Web design is an area I am familiar with. However, it’s the fine detail of web design that makes a website special, and the less obvious details are often the most crucial.
Officially I am a web developer, here in the fine city of Bristol, so an appreciation of web design is part of my job. I also design sites occasionally and make creative calls on others’ designs.
Even so, there is nothing more annoying for a web designer than for a web developer to build a site and ignore some of their design aspects due to tunnel vision whilst building the site.
I am definitely guilty of this and therefore one of my aims for 2021 is to undertake some training in the world of web design. I am going to be kinder to my fellow designers!
I will be looking to undertake some training, follow some tutorials and also read up on the subject more regularly.
I will undertake my training and inspiration from a number of sources:
– Creative Bloq – These guys have a good blog detailing all the relevant trends for this year and also a huge amount of useful information.
– Web Designer Depot – Having briefly looked at this site before it has been something I have wanted to explore for a while.
– CodeCademy – I used CodeCademy to learn to code so it makes sense to use some of their tutorials to widen my knowledge of web design.
Another impact of a website’s design is its impact on search engines. SEO expert Neil Patel states the following:
Good design solves problems, achieves results, and communicates a message effectively.
A good design is one thing, but if you can marry up SEO and a good user experience, then more people will view your site, giving you more business.
In addition to this I will continue my study of sustainable web design which I speak about in this post.
I am not trying to become a bona fide web designer, however a deeper understanding of the basics of web design are essential for my continuing development.
As the web expands and the world begins, reluctantly, to act on climate change I feel this subject is of ever more increasing importance.
I am a Bristol-based freelance WordPress web developer, making modern, sustainable websites. In fact, I’m Bristol’s first carbon-neutral web developer.