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Website Design. BTT1OC/2OC. What is web design?. A web site is a digital page consisting of HTML (hypertext markup language) files, images, movies, sound, and other media.

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Website Design


What is web design?

  • A web site is a digital page consisting of HTML (hypertext markup language) files, images, movies, sound, and other media.

  • The code in these HTML files are read by your internet browser and displayed in the format you see every time you go onto the internet.

  • As a designer, you create the websites that the world sees.

Web Design

  • As a web designer, you (or a team of you) are responsible for the code behind the page (what makes it work), the layout, the flow from page to page, and of course, the visual appearance.

  • A primary task of web design is to create a strong, consistent visual hierarchy in which important elements are emphasized and content is organized logically and predictably.

  • Graphic design is visual information management, using the tools of page layout, typography, and illustration to lead the reader's eye through the page.

What makes bad web design?

  • Student examples …

  • Fonts and backgrounds that don’t contrast

  • Really small or large fonts

  • Poor quality of images

  • Difficult to navigate


  • Too busy (either too much text or too many graphics)

  • Using animated graphics.

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Bad websites







What makes good web design?

  • Student examples …

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Dos and Don’ts of web design


Use contrast

Easy to navigate

High quality images

Engaging visually

Good content

Design for your audience

Use consistency

KISS – Keep it simple smartie!

Use typography that is hard to read

Colours that don’t contrast

Too many colours

Too many images or low quality images

Too busy / cluttered

Too much text



  • We will design in two ways:

    • Design using web tools, such as:’ll start here)

    • Design ourselves using Adobe CS4 (Dreamweaver).

Using Wix

  • Log on to:

  • View the demo:

  • Create an account

  • Choose a template and begin designing.

  • Design one of the following …

Practice websites

  • Create a website for restaurant that you make up (not an existing one).

  • Create a personal bio website.

  • Create a website on an environmental topic of your choice.

  • Create a website for a store (ie: sports store, clothing store, etc) that you make up.

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