Every industry has its jargon and technical terms that without prior knowledge can seem like a completely different language. Web design is no exception. From Analogous Colors to HTML and JPEG. Each of them having their own meaning and purpose. But what do they mean, and when should you use them? Here are 10 basic design terms that every designer should be familiar with.
HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML tells your browser how to interpret a certain type of information. For example, how to display text as text and images as images.
Responsive design is becoming increasingly popular with more people using their smartphones and tablets to access the internet. This is because responsive design relates the the ability of the webpage to respond to the device it is being viewed on. For example, a website may have a desktop browser webpage as well as a mobile webpage.
CSS, or cascading style sheets allow the designer to decide on the style, size, font and layout of text and other elements of the webpage. In short, it controls how the webpage looks.
A/B testing is simply testing different ways to achieve the same outcome, to discover which is most effective. For example, throwing a ball into a bucket or placing it into the bucket. Both have the same outcome, however placing the ball into the bucket is more efficient as you can guarantee the same outcome every time
Yes, it is your job and you should know what it is, however too many people get confused with web design and web development. Web design is the look and feel of the webpage. What is displayed and where. Development is the actual building of the site and giving it the appropriate functions it needs to perform certain actions.
Content management systems allow users to upload content onto their website without any outside assistance, or requirement for extra coding. A perfect example of this is blog posts and user uploaded galleries.
This applies to content, on the website, that is interactive. For example a call to action (CTA) button is interactive. A contact form is also a form of dynamic content. This is something that will be required on most websites.