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Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs. In design, visual weight is the notion that design elements have varied weights; that is, some objects, even on a two-dimensional medium, can appear to be heavier than others.

Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs

Visual weight is a powerful concept that allows us to create visual hierarchy, symmetry, balance, and harmony in designs. When applied strategically, the concept of visual weight can help us guide the viewer’s attention to the places we want in a design. This article covers the concept of visual weight and the factors that affect it. What Is Visual Weight? Visual weight revolves around the idea that distinct elements in a design have varying heaviness relative to each other.

The main visual weight factors we will discuss are: ColorContrastLightness/darknessSizeDensityComplexity Visual weight is heavily tied to symmetry. To draw attention to certain objects (or to deemphasize others) we’ll want to purposely throw off the balance and create a visual hierarchy so that the focus shifts in the areas we intend. Color Size. 9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer. It's probably the least glamourous part of web design, but information design is by no means the least important.

9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer

Locating and consuming information is the quintessential web task, far surpassing buying, playing and communicating, all of which include a good portion of information design themselves. How users find and then avail themselves of all that information is affected by how it is structured and presented. Thus every web designer should be equipped to make qualified and informed decisions on just how to do this. 1 - Be methodical Information design is a problem that gets more and more complex the bigger the website. Understand the Site's Content, Processes and Purpose It's pretty hard to organise a bunch of stuff if you don't know what that stuff actually is. After realising there was so much information on the marketplaces, we now believe a wiki is the most effective way to organise it 2 - Think out of the box. The 3 Components of Good Web Design. Good design isn't just about good looks, and nowhere is this truer than in web design.

The 3 Components of Good Web Design

In fact it makes sense to think of web design as being made up of three major non-technical components: aesthetic design, information design and interface design. 8 Ideas, Techniques & Tricks for your Web Design Toolkit. As important as information and interface design are, it's the satisfied feeling of designing something that just plain looks awesome that keeps us going during those times when the creative well is dry, when you've stared at a blank canvas for hours, when you've saved a hundred attempt.psd's, and when you're fed up of design.

8 Ideas, Techniques & Tricks for your Web Design Toolkit

6 Interface Design Principles and Tips Every Web Designer Should Know. Good interface design is like the air we breathe - it's there when you need it and you use it without thinking.

6 Interface Design Principles and Tips Every Web Designer Should Know

If you've ever used a bad interface design, struggled to get around a site, clicked away because you couldn't figure out what was going on, not been able to complete a task you had in mind, or just been plain confused, you'll know the perils of going wrong in this area. Websites are not pretty pictures, they are there to be used and consumed, so it's pretty important that as web designers we spend a good portion of time thinking about usability. In this article we'll consider some of the big usability issues and my tips for being a better interface designer. 1 - Analysing Audiences When laying out Psdtuts+ we take into consideration the different ways people will be using the site In any website there are at least three distinct parties involved - the client or owner of the site, the users of the site and the designer or builder of the site.

Audience Classes.


Opacity, RGBA and compromise. The header of my own blog (still in development; please don’t judge me!)

Opacity, RGBA and compromise

Features a single image which spans two columns, with a semi-opaque panel featuring text over the top of it. I wanted the image to be clearly visible in the left column, and faintly visible in the central column. I could have done this by designing it that way in a graphics package, but as I intend to swap the image around in future, I wanted to come up with a client-side solution. I could have just used a semi-opaque background image, which would have worked immediately with all major browsers bar IE6.

But I didn’t want to use an extra image and I wanted to play around with CSS 3, so this is what I came up with: Firstly, I put the image as a background property on the <body> element. The problem with opacity is that it is inherited by all child elements, so if I had put text inside div.header, the text would also have become semi-opaque. Equal Height Columns using CSS - Ed Eliot. Creating equal height columns with tables is easy.

Equal Height Columns using CSS - Ed Eliot

Of course we shouldn't use tables for layout. With CSS it's a little harder. If, for example, you create a three column layout by floating 3 DIVs within an overall container the result will probably look something like the following: View Example All's well and good except those pesky columns aren't the same height. "Faux Columns" The most commonly described method, "Faux Columns", works by applying a background image to an overall container.

View Example. Facebook no longer providing status update feeds?