Successful Website Layout

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Successful Website
Layout
EWD Chapter 2
Defining Client’s Needs
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Many clients don’t know exactly what
they want
What they ask for may not be what’s
needed
What they want may not work well with
their audience
Who is the Audience?
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You need demographics
• Age
• Level of education
• Occupation
• Income
• Marital status
• Culture
• Gender
What Technology Do They Use?
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Browser
Computer (Processing speed)
Monitor
Screen Resolution
Connection (dialup vs. broadband/dsl)
What is Standard Screen Size?
Source: OneStat.com, June 2005
Starting to Design
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Build a Visual Site Map
• This helps make sure you and your client are
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on the same page
Provides an architectural framework for your
site
Helps to define and narrow scope and set a
budget
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The Idea Behind Web Layout
A website is for promoting, selling and
marketing for the goal of making money!
Website Layouts
Classic Inverted L Shape
Appeals to a large demographic.
Top Header
Used with drop-down navigation.
Side Navigation
Can be used with slide-out navigation.
Box Shape
Centers your content on the screen.
Classic Header, Content, Footer
Allow for graphic and text based navs.
Left Justified
Popular with “stretching” web pages.
Right Justified
No Interface, Just White Space
A vignette style. Lots of unused real estate.
Full Design, No White Space
No real estate left untouched!
Middle Interface
Like a wide screen movie.
Classic Black w/Green or Red Text
3D Design
Horizontal Scrolling
Use with caution.
Other, Unconventional Styles
Freeform…left to your imagination.
Principles of Web Design
Emphasis: The most important element on
the page should be the most prominent.
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What is the message you are trying to convey?
What elements communicate that message best?
Am I trying to convey more than one message?
What visual element is the most appealing?
Remove elements that don’t support your message.
Methods of Emphasis
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Bold, Italic, Underline
Colors
Special effects
(shadows, glows,
textures)
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Bigger
Use of shapes
Use of Borders
Use of white space
We will use just about all of these in our first project!!
Methods of Emphasis: Example
Methods of Contrast
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Reverse Text
Size
Color
Special effects (shadows, glows, etc)
Shapes
Borders
White space
Methods of Contrast: Example
Sense of Balance
Arrangement, Repetition, Visual Direction
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Align your page elements!
Repeat: stick with the same navigation,
colors, logo on every page, retain the
same layout throughout the site, etc
Visual direction: lead the user’s eye
across the page, fluidly, and through the
most important elements
Visual Direction: Example
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