Principles of web design
The modernists believed that architecture
encompassed all the forms of design; exterior
and interior design, object design, textiles
and flat artworks.
Websites are similar; they can contain every
other kind of art and design.
A good website is like a building, a tool and
- Like a building, all its elements
must be arranged in a cohesive architecture,
- Like a tool, it requires interface
design to facilitate its use,
- Like a book, it requires information
design; graphics & layout.
We'll go over these areas - architecture,
interface and graphics. Each reflects the
other, and all reflect the purpose and users
of the site.
It's also important to understand the nature
of the medium itself. The web has its own
constraints; when you know what they are,
and how to work with them, they can be strengths
rather than limitations. This is where we'll
The Nature of the