Tips For Staying Creative with Web Design

We all know the importance of a web presence in today’s world. However, it’s no longer enough to have just a space reserved on the internet and a mediocre website  to represent you. Your website has a great impact on the first impressions of potential customers, about your brand and capabilities. Tacky sites or those that have an air of unprofessionalism won’t get you too far when a possible new patron is comparing your site to a competitor’s. So what web design strategy should you implement when trying to establish an internet presence? The marketing tips below are certain to give you a starting point.

The Power of Brainstorm

Whether you are designing a brand new site or restructuring an old one, it will always help to bounce ideas off of those around you who share the same passion for your business. Even if you do not have a marketing team, other staff and employees may have the creative idea you’re looking for when designing a site. You may even wish to ask close friends and family members for their thoughts and input as well.

Look Up “Best Designed Websites”

Surf the web! Search lists of ‘best designed websites.’ Not only that, search for brands and businesses similar to yours. Make a list of the features you like and those you don’t. Pay careful attention to these features if you plan on having a site professionally designed, as you will want to share these with the design team to get them started on your vision.

Make Features Your Own

Once you’ve narrowed ideas and come up with a list of your favorite ones, aim to improve upon them. Make them unique to your specific business and definitely assure they fit your design theme. Remember you’re not copying someone’s design, just improving on the things they’ve already come up with. Also, don’t forget the little things such as cohesive font, buttons and proper grammar.

Utilize Web Design Professionals

This leads us to our next point – seek help from professionals! While there are undoubtedly some great templates available to use, the trained eye can hone in on special details that either add or detract from the overall look of your site. If you want to create a custom design, that will truly stand out, you will need a designer with the skills to create something unique. Of course, if you have the money, it would be wisely spent on a custom design.

Creative web design can be tricky, but even if you plan on doing it yourself, these tips will absolutely help you achieve the perfect look for your site and brand. Remember that web design is a constantly developing arena as new features become available all the time. Even if you weren’t planning a re-design it never hurts to take a good look at what you’ve already got and with the above tips, tweek a few things to give it a fresh look. Just like walls need the occasional fresh coat of paint, websites also need some freshening from time to time.

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  • By Dennis Consorte
  • Published on August 23rd, 2013