Innovative and capturing website designs are popping up like mushrooms nowadays. Thanks to the ease with which any web designer with a minimal talent can create an impressive website with all the tools available in the field of web design.
However, what at first may seem as an extraordinary and capturing design, can often be more of a hassle as far as usability is concerned. Making a website is not only about art and design; it needs to be developed to maximize the users’ experience within the website’s browsing options.
How to Recognize a Superficially Aesthetic Website from a Truly Fulfilling Web Experience
As a web designer you should be aware of other important strategic issues when making a website, and not only the design and art aspect. Here are a few guidelines and tips to help web designers make the most of their talent and provide a truly unique web experience for all web users.
Overdoing Design is not a Good Idea
Web designers seem to have been overusing the limitless number of tools easily available nowadays, with the aim of rendering a website as visually attractive as possible. Some designers are convinced that a website’s beauty lies in the exquisitely designed buttons, drop-shadows, artful color schemes and similar features; but how true is this when what a website should aim at is functionality and simplicity.
This race at finding the most artistically designed web pages has led to many very similar websites, which have lost their uniqueness. As designers regularly browse through the many CSS galleries for inspiration, they are undoubtedly influenced when creating their own design, resulting in many copycat versions.
CCS Galleries are Designed to be User-friendly
Web designers should, by all means take advantage of these galleries, for the templates and designs featured within have been developed and carefully developed to allow users to browse easily and experience a truly beneficial online platform, which is easily accessible and optimized to fit both the website’s needs and those of the people using it.
Dangers of Showcasing your Work too Freely
The new trend that has swept the designer market, as far as sharing work goes, with websites such as dribble is bringing down the hard work of web designers. The fact that you can share ideas, designs and concepts may seem a good idea to encourage you and help during your projects, but show casing long hours of work on a public platform simply devalues the final work of art.
All the elements of the design
Although nobody knows what lies behind a particular design as far as strategy and context are concerned, the final product is viewed for the beauty of the design and all the work that has gone in the development, the strategy is completely lost when designs are presented simply as an image of beauty. All the other elements that work to create a well-designed website are not considered, including the user-friendly concept.
What is Beauty Without Utility?
Although a website may be aesthetically pleasing, what good is this if no user can possibly browse through the pages effectively? A website that fails to please the people it was developed for it a website without utility and scope, regardless of its beauty.