Friday, February 22

10 Principles Of Effective Web Design (Smashing Magazine)

"(Web) Users:

  1. Appreciate quality and credibility!
  2. Don’t read, they scan!
  3. Are impatient and insist on instant gratification!
  4. Don’t make optimal choices.
  5. Follow their intuition.
  6. Want to have control (Source)."

No wonder SCORM does not appeal to learners (and educators) (above 5 years old)! Below 5 years old? Only because they think it is some kind of worm, or it sounds cool!


  1. Don’t make users think!
  2. Don’t squander users’ patience!
  3. Manage to focus users’ attention!
  4. Strive for feature exposure!
  5. Make use of effective writing!
  6. Don’t be afraid of the white space!
  7. Strive for simplicity!
  8. Communicate effectively with a “visible language”!
  9. Conventions are our friends!
  10. Test early, test often!

If this does not make any sense, click here to read between the lines.

"Founded in September 2006, Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information for designers and web-developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in web-development. We don’t try to convince you with the quantity, but with the quality of the information we present. That’s what makes us different. In fact, we smash you with the information which will make your life easier. Really (Source)."

"Smashing Magazine is maintained by Sven Lennartz, the owner of the Dr. Web Magazine and Vitaly Friedman, the creator of The Web Developer’s Handbook (Source)."

The previous post on OCW collections for web designers was an amazing learning discovery. However, I am not sure if I have the time or patience to explore 60+ courses to find nuggets of learning juice relevant and useful to my learning adventure. No doubt the OCW collections have tremendous value, but for now I am simply looking for smashing articles on specific web stuff that I want to learn (Or discover by accident!). And when I discovered this Smashing Magazine, I was like, "This looks interesting! Hey, this looks even more interesting! WOW, this is the one I am looking for!" Smashing Magazine provides you with short and engaging nuggets of learning tailored to the things you really want to know (in design). They smash you with the learning juice!

To illustrate my point, here are some smashing posts (titles) discovered that I really want to explore soon:

Absolutely SMASHING! So, if you are looking for a course on web design stuff, you have 60+ courses to explore, and if you want to find some short and juicy learning nuggets on web design, Smashing Magazine is a great alternative. Mix formal and informal learning resources and you might just have a smashing learning experience :)