The perfect website layout is easy to achieve only if you know what to consider right from the beginning. Many designers make countless mistakes because they jump right into designing without taking the time to think of how they want the design to look, and what is needed to achieve that look. There are many things that web designers need to know and pay attention to during the website building process if they would like to achieve a professional website layout. Here are some tips you can employ in order to get it right all the time;
Designing is all about solving a problem. One mistake many designers make is going straight to Photoshop without thinking about the problem at hand, and what you need to do to solve it. You need to picture what you are thinking about and put it down on paper so that you can visualize it clearly and see if it is what you need or not before you start working on the design.
You need to familiarize yourself with different fonts to make good decisions on what you should use on your website. The rule here is to try as much as possible to stick to a few different fonts, maybe two or three, depending on the type of website you are designing. The most important thing is to choose a font that can be read easily. You can then do a little more on the headlines and calls for action, especially as these are the sections of your webpage that you will want to grab the most attention.
The color that you will use on your UI, your backgrounds and also on your text should be carefully considered as well. You can mix a few colors to achieve a good tone but keep the colors to a minimum to prevent diverting the attention of your visitors to the colors rather than the content of your website. Maintain the same color scheme throughout the design to create uniformity.
You cannot have everything on just one page as this might confuse the users. Divide your layout in different sections and let each section carry a different story for your users. Each section should be about the most important part of your brand. Your users should find every section useful, and adding a call for action button at the end of the content will allow them to make the right decision faster.
Every image and element that you use on your web page should come out clearly, as it is important in the design. Do not overlook what may seem like simple or small details; these should be highlighted as they can add a wealth of value to the final product.
You have to ensure that your design looks as clean and as appealing as possible. There are a variety of details that many designers fail to pay attention to, which damage the end product. For instance, font rendering options, blurry edges, strokes that do not match the backgrounds among others. You need to work with these in order to achieve a sharp, appealing design. To get this right, look at your design as a whole before publishing it to ensure that everything is flowing as it should. Only then will you be able to analyze every component in detail one by one.
Designers need to know that every component they have in their design is as important as everything else. Therefore, it should be designed as if it will stand out on its own in the design. This is how you end up with exceptional components in your designs which add so much value and importance to your design. A mistake made by many web designers is that they leave out some parts of the website to work on them later, and when the time comes, they work on these ‘forgotten’ sections in a hurry without doing much about them, affecting the end results.
Web designers should always aim for the best design but expect the worst case scenario. When creating designs, rather than looking for what is easy and achievable, web designers should look for what seems difficult. These are the different constraints through which web designers should work in. The kind of websites you are designing should therefore work in both ideal situations and in the worst-case scenario.
Unfortunately not many designers are good at presenting their designs, which is why some of the best designs do not get to see the light of the day. You should be as good in presenting as you are in designing because the importance people place on your design is based a lot on how you present it. Sometimes designers ignore some of the most obvious details when presenting, often without realizing that what seems as obvious to them is not obvious to other people.
It is quite easy to make changes to your design if you keep evaluating it from the beginning during the development process other than waiting to evaluate it once it has been completed. This is the only way you can ensure that your design is well executed and that the results will be just as you imagined them to be.
Web designers need to be smart in order to impress their users, and most users are impressed by excellent website layouts. These not only attract users, but also keep them coming back for content from your website. There is so much that you can do as a web designer to attract and convert users to buyers, and this list shows some of the most effective ways to do so.