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Important Elements on Web Design Today

Posted by Martin on August 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to web design, it is easy to just create something without really thinking about what it is you are trying to achive in the end. 

So when you are planning to build a new website, for a new customer or yourself, then you should take a few things into account that will have a bit effect on the final product. 


Mobile Ready - Responsive Design

For example you should really think about whether you need a website that is mobile-ready. What do I mean by mobile-ready?

Mobile Ready is when a website is capable of working on any kind of device. With so many mobile devices these days, the idea has become synonymous with mobiles. Althouth it can also mean small laptops, tablets and anything in between.

The basic idea is that the website can adapt and show the best content in the most readable way to the user no matter what the device and size.

What this is really called, at least to web designers, is mobile responsiveness. Or a mobile responsive web design.

It is a flexible idea, where the elements move and resize to accommodate the screen size that the user viewing the website needs.

The older way of doing things was to either do nothing or program a completely different website ofr mobile devices. But even then, the developer was not sure what sizes to take care of so it does not necessarily adapt to all of the devices we have toadya, and in the future.

If you are looking for a agnecy that does is located in Baden, Switzerland - Zurich Webdesign, then these guys not only know how to make a great design, but are specialized in WordPress responsive web designs. So they will be able to whip you up a design that is mobile ready and easy to maintain, as is the case with any website made from WordPress.


User Friendly Design

You should also make sure that your website and web design is focused on the user and the customer. Not on you and what you think is great.

That means that content that is a priority to the customer (product pages, FAQs, contact page, about page etc) are very easy to find. You do not want to lose your customer right at the beginning, just when they have landed on your site. You want them to be able to find what they are lookign for easily and quickly. That way they will stay. The same as with mobile ready websites.

You should also provide the information in a very readable font (preferably 14pt or higher) as it is less strain on the eyes, also on mobile and helps older readers too (once you hit 40 your eyes will start to go to).

The colors should also play to the user's psychology. So for example blue is very trustworth. Green is associated with earth, environment and so on. Red is more romantic. Orange energetic.

Of course colors have more than just one meaning, so it is worth doing some research, especially on your competitors and see what works for them. You don't have to copy, but it will give you a great start on your design.

Once you get all of these things into your amazing web design, you will be good to go

Horrible Web Design Clients

Posted by Martin on August 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We all love them. We all have them. The clients from hell.

Here is a great infographic demonstrating the web design client that we all know love and fear




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Web Design Basics

Posted by Martin on July 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

When starting out with a web design there are quite a few things you need to think about.

But before you get bogged down in the complexity of the design you need to have a serious think abou the basics.


What are the basics of web design?

Without going into too much theory, I want to break it down for you as a new website owner.

I will show you the kinds of things you need to look at when coming up with your design and your goals.

1. Basic Layout of the Website

There are a number of elements you can layout in the website, but the main ones that you need to worry about are:

 

  • Header (including logo)
  • Main Navigation (the menu)
  • Footer
  • Sidebar (optional, contains extra info and links)
The Header
So when you are planning your website you need to have a name for your site and a logo to go inside the header.

You can get a logo designed by a pro, or use some sites like Fiverr.com or maybe even 99Designs

When you use these kinds of services you need to really check the quality of the people who work for you. But it saves you getting a pro to do the work, and you will still get a great logo

The Main Navigation
The content of the main navigation is quite important because it determines how easily the users of your website can get around. So you want them to be able to find the most important pages and areas easily. 

But at the same time you do not want to have so many that it is confusing. There is a balance, albeit a fine one.

If you have too many things that you want the user to be able to find, you can always put some in the footer or sidebar.

The second part of the navigation is deciding where you want to place it. I woudl recommend that you always put it at the top, but there are some people who have a preference for the side. The problem with that is that it does not scale so well, and it not as easy to change and confirm with mobile websites.

The Footer
This is an area of your web design where you can place important information such as 
  • contact information (phone, address, email)
  • recent posts or other imporant info
  • social media information
  • copyright info, affiliate disclosure, privacy pages etc
The footer is not somewhere that everyone goes, but they do expect it to be a place where they can find this kind of common information.

Here is an example website that you show you this.

 


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