Web layout - I got nothing
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:47 PM
I sure would appreciate some suggestions how to learn to put together different types of layouts in Dreamweaver. I prefer web 2.0 type layouts, nothing real fancy or artistic, just basic user friendly designs. Is it really this difficult or do I just have a mental block?
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:46 PM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:38 PM
-- Who is going to use this website? How old are they? Do they have any physical limitations that might influence the design (color/size of elements/etc.)
-- What are visitors to the site expecting? What information are they looking for?
-- What are the most important elements of the website? What message needs to be communicated?
-- Has the client (if you are working for a client) provided any guidelines regarding what sort of sites they like or dislike?
Whether you go to Photoshop first or dive straight into the code is up to you... but in my experience, I'm much more comfortable starting with Photoshop first, since it's easy to make significant positioning changes and to do detailed graphics work first in Photoshop. I have found that it usually works better for clients too, since if I started with the code and the client decided they weren't happy with the design, it could mean there would be a significant amount of time consuming recoding/redesign to do.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:09 PM
I'm not good enough at PS to just let it all flow out on the fly, I have to know exactly where I am going before I start.
Try brainstorming on paper - drawing roughed out sketches. look at other sites for inspiration. think about the end user.
A couple shots of tequila can really give the mind a jump start
But really, give a storyboard on paper a chance.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:11 PM
For me, Photoshop is the only way that I even have a shot. I've been thinking about finding a site that I like and just try to duplicate the design in Photoshop or maybe there are tutorials around that explain the intricacies of what was done behind the scenes in a basic design. I may need to toy around in some of the design tutorials for a while. Even if I have to follow a recipe step by step for awhile to accomplish SOMETHING.
Another option I've been looking around for are some templates to get me started that are real basic web 2.0 style that I then change around to my liking. Have not found any of those yet though that I like. I learned html, css, and php by tearing apart someone else's code. I've been thinking this may be the ticket for me in Photoshop but I'm not sure yet.
Thanks for the feedback!
Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:28 PM
Use the tequila as a reward