Creating a business website is a collaborative process. While we love to offer ideas based on industry standards, marketing best practices, and current styles, your company’s brand and personality should be a part of a website, too. That’s why we offer you a mockup of what your site will look like and then ask for feedback.
A lot of people find feedback a challenge. Some want something different, but they don’t know what, or how to explain it. We understand! You don’t spend all your time studying websites, after all.
The easiest way to figure out what you like about a website is first to figure out what you don’t like. It’s hard to make any progress if you don’t know what you want. Here are some websites to visit to get you brainstorming:
- The Awwwards – Yes, we spelled that correctly! Check out the latest trends in website design. Scroll through dozens of images to get a feel for what you love and what you loathe. This organization gives out awards each year for the best sites in the world, and you can take a look at the winners and more. Sort by award winners, by country, by colors, and by technology to learn what’s working in web design.
- The W3 Awards Winners Gallery – Find another set of award-winning designs in this photo gallery.
- The Principles of Good Website Design – This designer has gone all out and created four useful articles explaining website design practices. Read some of those to learn some of the terms and concepts and get you thinking about what works for your site.
- 10 Navigation Trends – Navigation can be one of the hardest things to figure out when new to the website design world. This site talks about 10 different kinds of navigation and the pros for each. Reading that list will give you ideas about which navigation technique, or a combination of methods, will work best for you and your business.
Don’t put off redesigning your website because the project feels daunting! Use these sites to get your thoughts together. Write down the things most important to you: colors, logos, fonts and anything else you can think of and bring them to us at The Department of Marketing. Your dream website is just a call or email away.