5 commonly-made web design mistakes
By Matt Adams on April 21, 2009
Web design is not all technical. We work hard to make the html and css stuff work on our end and then hand it over to our clients to make the content work on their end. Many mistakes are made on the web, by forgetting simple art theory and how it plays a big role in how web sites look. People also forget about how other people will view their page, how they will navigate through and find the information they need.
Here’s my list of 5 commonly-made web design mistakes.
1. Too much information on one page
Often people want to cram too many things on one page, making it overwhelming to the reader. When people see too much text and not enough pictures, they skip it altogether. Keep your content down to a manageable size, if you have to scroll too much to read it all, it’s probably too much!
2. Not enough white space
White space is VERY important. This is the amount of breathing room a layout has, making objects and text more visible and friendly on the eyes. If text doesn’t have room to breathe, it won’t be readable and even photos are lost without enough room.
3. Bad use of colors
Typically we let the logo dictate colors for the site design. If colors aren’t set in stone, we pick a handful of complementary colors, some standout ones for headings and links and some secondary ones that work well for backgrounds and other elements. Too many colors or conflicting colors will cause your design to vibrate and your users won’t be able to read your text.
4. Unorganized layout
Many things could cause a design to be disorderly. Visual hierarchy plays a big role in this. Make the most important thing on the page prominent, and everything else secondary. You can’t have too many things competing for attention, otherwise your eye doesn’t know where to look and it finally gives up.
5. Too many fonts
Many people want to use a ton of fonts, in all different sizes and colors! This is really fun, but it causes a lot of inconsistency. All similar headings should use one consistent font, color and size. People will appreciate the consistency and be able to understand your information with less effort.