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The Design Process: Main Index



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The purpose of design is to facilitate communication between user and content

Designing for the web means designing sympathetically with the way people actually use the web, not how we think they should.

This section looks at the discipline of web design, how to approach design as a job, and introduces some mental techniques for increasing enjoyment and success.

People approach web sites in very different ways to how we design them

Designers need special skills to succeed in this environment

To start learning ways of designing for real users, we can gain insights into what the brain is good at. This provides a useful foundation for developing and evaluating design techniques.

Fortunately, the mass experience of digital design is at our disposal, and provides us with patterns and conventions that are proven to work.


Web Design Process Overview
Read this first - my complete no-nonsense step-by-step guide to designing web sites
Attention Map
Pencil & paper tool for planning page layout
Design like no-one's watching
Designers need to learn to look at their work through fresh eyes
The Design Spectrum
A visual tool for picturing the relative aesthetic and functional elements of a design solution
Don't Decorate, Communicate!
Concentrate on the content of the message you're communicating, which is far more important than how it looks
Golden Rule of web design
My golden rule - a simple touchstone to help all design decisions
Pursuit of the Original
The value of laziness in design, and why the pursuit of the original can be detrimental to design success
Simplicity in web design
Explains why the principle of Simplicity is so helpful in web design
Think Then Do
A discipline for visual designers that minimises fiddling
Work smart, not clever
Why designers should practice working smart instead of being clever.

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