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Web Design QuickStart : Page 4

In here you'll find a 10-minute guide to the principles of good Web page design.


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Words Matter
Remember your fifth grade English teacher? Remember how she told you that good spelling and grammar were important? She was right.

The Web has far too many pages whose creators forgot the basics. Just because your Web page is online doesn't mean you can toss out all those rules that govern written communication. Just because it is online doesn't mean you can forget to proofread it. Take a deep breath and spend a few extra minutes with your text. Your readers will thank you for it.

Balance, Balance
Balance is a big part of good Web design.



  • Balance between text and graphics. Unless the content dictates an all-text or an all-graphics site, use common sense and aesthetic judgement so that one doesn't overwhelm the other.
  • Balance between download time and page content. Of course you want beautiful pages, but you need to balance the content of the page with the reality that your readers are out there logging on through a modem. Is that photo of your wedding trip really worth a 120 second wait?
  • Balance between background and foreground. Most of us print things on white or another solid color paper. On the Web, it's pretty exciting to be able to create textures and backgrounds, but it's also easy to let the background overwhelm the content in front.





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