When I Know I've Got a Good Web Design

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"All your insides fall to pieces; you just sit there wishing you could still make love."
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Posted on February 19, 2007 10:19 AM in Web Design
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When it comes to web design, I'm the kind of guy who likes to crank out an entire design in a matter of several hours, rather than painstakingly iterating on drafts on paper, putting together several prototypes and then eventually putting together the real design over the course of a few days. That being said, one of the downsides to my approach is that I can start to suffer from design "burnout" after a while. For instance, if I've been making minor text tweaks and shifting pixels here and there for an hour or so, the overall design and color scheme start to jade me a bit.

How I know I've got a good web design on my hands (by my own standards, at least) is when I finally put down the text editor, catch a good night's sleep, and come back in the morning to a design that really pops. If I can revisit the design and it looks better than I remember, I know I've got something worth sharing. On the contrary, I've worked on designs on the past where I knew right off-the-bat upon second inspection that they weren't quite up to par.

What about you? How do you know when your design meets your standards? I'd love to hear.


Zach Katkin on February 19, 2007 at 8:36 PM:

I couldn't agree more. I design in much the same way, although for a new project I am working on now (a much larger scale project then I have worked on before) I am trying to come up with a color scheme and sketch a few designs. Personally I draw up one or two quick things in photoshop that get torn up and yelled out, but my third or fourth effort comes from heaven, god, or somewhere deep in my belly and is still acceptable when I awake.


Bernie Zimmermann on February 19, 2007 at 9:20 PM:

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your perspective, Zach. And since we're on the subject, I checked out your website and really liked the design you have there. Nice work.


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