Web design is, according to the media, a relatively young discipline. As a combination of classic graphic design and other areas such as interaction design or motion design characterizes it today, the appearance of the Internet.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the use of the Web of people began more and more to integrate into the life. The technology changed. There were significant changes in the way people used the Web, accesses to this and how pages were designed.
This modern browser-era brings new open source browser on the market, which means that they tend to faster development cycles and more standards support than ever before.
The visual perception of websites on the internet is in principle dependent on the general laws of visual communication. The process of receiving information by the user is significantly influenced by the graphic design of the site.
In addition to the professional transport of information and corporate identity is what designing websites for usability. The content provided should be as accessible to many people in terms of accessibility. This includes the support of various Web browsers and z. B. mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.), providing alternatives to media content and support for users with special input methods. The practical implementation of these principles can often make higher technical and design effort required.
An important aspect of web design is a correct markup and knowledge in web typography. Due to the currently still much lower resolutions screens compared to print media are often special, used to display on the screen-optimized fonts.
Tendencies and trends
In web design there are always trends to specific technologies to watch, or even trends that are followed by the reinforced web designers. It found both proprietary and open-source and free technologies convinced supporters. In recent years, however, be reinforced again open source and free technologies, which are both supervised and approved by the W3C and the WHATWG, pursued and implemented enhanced.
Trends, however, are found not only in the technologies used, also in the field of fashion, such as websites and look the matching logos, clear preference can be discerned. Here, the popular art word Web 2.0 plays an important role to date.
In addition, trends in web design and dimensions to the available devices and bandwidth. So the design basis for implementation are already created as a responsive web design to the ever-increasing number of users with mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones, which cover just like the classic users who visit a web page via a PC or notebook to the design process.
A distinction is made in the development of websites generally between content and form. Texts, images and other content will be awarded using the markup language HTML. The graphic design is defined in the form of a stylesheet.
It is possible to combine client and server side technologies such as PHP and Flash to use the advantages of both can. Client-side technologies are always a risk to be not supported by the terminal. So can’t be shut down required plugins available or technologies for safety reasons.