Archive for the ‘design’ Category

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so…websites

November 16, 2009

 

how website design works

how website design works

We’re currently working on editing some css coding for a website, and in the future we’ll be creating the code. So while theres a lot to learn about xhtml, css, php, etc etc we as designers are focusing on the visual and graphic elements. And using those to create an identity for ourselves and our blog/website.

So what’s important when it comes to visual design in an online format?

Well one thing is impact. What does a person see the moment our webpage loads? How do they react on seeing our blog or homepage? Those are things that we must consider when creating and designing a webpage. If someone is flipping through blogs, we want them to see something on our page that will keep them there.

Your page has to be attractive. People react to appearance, so our designs have to be interesting and appealing. You can go for a classical feel. The tried, tested and true approach to web design that can be seen throughout web pages that use a well organized and standard approach. Or you can try something off-the-wall, using mood/image/colour/etc that conveys creativity and visual richness. That approach creates more of a mental response than the standard web design.

So how does your website measure up?

Does it grab the eye and make the user scan the page, or is the design a bit more classic? You can make either approach work for your page, depending largely on what kind of response you want to illicit.

click here for more on visual identity for your website

click here for some help on understanding web design

 

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new designs for the future

October 1, 2009
Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

As I was skimming through random blogs, one particular post caught my attention. I thought I’d give the contents of that post another look from a design standpoint. The thing that caught my eye was a boat lift. A one of a kind, rotating boat lift that is. It is located in Falkirk, Scotland and is used to connect the Forth and Clyde canal with the Union canal. Originally there was a 35m vertical difference between the two and it took 11 separate locks to connect the two locations. However with this new technology, boats can be transferred safely and easily. The system is based on Archimede’s principle of displacement.  The boat along with some of the water it floats in, is lifted on one side, while the other side takes in the same weight in water. That way there is no fear of tipping over or breaking.

The design of the boat lift is elegant yet remains functional. It is very sleek yet simple. The lift includes a futuristic-looking set of aqueducts that lead out onto the water and connect with the lift itself. The structure is clean, white, shiny and elegant looking, utilising then newest of technologies. It is currently the only rotating boat lift in the world and a huge step for related technologies. The lift uses wheels to turn the wheel and lift each side. There are also sets of interlocking cogs (for backup) if the wheels were ever to stick or slide due to friction. Tours are available, you just have to go to Scotland to see this clever piece of technology and design. Or you can browse the websites. Go check it out!

http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/

http://www.falkirk-wheel.com/



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Introduction

September 10, 2009
Designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright

Designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright

What is design? What tells us what good design is? There’s so many things out there, in terms of media, clothing, graphics etc that appeals to a wide variety of people. I wanted to start out by asking about something that connects most people. Clothing. How do you choose what you want to wear? Do you follow the trends? Pick and choose? Or perhaps you choose what you like, regardless of current trends or fashion. The same applies to anything else, including design. What appeals to you most in design?

Take this picture for example. Most agree that this design and creation by Frank Lloyd Wright is a fantastic example of great design. But what really makes up good design. There are a few points I’d like to write about here. One thing I like to see in design is simplicity. This doesn’t mean boring, but reductive and basic. I also prefer clean lines, though I can appreciate design that is ‘gritty’ and/or emotional.

One definition of design is this. The purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details. But design has a lot more to it than that. Some argue that design without function cannot be called good design. It’s a good design if it looks good while improving on previous models. Chairs are a prime example of a household item that has undergone probably hundreds of revisions and changes. One website (listed below) lists design as being sustainable, accessible, functional, well-made, emotionally resonant, enduring, socially beneficial, beautiful, ergonomic and last of all, affordable. That’s a pretty tall order for a designer.

So what is your definition of design?

For a quick article on what good design is check out:

http://www.nytimes.com

For a few articles and essays on good design check out:

http://www.metropolismag.com