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Monday, December 19, 2005

'L' is for 'Layers'

Today was day one of Dreamweaver training in Glasgow. I must say I have been looking forward to this immensely. The pace of the training has been brilliant, and I have had so much of what I know reassuringly affirmed. It’s always a bit of a worry when you are self taught with the help of numerous sites and books that you may not actually have been right, but today has confirmed that in the vast majority of instances with Dreamweaver I was heading in the right direction.

Layers in Dreamweaver have now taken on a whole new meaning for me. I now know how to add interactivity on a whole new scale simply and efficiently.

A couple of months ago I wrote that ‘D’ stands for ‘Dreamweaver’. I couldn’t have been more wrong. ‘D’ stands for ‘Design’. If anything, I am now even more convinced that creating a website happens on huge bits of paper and magic markers. Once this has been drawn out, the next stop is a graphics program to create the graphics, buttons and optimise the photos for the website. Dreamweaver? All it does is shuffle your content. A website stands or falls on its content. But what makes a site visitor stay on a website? Design. Usability. Functionality. If you haven’t thought this through, you are wasting your time.

So get out your paper and pens. What sections are you going to have in your website? What links to what? What is your colour scheme? What font, size and colour will you use for text? What proportion of your web pages will be taken up by your corporate logo and banner? Where exactly is your site-wide navigation? Where exactly will you place the section navigation? Have you created your site folder structure? Have you created and optimised all your graphics, pictures, buttons and roll-over images? Have you collated all your text for the site? You have? Brilliant. Now you can launch Dreamweaver. And do you know something? If you’ve done all that list, you’ll find the Dreamweaver bit much easier than you thought.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its about time you realised that the key is design

Ian
Design Teacher

5:32 pm  
Blogger ab said...

I'm a slow learner...

9:00 am  

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