Archive for February 2009

Three Web Design Elements to Avoid

February 28, 2009

There are many components of good web design which include accessibility design, interface or layout design, user experience design and graphic design. As webmaster you want your visitors to have the best experience possible when they are on your site.

If you have the best product or service and if your site is poorly designed it will drive your visitors away. The following three elements are annoying to me and I’m sure alot of other web surfers out there are just as annoyed with them as I am. So here we go.

1. Background music – Not advisible unless you are promoting a band or other music related items. Don’t loop the music. It gets anoying after awhile. If you must have music at least have the option to mute or turn it off. Also, users on dial up will not appreciate the longer download time to view your site.

2. Extreme large or small text – Keep your viewer in mind when choosing the size of text. If you have mostly older viewers then by all means use a larger text. 14 or 16 point text should do in this case. And don’t go smaller than 10 point. 12 point is standard in most cases. Visitors want to view your content with out straining their eyes.

3. Pop-up windows – Pop-ups are annoying. Yes, I know alot of you use them to get the viewers attention. And you have success with them. But for the most part they get in the way of reading the important content on your site. At least I hope you don’t have important information in your pop-ups. It may not get seen.

Keep these three tips in mind when you design your website. Or if you already have a site compare these tips with your site. Take heed, and you will have a more effective site.

Till next time,

Joann

Tools For Digital Editing

February 6, 2009

The following article covers some of the tools used to edit digital photos. If you’ve been thinking you need to know more about them, here’s your opportunity.

While the use of digital cameras has made it easier for photographers to quickly check whether or not they like the shot they’ve taken, there are still usually flaws that need to be touched up or a crop that will make the image more dramatic. Because of this, they need to use image editors to produce their desired results.

While image editors that are built-in to the computer’s OS (take Microsoft Paint, for example) can do very basic editing, power users such as professionals and web designers need more powerful programs.

There are a number of good image editors out there that are popular among photographers and web designers alike. For one there’s Adobe Photoshop.

Ever since it was released in 1990, its use has become an industry standard in the image editing industry. Then there’s Corel PHOTO-PAINT of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.  This program specifically targets photographers who wish to edit their images using the computer.

You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about photo editing software. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.

Another photo editing software is GIMP which stands for GNU Image Manipulation. The good thing about this photo editor is that you can use it in a variety of operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. For those who are used to the Photoshop interface, there’s the GIMPshop developed by Scott Moschella.

Google has also developed Picasa which is a basic photo editing and organizing software which can be useful to photographers who only need to crop, fix red eye, and adjust the hues on their photos.

It never hurts to be well-informed with the latest on photo editing software. Compare what you’ve learned here to future articles so that you can stay alert to changes in the area of photo editing software.