6 Tips For Good Web Design

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We found a very interesting resource developed by usability guru Jakob Nielson which gives some points about good design. Here’s a condensed summary:

  1. People cannot use information they are unable to find: try to situate material in the most obvious place – try to think how users will navigate through your material.
  2. Do not have small bits of information scattered around the site with little or no connection between them: try to consolidate information or connect related items via hyperlinks.
  3. Try to link directly to related items: people like to be able to access related material with the minimum number of clicks.
  4. Always present a route back to where the user started: unfamiliar users find it easy to get lost – the best way to achieve this in WebLearn is to use the Lessons Tool which has its own breadcrumb navigation
  5. Do not overwhelm users with too much information: less is sometimes more (!) – there are links at the bottom of this post to a couple of posts outlining good techniques to employ when “Writing for the Web”.
  6. Try not to hide links: do not change the text or background colour of hyperlinks; the fancier the design around a link, the more likely a user is to miss it.


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