THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON DESIGN ASPECTS OF WEBSITES. While not directly about FileMaker, many of the concepts in this piece apply to general design principles for any computer base program:
Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” A website is a composite of details—and its content is communicated through them. Whether designed to provide information or serve as an app, a well-executed site is one that has turned a critical eye to everything, from the copy to images to layout.
Details matter in web design because positive impressions, sparked by a website’s overall presentation and usefulness, matter. To echo Eames, they make the design, and inattention to details can have precisely the opposite effect.
Here are a variety of details — some related to the interface, others to interaction — to consider during your next web-based project…
Though colophons have been used in books since the 15th century, their purpose is applicable to the web. Neoteric Design shares the production notes of their website — what was used, from fonts to software to programming languages to the content management system. If a visitor wonders about how a site is created, a colophon is a tidy way to help satisfy this curiosity about certain specifics of a website’s build. It also testifies to the exploration of what aspects from printed communication can be made relevant to web-based communication.
Design is becoming more important all the time. FileMaker developers should strive to keep up with current trends (assuming, of course, that the trends are user friendly).