In most of the website usability studies that I’ve read, poor legibility is by far the most frequent complaint encountered. It’s generally a sin of comission on the part of web designers, because web-safe typography by default is designed to be both legible and flexible.
A website gets into trouble when its design diverges from online typographic standards. Often, the issue begins with a site owner — or the site owner’s print marketing designer — who wants the fonts and styles on a website to mirror those the business uses elsewhere. While it may sound like a good theory from a branding perspective, it’s often a train wreck for usability. […]
So you’ve decided you need a new website, or your existing website needs a facelift? Not so fast! Before you choose a website developer and spend your money on a new website, there are several things you need to consider carefully in order to get the most out of your investment. And there are some details that if they aren’t taken care of BEFORE you start building that website, could doom you to failure.
Make sure you know the following, and can communicate the answers to your developer, to get the best possible results. […]
Congratulations to the NetSource team for a great year at the ADDYs. We submitted 6 projects for consideration in the 2012 Greater Ocala Advertising Federation ADDY Awards this year and were recognized with 7 awards! […]
I hope you’re not superstitious, because if you are, you may not like this post. I’m not superstitious, although I am writing this blog post on the 13th of January – and it is a Friday.
Friday the 13th is a scary day to many people, but not to me. However, what IS scary to me is the concept of “design by committee.” I get chills down my spine whenever a client or potential client refers to needing to have their committee review all design layouts. I’m going into my 13th year with NetSource, and in all of these years of experience in the development of hundreds of website projects, I have never seen a project benefit from “design by committee.” […]
Let’s face it. There are a lot of web design companies out there to choose from – big companies, little one-man shops, foreign contractors, hosted solution providers, local vendors, and more. Choosing the right web design firm for your website development or redesign can sometimes be daunting with all the choices out there. Here are some guidelines to help you find the right fit for your company’s needs, personality, and budget. […]
I will freely admit my bias towards icons upfront, I believe that just about every design can benefit from their use. What exactly is an icon you might ask? For design purposes, icons are simplistic representations of a concept. Take something big and grand, like the Earth, and reduce it down to a it’s most basic but identifiable depiction. […]
The NetSource design team is proud to announce the launch of www.bdluxurylaundry.com/, a brand new website for B&D Luxury Laundry, the premier commercial laundry service in Ocala, FL. […]
Every visitor to your website is a potential customer, and whether a “conversion” on your site equals a filled out Contact Us form or a completed online purchase, more conversions equals more business. So how can you increase conversions on your website? Here are 5 suggestions to try:
Every website communicates information to users through text. Headlines grab our attention while cluing us into what the following paragraph is about. Supporting text tells us a story about a good or service being offered, and why we can’t live without it. Given the weighty job that text performs on a website, it makes sense to take care in sculpting its appearance. The following is a quick walkthrough of the different tweaks that web designers (and do-it-yourself website updaters) can use to add readability and impact to website text. […]
Starting a new design project can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here are some tips to help take the mystery out of one of the most important team members on your project and make sure you get the most out of their experience and expertise. […]
Websites are a great advertising medium, they can communicate a great deal of information along with reinforcing your company’s branding. What separates websites from more traditional print advertising mediums is their dynamic instead of static nature. […]
Not every font that is installed on your computer can be used on your website, because not everyone that views your website has the same fonts installed on their computer as you. In an effort to keep websites looking similar between different browsers and operating systems, web designers can choose from certain fonts that are “web safe” and reliable. […]