First and foremost, a disclaimer: I have no formal design training or education. In fact, I studied Pyschology in college! All of my talent comes from years of practice and a lot of time spent drawing as a kid.
That being said, I’ve been designing and developing websites since 1999 and have a few tips to share that you might find useful. Then again, you might not …I am “uneducated” after all ;)
- When looking for inspiration for your work, don’t get lost online… take a step back and look at things like magazines, product packaging, posters, etc.
- Don’t be afraid of color. But always respect it’s ability to help or harm a design.
- If you’ve spent 10 hours on a design and are happy with the results… spend another 4 hours on it. The “little things” is what makes the difference between good work and great work.
- Don’t be afraid of type. But always respect it’s ability to help or harm a design.
- If the site you’re designing has database-driven features, please PLEASE do your best to understand how those function; because it will affect your work.