Digital design, branding and content part II
Rhubarb Fool shares 10 benefits of quality web design
5. THE PURPOSE, INTEGRITY AND COHERENCE OF YOUR CONTENT
Content and design should co-exist in harmony on your site. Always remember that it will take visitors some effort to try and understand what you're trying to say. So make sure you don't:
- say it in blocks of small, dense text
- set out your text in an unattractive way
- use tools of navigation that aren't straightforward.
- allow your "calls to action" to be confused.
Any such imperfections serve only to drive
visitors away. The job of a good designer is to work with your content
. They'll deliver it with clarity and visual appeal, so that it directs your visitors to do what you want them to do.
6. THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL
Choice of fonts, text spacing and contrast are the sort of details that make a significant difference to the overall quality of your site. Such subtleties could be overlooked by those happier
with function than design. But ultimately it's is these subtleties that can determine how readable and functional the site is.
7. LEAVE IT TO THOSE WHO CAN SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, RATHER THAN AS YOU'D LIKE THEM TO BE.
Your expertise is your business. The chances are that your expertise is not web-design. Sometimes you'll actually benefit from making a trade off by focusing on what actually works for the web, rather than what actually works for you. When you pay the premium for a professional web designer, you're paying for some who as the experience of translating ideas into web pages.
8. AVOID FALSE ECONOMIES.
Everybody wants a good deal. But how many times have we all regretted convincing ourselves that the great price we've been offered would actually deliver a great quality product. It's quite possible to try to buy into the promise of getting high-quality design services and ending up spending time and money having to get someone else to put a bad job right. You'll never run a business well if you don't try and secure value for money in your purchases. But our experience is that good design takes time. As such, it costs money.
9. RELIABLE PARTNERSHIP
Business owners and web designers need to take a completely collaborative approach to creating a website. The process involves communication, a to and fro of ideas, conflict and compromise. If you can go through this process and deliver a satisfactory outcome, you'll be at a point of establishing a long term commercial relationship.
10. ROOM FOR DEVELOPMENT
The foundations that should be laid by good quality web-design should offer a solid foundation from which improvements and embellishments can be made. It may be that you want to want to add a new product, or include a new service. Whatever the case may be, your site should already have have a suitably strong aesthetic to allow you to move forwards rather than to retread old ground.
So if you're looking for some guidance in the field of web-design why not contact us at Rhubarb Fool. What you'll find is a process that will be all about you. Not us.