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Rollovers Other Graphics Ideas
Fit text to paths.
Use text as a mask on other images.
Punch out shapes from other graphics.
Use texturing on lines.
Group similar elements.
Use vibrant colors & contrasts.
Combine B&W elements with bright solid
color for a stunning effect.
Combine text with images.
Combine Other Design Reminders
Other The Navigational Interface
The navigational interface should fit the
metaphor you decided upon.
The navigational interface should be almost
transparent, and should not obstruct the
information the user is trying to reach.
The interface should always indicate the current
location of the user, and should provide methods
of retracing their steps.
The interface links should be descriptive if they
have a text component, and any icons used
should reflect the destination page content.
should The Role of The Homepage
Establishes the purpose and message of
Reveals the main navigational categories.
Sets the tone and style for the rest of the
Initiates the metaphor.
NOTE: avoid unnecessary splash pages –
they often add absolutely nothing to the
site. Communicate with clarity. If you are
ambiguous you will lose your audience.
Use a common syntax and clear
imagery and symbols that your audience
will be familiar with.
Maintain design and content consistency.
Take advantage of contrast.
Strive to make your design uncluttered.
Remember the Web is a dynamic
communication medium with many
possibilities for information
Use the visitor’s senses to draw them in.
senses Other Project Tips
Schedule weekly 2-hour group meetings
to discuss the project progress, design,
pending tasks, project roles, technical
issues. Come with questions and ideas for
Use prototyping to evaluate multiple
possible designs, and get feedback from
the whole team.
If you are coding parts of your project,
use Concurrent Versioning System (CVS)
to solve version issues within your
development team, and to streamline
backups and module checkouts.
backups Extra Help
See the course website for
references & books.
See either Prof. Barrett or myself for
project design advice.
Visit IS for help with setting up
servers on mit.edu
servers Thinking Critically About Websites &
(class discussion of sites)...
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- Fall '03