Web design is constantly changing and developing as technology, user preferences and the uses of the internet change. As a web designer it is therefore essential that you are able to keep up to date on these changes and not fall behind the times!
Here are three tips for keeping up to date on web design:
- Making use of the mobile web: with mobile phone usage spreading faster than wildfire and mobile technology developing at a rapid pace, it’s essential that you take advantage of the mobile web. If the website you are designing does not have a mobile version, cannot be viewed by mobile phones or doesn’t have plug-ins on platforms which do support the mobile web (such as Facebook and Twitter) then you will be missing out on a huge target audience! First prize would be to develop a mobile web version of your site – this will involve cutting down on some of the content and functionality, but having a fully functional mobile website will allow users who only access the web through their mobile devices to access your site.
- The rise of social networking: social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become wildly popular and form a substantial part of what people are using the internet for. By combining aspects of these social networking sites with your own website, web designers can ensure that the sites they design are far more prominent, functional and popular. Using plug-ins such as the Facebook ‘like’ application or Twitter feed will connect your site with these popular social networking sites, providing a unique opportunity of exploiting an existing and much used part of the internet to your advantage. People are more likely to come across the site you are designing, more likely to interact with it positively and will therefore leave the site with a memorable experience.
- Keeping up to date on trends: keeping up to date on web design trends is an essential part of any web designer’s work. Trends in the past such as the use of drop down menus, image galleries, floating navigation bars and others have changed the way websites are designed and experienced by the user. If you do not keep up to date with these trends by regularly checking other websites out, reading forums and blogs on web design and talking to other designers, then your work will start falling behind.
Taking these three factors into consideration can have a large impact on the quality and success of your web design, keeping your clients and the users of their sites happy – and keeping yourself in business!
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