November 14th, 2006: Web 2.0 & Design

Often I need to explain people what the difference is between web1.0 design and web2.0 design.
There are some standards in web2.0. Take the header of this log as example; a small gradient and a reflection shadow.

There isn’t a specific book or what so ever about web2.0, but the big web2.0 sites share the following design features;

* Simple layout
* Centered orientation
* Design the content, not the page 3D effects, used sparingly
* Soft, neutral background colours
* Strong colour, used sparingly
* Cute icons, used sparingly
* Plenty of whitespace
* Nice big text

A proper article about the web2.0 design can be found right here.

Layout and the specific use of images isn’t the only thing that makes a site design web2.0. The colors also matter.
In my search for a webpage with the web2.0 colors a I saw a few weeks earlier, I found a lot of other sites with web2.0 color schemes, except for the one I was looking for… Well, this overview is also fine;

Web2.0 colors

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This is also a nice overview with examples from which site they’re taken.

I also found this nice and handy tutorial how to make a web2.0 logo in Photoshop.

Update:

Found the web2.0 color scheme site I was looking for; Daily Color Scheme . com!
There are some good examples of color schemes from populair websites!

2 Comments November 14th, 2006: Web 2.0 & Design

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  2. Jamal Motsinger

    Excellent style may be wonderful by some, but to other people, it’s trash. Trust us, we have now experienced our share of differing views on our own design work…

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