Most discussions of
Webdesign get off track in short order, because what
people mean by the expression varies so
dramatically. While everyone has some sense of what
Webdesign is, few seem able to define it exactly.
such as graphic design or programming, are a part of
any discussion, but their importance in the
construction of sites varies from person to person
and from site to site. Some consider the creation
and organization of content—or, more formally, the
information architecture—as the most important
aspect of Webdesign. Other factors—ease of use, the
value and function of the site within an
organization's overall operations, and site
delivery, findable for the search engines among many
others—remain firmly within the realm of web
With influences from library science, graphic
design, programming, networking, user interface
design, usability, and a variety of other sources.
Webdesign is truly a
The Seven C's of Webdesign
Context - Aesthetical and functional look and feel -
traditional, hip, edgy, utilitarian, emotional - the
how of site design. Colour, humour, focus, graphics
Content - Any digital subject matter on the site -
text, video, audio, and Graphics -- the what of site
Community - A feeling of membership in a group and a
strong sense of Involvement - shared common
interests. -- the why of site design.
Customization - The sites' ability to tailor itself
to a user. Or to be personalized by each user -- the
touch of site design.
Communication - Dialog between the site and the user
-- the muscle of site design.
Connection - Extent of Formal Linkages Between the
Site and Other Sites -- the networking of site
Commerce - The actual sale of goods and services on
the site -- the commerce of site design.