As we grow up and enter into a stage in our lives where we slightly get fascinated by the work some people do, we tend to imagine ourselves in those people’s shoes. Their professional lifestyle, their behavior, the way they dress, the way they interact with others etc. Basically, everything they do seems like what you’ve wanted all your life. But as they say, success comes after a lot of setbacks and learnings. However, those setbacks and learnings, to some extent can be shared and transformed to a new batch of learners so that the number of their setbacks and the duration of their learnings can be reduced.
At w3Stuffs whatever we talk, we talk about web design and development, so in this article, we will be sharing experiences from those setbacks and learnings from experts who’ve already been there and done that so that the new set of aspiring professionals will have to make less comparatively less effort to reach their goal.
So, let’s look into those things that might seem trivial but are very important and that should be strictly followed by a web designer.
As a web designer, you should not be doing these things.
1. Ignore the importance of a Wireframe
Don’t start off with codes in your code editor. You are better off with the good old technique of pen and paper. Sketch it out.
A wireframe is a rough layout of a webpage that outlines the placements and size of specific elements to be included in it. In a wireframe, all you should be doing is the visualization of how your website should look regardless of colors, fonts, logos or any other element for that matter.
A designer before being a designer should also play the role of an architecture of the website. That is all a wireframe demands from you. Starting off with a wireframe gives you a clear picture of the features required for the website. It plays the role of a mediator between you and your client while discussing the design and its requirement. It’s a time saver as the designs are more accurate, it also keeps the design team in harmony as the project progress. It basically guides the entire process.
2. Make visitors wait before content loads
Take your visitors as someone you’ve asked for appointments to come to your website. For their time on your website, they expect a return out of it and every penny. Making them wait for your content to load is an offense. No matter how beautiful your website looks or how interesting your content is, if it takes time to load, they don’t count at all.
3. Open internal links in a new tab
There is no point in opening the internal links in a new tab. Users do use the back button to get back to the previous page. As long as you want to link something from the same website, opening a link in a new tab is considered rude and pointless.
4. Make advertisements prominent than the real content
Advertisements do run the show financially but as long as the content quality and its viewership or readability are concerned, the ad banners and GIFs can overshadow the content that the viewers actually are there for. Moreover, people have become very aware of the advertisements and tend to ignore it even if it’s actually the content. Banner Blindness is what it’s called when people ignore anything or everything that looks like an advertisement.
5. Scroll Hijack
In the name of designing everything, some designers do change the design and color of the scrollbars. That’s fine until you really change the way the scrollbar actually should work and behave. That could be animating the scroll bar or having a fixed point to scroll etc. Scrolling content should be considered a right to the users and they should be allowed to practice it.
You think fooling around with the visitors right is a creative redesign? That’s an offense too.
6. Autoplay video with or without sound
Running your website features without the visitor’s consent is not the freebie they’d be interested in. It’s rather annoying. Music playing in the background irritates users and make them bounce away from your website. Playing video without sound is also offensive because doing so would be a forceful act.
7. Making website less functional for the sake of beauty
An amazing background image in the slider is only good unless the image is not hindering the site’s readability. Be smart enough on choosing the right color and theme for the website.
8. Use blinking Text Ads
Blinking ads are considered the most distracting and annoying form of advertisement is modern days. Also, it might trigger seizures in some viewer which is considered a medical disorder. It’s visually unappealing as well.
9. Use Fancy Fonts
Fancy is not beautiful, simple is. Use of simple and clear fonts makes your website and content standout from the rest. The simpler and clearer the font is the more effortless is the act of reading.
Optimizing typography is optimizing readability, accessibility and usability.
To read more about the importance of typography in web design, follow the link: WEB DESIGN IS 95% TYPOGRAPHY
10. Don’t force registration until necessary
This is another annoying act a website forces on its users. Sharing insights, information and knowledge will only have positive impacts on customers.
11. Email address is enough for registration
Asking too much information for registration is pointless. An email address and a contact number (if required) for verifying the registration should be enough. Make users do as less as possible. The registration process should be very quick for users to find it friendly.