implement. Still, they can greatly improve a website’s look and functionality.

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About the Author

Edna Peterson

Edna spent almost ten years teaching in some of the top universities in the US. She now devotes her time taking care of her two sons in California.