Good Website Design is a Must

Why should one have a good website? Especially if you are a businessman or an entrepreneur, a website that attracts millions of visitors is a must. A good website will not just make sure of your credibility, but also reap benefits. People normally complain of slow internet connectivity. But to be frank that’s always not true. If a web page is loaded with heavy jpg, gif files and jazzy flash videos, web pages are bound to slow down when it comes to uploading.

                                                                                      Latest web design trends

Over the years internet technology has been rapidly changing and evolving. Web design Sydney makes sure that while designing a web page and subsequently a website latest technology is used. Functionality matters the most not just beauty. The Internet has provided designers with such an enormous stage to get imaginative, create ground-breaking ideas and break design barriers, it allows the designers to apply variations and adapt existing trends to make their mark in the market. Worldwide access to every kind of tool and technique is the heart of the imaginative touch, allowing designers from all over the world to discover new possibilities.

With evolving design trends and techniques, web designers simply love to test with things to come up with artistic and new concepts that attract the visitors. 2011 has been an incredibly important year for web designers; the world has noticed loads of changes in the field of web page designing. Go mobile is the new mantra and everyone seems to follow it; Web pages have reached new levels of sophistication; new coding techniques have vastly improved the ability to get innovative with the design. All in all, it’s been a year that’s moved fast, even by the standards of the web. However it will be tough to predict the evolution of web design industry.

The need of good and intelligent web designers still exists
No doubt there has been a revolutionary change in the field of internet technology but the need of good web designers still exists. Web design Sydney has a dedicated team of good web designers who perfectly understand the value of good designing. They provide a mixture of art and technology, aesthetic sense and programming skills, visually appealing along with rich internet software or online application functionalities making web designing an amazing work of art.

trying out the dynamic templates on blogspot

I am trying out the dynamic viewer that blogspot has recently added to their template collection:

Admittedly, there are a few problems with it - like no link list for example. The post titles are too big and you cannot make them smaller, so I did not give any of the posts titles. The bottom line is, unlike all other blogspot templates, this one does not allow you to edit the HTML. And the advanced customization editor is also very limited in what it can do. Just change colors and fonts basically. As I said, even changing font sizes won't work... Ouch!

And not all the viewing versions look good - the one called "snapshot" looks awful in fact. And you cannot disable them, the visitor gets the choice, which is always listed at the top. (Although I did sort of get around that one by making the type color the same as the background color - teeee heeee).

But still, for something like this that contains photos only, with no big explanations or anything to go with them, it is quite a neat little display system.


The Power of the Web

The Fast and the Furious

No doubts it’s a great movie, but is an inspirational one too. Too often users complain or blame their internet connectivity while surfing. A good website designer should know that the visitor doesn’t have the time and can become impatient. That is like losing a potential customer. Web pages loaded with heavy pictures and flash files take ages to open. At the end the customer either curses the internet service provider or the website itself. So, it becomes crucial to have good web pages that do not take long time to load. Web designing is an art and a good web designer knows exactly what a visitor wants. So, make sure your web designer understand your business proposition. For any businessman the main motto should be – “I am least concerned about who I am, I am concerned about what I can provide”.

Don't Play Cat and Mouse with Your Readers

Information is the key factor for any website. After all a visitor’s primary goal is to hunt for it. While navigating through a web page, the user should be able to get all the information required and that too without much of a hassle. One should never forget the fact that content is the king. Bad quality content drives away customers. Don’t play cat and mouse with your readers. Funny though, some people especially website owners believe that users can easily be mislead using fudgy data. Avoid this. 
Catering to the needs of customers

What the user should be looking at is up to you and the web designer to figure out. To design web pages one must be extremely careful. A good web designer would know how to practically use the following tips –
  • Position — The placement of content matters a lot and the web page should be interactive enough to guide the user
  • Colour — Use bold as and when required and try to use subtle colours
  • Contrast — Being different makes things stand out, while being the same makes them secondary.
  • Size — It does not matter how exhaustive the content /material on the webpage is. All that matters is the placement of the content
It is also highly advisable to make the most of Social Media Optimization. The website should contain RSS Feeds and have presence on Twitter, Orkut and Facebook.

Web Designing – Miracles do not work everyday

Ever imagined why visitors shy away from surfing through your website? No page hits, no visitors. It’s certainly not good for businesses. Right from the inception of worldwide web, almost all the businesses have gone for ‘brick to click’ process. It makes life much simpler. But if there are no visitors to the website everything goes for a toss. One of the foremost reasons why visitors do not wish to surf through the website is bad web design. Website designplays a pivotal role in attracting web traffic.

