After observing the popularity factors of a website in recent years, there are seven important considerations that you need to keep in mind in web design project preparation. Probably you are a beginner in web designing and may not know about how you should design a website nicely. Therefore, here you can explore more about web design project preparation to improve your web designing skills.
In web designing, it’s not necessarily to know a set of programming languages. However, of course, it would be better if you are capable of web programming to better design a website. If you have passion in web designing, studying web programming personally would be much better to improve your web designing skills. But, if your focus is seriously on the web interface, and it’s really hard to get a web design as your wish, don’t worry! There are thousands web design services who are willing to help you. Web design companies usually prepare a contract that includes a cost breakdown, the deliverables, and the information about the support after service, modifications, etc.
You should know how programmers think in designing a website. They are capable of coding to embody a web design that makes sense. For example, one way how web programmers’ work is first to make the web background, as it is the design that must be arranged neatly in a specific folder.
Okay, without convoluted, let’s start to the important considerations in web design project preparation.
Seven Important Considerations in Web Design Project Preparation
1. The Purpose of the Website
Every web design must have clear objectives and what are the goals that will be achieved. If it is a portfolio website, consider whether the purpose is to get a new project of anything, business or company profile, personal branding, e-commerce, or to outline your online catalog of products or services.
Generally, planning to create a website with a clear set of goals, it would be easily for you to find a matching concept and design style. Avoid a sense of ‘cool’ at the beginning of your thought. Because most of the websites with the cool look of interface did only survive within a month, and then they need to re-design their website. “Cool” is just a “skin”. But, the most important thing is the function and the purpose of the website.
2. The Sitemap
Generally speaking, the sitemap of a website is a very vital. It would be a clear view of the information flow within the website that you are going to create. Define the web navigation and features that you need to design at your website’s sitemap. In this stage, you should remove useless features in order to speed up your website’s loading. For example, chat box or banner advertising space (it’s odd if a portfolio web has banner ads).
3. The Wireframe of the Website
In order you will not get lost your wireframe work in the Photoshop canvas, it’s better if you design it on a piece of paper first. It’s necessary to avoid double work in Photoshop. Can you imagine the time is wasted when making a wireframe of a web 2.0 in Photoshop? But it isn’t necessarily if you have made the concept first on a piece of paper.
This stage is really important, especially if you are going to design a website that has a complex flow of information. By making the web sketch first, you may create a variety of possible web layouts quickly. If you are working for your clients, they would be happier when before you start the project, you show them some web sketches before you move your work to the wireframe finishing stage in Photoshop. This could be a way to involve your clients actively in the project without making you upset (due to changes that only need to remove a chunk of the sketch only).
By making the web sketch first, you may create a variety of possible web layouts quickly. If you are working for your clients, they would be happier when before you start the project, you show them some web sketches before you move your work to the wireframe finishing stage in Photoshop. This could be a way to involve your clients actively in the project without making you upset (due to changes that only need to remove a chunk of the sketch only).
4. Use 72 Dpi Resolution and RGB Colors
The standard resolution of web design view is at most 72 dpi. It is the standard display on the computer screen. Don’t make a website design view as deep as 100 dpi. Then, you should use the RGB colors which are to specialize in the screen.
5. The Width of the Web Content
As good as web design you make, keep the area of content (text, photos, etc.) which is not exceeding than 960 pixels of wide. That size is good because the standard screen’s wide is around in 1024 x 768 pixels. For the background image, it might need to exceed 960 pixels of wide. Its purpose is to make the background looks neat and not to cut off if the monitor’s wide at 1360 x 768 pixels or more.
6. Use Grid System
Grid system is not an absolute rule of creativity to a web design. Grid system on a web design is necessary to ease you in maintaining the consistent layout from a page to another page. In addition, the grid also helps programmers who would like to design a slicing pattern in Photoshop.
The standard grid system that is widely used today is the “960 Grid System”. If you are not willing to use an existing grid, you can use your own grid pattern. However, the most important is the web content width should not more than “960 pixels”.
7. Folder and Layer Management in Photoshop
Get used to creating a folder for the important parts of a website. For examples, a folder for the web header’s elements, web body’s elements, web sidebar’s elements, and also web footer’s elements. You can name each of the folders as you want/ But the most important thing in this stage is which is the call and layers included in a section and gathered into one folder.
Don’t forget to name each layer. It is useful to ease you in editing it and of course, this way would helpful for programmers who work with you.
Those 7 considerations are the main outlines which are necessary for web design project preparation. We know that sometimes we cannot finish a web design project alone. However, we can hire a web programmer, friend, or online web design service, for a more professional look of web design. As a web designer, you must also provide neat “raw files”.
Are you ready to design the web? Or there may be a web design project preparation idea? Share your opinion in the comment session below!