Web Site Development - Planning a Site

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Optimizing Your Mobile Web Designs for the iPhone

Yes, the iPhone screen is small, but you should stop thinking about constraints and start focusing on the amazing new opportunities iPhone web design offers — such as attracting an audience of people on [more…]

How to Create iPad-Friendly Mobile Web Designs

The iPad, with its big beautiful screen, may lead you to believe you don't need to do anything special in your mobile web design, but the best web design techniques for the iPad are not the same as those [more…]

What to Put in a Home Page

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Basic Web Design Tips

When designing web pages, you need to think visually. A web site designed with a good balance of graphics and text is pleasing to the eye, attracts viewer attention, and holds it. Good web design relies [more…]

Web Design Tips for Presenting Information

As you design web pages, think graphically even when all you're presenting is pure information. Good web page design means you present information by organizing it logically and making it visually attractive [more…]

Generate and Apply a Web Color Scheme

Many very useful resources for generating color schemes are available online. These resources allow you to define color schemes based on a color, an image, or even a mood. [more…]

How to Choose an HTML Editor

If you’re a masochist, you certainly can create web pages in a word-processing program. All you need to know is which HTML tags to use for each section of that document. However, taking this path, intrepid [more…]

How to Get the Right Help: Job Titles in Web Design

You might hire help for your projects for many different reasons, but job titles in the web-design industry vary greatly and even overlap. For instance, a web/new media designer and project manager might [more…]

What Is a Kick-Off Meeting?

Another form of selling the idea for your website, a kick-off is a meeting to get all the hands-on people involved. This can include other people who will be developing the site with you, the owner of [more…]

Who Are the Stakeholders in Your Website Venture?

Your initial meeting with the client will give you some pertinent information regarding the target audience for your website. However, the website you create has multiple audiences. You must consider everyone [more…]

Internal Stakeholders' Needs from Your Website

You want and need the support of all parties involved when building a website, and the best way to gain their support is to do a little upfront legwork. As much as possible, talk to key players and ask [more…]

How to Create Profiles of Your Websites Target Audience

Profiles (also known as personas) are detailed descriptions of your users as individuals. While you’re developing your website's content and design, don’t forget that the end users are individuals and [more…]

How to Get Information from Your Website Client’s Target Audience

If your website client or your company has an existing client base, this is an excellent resource you can use when planning your design. If your client has a business that has a brick-and-mortar presence [more…]

How to Use Personas to Develop Website Content

When you create a website for a client, part of your job is to identify the client’s intended audience. After you find out who the client’s intended audience is, find out as much about the audience as [more…]

How to Hand Off a Project to a Client

Regardless of whether you complete the whole website building project on your own or with a team, you might need to hand off the project to someone else. When you’re planning a project, you need to think [more…]

How to Storyboard with Wireframes, Designs, Site Maps, and Flowcharts

Storyboarding generally refers to the process of drawing rough sketches and diagramming navigation between those pages. The combination of rough sketches of pages [more…]

What Are the Constraints of Web Page Design?

You need to be able to identify the constraints involved in designing a website before diving into the few basic principles in page design that are common to most effective sites. The most fundamental [more…]

How to Design Websites within the 960 Grid

One useful angle from which to carve into the challenge of designing web pages it to start with why web pages are 960 px wide. But are they? No, not all of them. But there are powerful compelling reasons [more…]

How to Design Web Pages in Columns

Because similar page designs (such as a three-column design) hold different amounts of content, when you are designing web pages, you have to plan for where the extra content will go if it doesn’t fit [more…]

How to Develop a Navigation Structure

A navigation structure is key to planning a website. A navigation structure involves a bit higher level of abstraction than just sketching pages. A navigation flowchart [more…]

Design Globally Unified or Asymmetrical Web Pages That Look Good

Web design theory, and the larger body of graphic design, is a complex and evolving art. Following are a few related — and sometimes contradictory — rules of well-designed sites: [more…]

How to Find Colors for Your Website's Color Scheme

The most basic rule of color schemes for websites is that you have to work with a constrained, small number of colors. Otherwise, your site will simply present a messy cacophony of color. [more…]

Print Color versus Website Color Schemes

In print, colors are created with colored ink by mixing cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). On the web, though, colors are generated by mixing red, green, and blue pixels [more…]

How to Define Goals Before Designing a Website

Developing a professional-grade website is a big undertaking; its complexities are not to be taken lightly. With so many moving parts, people to wrangle, and steps involved ,you have to approach the madness [more…]

The First Steps of Website Design

When you buy or receive toys labeled “some assembly required,” you know you’re in for a brain-twisting treat. The design phase of a website is your chance to write the instruction manual for the team before [more…]


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