Sunday, February 14, 2010

Web Design Resource Roundup #4

SEO Guide for Designers

According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don’t think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don’t even know what SEO is! If you’re among the quarter of people who don’t know what SEO is or understand how it can help you, you should really read this article. This is an SEO guide for designers who want to learn about making it easier for websites or blogs to be found by search engines.

The Three Golden Rules of Site Redesigns

there are also a number of critical questions to ask when you’re thinking about redesigning your website:

    • The redesign might appeal to a new audience, but will it alienate loyal readers?

    • How will restructuring content affect search engine rankings?

    • Will these changes even make the site any better?

Color Theory for Designer, Part 3: Creating Your Own Color Palettes

Well, that’s where Part 3 comes in. Here we’ll be talking about methods for creating your own color schemes, from scratch. We’ll cover the traditional color scheme patterns (monochrome, analogous, complementary, etc.) as well as how to create custom schemes that aren’t based strictly on any one pattern. By the end of this article, you’ll have the tools and skills to start creating beautiful color palettes for your own design projects. The best way to improve your skills is to practice, so why not set yourself a goal of creating a new color scheme every day.

10 front-end techniques to improve your site usability

Usability is a very important part of website building. Sadly, this is often neglected by designers and developers. In this article, you'll find 10 great techniques that you should definitely implement into your website.

The Definitive Guide To Styling Web Links

Hyperlinks (or links) connect Web pages. They are what make the Web work, enabling us to travel from one page to the next at the click of a button. As Web Standardistas put it, “without hypertext links the Web wouldn’t be the Web, it would simply be a collection of separate, unconnected pages.”. So without links, we’d be lost. We look for them on the page when we want to venture further. Sure, we pause to read a bit, but inevitably we end up clicking a link of some sort.

The Principle of Contrast in Web Design

Contrast is the difference between two or more elements. With contrast, a designer can create visual interest and direct the attention of the user. But imagine if all of the elements on a web page were the same in style and appearance. There would be no organization, no flow, and definitely no hierarchy. Content would be nearly impossible to digest. This makes contrast an essential part of effective web design.

Running a Design Blog Like a Business

Many design blogs start off as a hobby. Designers like to share what they have learned and seek out criticism from others. Blogs are a natural way of doing this. As blogs mature however many of us have found that they have had to transition from hobbyist to businessman. In the last year or so Colorburned has gone through a number of transitions and I have learned a lot about blogging; what works and what doesn’t. In this article I’ve decided to share a little about what I’ve learned about strong>running a design blog like a business

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