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.

Click here to read more and view examples of each principle.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 15, 2009, in Web Design and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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