Web Design | What comes first in your mind when you hear it? Well honestly there are so many misinterpretations and misconceptions about website. To give more emphasis on this matter as many users or people are already misled, let’s emphasize the process of design that makes it different from website development or any kinds of designing.
Design Process must be scientific. There is such thing as protocol or guidelines so that we can carry out the results effectively. It is not like word processing or any office automation. Web Design is an art and maybe a science which means you must abide certain rules and of course a scientific procedures so that you can solve a problem eventually.
In this process, there will be a brainstorming of the elements of the website. Colors, logo, layout, font, styles and many other parts of the website are being conceptualized.
How to plan once and for all? There are some designers who are just designing for the sake of design but not of art and usability. As what an old adage said, FAIL to PLAN is a PLAN to FAIL.
The steps below are the examples of how to plan a design:
Ask a lot of questions about the project
Write down all the answers and make a thorough analysis
After brainstorming make the specific actions. Be realistic and scientific.
Planning is all about conceptualizing and envisioning the best approach so be creative as much as possible
The design will be next after the planning of the website elements. In this step, HTML, CSS, JS and any other front-end tools are needed to be prepared.
To make it more appealing and convincing, Graphics Department or anyone who knows Photoshop needs to create mock-up design wherein clients can approve. In this stage, both ends will benefits because it will minimize repetition during the development stage. It will also help the web designer to think the best tool to use.
HTML will be sued to build the skeleton of the website prior to the planned design. Basically, HTML will put PSD into life but not that attractive. It will build the framework of design so that development will be organized.
Cascading Stylesheets will build up the skeleton or framework of the design. Somehow it will make the design appealing by using styles prior to the planned design. There are many approaches to do this but it will depend on the skills of the designers. There is external and internal stylesheets so whatever the best method just make it acceptable and user-friendly design.
Once HTML, CSS, JS, and others are prepared and drafted, it’s about time to develop it by hard coding up to the end. Web Developers in this stage will be in the climax. S series of tests are required to make it more effective.
There are times that client will request for add-on functionality that will require more programming tasks using PHP, XML, JS, and more. Whatever it is, make a website functional at this time and make all details in proper order. Do check these common mistakes in web development.
There must be a testing and Quality Assurance before putting it live. During this stage, errors will come and a few more tests are required. For instance, mobile responsiveness will be the top pick for a test. Also, browsers test is a must by opening it in Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari and others.
- Always remember that designing is an art.
- Make is beautiful as best ss you can.
- Create website for users by giving them clean and usability
- Delegate tasks accordingly so that compromise will be avoided
- Never limit yourself to be creative. Feel free to look at inspirations out there.
- Never give up and follow your passion.
- Always be cautious with mistakes in Design