Bouncing ball 

Web designing an art

Web designing is an art! One must put his/her feet into the shoes of the visitor to understand exactly what a customer seeks. Website designing is not so tedious and takes few days as per requirements. Web design Sydney is one of the pioneers in creating quality websites. Web pages are created using different software (s). Web pages should be attractive as well as interactive. What one must keep in mind while designing a web page is that it should not take ages to open.
Website design Sydney does a good job in creating the right kind of website as per user requirements. Good images are used and navigation made easy. They also make sure that that the website is SEO friendly. After all, maintaining a good Google ranking is important. While web pages should have company brand colours, there is no harm in trying new colour schemes. However, customer is the king and the right to choose colours holds with him. 
Playing with technology

Technology is changing rapidly these days where web designsare concerned. Version 2.0 of web is available; which is fast, robust and more user-friendly. Web design pages are created using HTML and XML. Website designing is an evolving process and rapidly changes. Content is the blood running in veins of websites. No doubt, keywords to implement SEO works most of the times; but Google is evolving too. It doesn’t take a few minutes for Google to track bad SEO techniques. So, one must be extremely cautious while fiddling with keywords. The content of web pages must be user-driven and not overloaded with keywords. 

Web design layout

The web designer must exactly know what kind of a website a user wants. Choosing the right colour schemes, layouts and navigation is important. Placing of content also matters a lot. The end result for any website building is to attract new customers and rake in as much profit as possible.


Web Critique

  • How does the site look?  good/bad?  appropriate for topic?
  • Everything working?
  • What could be improved?
  • What would you change if it were your site?

Guidelines for Optimum Results from Your Web and Graphic Design Initiatives

Sydney is home to numerous businesses, shops and entrepreneurs that have taken a shot to expand their business via World Wide Web. Online method of reaching out to more potential customers and clients to sell ones products and/or services has grown tremendously in the past decade, but its success depends on the web and graphic design of one’s website.  As you might not have sufficient knowledge of web designing and graphic designing, one of the sure shot ways to succeed is to outsource the work to one of the many web designing professionals available in and around the Sydney area. Here are a few pointers to help you create the perfect website:

1)    Appealing yet Informative
Your website should have the informative content that persuades potential customers or attracts frequent visitors, but at the same time should be visually pleasing. Perfect images that depict your business, good colour combinations, suitable and readable fonts, etc. are a few areas to keep a watch on.

2)    Functionality
Appeal and content are important but equally as important as the functionality of the site. All your links should be working, providing easy access to all web pages and it should not take a long time to download the pages, so the use of large size images and flash videos should be done economically.

3)    User-Friendly
Your site should be easy to use by the customers. It should be easy to navigate and fun to browse through. A bad navigating experience can deter your audience away. One important factor that many a times is left unattended is contact information. Provide email id, phone number, addresses or even social media sites for customers to get in touch with you.

4)    SEO-Driven
Your tags, headlines, descriptions, content, keywords, etc. all should be informative and attractive to not only to customers but also to search engines. There is no point in creating a website, if it is not going to get a lot of traffic on a daily basis. That is why while designing, Search Engine Optimisation strategies must also be kept in mind.

5)    Apt Selection of the Professionals
Last, but not the least is the selection of the professionals who will design your site and add its graphics. Proper scrutiny of their previous work, along with apt review from their customers and proper referrals are a must before selecting anyone for this task.

The above mentioned points are just some of the crucial factors to take note of when taking your business online. Following them will ensure that your site succeeds to attract audience as well as generate business.

Final Reminder

  • 6+ pages(4 for seniors)
  • Professional Layout
  • Consistent Navigation
  • Client/Visitor appropriate colors, theme, images etc.
  • Use software of your choice to the best of your ability
  • Compare your site to another of a similar topic/theme, how does yours stack up? Our goal is for yours to be equally as impressive, professional, and functional.
  • It is often best to incorporate a variety of programs, styles, and techniques.  A well organized site may have a Flash element, Photoshop images/buttons, HTML layout tables/cells, and/or CSS all in one!!!!  Don't pigeon hole yourself into one style of design/code.

You need to design a site, using the program(s) of your choice on a (classroom appropriate) topic of your choice.


Today you need to create a layout sketch to turn in for your final site.  You should make a thumbnail sketch of each page.... here are some tips:

Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing
Most designers wireframe their designs in one way or another, even if it just involves them making quick sketches on the back of some scratch paper. Wireframing is an important part of the design process, especially for more complex projects.
Wireframes can come in handy when you’re communicating with clients, as it allows them to visualize your ideas more easily than when you just describe them verbally.
This guide covers what you need to know about website wireframes to get started.

