Web Design: The Hits, the Misses, and the Weird -Part II
Learn from the Best: The Hits
If you are a graphic designer or web designer you know that it can be quite a challenge in coming up with the proper layout, features, and overall appearance of a website that will appeal to visitors.
In part two of Web Design: The Hits, the Misses, and the Weird we'll spotlight websites that inform the buying public about services and products through reviews.
As we'll find out, knowing your client's needs should be at the top of any web designer's list of things to do.
And now, our picks for the websites that hit the mark for information.
Camera Reviews: Photographyblog.com
Where do you go when you need honest, hard-hitting information and reviews on cameras and camera equipment? For many the answer is photographyblog.com
The site successfully breaks down camera review information in several important categories such as the camera's image quality (IQ), ease of use, sample camera images, and intro to the camera's unique features.
The site may not be fancy looking, but it does what it does very well; it provides concise test information for individuals seeking accurate camera performance stats.
Product Reviews: Amazon.com
Most people are familiar with this mega online shopping site. It provides the consumer an extraordinary selection of goods from books to an eight-carat heart-shaped diamond that costs $932,700.00--free shipping, of course!
But another reason why Amazon is so successful is due to its vast user community. The product reviews by Amazon customers provide important feedback to others about their experiences regarding the items they have purchased.
Business Reviews: Yelp.com
You can think of yelp.com as the virtual water cooler location where thousands of people give their thumbs up or thumbs down on businesses ranging from car repair shops to dentists and everything else in between.
Yelp operates on the principle that the local community has the best idea of what is good and what is not. Reviews written by this online community can be brutally honest when it comes to customer satisfaction. Some are quite funny and entertaining too.
Graphic Design Colleges and Web Design
Web design has taken an interesting turn in that some design software programs are able to generate simple webpages without the user having any formal training in programming or design.
Some web designers are self-taught and have amassed a great deal of information and programming techniques via the Internet and books.
Graphic design schools offer one of the best ways to receive important career training and education that is needed to compete in today's fast changing world of web design. Check with your local graphic design college to see what it has to offer in web design courses and classes.
Who knows, maybe you'll think up the next Facebook.
When we meet again we'll show examples of the "misses" in web design. Learning from the mistakes of others can sometimes be an education in itself.