Mike Markel's Web Design Tutorial
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About the Tutorial

This tutorial presents a brief overview of the process of creating a Web site, introduces you to important design principles to consider as you design a site, and helps you analyze the design of sample Web pages.

Although the principles presented here apply to all kinds of Web sites, the primary focus is on sites for organizations--from student groups to corporate Web sites--rather than on personal Web sites.

Keep in mind that some of the guidelines presented here might not apply to your particular site. You need to think about your own purposes, about how your audience will use the site, and about how your subject will affect your design decisions. For instance, even though it usually is best to use dark letters against a light background to increase legibility, many successful sites do not.

Detailed information about how to code text and graphics is beyond the scope of this tutorial. However, links to a number of excellent how-to guides are presented at appropriate points in this tutorial.

How to Use This Tutorial

To follow the tutorial screen by screen, use the right arrow at the bottom of the screen. Use the left arrow to retrace your steps.

To go directly to a topic, use the links on the right-hand portion of the screen. Then use the Back and Forward buttons on your browser to retrace your steps.

Please e-mail Mike Markel with questions and comments about the tutorial and its links.

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