So I spent last evening sitting side by side with Marcella talking about Web Design and the how to of it. For me, talking to someone who actually does this and can show me in living color how creating a web site is done is a real blessing! As it turns out, I now know how to actually start my site and am working on the basic design. My assignment is to draw it out on paper for our next get-together later this week. Yeah! This I can sink my teeth into!
So, while I am drafting on pencil and paper, look at few of these sites:
http://webstyleguide.com/index.html may become one of my favorite sites over the next few weeks, and maybe beyond. I have put it on my “favorites” and am enjoying playing around with it. I like the content most of all but I also am attracted to the layout and think I would like to put my links under a header for my own site. I also like the fact that there are only four obvious links at the top of page, but there are a number of others in the body of the home page. The other pages are just as well done and the Web Style Guide is an awesome resource. One to keep!
On to usability: This site: http://universalusability.com/access_by_design/index.html is an online version of Access by Design by Sarah Horton and is another very useful resource. I like the fact that there is so much useful information packed onto this site, but I don’t like fact that the information is PACKED. I think it would have been much smarter for the designer to add a few more pages to make the information feel more accessible. All in all a very useful site but hard to navigate and it takes time and patience to find what you’re looking for. Probably not going to use this much, if at all. Might buy the book, though!
The next site: http://www.jog.net/ia/ is immediately very attractive. There is a lot of white space that gives the eyes a little break. What is interesting is the way the links are set up on the home page. The links actually have the home page set as the center link of the five offered instead of the first, as most pages seem to have it. That is interesting. There is also a smart little link that allows you to jump over to Amazon to buy the book. Smart marketing!
The next site I looked at: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/08/now-more-than-ever-50-more-excellent-blog-designs/ just does not appeal to me at all. The home page feels like there is a lack of design and a bunch of “stuff” was just tossed together. It gave me a headache, and I didn’t stay long enough to really figure out what they were selling. Sad.
Colors on the Web: http://colorsontheweb.com/ is a great resource! Such fun to play with the Color Wizard, Color Wheel and the Contrast Analyzer. I also likes the background and the fact that main colors are warm, naturally appeals to me. This is a keeper!
And last (for now) but not least is: http://colorschemedesigner.com/. What a fun tool! This is something I could sit and play with for hours. What I find interesting is that the background is so dark that it literally disappears and brings the color wheel into bright focus. NICE!
Both of the color sites are extremely valuable for any designer, especially noted are the assists for those that are colorblind. Having this kind of assistance must be invaluable to those who have to deal with color blindness.