I think most of us would agree that the reading experience of the web is pretty broken. Whether it’s too many ads and distracting elements on a blog, text that is set to 11px (which is completely unreadable), or even lines of content that have a too long line length – the reading experience of the web can definitely be improved.
Today, more and more things are being read on the web every day. Not only do we visit websites to find out information about a company, but we also read e-books, blog posts, and articles online.
Over the last few years, we’ve begun to read more things on our smartphones, tablets, phablets, and laptops then we ever read in books or printed material.
One of the great things about web articles and books is that you can access them from where ever you are, at any time and from any device.
Many times in the world of the internet, website designs and layouts are endlessly copied and reused between different websites. Some top design firm will release a new design for a successful company, and it will suddenly become the “thing to have”. We saw this in 2011 with the introduction of Parallax Scrolling.
Let’s stop and think for a second. Should we really be blindly copying other designers just because it’s the popular thing to do? Or should we step back and take an objective look at whether that layout style really fits and accents the purpose of our website?
In this article we will look at 2 new popular layout styles on the web and whether or not we should be using them for our projects.
How many times have you been simply overwhelmed with all the different ways to design the layout of a website. Whether the navigation, photo slider, or number of columns, there are always lots of decisions you have to make for a website layout.
If you haven’t read our last article in this series, make sure you check it out before continuing with this article.
Like we promised, here is the next article in our Layout Mini Series entitled “Steps to Designing a Great Layout.
This article will give you practical step-by-step instructions on how to design an effective layout for your Clients. These principles of layout design are gathered from design experts like Jason Santa Maria, Ben Shneiderman, and Joshua Johnson.
Learn them, apply them, and you will be on your way to creating amazing, effective, user friendly layouts that will “Wow” your Clients and end-users. Read more…
How many times have you hit a brick wall in designing the layout of a website? Have you ever given up completely on being “original” and simply copied off the layout of another website that is popular? Or maybe you’ve given up on custom designs long ago, and you’ve taken to modifying pre-made templates for your Clients.
I know we’ve all had one or all of these experiences from time to time in our career. The real question is how we can keep this from happening again. How can we design creatively without copying off others, or spending countless hours fiddling around without getting anything substantial accomplished.
Introducing the “How to Design a Website Layout” Mini-Series. This series is for any designer who is looking to rise above the mediocracy of poor layouts/designs and learn how to create vibrant, highly useful website interfaces. Read more…