Resources for Designing (or Redesigning) a Web Site

So you’ve been tasked with creating or redesigning a Web site. First you need a design, right? No!

Don’t worry. Many people are tempted to begin looking at designs right away. Before you can even get to that point, however, you should be putting together a plan. Your plan should include talking to your customers to understand their needs. (You are thinking about them, not just you, right?) You should also be taking this opportunity to determine what content you will and won’t include, and how to present it. When you’re ready to start laying it out, there should be sketches and wireframes long before you begin coding.

To help with your process, I’ve put together a list of resources that I have found particularly useful. You can find them on my Web Design Resources page.

I have included Web sites and books. They are good for those who are just starting out with a new Web site, as well as those that want to improve their existing sites. Most of them are written in plain, conversational English, so you don’t have to be a programmer to understand them. And no, they didn’t pay me to include them here. I regularly visit the sites on the list and I’ve actually read all of the books and keep them handy for easy reference. Hope you find some good ones. The comments area is active on that page, so if you have others to add, leave a note.

Enjoy!

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