Defensive Design for the Web: How To Improve Error Messages, Help, Forms, and Other Crisis Points
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Though most people’s idea of visual impact isn’t complete without bright colors and big pictures, there are other ways to get your audience to take notice. Subtle colors, a unique layout, altered perspective, and more can often engage an audience more effectively than a barrage of focal points. Web interfaces in particular can’t rely on multiple visual pleas for attention: there are too many points of interaction on your typical Web site or application. As an example: version1 (180 KB jpg) vs. version2 (220 KB jpg). What works to engage yet not distract and how important is that “first impression”?