Is your website ready for a facelift? Have you been thinking about the need to redesign your site, but just don’t have any idea how to go about it or where to begin? Well, I have been there too. Depending on the size and complexity of your website, preparing for a website redesign can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some best practices that you can follow to ensure that you setup your redesign project for success. I am going to cover 7 best practices that will help you prepare for your next website redesign project.
As a designer, I am constantly seeking inspiration. For me, inspiration can come from many places. It can come from nature while I am outside taking my dog for a walk. It can come from the music I am listening to or a video I am watching. Inspiration can even come to me while I’m reading a book. When it comes to website design projects, I often turn to website design gallery sites for inspiration. There are many amazing designers and artists out there creating beautiful sites. Recently, a new group of website design galleries was launched by Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag.
After checking Steven’s website galleries out, I wanted to share them with you. One of the great things about the galleries Steven has created is that each focuses on a specific niche. When looking for inspiration for a specific project, I am usually looking for a site that serves a similar purpose to the website I will be creating. Many gallery sites are more general in nature. So, I find myself spending a lot of time looking around. While I enjoy viewing these sites, it’s not always the most productive use of my time. Having specific niche galleries is a great way to focus your inspirational search on a specific type of website.
I am currently working on a new website design project. For this new project, I decided I wanted to play around with using a real-world texture or photograph as a prominent part of the background. This is a trend that’s gained quite a bit of momentum over the last year. So, I thought I’d play around with the idea for at least one of the concepts I design for this project.
Inspiration is a key component in the design process for me. Creative block seems to rear its ugly head in the most inconvenient times. In order to get back into creative flow, I’ll utilize many different sources of inspiration. Sometimes, it’s as simple as getting up from my desk and taking a walk outside. Other times, I’ll listen to different types of music. One of the chief sources of inspiration I turn to for website design projects is to look at the work of other leading designers.
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