6 Savvy Design Tips for Non-Designers

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When designing a website, it’s important to put your time and talents to good use. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that will save you time, money and headache. This way, you can have a professional website without taking too much away from your customers and other day-to-day tasks.

After designing websites for many years, Magna Technology has some quick and easy tips to help you out. If you find yourself in need of assistance, contact us today for a quote. We build fast, optimized websites at affordable prices.

1. Keep the Design Simple

One of our best pieces of advice is to keep your design simple. There is absolutely no reason to overcomplicate things. Doing too much to your design can make things cluttered and hard to follow, confusing visitors and sending them away from your site. Balance the features on your site, present your information clearly and follow your template.

2. Establish a Hierarchy of Content

To draw visitors in and provide them with the right information, you’ll need some type of hierarchy. With content hierarchy, the most important information goes at the top or on the front page of your website. The least important goes last or on some of your ‘deeper’ pages. This way, users can find what they need without having to do much digging.

3. Consider Legibility

When designing your website, make sure your design is easy for people to read and understand. For example, fancy fonts or certain colors are hard on the eyes. Even though you might like something visually, make sure it’s legible for your customers, particularly those using small screens.

4. Limit Fonts and Colors

Going off our last point, you’ll also want to limit fonts and colors. Stick to a specific color scheme, preferably one that matches your brand. We generally recommend three colors at the most. You should also limit your fonts so that your content looks consistent and reads like a book.

5. Do Not Ignore Feedback

Be sure to listen to the feedback you receive, as this can only help you improve your work. For example, if visitors are struggling at certain areas of your site, use their constructive criticism to learn how you can improve. Not receiving feedback? Have someone look over your site for a second opinion or poll your customers.

6. Include Images

Images engage people and support your content. They can also help readers retain and recall information better. However, make sure your images aren’t distracting and fit the topic appropriately. Basic editing skills like cropping, resizing and applying filters can also take things up a notch and make your site look more professional.

Designing a website isn’t easy, so good for you! As you grow more comfortable in your designing skills, the above tips will make more sense. For assistance with any part of building or maintaining your site, contact Magna Technology today.