Category: Newbie Design Mistakes

The best colors for a website’s content

July 30th, 2009

eyeNothing can influence your website’s visitors more than its colors. Colors create the mood and set the matching tone for your content. The right colors in the right places can excite, inspire, and encourage your visitors to dig deeper into your website. On the flip side, the wrong colors in the important places can destroy all of the hard work you put into the graphic elements of your website design.

Many beginners to website design ask “What are the best colors for a website design?” Well, before you can even decide a total color pallet for your website, you need to know what are the best colors for your website’s content.

After reading this post, you’ll know.

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Learning from “Your Logo Makes Me Barf”

July 9th, 2009

logosIt’s pretty much common knowledge that if you want to become better at design then you should spend time studying the works made by professionals. But in addition to that, studying the truly amazing, jaw-dropping and head-scratching design flops can offer just as much insight (as well as possibly boosting your own ego: “My designs aren’t THAT bad!”)

The blog Your Logo Makes Me Barf is a wonderful place to gander at some of the world’s worst logo designs. I came across this the other day and decided to pull some valuable design lessons out of the garbage heap of logos.

Let’s begin today’s “what not to do” lesson:

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In Photoshop, go from big to small

July 8th, 2009

Small to bigPhotoshop is, without question, one of the most powerful applications in the world of graphic design. And yet, this behemoth of image manipulation can’t perform miracles. One of those magical feats of digital wonder that is out of Photoshop’s reach is accurately increasing the size of an image.

What does that mean?

Take an image. Any image. And ask Photoshop to increase the image’s size by say, 200%. This is what you’ll get:

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Cleaning up an all-centered website

June 14th, 2009

One of the most annoying kind of design flaw is the “all-centered” website layout. You may have seen this before: everything runs centered down the page, no clear distinction between sections, and, in some cases, text in all caps.

Yuck!

In this post, I’ll talk you through the steps to clean up this weak design. To begin, first view the “what not to do” example. (Note: this example uses the Lorem Ipsum text – so don’t try to read it.) Here’s the image:

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Now let’s clean this mess up!
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