Simple Design Tips for Non-Designers

Web design is an interestingly unique skill. Due to its infancy, it is a career in which many professionals have very little formal training. Designers may not have training in programming and programmers rarely have training in design. As much as I understand and appreciate design, I’m more of a programmer at heart. My design skills aren’t very impressive. I’ve picked up a few little tricks over the past few months that I thought others more inclined to programming may find useful.

I’ve prepared the following quick list of tips that I’ve found useful in improving my design skills and appreciation of design. In some cases, I’m very aware that there are industry standard terms, but the point of this isn’t to teach a full course on typography or color theory, but rather to provide some simple tips that can be used as a starting point for improving some basic design skills.