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Yasmine Assif
Yasmine Assif 7 June 2016

How to Add Visually-Stunning Effects to your Website?

Dogs have smell as their primary sense, bats have hearing and we, humans, have vision. That’s the reason why we are affected so much by what we see. Our brains have separate region dedicated to vision that enables us to see micro details such as tonal variance in colour, gradient, symmetry etc. And this variation in scenery affects our moods and perception.

Almost all complex lifeforms have multiple sense that enable them to interact with their surroundings. Out of these multiple sense, each species has a primary sense that is used much more than the others in interacting with the surroundings. Dogs have smell as their primary sense, bats have hearing and we, humans, have vision. That’s the reason why we are affected so much by what we see. Our brains have separate region dedicated to vision that enables us to see micro details such as tonal variance in colour, gradient, symmetry etc. And this variation in scenery affects our moods and perception.

What we feel is largely affected by what we see.

Take the case of websites – some websites literally invite us, you go there, you want to be there; then there are websites you close as soon as you land on them because they are so poorly designed. How a website look and feels is integral to its success. If you have a great product or a great service but your website is not getting the traffic it needs to generate the revenue to at least stay in the game, and you can’t figure out why, you may want to look in to the design of your website.

According to web developers in Lebanon, a good website must be in absolute coherence with its brand identity. It must be visually stunning and appealing, its design should add to its functionality and not the other way around where a website looks absolutely stunning but it’s overdone, loads slow due to massive number of elements and is absolutely irritating when it comes to functionality.

Here’s how you can add visually stunning effects to your website.

1. Color palette

Those who paid attention in their drawing classes know exceptionally well about the importance of colors and how powerful their effect can be on our moods and decisions. Colors drive us. Take for instance toddlers – the choices they make in food, toys, confectionery, and clothes are all driven by colors. They are not able to understand complicated things other than their primary instincts, decoding colors is one of them!

Your color palette has the power to make or break your website. It is something that is ignored by most people but is one of the most important. The entire structure of web design and elements stands on the foundation of a great color scheme.

2. Whitespace

The second thing that comes after colors is the absence of them, or simply put ‘whitespace.’

There is a difference between amateurs and professionals. So, when you take your website to

some of the web developers in Lebanon, being professional they understand how our eyes scan through a web page and how what we see can be manipulated by proper use of color and white space.

All good painters and other visual artists such as photographers, cinematographers know this; they play with our perception by arranging their subject, its surroundings and white space.

3. Fonts

Writing is perhaps the most powerful tool to convey information and emotion. But what if you can make it even more powerful and add a layer of simplicity in its context by manipulating the script? Sure you can. When it comes to web design, text and its script both play a very important role in giving a character to your content. Fonts, if used right can be very powerful, so much so they add another dimension of realism to your text. As a result, your users are better impressed and compelled to have business with you.

4. CSS3 Shadows:

CSS shadows adds a beautiful 3D effect to you check boxes and text. One of the recent companies to apply this effect massively website was Apple. When this effect in applied to your containers, wrappers, or inner page boxes, it will provide a slimming 3D effect to your webpage.

5. CSS3 Gradient Backgrounds

Backgrounds add another dimension to your web pages. Mostly backgrounds are used in blogs to lend a basic feel to your web pages. CSS3 gradient backgrounds provide developers the benefit of ease. No longer have they had to get stuck in Adobe Photoshop to set their backgrounds. CSS3 is fine for handling the backgrounds.

6. Micro Interactions

Micro interactions are brief action oriented product moments that accomplish a single task, and single task only. Couple of examples of this would be – liking an FB post, changing a setting on the website, rating a song, doing an online search etc.

A website is incomplete without animations, sliders and other such Micro interactions are great for adding “human touch” to your website.

7. jQuery UI

jQuery animations can be customized for fading items, scrolling slideshows, fading items and other such dynamic elements by updating the “easing” calling of dynamin page animations. These elements are run on jQuery library which is the most common open source JavaScript library for front-end developers

8. Hamburger Menus

Hamburger Menus are three bars or dots lined up neatly in any corner of your screen which on clicking reveal further options. Hamburger Menus originated from mobile devices in order to bring neatness to design. This trend has seeped on to the desktop sites as well. In fact, it has been such a wild hit, it’s starting to feel natural and essential to a website’s design.

9. Long Scrolls

Gone are the days when web developers tried to put everything above the fold. They had slow devices and slower internet connections. It doesn’t work like that anymore. What you want now is to have long pages that are designed to compel user to scroll.

10. Hover Animations

Animation has been a part of web design for a long-long time. High speed internet coupled with powerful machines has opened a new venue for adding motion to a rather dull websites. The use of Hover animations solves two purposes – it lets you save screen space. Only the necessary information is shown, and the user has the option to expand the section if he/she wishes to.

This concludes the top 10 effects to make your website visually stunning. For the best execution, contact web developers in Lebanon.

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