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How web design should be seen

28.01.2012 - 01:14

How web design should be seen (Chocolate) on tasselflower blog

I have come to a conclusion on how web design should be seen. As an entity. Of course there are lots of different smaller and bigger details in the design, but simply put there are three main issues. The following list includes these main issues in their order of importance. The order of a design process may be somewhat different.

1. Content

Content is of course the main thing on a website. Without content the website doesn't exist. Well, it can exist, but it's pretty much blank.

Therefore content should be the priority. The site is build around the content, not the other way around.

2. Access

If the target groups can't find the website or can't use it, there's no point for the site to be. Usability and accessibility are a big deal.

Just make sure different sorts of people with different sorts of devices and needs can access the content. Of course there must be a line drawn somewhere and supporting all the old or less used browsers or devices is not possible.

3. Aesthetics

Humans tend to like things which look good. Somehow using a nice looking device or app is easier than using a boring or ugly thing.

It's important to remember that the aesthetics shouldn't ever collide with content and access. The design, graphs, fonts and all the bling should complement the content and work with the access.

Suomeksi (In Finnish): 

Olen tullut siihen tulokseen, että verkkosuunnittelu pitäisi nähdä tietyllä tavoin kokonaisuutena. Prosessiin tietenkin liittyy paljon pienempiä ja suurempia yksityiskohtia, mutta kaikessa yksinkertaisuudessaan sen voi jakaa kolmeen pääasiaan. Olen järjestänyt asiat tärkeysjärjestykseen. Itse projektijärjestys voi olla enemmän tai vähemmän eri. Tärkeysjärjestyksessä ensimmäisenä on sisältö, toisena pääsy siihen sisältöön ja kolmantena estetiikka.

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Mervi Emilia is a web and brand designer, blogger and social media marketing nerd. She has been online since 1997 and making websites for 17 years. Besides web stuff she likes cats, movies and tea. Follow Mervi at Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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