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The Key Elements of Effective Web Design: Designing With a Purpose

by | Feb 4, 2019 | 0 comments

The online space is ever expanding with more businesses, content creators, and new technology. To create a bond or persuade someone to take action halfway across the world and to tell your story, you have one website. How can you best design your site so that the user has an amazing experience? What are the key elements of effective web design?

A badly designed web page can be very off-putting, and you might lose a potential customer or lead even if you had a great story or a product. Let us look at some key elements to keep in mind while creating an effective website that serves your purpose:

 

1. Simplicity: Less is more

 

Putting too many elements that serve no purpose will only distract the visitors. A simple and clean design makes it easy for the user to navigate across pages and find what they are looking for within three clicks. Leave enough white space and do not clutter the pages. Keep it simple and easy to use, stripping down anything that is not needed.

 

2. Aesthetics: Images, color, and typography

 

The website has to be visually appealing. Use images and infographics to complement the words. Color is known to evoke emotions. While warm tones like pink and yellow make you feel energized, cool tones like blue and green have a more calming effect. Don’t overuse your colors. Choose a font and font size that is easy to read; for example, a sans-serif font.

 

3. Consistency is key

 

Make sure the branding is consistent across the size. The font and style used in headlines, body, and subheadings should be consistent. The color combinations and design across various elements like buttons, the logo, and forms should be the same across pages so that the branding is reinforced.

 

4. Optimized for mobile

 

With mobile use on the rise, your website should be designed to work well irrespective of the device. It should support all screen sizes. If it works well only on desktop, you will lose all the visitors using mobile to your competitors.

 

5. Fast loading time

 

With everyone always on the go, users expect fast response times while navigating across pages. Make sure to optimize the images and media on the page so that they do not take forever to load. Compress your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files to enhance the loading speed.

Remember that the site is for the end user and design it to make it as easy to use as possible. With these key elements in mind, go create a simple and clean user-friendly design for your website.

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