A website without visitors is like a ship lost in the horizon — the latest in web design

Web design is not just about creating pretty layouts. It’s about understanding the marketing challenge behind your business, take a look at the below tips for your next web project. I have also included the latest news and tips from around the web. Enjoy :)

Cleanness is essential for a good web design. People often mistake cleanness for minimalism. While both styles have common traits, do not be confused. They are not the same. Minimal design is more about using the bare essentials — less is more. Clean design focuses on the careful and precise positioning of the important elements throughout the site — a place for everything and everything in its place. The website can be considered quite busy with lots of elements to consider, but as long as the design is kept clean, the website will work. Clean website design conveys elegance.

Web 2.0 has a strong focus on ‘clean’ and ‘minimalistic’ design and for good reason. Users want to have plenty of room to breathe and fully respond to a ‘less is more’ strategy. They don’t want to be overwhelmed with information, graphics, pops-up and an array of disoriented visuals. What they want is a simple, clear and well-designed page that gives them exact and important information and lets them know what they can do to learn more. Anything other than that is best replaced with a nice chunk of white pixels.

You can’t have a perfect homepage without good solid text. Your first objective should be to ensure that site visitors immediately understand what your site is about. But remember, you’ll be able to go into more detail on the other pages of your website, so there’s no need to write a novel. For example: writing a bio about yourself on your homepage is just repetitive when you have a separate page titled “Bio.” Getting carried away and writing overly descriptive paragraphs is a surefire way to make your users fall asleep.

“Designing consistently should be on the same track that is accuracy.” — Tweet this.

I love animated GIFS and fun effects just as much as the next guy. What I don’t like is running into a website that looks like the zombie apocalypse of animations. There’s no place to hide from them! When it comes to animations and effects (like text effects or image effects), moderation is the number one principle to keep in mind. Use them elegantly, and you have yourself a vibrant, dynamic website. Use them excessively, and you’re pretty much dooming your website to loneliness.

These simple, yet important elements set the tone for your homepage and will probably be the same throughout all of your site’s pages. With that said, don’t you want to make sure that you pick wisely?

Take at look at these inspirational sources for your next project

The Best Designs is a curation of the best of web design and their designers, featured for design excellence. This website receives more than 7 million pageviews each year from visitors all over the world to view the latest design trends, designers to hire or design inspiration. If you are looking for a talented web designer for your project, you can browse through the Web Designers. These freelance web designers and agencies have had at least one design featured here. Or if you want to create your own site, you can view our directory of some of the best WordPress Themes from our trusted theme partners.

Abduzeedo offers up stiff doses of design inspiration on the daily, so there’s always something new to see. And because the staff doesn’t limit itself to web design, you’ll find it helps you stretch your personal design paradigm into new dimensions. After all, there’s nothing to say your next website can’t be inspired by a print ad, right?

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