Methodology For Web Design
In this blog post, I hope to tell you about my own personal methodology for web design. Design is often defined as the creation of a plan, a plan for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction. Most of the time, the term “design” has different connotations in different fields. In the context of the internet, it is the:
Process of aesthetically arranging and implementing ideas with the intention of presenting the content on electronic web pages.
This is by no means a manifesto: this is my own personal methodology for web design – a process and a reference for myself – a way of ensuring I do the best job possible for you.
My Methodology For Web Design
- Layout – This is the way that the graphics, ads and text are arranged. On the internet, a key goal is to help the user find the information they are looking for in a single glance. Often websites are judged on a subjective scale of Cerebral Load – as in, how much information your viewer has to take in.
- Graphics – The use of graphics is the use of logos, photos, clipart and/or icons. These all enhance the web design. To optimise the user experience, graphics should be used appropriately and work with the colour and content of the web page, while not making the page too congested or slow. An image intense webpage will load slower than a text page.
- Colour Scheme – The choice of the colour scheme depends on the purpose of the site and the clientele. The colours used can range from simple black and white to a multi-coloured design. It is important that you are conveying the personality of a person or the brand of an organisation, using web-safe colours. This is where corporate identity and the multi-headed hydra that is Branding come in to play.
- Fonts – The use of fonts can enhance the design of your site. Most browsers can only read certain fonts. These are known as “web-safe fonts” and a web designer will generally work within this widely accepted group. Some of the fonts are free – but all of the good ones you have to pay for – if you are looking to have a go at creating a web page then Google Fonts is a good place to start.
- Content – Content and design work in tandem. Design enhances the content and makes it easier to be found on the web (see SEO Service HERE) – it can enhance the message your site is trying to convey through visuals and text. Written text should always be relevant and useful and to give them what they are looking for so that they will remain on the site.
I Create User-Friendly Design
To compliment an aesthetically pleasing website, a site must also consider the end user. Good user experience can be achieved when taking into consideration factors that affect the user-friendliness of the design:
- Navigation – Site architecture, menus and other tools that the site uses to navigate through the design. The goal is to allow the user to move around the website with ease, so they can find the information they require efficiently.
- Multimedia – Relevant video and audio in the design can help the user to grasp the information. This can encourage visitors to spend more time on the webpage. If “An Image Says A Thousand Words” then what would a video do?
- Compatibility – A webpage should perform equally well on different browsers and operating systems to increase its viewing. This means that I will maintain and update the website for you as part of the subscription – giving help when and where needed.
- Interactive – Adding elements such as comment boxes and opinion polls increases active user participation and involvement. This creates a sense of community around a website. An example of this is the comment boxes at the bottom of these posts.
So then, this is pretty much my methodology for web design – If you want to see more about my design process then please see the relevant web-design page HERE.