What Makes Good Web Design?

Christopher Merrill discussing what makes for good web design. For more information, see: www.christophermerrill.com

Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics

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  • Really good advice.Thanks!

  • I know exactly what you mean. Thanks.

  • Most web designers agree with this, most of our clients don’t. 😉

  • great advice. now if our clients only listened.

  • Thanks — glad you enjoyed.

  • very interesting thanks

  • some good advice, thanks.

  • Less IS always more, with a splash of minimalism your site will go along way. Form follows function, I love it.

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  • Makes sense — I agree, of course!

  • This is why I never create flash websites, even though they are easy to do.

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  • Respond to this video…Thanks for your feedback — glad you found this useful.

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  • it’s an interesting thought to keep in mind – that the average site lasts only about 2 weeks. It highlights the need to design with the user in mind from the beginning. Great vid!

  • Thanks so much — glad you found this informative! Chris Merrill at christophermerrill(dot)com

  • In a space of a few minutes you have taught me so much. The point you made about function over aesthetics is something I had not considered that much.


  • Thanks!

  • I have written an article on the matter lk-webdesigns.co.uk/blog/standard-screen-resolution-for-2011

  • Sounds fine — all I know is a horizontal scroll bar is coming up on my computer which is at 1024×768 — so I’d advise to go to 950, but that’s my take on it, not yours. Do you have documentation that supports 980 as the standard? If so, please send me links.

  • there is a horizontal scroll bar on this site too. 980px is the standard now.