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This page is horribly outdated. - Fixing it a bit right now over the next two days - Daniel K. Schneider 14:41, 22 October 2011 (CEST).


Right now, this is a quick and dirty (!!) page with pointers about WWW design and style. Entries should have real contents useful to web designers.

See also:

Things to do - Daniel K. Schneider 17:27, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Move the french pointers to the french wiki
  • Check links and kill a few useless ones
  • Comment the better links
  • Reorganize (!)
  • Add a few definitions

See also many entries in the categories web technologies, web technology tutorials, usability and Ergonomics and human-computer interaction

The process

Style recommendations (without visual design)

Visual design recommendations

Web design links

The general process / design methods

This selection of various resources should particular address web design.

  • Web Style Guide, 3rd edition by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horon. This is a popular free onlinebook. It covers the whole design process (including interface design, site structure, page structure, page design, etc.). Excellent book for beginners who aim to start creating web sites. A very early (popular in the nineties) version of this book was called the "Yale Style Guide".
  • John December's Web Development (John Decembmer has built the first widely used Web Portal about Web Design in 1992).
  • Web Redesign 2.0 by K. Goto and E.Cotler. The site is a companion site for a book. The online materials include some interesting check lists.

Style in the light of usability

As we pointed out in the introduction, you also may have a look at our resources on. Pointers below rather point to simple technical recipees of what to do and not to do in a web design. Other's can be rather found in the usability literature, e.g. Nielson's well known Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design

  • Universal Usability, a free online book by Sarah Horton doesn't only cover usability. Web site design is understood as a combination of function, interface, and content and covers issues like document structure, text, images, data tables, page layout, etc.
  • Style Guide for online hypertext. This document was written by Tim Berners-Lee in the early days (1992). Still an interesting read. In particular, it includes a few basic "dos" and "don'ts".
  • Cool URIs don't change by TBL/W3C. Argues that URL's should remain stable. {quotation|URIs don't change: people change them.}}
  • HTML Hell Page (probably written in the late nineties). Written by Eric Raymond, a well-known open source advocate and contributor.

Graphics oriented design

Technical and specialized issues

See also:



General quality


Links either point to indexes or larger web sites that we didn't mention above. The selection is very poor. For now I just killed the dead links (most of what I had) - Daniel K. Schneider 14:13, 23 October 2011 (CEST).

See also (and always) the links in the Interaction design, user experience and usability (includes essential introductory resources), usability, web usability and User interaction and user interface design articles.

Web Design Links, Portals & Zines


Design of documentation


  • One True Fit - standards design by Ryan Carver, paper will attempt to give an overview how he built Lee Jeans - One True Fit. (2003)
  • On-line Zines are always a good source of inspiration. jwz's bookmarks point to a number of them (dig a bit)
  • Some Players in design world: Organic * e8z (A Harvey) *



  • DesignIssues The MIT Press Journal's site (a few on-line articles)



  • Michael Bauerly and Yili Liu (2011). Effects of Symmetry and Number of Compositional Elements on Interface and Design Aesthetics, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, DOI: 10.1080/10447310801920508
  • Bi, L., Fan, X., Zhang, G., Liu, Y., and Chen, Z. 2009. Effects of symmetry and number of compositional elements on Chinese users' aesthetic ratings of interfaces. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, accepted for publication. PDF
  • Engelbart, Douglas C. (1992). [Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework], Read for some vision what we could use modern technology for. See also: other publications and projects).
  • Wolf, T.V., Rode, J.A., Sussman, J., and Kellogg, W.A. 2006. "Dispelling design as the "Black Art" of CHI," Proceedings of CH, 2006 Conference (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 22-27 April). PDF