10 Rules for Good Website Design

.net, http://www.netmag.co.uk/, has published a list of common website design mistakes. Read the complete article at http://www.netmag.co.uk/zine/home/the-top-10-design-mistakes

To summarize:

  1. Stick with standard user interface items. Don’t try to create your own.
  2. Use a consistent design, a keep design elements in the same place.
  3. Design to needs and audience, not to the latest “trends.”
  4. Use design to highlight great content. Even great design can’t make a content-free website great.
  5. Don’t require upgrades and plug ins.
  6. Don’t use Flash to create websites. Use flash for highlights and special features. Use Flash elements for specific components, and stick to HTML for the rest.
  7. Make the purpose of the site clear.
  8. Ask users about their needs and listen to the answers.
  9. Keep layouts flexible.
  10. Focus on the user experience. Design should enhance that experience and not get in the way.