4 key principles of web designby Alex Bigman3 years ago7 min readBuild a businessGrow an agencyLearn designDesign basicsWeb & digital designIf you’ve ever researched web designprinciples, you’re probably more than familiar with the following attitude: “Web design is just so easy these days. With lightning-fast internet speed and sophisticated browsers, designers hardly have to deal with any of the restrictions that shaped the early days of the web. A website is, more than ever, a designer’s canvas.”
This may be true enough from the perspective of someone already comfortable with the basics, but if phrases like “CSS responsive grid system” and “Google Web Fonts” are alien to you, then jumping into the supposedly “oh-so-easy” world of web design may still seem a daunting proposition.In recognition of this, we put together a trulybasic set of web design basics with the beginner in mind. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to review the fundamentals, even if you consider yourself a wiz.1. Grid systems_Manuscript via Graphics.com; New York Times grid overlay via Design O’Blog
Since the invention of the codex in the 1st century, thegridhas determined how we read. Thousands of variations, involving different arrangements of rows and columns, have emerged over time.Think of the way text and images are arranged in books, newspapers and magazines. These are the systems that were more or less directly carried over onto the web, and they work. Word to the wise: many a designer has attempted to avoid the grid in the name of “creativity”; many such websites go unread.