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Web Designer Need to Know

Over the last few years Web design has updated and changed in tremendous ways and keeping up with all the changes can be rather difficult.

The new ways have changed the way one really needs to look at things and ways of creating faster more functional websites. The older ways will still work but with new technology and the new standards. If you haven’t designed anything for a while you really need to do a refresher course to keep you up to date.

The information super highway is developing all around us, and we need to make sure that all the applications, we are using function properly and interact well for users. At the same time, we need to make websites that are pleasing to the eye, are well linked and work very fast.

Working with wireframes is the easiest way to create your web design. That is once you have learned how to use wireframes. The wireframe formats that are on the web and are downloadable already have a lot of the basics in them, which make browser compatibility far easier. By using the downloadable programs 960 or blueprint you have your wireframe there for you to create in, however, many blocks you require. I know most of us tend to start with a pen and paper and there is no problem with that, but, even if you do, its advisable to transfer it into a wireframe from there so why not just start with the wireframe.

Think of your page as two halves and work out what should appear above the fold and what items don’t matter much. I suggest you make a list of them. Certain items like your navigation, etc. are musts but try to keep the list small. Remember to allow white space around them and don’t cram them together. You need to have your public aware of what is there and where it is. Furthermore, you need to have your subscription signup there.

Once you have your basic wireframe up you can start drafting your basic ideas for the design. Create a mockup or two, which you can then get feedback on.

Modern developments in the cellphone industry have made it essential that you include the use of mobile internet into your design. This means that almost everything has to be scaled for this application as the screens of the smart phones are so small not a large amount can be incorporated.

The use of RSS feed and twitter are also items that would not have had to be considered a few years ago.

Luckily, people have started putting out applications for styling items for mobile phones, which does make it easier. Most of the time, JavaScript is used for this sort of item, so you need to brush up on your Java or do a search for useful snippets to incorporate.  The library which was created by Mobify Studios is an excellent place to start. Include a bit of code on your site to ascertain which browser your visitor is using and make your website act accordingly. Mobify has a means of doing this. You can sign up free and use parts of their website, but they also offer far more for their monthly paid plans.

The typography you use is of major importance as well. Do not use smaller scripts. They kill your site for a large percentage of the population. Anyone with bad eyesight will immediately be put off. Type should be easy to read, legible and spaced correctly preferably with a balance of white space around it, which is active and leads you forward. It is important to remember the size of the screen of the mobile phone. Changes of your font color can also be used to create different effects. The use of your headings is very important as these are often all people read, unless interested in a topic.

Ease of Navigation and clean clear design still remains the prime element to any design although today we need to use such things as HTML5, Jquery and Mobile design. It’s a case of brush up on your knowledge and design using a wireframe to make things easier for your cross browser applications.

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