I designed my first website about seven years ago. I loved every pixel of computer… every image, menu, link and all the over 30 different colours I were able to squeeze into my layout. There was just one problem…
DESIGNING FOR APPEARANCES versus DESIGNING FOR FUNCTIONALITY I originally originated in a graphics background. www.webdesignmash.com I had spent years designing company brochures and pamphlets, paper prints and restaurant menus. In each case, rich colours and glitz and glamour were a pre-requisite. It was heresy to ever consider sending out a piece of artwork on a plain white background!
When i designed my first website, I naturally brought my old talent and habits with me, but as fish are not so adept out of water… I soon realized the web industry was not quite the same as my graphics past.
When Google launched its bare bone fragments, plain look, I discovered a new love: Zen design principles. I was taken in by the bare-bones, minimal approach and since casting away my photoshop and coreldraw applications, can report I am now a completely fledged aficionado of simple.. functional design principles.
Gone are the ‘heavy’, flashy, maybe even flashy, overly intricate menus… in their place, simple intuitive links. Gone are the tens of colour variation, replaced by 2 or 3 colours per template page.. and fortunately, I need to admit, I no longer stick 3MB background images on every page I design… I turned over a new leaf!
COMMON MISTAKES IN WEB DESIGN- Most web-site designers are too focused on showcasing their CSS, XHTML and layout skills they forget the reason people visit sites in the first place: To use.. not to look. Sites are many times designed without clear navigation that users can actually utilize to access their desired content, be it news, museums and galleries or feedback pages.