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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Adding Color to Website

The Color Wheel

At the heart of every color related lies the color wheel. The color wheel illustrates the relationship between the primary colors – red, yellow and blue – and the secondary colors – green, orange and purple. When you mix two primary colors you get a secondary color. On the color wheel, each secondary color is placed between the two primary colors which are mixed to produce the secondary – for example, when you mix yellow and blue, you get green, therefore green is to be found between yellow and blue on the color wheel.

Colors which sit opposite each other on the color wheel are opposite or “complementary” colors. So, for example, green is a complement of red. Complementary colors balance each other – if you have too much red showing on a page, green can offset it. But red writing on green or green writing is a big no-no. Remember the old saying (even if you’ve never heard it before), “Red and green should never be seen, unless there’s a color in between.” Of course, if you have a cunning eye for design then such rules can be broken, but for the less visually adept, avoiding green and red combinations is a good thing.

Contrasting colors are similar to complementary colors. Black and white is the most obvious contrasting colors and makes the most legible combination of colors (even if, strictly speaking, black and white are not colors). However, other color combinations can work well – it just takes some experimenting to produce a good result. The color wheel can help – find the color you want, move directly opposite and then pick the color to the left or right of the directly opposing color for a good contrasting color.

Designing a color combination for a web page means getting the background color to work with the color of text, links and visited links. Achieving a good color balance of colors means working in good contrasting or complementary hues, while making sure the text is clear and easy to read. As a general rule of thumb, try to choose one color which links the pages of your website in one way and mark your different sections with contrasting colors.

Setting the Mood

Bear in mind that different colors evoke different feelings and moods. There are warm colors – red and oranges, for example – and colder colors – blues and greens. The mood of a color can change according to the value and saturation of the hue. Cold colors are not necessary unfriendly; they are often seen as peaceful, relaxing shades – for example, a cool, soft aqua can be reminiscent of a Caribbean sea.

Try to choose colors that reflect your subject matter. If you’re selling groovy retro lava lamps, for example, you wouldn’t choose to design a site in natural, earth brown and green hues. A human rights sight isn’t going to saturate its pages with bold, intense colors when it’s informing you of atrocities around the world. And it’s no accident that news sites ensure legibility by having black text on white.

Just as there’s a font to suit your needs, so there’s a color just right for your website. Get your hands dirty with a paint program and experiment with the color palette. Open up a new image that nearly fills your screen and fill it with color as you mix and match. It’s the modern day equivalent of wielding a paintbrush and playing with paint.

 

Tips to Design An Attractive And Useful Site

The debate between web design and content is a never ending one. While many feel that content is the main part of a website, others are of the view that it is the design which holds more importance. The answer is that both are needed for a successful website.

Good website design is important for getting visitors to read what you have to say, and the first impression of that design is the most important. Without a good design, many visitors to your site will not even look at the content, and if the content is lacking, visitors may never return.

Planning of a website design before starting up your web project is highly important. The target audience and scope of the website content should be taken into account before deciding on a website template.

For example, a site for business executives needs to show a professional look with an uncluttered, minimal, and attractive design. On the other hand, a site aimed at kids needs to be colorful, should have graphics, and maybe even music.

It is very important that you keep in mind what browser and which settings you are going to design your website for. You are going to want to decide how you are going to maintain cross browser compatibility in the early stages. Horizontal scrolling is probably something you will want to try and avoid as it makes it difficult to navigate the page and most people tend to find it annoying. Another thing to keep in mind is that you are going to want your design to remain consistent on each page of your site.

Web site design can benefit greatly from the use of color and graphics. It is especially important to give thought to the color scheme used on a web site, particular the background. A white background offers a more polished look and is best for professional sites as it lets you experiment with different color schemes. Search engines play an important role in web design, specifically search engine marketing and search engine submissions.

 

Make A Great Impression in Graphic Design

There are lots of jobs that are affiliated with graphic design as well. You can find lots of opportunities that deal with websites and search engine ranking. Getting a website noticed is very important to business owners. There is no way to sell goods and services if no one knows that your website exists. That is why business owners rely heavily on those who are skilled in search engine optimization.

Look online, if you want to find one of the best web design jobs. Graphic design and similar jobs are almost always posted online. Employers for these positions are looking for people that know a lot about computers and the Internet. They will expect you to be able to apply online.

By doing a fast search on Internet, you can find many different kinds of those jobs. There are many websites devoted to that kind of listings. You will usually able to examine the best position in a location near to where you live. Thousands of companies worldwide are searching for special workforce in order to fill creative requirements of their companies. Could you be that person?

Do not hesitate to apply if you think you can perform this job. You will usually be able to apply online, and the process is often very simple. Most companies accept resumes from applicants online instead of in person. By doing this, you can show off how web savvy you are and make a good impression.

It does not matter what part of graphic design you are in, the Internet is one of the best tools you can use. There are really no limits when it comes to graphic design. You are the one that decides how far your career will go.