10 things a web designer would never tell you

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A tongue in cheek presentation about bad practice in web design.

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  • 1. 10 things your web designer does not want you to know Paul Boag (boagworld.com)
  • 2. X boagworld.com/websiteownersmanual/
  • 3. The customer is always right
  • 4. take back control
  • 5. 10 ways
  • 6. 1. Request Speculative Design
  • 7. no excuse never pay never too busy unconstrained
  • 8. 2. Dont worry about users
  • 9. obsessed tell users the big squeeze
  • 10. 3. Use instinct, not testing
  • 11. testing - why? to make money you know already hours vs. years expensive home based
  • 12. 4. form a committee
  • 13. other opinions not the designers form a committee design on fly compromise a tolerable design
  • 14. 5. be obsessed with detail
  • 15. devil in the detail designer too arty micro manage pixel pushers
  • 16. 6. enforce style guides
  • 17. designers ignore print vs web (BS) ego is the reality a firm hand colour - pantones fonts - use flash logos
  • 18. 7. use all of the homepage
  • 19. most important users stop here users do not click maximise content lost in the crowd?
  • 20. 8. remember the fold
  • 21. limited space users do not scroll a myth? the boss test
  • 22. 9. only test in IE6
  • 23. hours of testing a scam! IE dominates business uses IE6 compatible upgrade notice
  • 24. 10. seo is more important
  • 25. design is pointless search matters tricks/techniques google guidelines a sacrifice repeat traffic?
  • 26. the moral of the story... Avoid speculative work Be exible over style guides Obsess over users Relax about the homepage Always test There is no fold Avoid design by committee Provide browser support Use all your designers skills Its not just about SEO
  • 27. thanks

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