Principles For Designing Effective Documents And Websites Essay

793 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
1. Chapter 11 describes five goals kept in mind for document design. One is to make a good impression on readers. Another is “to help readers find the information that they need” (Markel, 2012). Finally, yet another is “to help readers remember the information” (Markel, 2012), which are all very important in technical writing.

2. Chapter 11 also notes four basic principles for designing effective documents and websites. One is using contrast. Another is proximity, in which the textbook notes the principle is simple, “…group related items together” (Markel, 2012). Finally, yet another is alignment, which is also very simple, and you should “…consciously place text and graphics on the page [in a way] where the reader can understand the relationships” (Markel, 2012), which contribute to effective design.

4. The word “chunking” across disciplines has multiple meanings. Chunking in writing and web design, as noted on an Interaction Design Foundation webpage, is “breaking up long strings of information into units or ‘chunks’” (Harrod, n.d.), to make it easier to remember. Chunking is especially helpful when describing information that others need to remember. It breaks up long pieces of information into a more “user friendly” format.

5. Queuing is also another word that has multiple meanings across disciplines. Queuing in writing and web design as described by some Document Design Guidelines and Elements from the University of Washington is using “visual…

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