Design is “the process of originating and developing a plan for an aesthetic and functional object, which usually requires considerable research, thought, modelling and iterative adjustment”.
With regard to the web, this involves the arrangement of content into graphical models that can be used as a basis for coding a site
Some of the ways in which good design can add value to your site include:
• By facilitating a visitor’s online experience
• By communicating information
• By transmitting brand values
• By creating or reinforcing a desired emotional response.
The Website Design Process
Website Design is composed of several distinct disciplines, each of which embraces a range of skills. The sequence in which these are employed tends to follow a given pattern, encompassing the following steps:
• Information Architecture
• Interaction Design
• Interface Design
• Navigation Design
• Information Design
• Visual Design