Do You Know Why It’s Important To Understand Design Principles?

You’ve probably noticed all the posts here on design principles over the last year or so. Some of you have let me know you’ve been enjoying them and if I haven’t thanked you directly let me thank you here and now.

I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain why I started writing these posts and why I think design principles are important even vital for web designers to learn and understand how to use.
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Progressive Disclosure: Presenting Information On A Need To Know Basis

Every journey begins with a small step on a road mostly unseen

Do you sometimes struggle with how many links to include in the main navigation of a fairly large site? Maybe the issue is where the secondary navigation will be located in your design. How about sidebars? Are you able to find the balance between all the things you want to include without overwhelming the space and your visitors?
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The Framing Effect: Influence Your Audience By Setting The Context

Is the glass half full or half empty? How does seeing it one way frame everything else you later decide about both glass and water? Would seeing it the other way change your view?
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Are In-Content Links Destroying Our Ability To Think?

Nicholas Carr has written a very interesting article in this month’s Wired Magazine that I think all web designers should read. The article is also online, though I’ll hold off linking to it for a moment for reasons that will become clear as you read through this post. I’ll also be keeping this post free from images and other media for reasons which again will become clear as you read through this post.
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Legibility And Readability In Typographic Design

Is the type on your site legible? Is it readable? Do people have to put in a lot of effort to read your prose or does your type get out of the way so that your words are easily understood?
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