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Modern Web Design Priciples and Practices
What makes a good web site in the modern world.
This discussion was created from a talk on Modern Web Design Principles and Practices,
July 11, 2013.
Presented by Darryl Brown of 2b design
Design principles that transcend context.
Design principles that were relevant yesterday, and will be relevant tomorrow.
Define your purpose. What are you trying to accomplish?
Your purpose should inform all major design decisions.
- what the site is about and
- how should you interact with it
Narrow goals on each page.
Strongly consider a "call to action", which forces you to prioritize.
- One main concept is ideal and
- Make priorities visually obvious using size, color, and graphics. Avoid equal weight of priorities.
Content is King
Designers often make the design most important. This is...bad.
The design priority should be the content of the site: the text, images, videos, functionality.
It does not imply boring!
- Make subtle design elements
- Favor simplicity
What is usability? Making the site easy, simple, and functional.
Throughout your site:
- Be consistent! Do not change the link colors or menu. Keep a strong, consistent design vocabulary for your entire site.
- Type must contrast (pleasantly) with background. Check your contrast at this site.
- Few (one?) main concepts per page.
- Functionally correct.
- Don't make people register up front. Present substantial functionality before requiring registration.
Intuitive website design is hard to define in absolutes
It is obvious when not present.
You do not want your users to think or read to get things done.
- Don't make the user work. As soon as the user has to work (i.e. think or read) to accomplish anything, they will leave.
- Make next step(s) obvious
Make Web Pages Scannable.
Web users do not read, they scan web pages.
- Use headers to differentiate topics.
- Use bold and emphasis to draw attention to key phrases and ideas.
- Use lists whenever appropriate to break the flow and draw attention to key items.
- Important stuff first. The first two paragraphs are essential on a web page. These must contain the most important information that your visitors are looking for.
Why would anyone come to your site? You must provide value to your users.
- Give your users something they can actually use!
- Make it relevant to your topic.
- Value is the ultimate SEO tool.
Technology is evolving.
My parents' habits are a mainstream technology bellweather.
They both have smartphones. They both have iPads.
They browse the web with those devices as well as their laptops and desktops.
Use Responsive Design
Designs respond to the screen size they are viewed on.
Screen are getting bigger,
Old standard width was 960 pixels.
In fact, in january 2013, over 80% of all screens were larger than 1024 pixels x 768 pixels. w3 schools browser display statistics
And, screens are getting smaller
mobile browsing is climbing - almost doubling last 12 months. from smartinsights.com
Alternatively, separate designs
Create different designs for all major device sizes.
Costly and not robust.
Search Engine Awareness
Search engines are the gateways to the web. You must cater to those engines.
- Provide value to your users. Content and functionality that provides value is the best long term SEA principle.
- Use text for text. Using images or flash or other graphics for text will defeat search engines.
- Content defines search terms. Using meta tag keywords is not sufficient and is becoming obsolete. You must have content on your site that is relevant.
- Schema data. Google (and others) use schema data which identify parts of your content as specific types of data, e.g. organization name, phone number, address, etc.
- Responsive design. Google (and others) expect sites to be mobile friendly and penalize you for not adhering to that.
You must design for all mainstream browsers.
Internet Explorer's dominant reign is over. Chrome and Firefox are competing for top spot, with IE and Safari trailing. They are all here to stay for the foreseeable future.
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Flash is dead. Long live HTML5. (Sorry)
Great design from the 2000's were often in Flash.
New designs are using new (evolved) technology to create the same effects.
- iPads and iPhones do not support Flash and
Excerpted directly from webpagesthatsuck.com
- Believing people care about you and your website.
- A man from Mars can't figure out what your website is about in less than four seconds.
- Contrast (http://www.checkmycolours.com/).
- Using design elements that get in the way of the sale.
- Navigational failure.
- Site lacks MUST HAVE Content.
- Too much material on one page.
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