Developing your Design Process

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Technologies that rule web designing world are getting updated faster. Designing tools are getting replaced one after the other in no time.

Beginners in web designing always make a sudden choice of tools like Dreamweaver/Photoshop or Flash and start working straight away, before thinking seriously about the actual need.  Here are some guidelines for beginners as well as those who have a handful of designs under their belt. 

A.Set your objectives for the site -
What’s the aim of your site? What’s that you are targeting on?

Make a proper array of your thoughts before starting the process of design.
A website should have a definite purpose as well as one or two related objectives

B.Sort-out the contents of your site
Sorting out the structure and contents of your site will avoid later confusions. A messy site, where the owner itself is uncertain, won’t serve the purpose.  Hence it’s extremely important to have a well-set structure; but keep it flexible so that you can add new content without too much difficult.

C.Wireframe Pages – This is skeletal outline of your site, to see what will work out and what won’t, during the making of the site; a diagram that shows the basic elements in an interface. You can get a comprehensive idea about the navigation of information on the web page, along with a broad idea of the usability, information architecture, lay-out and site content.  This is a useful reference to arrange each page.

Designers can add, re-use and manage interface in their wireframes, using a wireframe module. Several applications like iPlotz (http://iplotz.com/ ) and OmniGraffle (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/OmniGraffle/ ) have been designed especially for wire framing. You can also use drawing or layout programs such as Illustrator and Visio. Many web designers find it easier to draw wireframes on sheets of paper, whereas many others find wireframe applications highly useful. You need to be methodical at this stage as this is the stage where you can make the maximum use of your creativity.

D. Ready to start– You are ready to start building your design, based on stages A, B and C. Start developing the design, based on the outline that you have prepared from wireframe applications.

E.Testing - A vital part of creating a design, this helps to test the usability and accessibility, along with the checking of all the links and images in your website. 

Here is a nutshell of the process of creating a good web design. This just a rough outline; a deeper study in to the design process can give you matchless designs.

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