For most web designers, designing a website which practically commands user responsiveness or gaining experience is the primary goal. But it turns out, that having good web design etiquette is equally important as garnering all professional success.
So read on to know about some do’s and don’ts of web design etiquettes.
One of the most important things is to grow up. Yes you read it right. We often hear about things which are much desired but less achieved like workplace equality, gender equality etc. It is now time to ditch that sense of entitlement and be nice to people. As futile as it may seem to many, being nice to people means that it is going to come back to you as well. Hmm, what do you call it, Karma?!
Communicate = listen
Be open to communication. It is very important to be vocal about things that you read and write on the web. For example, if you have a question that you posted on the web and have got the answer to it, make sure that you leave the answer for other people to read as well. There’s nothing worse than researching a problem and all you find is the question and then a thank you. Don’t forget to compliment the author if you’ve read something you like, a good blog post for example. You may never know, but a few words of appreciation may mean a lot to someone.
Know Thy Customers
Know your brand as well as your audience. Before embarking on your new design adventure, know the product that you will be designing for as what you make will help increasing the profitability. Keep the content simple but don’t underestimate the IQ of your audience. Although the audience want’s an easy to use interface, they don’t appreciate boring subject matter. Therefore keep the design accessible, responsive as well engaging. Format copy so its scalable, with bold headings. They should be able to read just the headings and get a good idea of the content direction.
Be organized. Yes, it does not get any simpler than this. Keep your files organized in case you have to come back to the project after sometime. if you’re the lead on a project or key player of the team, being organized is crucial. It doesn’t take much time to keep things in order and it reflects greatly on your personality and work ethic.
It pays to be consistent. Not just figuratively. Set your goals and chart out the process you want to follow to accomplish them. During the process, share knowledge and gain experiences as much as you can. This is not only applicable to your journey as an individual, but also is applicable when you are working or leading a team. It’s good to exchange ideas and suggestion with your teammates. Tell the story in a way which appeals to the users.
Don’t Assume Anything
Never assume. The rule of thumb that can be easily be applied to all arenas of life not only web designing. Never let condescension travel across through your words or tone of your voice. All human beings are highly receptive and aware of condescension even when unintentionally said. So be very careful and weigh-out your words before you speak. Don’t assume the person has the experience that you do. As we say, “speak laymen.” It may take longer to make your point but you will not need to repeat it.
And last but not the least, be gracious. Whether it’s accolades or criticism that is coming your way be gracious while accepting either of the two. A designer should never let ego or any personal differences come in the way of a successful end product. The common objective of a design team should be to mutually understand and gather ideas from each other while keeping the user/client in mind. In this way, all team members can help each other in growing and moving forward. The feedback from the user should be taken to improve upon the design idea.