1. Graphic design : Part IWeb Site Design MistakesSome wise human once said "Learn from the mistakes of others. There isnt nearly enough time to makethem all yourself." Hence this article. Here are five of the most annoying and common web designmistakes.1. Slow download time - Dont be that site that is filled with the coolest gizmos in the world. You know,animation, music and other "cool" things. Why? Because nobody is going to go to it because it takes toolong to download. A nice clean site that downloads quickly will get you much further than a site with allthe fixings that takes forever to download.2. Unreadable text - If a user has to struggle to read the text on your web site, chances are they wont.Here are some common readability issues:A. Low contrast text and background - Dont use light colored text on a light background. Also, dont usedark text on a dark background. Text is most easily read with extreme contrasts between thebackground and text. Black on white is about as good as it gets for readability. Red on black is prettybad. Yellow on white isnt so hot either.B. Text on a busy background - Text is most easily read on solid color background. Putting text ontextured backgrounds can make it much harder to read.C. Small Text - Text that is really tiny may look cool, but is hard to read. If you must use small text, makesure changing the text size in a browser will change the size of your text. Using style sheets can sometimes over-ride a browsers ability to increase text size.3. Unpleasant designs - Designs that use too many colors, colors that clash, or a messy layout, are justplain hard to look at. A site should be pleasant to look at, not a chore.
2. 4. Long pages - Long pages are a problem because your force people to sift through piles of informationto get what they want. Pages that focus on just a few topics with links to related topics on other pagesare much better. This approach allows the reader to isolate the specific subject they are interested in.5. Poor Navigation - It is extremely important that a user be able to access all pages of your site fromevery page. Users will often enter your site from a search engine listing with a link other than your homepage. You do not want your visitors at a dead-end with no way to access the rest of your site. You willhave wasted the traffic and given the prospect a bad impression of your business.As you surf the web, you should keep a list of annoying things you find on other sites. Every so often,check your site to see if you have the same problems. Regardless, if you avoid the common web designmistakes listed above, you will stand a better chance of running a successful web site.Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Graphic design : End of Part IWeb Site Design Color For YouColors can influence our behavior, feelings and psyche. In fact, colors are oftentimes used as treatmentto psychotics and other mentally incapacitated persons.However, when it comes to web designing, many designers overlook the enigmatic power of colors. Itcan bring life to any image, text or graphics. It can create the atmosphere needed in order to capturethe viewers decision and loyalty. These are the reasons why colors should be on our topmost list ofthings that need to be considered in mounting a web site. You dont want a drab looking site, do you? Itwill appear, melancholic, chaotic, plain and boring. Thus, colors must be chosen in order to complementthe sites ambiance, feelings and purpose.
3. Web browsers only see 256 colors. However, there are times when the number may not appear as suchbecause no browser shares the same 256-color pallet. Nowadays, web browsers are sharing 216common colors. Thus, in order to complement to other web browsers, web designers must stick to the216-color pallet. If they go beyond this color pallet, chances are the colors may not exist on otherbrowser. In order for the browser to display that particular color, it will need tiny dots from the colorsnative to the browser. The process is called dithering. Unfortunately, this will result to the distortion ofsome tiny dots. Further, this will make the image appear speckled and without a solid color. Inconnection to texts, dithering will make them blurry and hard to read.Verdict: Web designers must use browser safe color when using solid color as a design element.However, caution must be exercised.There are times when we feel we are tricked by our eyes. In fact there is what we call mirage? An opticalillusion and there is a long list of optical illusions that can otherwise trick us. But there are times whenwe are neither tricked or deceived in fact it is an act of science. How do this happen?At the back of our eyes, there is a thin layer of tissue. This layer of tissue contains millions of tiny light-sensing nerve cells which are called rods and cones. Our eyes have ample decoding cones. These conesare the ones responsible for responding to specific wavelengths of light. Say, when you look at a redbox, the cones that have detected the red wavelength become exhausted and fatigued. As a result,opposite cones in the eyes start to enter and different colors are made apparent.Eye fatigue is one of the important considerations in designing a web site. Thus, avoid colors that aretiring to the eyes. It can result to disaster and can further result to giving of wrong notion or idea to theviewers. Colors like red and yellow, strains the eye faster than any other colors. Thus, limit the use ofthese colors. Use them on areas that need emphasis and focus. This will surely pull viewers attention.Other that those areas - a big no-no!Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Graphic design : End of Part II
4. Web Site Design By Using A Template.If you are like may others on the internet, then you would like to have a web site of your own. Theproblem is, you dont know how to design a web site, and you cant afford to pay a web site designer todesign a new site for you. So how do you get around this problem? Actually it is very easy - and asalways there are options! There are many talented web designers on the internet, and they will allowyou to purchase a web site design from them for a very reasonable price. The designs available to youare as varied as the people that made them. There is literally something for everyone - a design for alltastes and all purposes - just waiting for you to come along and use it.These pre written web sites are called web site templates, and some of them are extremely well done.Web site templates are usually created one of three ways - they are : Html, Adobe Photoshop andMacromedia Flash. If you know how to edit html, a template can be a quick and easy way to turn yourideas into a new web site. I can already hear some of you saying "Thats no good to me, I cant writehtml!". Thats ok! There is the photoshop style of web site template that you can try. Do you have adigital camera? Have you ever put a title on your photos? Have you edited your pictures or made acollage out of them? (multiple pictures joined into one..) If you have, then you can probably make yourown web site using Adobe Photoshop - or a similar photo editing application. The photoshop templatesdo all the initial design work for you, you just have to fill in the text areas with whatever you want tosay. It really isnt that hard to do. The software will do most of the work, you just need the content tofill in the provided spaces. Have a go at home using your own digital photos, and when you have made acouple of pages download a photoshop template and make a complete web site. Of course you willneed someone to host your new site, but as most ISPs include a small home page area with everyaccount, you can probably put your new site there to begin with. The next type of web site templateuses Macromedia Flash to create it. Web site templates designed using Flash are usually animated andcan have some quite advanced visual effects. The downside to using Flash templates is they are notreally intended for novice web designers - the Flash software is quite complicated - but the results canbe well worth the effort.As a side note, search engines have a very poor understanding of Flash web sites, and if you want tocreate a commercial or business web site, then you would be better off using html or photoshop foryour design.The final option for designing a web site by template is to find a template that you like the look of, andhave someone else turn it into your web site. By purchasing a web site template you will greatly reduce
5. the cost of the design of you new web site - and as a bonus, you will know from the start what it willlook like when it is finished :-)When you use a template to design a new web site please be aware that you are not the only person onthe web that is using that template. There could be other web sites using the same design - but with theenormous number of web sites on the internet it is unlikely that you will ever find one of those sites. Ifyou want to guarantee that your web site is completely unique, then you need to design it yourself, ofyou will have to get it designed just for you. Good luck with your new web site!Hiring a web designer to come up with the custom solution that you need can set you back a fewthousand bucks. But you can do the whole thing yourself and make it drag and drop simple for merepennies with a tool like Breezy Websites. See http://breezywebsites.com for details!Graphic design : End of Part III