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6 Things Web Designers Should Know about Graphic Design

April 4, 2013 IADT General, IADT Tampa, Web Design and Development 0 Comments

graphic design tips for web designers Are you a Web design and development pro who’s looking to improve your graphic design skills? If so, you’re instincts are correct; Web professionals must have some graphic design knowledge. Follow these simple guidelines to find out what you should know:

  1. Size matters. Whether you use fonts, boxes, images, or menus, size tells users what’s important. Eyes are naturally drawn to bigger objects, and it’s difficult to see small letters or images. Make the Web experience easy for your users and guide them through the site’s priorities by using sizes intentionally.
  2. Use contrasting colors. Color can mean everything to a website user, no matter how ingenious your HTML coding is. Without contrasting colors, Web designs frustrate readers’ eyes and minds. Make your site easy to read, even if it means sacrificing some of those bright colors or complicated designs you love.
  3. Don’t overdo it. We know you have big dreams for your next Web design, but it’s important that you don’t overwhelm users with too much movement or unnecessary features. Use your talents to find the most efficient and appealing development techniques for the site.
  4. Be a minimalist. If you have trouble limiting your use of extra features, try to be as much of a minimalist as possible. Use fewer colors, font variations, moving objects, and anything else that doesn’t serve a direct purpose. Know the goal of your website and only design what it takes to meet that goal.
  5. Focus on the user. After becoming a Web design professional, it can be difficult to remember what it’s like to simply be a user. Try to put yourself in the user’s place by asking yourself this question: If I didn’t know anything about Web design, what would I get out of this website? Continue to strive for a match between the answer to this question and your goals, despite the edits or redesigns you might need to do.
  6. Be Creative. Just because you’re pretending to be a minimalist doesn’t mean you have to throw away your creativity. Brainstorm simple ways to be creative. Consider innovative design techniques that won’t confuse users and can enhance your abilities to facilitate conversions.

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