So the basics for designing for the web is a lot different than designing for print. With print you have usually specified guidelines where it’s like okay I’m going to design for 8 x 11 piece of paper, and it’s going to be a poster, whereas for the web it’s a little bit different dimensions and so many different devices that are accessing the website. So, a lot of the times, going from small laptop or even a netbook can be like let’s say 800 x 600 in dimensions, whereas if you’re accessing a website off of like a 27-inch iMac, it’s going to look different as well.
A lot of people forget to take note of that, and the best thing to do to design for the web is to ask your clients who is their target audience, what do they usually access the website for, and we can usually find this out through google analytics, or any kind of tracking program that the company has, which is something you always want to ask.
In knowing that you’ll be able to determine how wide the website needs to be, or how big it needs to be, or how easily accessible it needs to be. Accessible even in terms for those that are handicapped, or maybe using a screen reader, so there’s a lot of different factors that you have to take note of before just designing, and you’ll notice too which websites actually took that into consideration, and which ones didn’t.
For example, accessing a website on your iPhone when it’s entirely built in flash, you can’t access it. Those are some of the things that you have to realize today. What has to be done or what has to be designed for the right device.