Web Design Principles
Library Journal published an article entitled, “Web Design Matters: Ten Essentials for Any Library Site.” Here are the basic suggestions which are common web page design principles:
1. Promote – Use the home page to promote collections & events. Place the info near the top of the page where the path of the eye naturally follows, and refresh the content regularly.
2. Segmentation – Present content differently for major patron groups.
3. Visual Cues – Use icons to break up text, especially text-heavy pages.
4. Inspiring Photos – Use images to reduce text (words).
5. Search Boxes – Use search boxes to empower the user & add dynamics to pages.
6. Mobile-Friendly Pages – Design with mobile devices in mind too.
7. Feedback – Provide a suggestion box to solicit ideas & concerns, and way to communicate with patrons.
8. Redundancy – Instead of funneling patrons through a “proper” path, include many routes for patrons to access the same info & services.
9. Analytics – Analyze the problems of a web page with analytical tools (e.g. Google Analytics).
10. An Easy Way To Ask for Help – Include many ways to ask of help including instant messaging.
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