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. 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. Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs
It's probably the least glamourous part of web design, but information design is by no means the least important. 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. 9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer
Good design isn't just about good looks, and nowhere is this truer than in 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. If you want to be a great web designer it's essential that you have a firm grasp of all three. Aesthetic Design Aesthetic design is all about getting the look right. The 3 Components of Good Web Design
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. It's because you know that when you have that finished, polished, veritable work of art up on your screen, and you've switched Photoshop into full screen mode and you're looking at it from different angles around the room, and you're basking in the glory of your perfectly positioned pixels, you just know that this is the greatest profession in the world! 1 - Don't be Satisfied with 1 Iteration When designing a website for a client you often have to provide a couple of different design concepts. 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. 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.
Opacity, RGBA and compromise The header of my own blog (still in development; please don’t judge me!) 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.
Equal Height Columns using CSS - Ed Eliot Creating equal height columns with tables is easy. Of course we shouldn't use tables for layout. With CSS it's a little harder.
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