Posts Tagged ‘web design’
We have read that before. In the world of Web Design, Content is King.
A “lightbulb” moment came to me just a minute ago. And I thought I would share it with you.
I believe that people, in the context of web design, do not mind scrolling or clicking to the next page as long as the content is worthwhile.
Sorry if this is going to be just a short blog, well, this isnt supposed to be a lecture, but just an insight.
For example, you visit a website and you see a two-paragraph legal “documentation” with all the definitions on the homepage. And on another website you are greeted with a picture of Kurt Cobain, and you see excerpts of his life, his music, his band.. and you have several links to click to get to more information about him.
If you like Kurt Cobain, surely you would read them all, than those 2 paragraphs from the other website.
Well if you are concerned about how safe is your browsing, then you would choose website #1.
I have been designing websites for almost 9 years now. And I still am, a professional web designer. Some of my previous work lived, most got redesigned, others discontinued. I always carried myself the pride of being “in the know” because of my experiences. However, only lately did I try to really open my mind up to the world of “new” web design. It might not be so new after all, but I have distanced myself from these “canvases” pretending to be websites. It also helped that I was sucked into the Jakob Nielsen (www.useit.com)philosphy of web building. Less is more, get straight to the point and Usability. I strayed away from flash sites, well I have no plans of building a full slash site at all. Not in the near future. A splash maybe.
So what have I discovered when I finally gave up the clean and simple designs for visually appealing ones? A Lot. And I was so overwhelmed that I bookmarked them. Haha. It doesn’t come so easy being bookmarked on my browsers. You have to earn it. But really. I thought to myself and told my girlfriend that I have been closing my eyes for so long that I did not notice that so many things have change. There were nice sites back then as well. But somehow today they are different. More appealing, more interactive, runs faster (maybe the connectionspeeds not the design helped)…
So here we are folks. Back to square one. I will give up 9 years. And say that I am a new web designer. So much to learn! 🙂
*but hey I wont erase 9 years worth of experience from my resume lolz.
To start with, I was reading a lot of photoblog websites, css tutorials, designs from packaging, posters, id’s, etc… to coffee.
Here’s one from Web Designer Depot at http://www.webdesignerdepot.com
I came across this nice article from yahoo. I was looking at my twitter (you can follow me at http://twitter.com/erikbriones). And one person I was following posted a “Do’s and Dont’s” of modern web design. I followed it and read it. And from there I got to this page from yahoo.
It is a good read. 🙂 Very helpful for me. I have never felt so “lacking” on the web design field as when I started tweeting. I know I was not topnotch in design. But I should have done something about it. hehe. I feel inspired though instead of feeling down. Looking at those gazilliones of website portfolios out there.
Anyway, here are some of the tips you might want to read 🙂