9 Web Design Myths You Should Know Of

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Tuesday, Apr 12
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MYTH 1: Design is about making a website look good.

Well, not a complete myth because having a good design does help makes a website look good, but that is not all there is to it. For a website to look good, it first has to work well. Design and function go hand-in-hand and a “good website” cannot do without one or the other. UX Myths stated it concisely that “design is about both form and function” because it is, ultimately, about visual communication and problem solving—so it definitely has to be more than just a pretty vase.

MYTH 2: You don’t need the content to design a website.

I cannot recall the number of times I’ve heard a client tell us “I don’t know what I want to put onto my website.” That just gives everyone a massive headache because the content is the most important element of any website; it is the essence that fills up the empty layouts on the wireframes, and it is what gives a website purpose and meaning. Working without content not only makes the design output unrealistic, it also “creates the illusion that content is secondary”—and that’s not good for anybody.

MYTH 3: Aesthetics are not important if you have good usability.

Not true. While the overused quote of “looks aren’t everything” rings true here, beautiful aesthetics are still something. Human nature dictates that our instinctive impulse to be drawn to the attractive is strong—so having an aesthetically pleasant website can help evoke positive feelings about your branding. Combined with good usability, a good-looking website often trumps those that has only one-half of the equation right.

MYTH 4: People read on the web.

I can corroborate to the contrary of that belief—people don’t read all that much when surfing the web. According to UX Myths, “People only read word-by-word on the web when they are really interested in the content.” The behaviour of the internet consumers are such that they can get their hands on the information they need—in the quickest and most efficient manner. Placing large chunk of irrelevant content on the website only serves to complicate the users’ ability to sift out information. Remember, brief and concise content is the way to go for all websites.

MYTH 5: White space is wasted space.

UX Myths referred to white space as “the empty space between and around elements of a design or page layout,” but they are by no means considered wasted space. Creating white spaces strategically can help give a design the breathing space it needs; having a fully occupied canvas only makes the design feels suffocating—and that decreases user readability drastically. White space, or “negative space” is never wasted—it is an essential element for any kind of design.

MYTH 6: You have to like your own website.

Nope, you really don’t. Remember that your website is meant for your target audience, not you. So while you could surely have a splendid website you are extremely pleased with that attracts little to none users, or you could have a decent website that brings in so much traffic flow that you learn to fall in love with it.

MYTH 7: I’ll just copy my competitor’s website.

Doing market research on your fellow competitors in the field is always a good way to kick start your own website. That said, nobody should do a carbon copy of someone else’s work; your own website should be unique to your target audience and demography; something that works for other companies might not necessarily work for you, as cool as it may be. Instead, learn from your competitors—look out for WHAT they’re doing right (or wrong), figure out WHY it is such, and you’ll eventually learn HOW to replicate (or avoid) their success (or failures).

MYTH 8: Web design is easy to do.

Sure, when you have the knowledge and necessary skills set, doing anything could be “easy.” But web design is not as straightforward as most might assume. When you look at a well designed website with cool and dynamic UX, you’re looking at the coming-together of purposefully crafted visual elements and the complicated backend coding to hold it up—sometimes just a little nugget could take long and arduous hours to do!

MYTH 9: Wed design shouldn’t cost so much.

But why? As I’ve mentioned, web design is not as easy as most assumes it to be. Creating a website design from scratch takes tons of research, creativity, logical thinking, and time, yet the amount of work put into crafting an immaculate website is often lost on the client. And while that might be understandable, there’s still no good reason to devalue web design from what it’s truly worth.

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