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I believe that good design starts with great planning. Getting your ideas down on paper or on a whiteboard can help you iterate through a design, refining it and adding detail as you go along. Drawing on a whiteboard can also make the design process collaborative and allow other team members to give input. It’s also easy to erase pencil from paper or marker from a whiteboard and make quick changes, and once you have something concrete to work with, snap a photo with your mobile phone and get to work on screen.

10) Use Pinterest to create mood boards When you’re putting together inspiration and ideas for a new website, or you’re redesigning part of your website, you need a way to collect your inspiration in one place for future reference. Did you know that you can use Pinterest to create a mood board of your favorite images, colors, layouts, patterns, sample websites and concept material? Another great advantage of using Pinterest is that other designers create and share mood boards too, and they’ve already curated a ton of resources that you can use.

11) Increase your font size Typography is incredibly important in web design. Text is hard enough to read on a computer screen, so you have to make the important things stand out. One way to do this is to increase your font sizes, especially for headings and important blocks of text. Consider increasing the size of your normal font, too.

12) Use white space It may be hard to believe that using whitespace is a hack, but I evaluate websites every day that could use more whitespace. Not every blank area of the screen needs to be filled. Even though whitespace and simplicity are in style right now, too many companies try to cram everything into a small space, or worse yet, “above the fold.” Give your design room to breathe, and your website visitors will be able to find things easier.

13) Use the squint test Want a quick way to learn what’s most prominent on your website? Back away from your computer screen and squint. Most everything will become blurry, and only the larger, colorful, more prominent features will be noticeable. It’s said that this technique helps a designer understand what a first-time visitor may notice when he scans your website. Will the visitor notice what’s most important?

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I was the design manager for a large company website for nearly six years, and during that time, I found myself losing perspective of what o...

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I was the design manager for a large company website for nearly six years, and during that time, I found myself losing perspective of what o...

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