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Successful Web Design: It's Like Music

beethoven-composite-3Sometimes Less Is More
The great composer, Beethoven, is often noted for his rich orchestral compositions. But as gifted and talented as Beethoven was, he understood while every musical instrument was available for use, he didn't have to write parts for all of them all of the time; he also wrote relatively simple piano solos and pieces for smaller ensembles.

computer-enter-keyComposing Music and Composing Websites
A parallel can be drawn for web designing--you may have at your disposal flash animations, frames, multiple links, bright graphics, hundreds of fonts and background images, but that doesn't mean you have to use all of them while "composing" your website. Web design is more than the whole of its parts; successful web design means understanding what is appropriate and fitting for any particular project.

Functionality, Appeal, Simplicity, Texture (F.A.S.T)

Have you visited websites that were difficult or extremely hard to navigate? Most likely, you left that site in under a minute. To design an effective website, it must function properly, be simple enough for anyone to navigate, have aesthetic appeal for visitors, and offer interesting textures in the form of color palettes, fonts, graphics, and images.

Match the Mood of the Website With the Content
As a web designer, you are an artist commissioned to produce a piece that your client is happy with. If your client runs a business, take into account what sort of business it is. If it is a children's clothes outlet, design the site accordingly. Be sensitive to what the website should represent. You and your client are likely to be much happier.


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Web Design and Development (BS)

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Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail University offers online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Full Sail's approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem solving.
  • Full Sail uses the experience and knowledge gained from more than three decades of educational innovation to create an unparalleled online education experience that challenges and inspires our students.
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Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design (Online)
  • Located in Hollywood, CA, offering degrees in film, music production, business, animation and more.
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  • Programs taught by award-winning industry professionals in real-world working environments.
  • Features industry-standard facilities including recording studios, soundstages, green screen, movie theatres and more.
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Visual Design

Mt Sierra College was founded in 1990. For more than 25 years, the College has been known for its focus on effective use of technology, which has always been at the core of its educational mission. Mt Sierra College laid the foundation for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in 1994 and earned its accreditation in 1996. Leading edge programs in Media Arts, Network Communications and Information Technology prepare students for life-long careers. They acquire the cutting edge knowledge and skills that today’s industry demands, while learning in a caring and supportive environment.

 

M.S. in Data Science
  • The DataScience@SMU is an online program designed for working professionals and can be completed in as little as 18 months.
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  • Students attend an in-person immersion at the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.
  • The curriculum is truly interdisciplinary, bringing together subjects that data scientists use in the field every day.
  • Coursework is pulled from three SMU schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts.
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