As websites and online resources become more and more a part of our everyday lives, there is an increased demand for web design skills - but what exactly is "web design?" Simply put, web design is the planning and creation of websites. This includes a number of separate skills that all fall under the umbrella of web design. Some examples of these skills are information architecture, user interface, site structure, navigation, layout, colors, fonts and overall imagery.
All of these skills are combined with the principles of design to create a website that meets the goals of the company or individual from whom that site is being created. This article will take a look at the basics of website design and the various disciplines or skills that are a part of this industry.