Why You Should Wireframe Your Web Designs

Wireframing is really the first step in the design process. Unless the site you’re designing is incredibly minimal and simple, wireframing helps clarify exactly what needs to be on the different page types of your website.
Why You Should Wireframe Your Web Designs
By taking the time to create at least a simple wireframe, you can make sure that your designs will take into account all the different page elements that need to go into the design, and that they’re positioned in the best possible way.
Wireframes are also cost-effective by saving you potential time lost due to revising a high-fidelity comp. Wireframes can easily be revised or discarded.
Wireframes give your page layouts a great starting point and a solid foundation.

Wireframe vs. Mockup vs. Prototype

Wireframes, mockups, and prototypes are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are three different things (though there is sometimes some overlap between them). Each one has a slightly different purpose that it gives to the design process.
Wireframes are basic illustrations of the structure and components of a web page. This is generally the first step in the design process.
Mockups generally focus on the visual design elements of the site. These are often very close or identical to the actual final site design and include all the graphics, typography, and other page elements. Mockups are generally just image files.
Prototypes are semi-functional webpage layouts of a mockup/comp that serves to give a higher-fidelity preview of the actual site being built. Prototypes will have the user interface and is usually constructed using HTML/CSS (and even JavaScript for showcasing how the front-end interface works). This stage precedes programming the business logic of the site. While they might not have full functionality, they generally give clients the ability to click around and simulate the way the site will eventually work. Prototypes may or may not also include finalized design elements.
Wireframe vs. Mock Up vs. PrototypeRough sketch of user interface flow on a mobile app. Image by Fernando Guillen.
Wireframes come first. What follows — either prototypes or mock up models — is largely going to be dependent on the type of site you are building. If it’s a web app rather than a simple static website, it’s likely going to benefit from prototyping.

How to Create a Wireframe

Creating a wireframe can be as simple or as complicated as you want. In its most basic form, your wireframe might be nothing more than a sketch on some graph paper. Other "wireframes" are created digitally and are really more like prototypes, with clickable objects and limited functionality.
The type of wireframe you create will depend on what the individual project requires, as well as what your own workflow is like. More complicated projects will likely have more complicated wireframes, while simple sites might have simpler wireframes.

What to Include in a Wireframe

Your wireframes should include enough information to reflect what needs to appear on each page of your website. Think about the general elements of most web pages:headersfooters, sidebars, and content areas.
Then think of additional elements your specific project will have: dynamic widgets, basic site features such as search bars and navigation, graphics, and so forth.
Once you have an idea of what your site will include, start creating your wireframes based on those elements.
How detailed you want to get will again depend on the project and the purpose of the wireframe. If your wireframe is just going to serve as a guiding document for your own reference, then you don’t want to get too involved in the wireframing process. On the other hand, if it’s going to be used by more than one designer or developer, or presented to your client, then it needs to be more formal.

Low-Fidelity vs. High-Fidelity Wireframes

You have a couple of options when it comes to the style of your wireframes. Some designers opt for low-fidelity (low-fi) wireframes that are basically just lines on a plain background with some labels. These include both hand-drawn and digital wireframes, and they’re usually very simple.
An example of a low-fi wireframe for a web appAn example of a low-fi wireframe for a web app. Image by Paul Downey.
High-fidelity (hi-fi) wireframes go one step further, using certain design elements within the wireframe. This might include the logo or some other basic graphics, as well as the color scheme and other visual design elements.
Wireframes like this start approaching the level of mockups, but they can be invaluable in conveying a sense of what the website will look like, especially to clients who might have a hard time visualizing what a website will look like based on a low-fi wireframe.

Wireframing Techniques

There are dozens of different ways to create wireframes, ranging from simple, pen-and-paper sketches to more complex diagrams that look almost as polished as production websites.
There are also different approaches to the purpose and reasoning behind creating wireframes, depending on the needs of individual designers and projects. Here are some resources about different procedures for creating website wireframes.
Wireframing with InDesign and Illustrator
UXmatters has a great article on how to wireframe using Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. They talk about what led the to the decision to use InDesign and Illustrator over other products, as well as how they go about using these two applications to create their wireframes.
Grey Box Method
Jason Santa Maria has a fantastic post about the "Grey Box Method" of creating wireframes. He outlines his entire process for creating wireframes, from sketching on paper to creating a grayscale wireframe in Illustrator. He includes examples from a couple of different sites to illustrate his points.