Web 2.0 ?!
Many people use the term "Web 2.0" to
- a resurgence in the web economy
- a new level of technological
interactivity between web sites and services
- or social phenomena deriving from
new types of online communities and social networks
Here is a video from youtube, maybe it will calrify your mind about
what is web 2.0.
In general, Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of
web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking
sites, wikis, and folksonomiesm, which aim to facilitate creativity,
collaboration, and sharing between users.
In this tutorial, I am going to
explain a variety of common graphic design elements in modern web 2.0
Afterwards, I will try to enlighten why
they work and why they have became ordinary in the website
design industry, as well as how, when and where
you might use each element in your designs. It analyses in greater
depth the design features of the current "Web 2.0" design style.
Summary of features covered in this
The list below is a summary of many
of the common features being used on "Web 2.0" sites.
Clearly, a site doesn't need to
exhibit all these features to work well, and displaying these features
doesn't mean your site will look Web 2.0.
- Central Layout
- Fewer Columns
- Separate Top Sections
- Solid Areas of Screen Real-estate
- Simple Navigation
- Bold Logos
- Bigger Text
- Bold Text Introductions
- Strong Colors
- Rich Surfaces
- Cute Icons
- Star Flashes
Not all of such design features are
suitable in all cases. There are always exceptions, and there are many
bad examples of these features being used wrongly, over-used, or done
without sensitivity to the "symphony" of a site's design.
It is not possible for you to get a
cake by mixing some eggs, sugar and flour together. Likewise, you can
not just take all these above mentioned elements, throw them together
and make a good web page.
Creating a professional designed Web
2.0 Web page needs a lot of understanding of the different forces at
work. A good design solution is one that balances those forces.