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Ottawa Web Design Resources

Web Design Basics In Ottawa

Web design in Ottawa is much like print design in which all the same elements are used. It is basically a compilation of space, layout, font and colors all skillfully blended together to portray your message. Regardless of your status in the web design field, whether you are a beginner or an already professional web developer these resources will help you with web design.
  1. Elements of Good Design
  2. Graphics and Images
  3. Web Layout basics
  4. Tackling Web Navigation
  5. Accessibility and Usability
Elements of Good Ottawa Design

Good web design and good design are very much the same. You can have a well operating web page, as long as you have an understanding of the elements that makes up good design. Whether you are writing web pages, business cards or flyers; the elements of good design are always in effect. You’ll have the skill to be a great designer once you have a full understanding of these.
  1. Elements of Ottawa Design
  2. Principles of Ottawa Design
  3. 10 Tips to a Great Ottawa Web Page
  4. The Web is Not Print
  5. How to Drive Away Your Readers
  6. More Ottawa Web Design Basics
Ottawa Graphics and Images

For most web pages the graphics is the fun part. It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in web design that statement is also true. With the following links you can learn how to get the most out of your web images.
  1. How to Add Images
  2. Taking Great Ottawa Photos for Web Sites
  3. When to Use JPG or GIF Formats
  4. Make Your Images Small
  5. How to Protect Your Digital Images
  6. How to Build an Image Map
  7. More Help with Ottawa Graphics and Images
Ottawa Web Layout Basics

Often times, the layout is what people mean when they think web design. Layout is the structure or arrangement of elements on web pages and the basic design principles is what you must first start with. You can go through how the placing of elements on your web page is done as soon as you have an understanding of these. The following links can walk you through a step by step process of learning good web layout design.
  1. How to Decide Where Your Elements Should go in the Layout
  2. Once You've Decided the Placement, Learn the Basics of How to Lay Out Web Pages
  3. Definition of White Space
  4. What's the Difference Between Padding and Margins?
  5. Fixed Width Layouts Versus Liquid Layouts
  6. Use Real Text for Testing Page Layouts
  7. Web Design Gallery - Layout Ideas
Tackling Web Navigation

The ability for your customers to get around from one page to another on a web site is called navigation. This allows you customers to locate other elements of your site as well as to provide movement. To ensure that your customers aren’t forced into simply using search, it is up to you to make sure the structure (information architecture) of your web site makes sense.
  1. Designing Effective Web Navigation
  2. Navigating Web Sites
  3. Organization will Help Your Navigation
  4. Link Rot: Are You a Culprit?
  5. Web Pages Should Go Away
  6. Adding Search to Your Web Site
  7. What is Information Architecture?
Accessibility and Usability

A web design without accessibility and usability would be non beneficial, a smart designer would concentrate on making their site as user friendly as possible. Below are some links that can walk you through creating accessible sites without endangering the design.
  1. What is Accessibility?
  2. What is Usability?
  3. What do the Accessibility Guidelines Mean to Me?
  4. How to Write Accessible Web Pages
  5. Creating Color Blind Friendly Web Pages
  6. Validating for Accessibility
  7. Advanced Topics in Accessibility and Usability


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