Quick Tips for Web Design newbies: a simple guide

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Written by Peace Akinola

October 14, 2020

Web design is a key module of the web development process. Web design is about creating a functional piece of art — but where do you start? If you’re wondering what you need to know before you begin, this post will help you out.

Select something simple for your foremost web design

This seems like a no brainer, right? But sometimes we can get excessively ambitious and end up discouraged. For your first project, it’s a good idea to choose something modest and fun. An eCommerce web setup is more complicated and it is best if you try it after gaining a handful of experience.

A blog, on the other hand, is a simple and less tasking web page to set-up and also a great place to start. It will be a good design implementation and you’ll learn how a Content Management System (CMS) operates, which will be a good boost for subsequent site designs. Chief of all — you don’t have to start from scratch. There are numerous blog templates that make it easy to put a webpage together.

Templates are a valuable learning tool, basically a premade webpage or set of webpages that can be customized with images, videos, and other style elements to create an ample website. Often created by web developers, templates include everything needed (i.e. HTML, CSS, JS, and any other code required) for it to function. Observing how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript elements are styled and come together will give you a deeper understanding of what makes a design work. And templates can also stand as a foundation for customization.

Maybe you aren’t interested in starting a blog — make use of your creative pursuits or hobbies. How about building a showcase for your cooking skill or for your collection of animation characters? Creating a design to feature a passion of yours makes for a pleasurable first project.

Find creativeness from other web designers

Web Design ideas

You’ve no doubt come in crossways with websites that have wowed you with their gorgeous design.

Create a muse doc with links to sites you love, or bookmark them as you go.

awwwards is a great place to find great site design — you can find web design, Navigation menu design, animations, blogs, and other types of design work to refer to. Pinterest is also a nice place to look — you can find and pins illustrations, book covers, posters, and other designs. Designers use the term “mood board” for these assortments. Mood boards are a quick fall-back resource if you find yourself stuck. Which you will.

Other interesting collections you should check out.
  • Behance has a fascinating collation of website design work, where the focus is on eminence and originality.
  • Dribbble centers on individual designers, providing a medium to get feedback and converse with others about their work.
  • Webflow displays variety of ways people are using their design platform. And also provides templates to clone as your very own and customize.

And of course, head over to my portfolio showcase to see the variety of ways I design using various platforms. There’s are abundant cool designs to check out.

Look outside the web for bases of inspiration

Web design is made up of visual language that can be found anywhere, like the cover of an Animation comics or the digital kiosk on the streets. Develop an eye for recognizing good design and start analyzing why something works or doesn’t work, no matter the medium.

Pay attention to typography

Typography an art and method of positioning text and letters to make inscribed language legible, understandable, and attractive when displayed is a vital aspect of web design. And always keep a thoughtfulness mind. Is that font on the web page readable? Letters are everywhere. Make note of both good and bad uses of typography.

Have content ready before you start web design

Always try to put content first before any design, it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can edit and optimize for SEO (search engine optimization) later. But at the minimum have a rough draft of what will go live will help make sure the design is well optimized to handle and display the contents properly.

When making use of real content for a design you will have a better idea of how the website will look and function. It also gives you the chance to make changes in the design early stage.

For blogs, you’ll need to have a post ready to test in the CMS. Having a couple of posts written before you launch will save you lots of time and make your design stress-free.

Finally, keep your design simple and intuitive

Your design approach should be entrenched in simplicity and order. It should be easy for someone to navigate through the site with ease.

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