Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Home Page Goals

Design goals of homepages...

"When I set out to design a website, I do it backwards. I start with the design of the smallest, deepest element: the story page or search results. Then I work backwards to design their containers: section pages, indexes. Then, lastly, I work on the home page.

I do this because each container needs to adequately set expectations for what it contains. If the home page says one thing, but the internal pages say another, that’s going to lead to a user-experience failure.

This also means that, by the time work begins on the home page, there’s a lot of momentum going already. And any lingering anxiety is going to come to a head—on the home page.

Home pages are anxiety-inducing for companies. The home page is your first impression. And like the old saying goes, you only get one chance. So home pages themselves have a unique set of design goals."   continued ...   (Via A List Apart)

Design goals for creating a first impression. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Design goals for creating a first impression.


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