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The Best (and Worst) Law Firm Website Designs

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what makes a website the "best" because much of it is subjective. Other aspects are more fair to judge such as usability, use of space, site architecture, and content. After searching the Internet for law firm websites, I quickly was able to find some that did all of the above well. Some of it may still be personal preference and even colors. Specifically for law firms and lawyers, a professional appearance is necessary.

Below, I have reviewed three of my favorite law firm websites as well as two of my least favorite.

Website Forms: Human or Computer? (CAPTCHAs)

Website form captcha
CAPTCHAs have become very popular on the Internet lately. CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. Good thing they shortened it, right? They make it harder for spammers and bots to get through.

Google has a CAPTCHA called reCAPTCHA. Google also determines if an IP address is solving too many CAPTCHAs in a short amount of time, then flags that IP address. ReCAPTCHA is free and accessible to blind users. Great work, Google!

Designing For Your Target Audience

Designing for your target audience is one of the most important factors to be aware of as a web designer. If you don't know or understand the audience and how they behave, that is one of the first questions to ask and find the answer.

When I hear "target audience," I always think back to my high school English class. The teacher would constantly tell us about the importance of our target audience. We used it for speeches, debates and more. English was always one of those classes where I would think, "when will I ever use this in the real world?" Well, here you go. Web and graphic design have a lot of focus on target audience.

Web Design Case Study: Megan S. Ott Foundation

We launched a new website for the Megan S. Ott Foundation today, and it can be viewed at http://www.megansottfoundation.org.

TBH Creative worked with the Megan S. Ott Foundation over the past year to help them define their brand and build a new website. The purpose of the website is gain support through volunteers and donations for the Megan S. Ott Foundation and all the people they serve. The secondary goal is to raise awareness and brand recognition in the community.

The Demise of Internet Explorer 6: Web Design Just Got Easier...For Now

For web developers everywhere, Internet Explorer 6 has been a trouble maker for quite some time. The code may seem perfect and the website can look beautiful on Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and even Internet Explorer 9, but look terrible on the 6th version of Internet Explorer without significant effort to fix. This week, Microsoft announced they will no longer be supporting or updating Internet Explorer 6. Less than 1% of United States Internet users use IE6.

Web Design Trends for 2012: One Page Layouts

We are doing a series of 2012 web design trends, and our seventh and final prediction for web design trends in 2012 is one page layouts.

One page layouts are beautiful, if they're done right. When constructing a one page website, make sure you don't have too much information. One page layouts work best with small, minimalist websites. Less is more in this scenario. If you have a lot of content, you may want to consider a multi-page layout.

Skidpasset's website is a great example of a one page layout. I especially like how the navigation follows you throughout the site. It is important that the user doesn't lose the navigation.

Skidpasset's home page screen. Visit the site for the full experience.
Carter Digital's website also has a navigation that follows the user down the page. The following navigation, however, is different from the "home" screen navigation. Changing the navigation shows other designers you don't have to be stuck with the same navigation on the "interior" screens.

Carter Digital's home page screen. View the site for the full experience.

Volkswagen Beetle's website takes a long time to load, but it is definitely worth the wait. Let the scrolling begin!

Volkswagen Beetle's home page screen. View the site for the full experience.

I think it is extremely important that the navigation is accessible throughout the layout. If the user scrolls down to the bottom of the page and the navigation is missing, it confuses the user (even though all of the information is on the same page).

Do you want to check out more one page web designs?

One Page Love has endless pages of beautiful one page designs. I could probably spend hours on this site. They have a variety of lists, from most loved sites to sites that should be launching soon.

Our web design predictions for 2011 also included one-page layouts. It is a growing trend and will continue throughout 2012. See some of our examples there.

Do you want to add some of these new trends to your website? It is important to continually update your website and incorporate new trends -- your website is a 24/7 marketing tool for your business and communicates to visitors many times before they even make contact with you. Schedule a web consultation with TBH Creative. We specialize in web design and are committed to keeping up with the newest web design trends.

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