This is where I try to sum up the current state-of-the-art in graphic design for web pages, and identify the distinctive features that make a web page look fresh, appealing and easy to use.

I’m glad to say that web design in 2007 is better than ever. And it’s not just because there are more web sites out there, so more good stuff to look at. There’s still an awful lot of crud too. I just think that more web designers know more about how to design than ever before.

The examples below (which I’ll roll over time) show excellent modern graphic design technique. They all look good, and are clear and easy to use.

 

Principles of good web page design

Simplicity in web design
The principle of Simplicity in web design
Trusting the user
Why it’s important to trust users when designing web sites and applications
Don’t Decorate, Communicate!
Focus on the message you’re communicating
Golden Rule of web design
My golden rule – a simple touchstone to help all design decisions
Conventions in web design
Understanding how to use conventions is a critical skill in design
Branding for web sites
Branding for web sites
The Sphere of Design
A conceptual tool for visualising the balance between functionality and aesthetics in visual design