Website design is all about following a set of standards and also being creative with some aspects of the project as well.
Given that there is a lot to take in, I will dive right to the tips that can help web designers – beginners and professionals alike – become web design experts.
It Starts with Some Inspiration
If you think that the project starts by going into the details, then you’re wrong. Web design actually starts with inspiration.
The industry is all about art and as I’ve said earlier, it is a marriage between web standards and the artist’s creative sense.
Therefore, you’ve got to be inspired to do it first. You can do a few things to help you with this:
- Create a mood board- either online or a real one. Find images that you think will inspire you.
- Visit sites like Dribbble, Usabilla Discover, and Behance as they have an extensive array of designs that can help spark the artist in you
- Take a day or two off and see which ideas you like the most
Use Old-Fashioned Items
Although we use computer programs now that help with the website creation process, it is still practical to use old-fashioned items, especially when it comes to the design.
A simple pen and paper or even a whiteboard are sufficient enough for this. The reason is that you want something to write on that can easily be erased. And, this is something that a lot of designers cannot really explain scientifically, but you will get more inspired by using physical items for design creation rather than using computer software.
When Implementing Things, Keep Functionality in Mind
The reason why most people prefer a simple and minimalistic website is that they want to find the core functionalities of your site as quickly as possible.
So for instance, if you’re designing for a retail website, you want your call-to-action button placed prominently on the homepage for people to see.
Things like these should always be put in mind during the entire process so that you can implement things in a way that serves a purpose, while also maintaining some pretty amazing aesthetics as well.
Don’t Forget to Take Breaks from Time to Time
Web design can actually be taxing, especially from a creative standpoint. There might be times where you are in a state of flow and everything seems to fall into place, while there are also times where you just do not know how to proceed.
If you’re experiencing the latter, take a short break. You could head out, go to the gym, or you can even do some activities that you really enjoy.
Whatever it is that you do, taking breaks from time to time can help rejuvenate your creative mind so that you can get back to the project at hand.
Test It Often
As you may have noticed, I usually say “during the process” because really, web design IS a process in and of itself.
Therefore, it is best that you test your website often. You could create prototypes and test it so that you can see if something is off or there is a bug on the page that needs fixing.
Also, getting feedback from your colleagues and other designers can help really well. They will give you an opinion that will help widen your perspective about the project.
Do Not Be Afraid to Start Over
In web design, there will be instances where some of the things that you’ve implemented are just not going to work in the long run. You could tweak things until it works, but sometimes, you’re better off starting from scratch.
It can be a difficult thing to do, especially if you’ve already put a lot of time and effort into it. However, starting over again could probably be one of the best things that you could do as a web designer.