http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/31/10-principles-of-effective-web-design/

Smashing Magazine is an online magazine with information for web designers and developers.  This particular article is aptly titled, “10 Principles of Effective Web Design,” as it provides useful tips about what you should keep in mind when designing a web page and provides visual examples for each point.  One of the more important issues web designers face is making their website user-friendly.  Because users scan text rather than read it, large bodies of text will be ignored unless there are images or bold/italic words.

The “10 Principles of Effective Web Design” explains user’s habits and how to accommodate them by keeping sites straightforward and simple.  Because it is more difficult for designers to critique their own website since they often need a to see it from a fresh perspective, designers should frequently test their websites out on users, so they can use their feedback to fix or improve upon problems.

-Emily

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