Okay, so I know next to nothing about website design. This semester is my first go at a website. I decided to do a site about the Greek Muses for my first site…. so that wasn’t my best idea in the world. I spent this weekend working on this site and at first it really didn’t turn out well. It was very 90’s website and boring. So with the help of my roommates telling me it blew big time, I figured out a better one. It still needs a few tweaks. Overall I need to learn a lot, but here are some things I learned.
1. Web conventions make your best friend.
Conventions are basic web standreds like having your tabs on the left/top of the site, or having your search in the top corner. They are guidelines so the people on your site can easily get around. Here is a link with more conventions : http://www.nvcc.edu/home/ataormina/wdc/readings/convention.htm.
2. Give your site bones.
By bones I mean use a framework for your site. This will just make your life easier and mantain balance and sense throughout the site. Here is a super basic one that I used to get an idea of structure. http://teamnirvana.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/wire_frame_example.gif It is also good to have the interactivity of your site laid out. By this I mean making the links between pages and structure of your site make sense and easy to navigate.
3. Sketch and thumbnails help but you need detailed design to get to work.
So usually I do a really basic sketch before I design and I am good to go, but with the web you need a really detailed idea to really make it work the first couple of times.
So…. thats all for now, check out the book Don’t Make Me Think for more help.