10 Top Principles of Effective Web Design

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10 Top Principles of Effective Web Design

This site discusses the 10 important things to think about when designing a website. The biggest takeawaysfor me is the idea that Sans Serif fonts like Arial and Verdana are easier to read when they are online. In terms of usability and when thinking of audiences of all ages, it’s better if the font styles are Sans Serif fonts. Another big part of font is having it set a certain size for it to be easy to read as well. According to this site, the ideal size is 16px with a maximum of 3 typefaces and a maximum of 3 point sizes.

When it comes to color, the idea is that a color theme goes a long way. It is important to know all the color palettes when creating a website. For example, complementary colors create balance and harmony. My favorite websites are sites that use contrasting colors, which has the text and background easier on the eye, such as white space or negative space. According to the purpose of a person’s website, vibrant colors should only be used if they wan to create a certain emotion.

I never knew about the “F” Patter Design, which is a pattern according to the way we read, left to right. Apparently, studies show that people scan computer screens according to this “F” pattern. Since most of what people see is in the top and left of the screen, I will keep this in mind when I am designing websites in the future. If I recall back to the websites I reviewed, most of them were designed according to this pattern, making it easier to read and understand.

Finally, what is most important in web design today, in my opinion, is if the website is mobile friendly. I feel as though a majority of people view websites and the internet on their cell phone rather than on a computer or tablet. This website explains that in this day and age, designing a website can’t be done without considering multiple screen sizes.


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