Sunday, 17 August 2008

9 Essential Principles for Good Web Design....

1.Precedence (Guiding the Eye).

- Position
— Where something is on a page clearly influences in what order the user sees it.
- Color
— Using bold and subtle colors is a simple way to tell your user where to look.
- Contrast
— Being different makes things stand out, while being the same makes them secondary.
- Size
— Big takes precedence over little (unless everything is big, in which case little might stand out thanks to Contrast).
- Design Elements
— if there is a gigantic arrow pointing at something, guess where the user will look?


- Line Spacing.
- Padding.
- White Space.


- Navigation - Where can you go?
For example: Buttons to travel around a site should be easy to find - towards the top of the page and easy to identify. They should look like navigation buttons and be well described. The text of a button should be pretty clear as to where it's taking you.
- Orientation - Where are you now?
There are lots of ways you can orient a user so there is no excuse not to.

4.Design to Build.


- Font choices.
- Font Sizes.
- Spacing.
-Line Length.
- Color.
- Paragraphing.



8.Clarity (Sharpness).


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