Architects and web designers probably believe that they have very different jobs. One of them designs homes and buildings, and one of them designs software code which allows people to interact with pages on a website. To put it another way, one of them operates in the real world, and one of them operates in the virtual world. We don’t think they’re as different as they might first imagine, though. The majority of architectural design work happens on a computer, and there’s a reason that leading web designers are increasingly referred to as software architects.
When you strip away the obvious difference, web designers and architects are trying to do very similar things – design something beautiful that makes people feel relaxed, happy, and keen to engage. If you’re designing a home, you want it to exude comfort and warmth, and have a personal touch. That’s exactly the same objective that someone designing a personal blog has. When an architect is planning a shopping mall, they’ll consider customer footfall, focus, and sales theory. The exact same processes will occur in the head of a web designer when they’re building a web page for business purposes.
Current fashions play a big part in both professions, as do ideas about where to attract attention, where to hide clutter, and how to provide the best possible experience for visitors. There are a few things that architects could pick up from web designers, and we’ve listed them below.
Minimalism Is In
Just in case you didn’t get the memo from the unexpected (and global) success of Marie Kondo, minimalism is very much ‘in’ at the moment. Whereas in the past it used to be the case that the more pages a business had on its website, the bigger a deal the business was supposed to be, the reverse is now true. Bloated, confusing websites put customers off the moment they land on them, and bloated, confusing homes do the same.
Applying the principle in architecture is a little different, because the purpose of a room will be decided by the person or business that occupies it. An architect can still try to ensure that things are kept to a clean, simple minimum, though. In practice, most people would prefer to have one or two large, open-plan rooms than three or four small, poky ones. They can always choose to have an extra wall put up to divide up the space if they want to, but a larger room encourages better use of space, and allows more light in. Clean and sharp is the look you want to go for. That means high ceilings, unobstructed passageways, and as little division as possible. If an architect keeps the template for a building blank, there’s more space for the eventual buyer to fill it with their own ideas.
Every Building Should Have A Focal Point
Even if we’re working in accordance with the principles of minimalism, every building should have a point of focus. For a home, that’s probably a family room where people can gather together around a television. You should make that room as wide and broad as possible, and position it so it gets the most natural light of every room in the house. It should have multiple power points, conveniently positioned heating, and be built in the spirit of comfort. For a business, it’s the room which customers will see the most of – not the rooms which will only be used by staff.
Many different styles of website have found their own way to go about this, but one subsection of web designers who excel at it are those who work on online casinos and their sister sites. You will never log on to a mobile slots website and find yourself waiting for an introduction to load, or having to click through multiple options to find the mobile slots games. They’re positioned front and center, and they’re clearly visible the moment a user logs on to play them. The heart of a home, or the focus of a business property, should be just as easy to locate.
First Impressions Count
Above, we mentioned that mobile slots websites cut out the introductory pages you might find on most business websites or gambling advertising websites. Depending on the purpose of the website, others may play videos, present a list of options, or otherwise welcome users to the site in a specific way which is conducive to whatever the business is trying to sell to its customers. We can compare that to the doorway of a building; the doorway and what’s immediately behind it are the first things that we see when we walk in.
This isn’t just important to business premises; it’s an important thing to remember when building a home. No matter how many times a homeowner or resident has walked through the front door of their own home, they should still get a feeling of immediate relaxation when doing so. This is where we come after a long day at work, and it should make us feel at ease as quickly as possible. Consider the use of color and furnishings to achieve such an effect. Businesses, too, need customers to feel at ease when they walk through the door. It’s no use keeping all the sparkle and wonder in a distant room if a visitor has to wander through mediocrity to find it. By then, the effect is spoiled. A hallway is a showcase. A door is a window into what lies beyond it.
Always Seek The New
The latest big change in web design is that Flash and Java are finally dying a death – one that’s long overdue in the eyes of many web design professionals – and HTML5 has finally been accepted as the new industry standard when it comes to how a website should be put together. HTML5 launched in 2014. It’s taken almost five years for it to become the universally-accepted language of web programming. It should have been faster, but some designers stubbornly refused to stop using old, dated code to create sites with because it was all they knew. Now, all those websites designed using those methods in the past five years will need tearing down and replacing.
There’s nothing worse than a building that looks old the moment it’s completed. Any good architect should want their designs to stand out from the crowd instead of fading into the background, and that means picking design elements which are future-proof. No matter how fond you are of a certain design style, the moment it starts to become unfashionable, you need to let it go. Holding onto it will only mean your creations look dated and are quickly replaced, and you’ll also find that people stop coming to you if you look like you’re behind the times.
In summary – stay on-trend, keep your designs minimal, find your focus, and make sure the first thing people see inside your buildings takes their breath away. That’s all easier said than it is to implement – but that’s the challenge of great architecture!