Designing the perfect site requires not only skill but a lot of effort, hard work and it is considered to be a scientific art if you will. In this post we look at key principles every web designer should apply when designing a new website.
1. Identify the Purpose of the Site and Pages
This is the ideal place to start before jumping in. Understanding the purpose of the site and its individual pages will give you useful insights into exactly how you will design it in order to engage page visitors.
2. UX is Key to Powerful Web Design
This includes starting with a simple wireframe to work from. It may seem mundane to the artsy side of you but is of utmost importance. After all, you are designing a site for humans who will (hopefully) visit and use the site. Focusing on navigation and UX will give your site that extra oomph it needs.
3. Tip Top Typeface
Never underestimate the power of the perfect typography when designing a new site. The content of the site should be easily accessed and understood by users. Choose a font that will be easy on the eye yet modern and relevant.
4. Loading Time can Make or Break the Deal
If you have a mammoth site, with hundreds of huge photos and videos all over the show, the loading time may become a problem. Never fear, there are ways to prevent this from happening. Do however keep in mind that site loading time can easily put a user off if they have to wait 2 minutes for a site to load.
5. Usability Across All Devices
Of course, this one is quite obvious. You need to always design a website that will be responsive to ALL devices and browsers. Make sure your site is responsive during the testing round before launch. If it is not, revise and change accordingly. Keep in mind that more people are using smartphones and tablets to access the internet nowadays, so it is really important for your site to function properly, cross-device.
These are just a few key points to keep in mind before kicking off that big project. What are some of the principles that you apply in your day-to-day? Let us know!