"Art has to move you and design does not, unless its a good design for a bus."
Good Web design means your site achieves its goals and objectives with minimal obstacles to the user.
Good design is CRAP: Humorous acronyms aside, youll find this is the key to the four essential elements of good graphic design.
A few basic tips:
Tip 1: Uphold user-friendliness (the most important design principle)
Tip 2: Functionality first
Tip 3: Grouping items
Tip 4: Question your interface: Can I turn this on its head? Can I simplify?
Tip 5: Chose typestyles that increase reading comprehension.
CapsDO NOT USE ALL CAPITAL FOR SENTANCES THAT ARE MORE THAN FOUR WORDS IN LENGTH. CAPITAL LETTERS ARE HARD TO READ. MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT USING CAPITAL LETTERS WILL CALL ATTENTION TO THEIR MESSAGE, BUT IN REALITY MOST PEOPLE TEND TO SKIP ENTIRELY CAPITALIZED TEXT.
BoldBold typeface should be used cautiously. Boldface is great for headers but after ten words in running text it is difficult to read, especially for people with vision impairment. Most people tend to skip long sentences or paragraphs written in boldface font.
Tip 6: Use tables to lay out your text. Studies show that reading
comprehension increases if each line of text is no more than 1012
Diane Wang's module on Accessibility
"A Web Without Barriers Accessibility And Usability: What's In It
For Me?" by Beth Archibald Tang
"Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities"
An easy to follow guide based on the accessibility guidelines of the W3
"Quicktips to Make Accessible Web Sites" by the W3
California Virtual Campus site on accessibility:
"Considering the Color-Blind" By Chuck Newman
Web Design Resources
"Design" by Jay Cross, Founder of www.internettime.com
One chapter "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug
"Good Design Features" by author Robin Williams
"The Yale C/AIM Web Style Guide"
"About the Human Interface"
"Non-Designer's Web Book" second edition, by author Robin Williams.
Be your own web designer and market you site too.
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