Graphical Consistency

Tghis is one of the core rinciples of web design.

When you enter a new building for the first time, we try to figure out the layout of the building often unconsciously. And once we know where the exits, elevators, hallways etc, we feel at ease. When we go up a floor we expect the layout to be the same.

This is the same with websites. People enter your site, the first thing they do is figure out the lyout of the dite. Where the navigation menu is, what the major sections are, etc. As they navigate the site, they expect the layout to remain the same. If the layout changes from page to page, they get confused.

So it is important to have consisitency across all your pages. This can be accomplished by first creating a dummy page with all code elements and then creating indivdual pages from the dummy.

Nick Nacci, student, Western Michigan Univerity, Kalamazoo M! 49008

Last updated: June 21, 2016