Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Web Site Design

I’ve seen a number of articles on good web design but I sometimes wonder if anyone reads them. Maybe it looks so straight forward – like a page in Word, but really it is a unique venue and some guidelines are needed for a business to put their best foot forward.

Issues to face are the overall impression of a site, the actual content, including language usage and grammar, the speed of access to your information, the design of the site, text that one can actually read organization, navigation and privacy.

These books take various approaches:


Don’t make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steven Krug
A quick low-down on what web users are looking for and how to evaluate sites and all doe with a sense of humor.

Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design by Vincent Flanders, Michael Willis. Vincent Flanders also maintains a blog highlighting more examples of what not to do on http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/

Creating Killer Web Sites 2nd ed. By David Siegal
For those who aspire to a well designed site.

David Siegal also wrote Secrets of Successful Web Sites: Project management on the World Wide Web. Which addresses some of the issues not faced in Web Pages That Suck book, like living in the real world of clients and budgets.

Even for those not willing to buy a book, there are a lot of free tips to be had on the Internet like http://www.webstyleguide.com/ or http://www.secretsites.com/ or any number of tutorials on university web sites.

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