October 11, 2012 by derrickjcullen
Even though Web Design seems like a simple thing, a ton of people still manage to screw it up. Some of these concepts might seem a little self-explanatory, but like I said, there is definitely proof of the public’s ignorance out there on the World Wide Web. Here are a few quick suggestions on how to be the diamond in the rough.
- Don’t design any website specifically for any particular browser.
You want to avoid frustrating potential viewers with any compatibility issues.
- Create contrast, but not too much.
Aim to put your contrast in the middle of the spectrum; blue on blue is impossible to see, but white on black can strain your eyes.
- Keep the audience in front of the curtain.
If the stage crew is in the middle of a set change, you wouldn’t yank the rope… Likewise, keep the bulldozers off of your web pages and only launch the content when it’s ready.
- Restrain yourself from excessive animations.
You know how little kids can get really annoying by asking, “why?” all the time? People hate that.
- Try not to make anyone’s eardrums bleed.
THERE’S NO REASON TO SCREAM.
- Provide alternate text for all images.
If they can’t go to watch the Superbowl at the stadium, at least let them watch it at home. Get it?
- Turn on the lights.
Employing black as a background color is a tough-sell; you’re no feline— flip the switch.
Bad web design:
- My township. — The vast sea of brown dwarfs the unusually tiny webpage; and could that type get any more generic?
- My school district. — The badly-scaled-picture slideshow along with the almost-nonsensical design hierarchy makes me one disappointed alumnus.
Good web design:
- La Blogothèque. — Consistent formatting and contrasting type make navigating this site a breeze.
- High Existence. — The boldness of this page is perfectly tempered by its logical organization.
The good, the bad, and Mister Bungle: