Designing with web standards is a great way to keep your code clean and search engine friendly. Why design a site with a 1000 lines of code when it can be done in 100 lines of code.
Developing With Web Standards This document explains how and why using web standards will let you build websites in a way that saves time and money for the developer and provides a better experience for the visitor. Also discussed are other methods, guidelines and best practices that will help produce high-quality websites that are accessible to as many as possible.
Blogs are a great resource for up-to-date information on design and usability. Here is a list you may want to subscribe to or read on a regular basis. Signal vs. Noise Blog – A design and usability blog by 37signals. A List Apart – A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. mezzoblue – A semi-daily expository and exploratory on all things web, design, and typographic. It is also a personal portfolio site with works in any creative discipline the owner feels fit to publicize.
Color is an important factor in design. Color can separate your site from your competition and it can also convey a specific message to your visitors. If you provide a personalized service you may want to choose colors that are soft and personal or if you want a corporate look and feel you may want to pick hard colors. Here are several resources that I use to help me make color decisions. Color Schemer – Online color scheme generator. Color Meaning – An article that explains the symbolism and meaning of different color types. The Meaning of Color in Web Design – How colors influence audiences when marketing products through the Internet. Color Matters – Explore how color affects emotions, appetite, vision, sexuality, design, and art.
There are many different types of fonts and they can greatly affect how readable your site is, so choose wisely. 1001 Free Fonts – A large selection of true type fonts for Windows and Macintosh. The Anatomy of Web Fonts Typetester – Typetester is an online application for comparison of the fonts for the screen. Its’ primary role is to make web designer’s life easier.