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    What are the design principles in web design?


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    After some thinking I could narrow down the answer to 9 components. There are 9 important elements that a website designer should always keep in mind while designing one.
    1. Space: Space is one of the most important design tools because it dictates everything—from flow, to readability. Designers are beginning to use space in ways that we did not see on the web a decade ago. More site designs include vast spaces, increased spacing between lines of text, and an overall use of open space.
    2. Navigation: Navigation does not need to be complicated. It should be easy to identify and easy to use. It is also important to keep navigational menus to a minimum so you don’t overwhelm users. Depending on the type of site, five to ten menu navigation items are the top end of what you should aim for.
    3. The About Section: The one problem that often happens with About Us pages is that they get long and wordy. Keep the page simple; give users just enough information to be interested but not bored. And remember to keep the design interesting. TIP: Use the About Us page to give your brand a little personality. Consider including photos of your team and a short company biography.
    4. The Contact Section: Contact information commonly appears in one of two ways – in the header / main navigation, or as a Contact Us page with a form or expanded information. Either option can work well, depending on your site design.
    5. Searching: Design a simple box that lives at the top of your website for search. The top right corner is the most popular location, using that space is expected and easy for users to find.
    6. Footer: Make the footer useful and keep it simple. Whether you opt for a couple of buttons or link-style design, the footer should be designed to mesh with your site but may have a much more minimalistic feel. Make it easy to use.
    7. Buttons and Icons: Develop a set of buttons/icons unique to your site. Create a consistent color theme – every button is a single hue – or overall style, such as shape or texture.
    8. Images: People love to see things in action. Create stunning visuals to draw users in to your site. Great images or illustrations are one easy way to do this. With a relatively small set of great photographs, you can show products, people, whatever to entice users to your site.
    9. Fonts: Probably the most essential part. The web was once filled with a handful of typefaces – Arial and Courier come to mind – because they were readable by most computers and browsers. That is no longer a limitation for designers. But web fonts are still important for two key reasons – compatibility and licensing. By using a web font service, type is type on the web, which is important for search engine optimization, and designers don’t need to make images out of their type to maintain a certain look. TIP: Explore the Google web fonts. Search for a unique font for your site.

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