Somewhat inspired by the thread from a month or two ago, “How To Drive”
So you just got a geocities page or livejournal, and you’re not sure how to design your page. Here’s a few tips.
[li]Use bright colors whenever possible, especially pink and magenta. People love those colors. If you’re typing out the numbers in hex, make sure the value of red, green, and blue is always either FF or 00, because this makes the colors brighter.[/li][li]If you have a colored background, it should match the color of your text, because people like things to match. Blue text on a blue background looks much better than black text on a white background.[/li][li]Of course, colored backgrounds aren’t ideal. You really should use complex images or photographs, especially ones that have a variety of different colors in them, because then the contrast between text and background is different for every word. And that makes visitors to your site happy. If the background image is a 1600x1200 bmp, hosted on another site, it’ll take forever to load, but don’t worry. It’s worth it.[/li][li]Midis, midis, midis. And make sure you use instruments like “violin” and “saxophone” because they sound the best.[/li][li]The <marquee> tag. Instant, simple, animation![/li][li]Animated cursors, and trails of objects following the cursor all over the page.[/li][li]Use the diagonal resizing arrow instead of the pointing finger for rolling over links.[/li][li]Transitions in and out of every page, including a “dissolve” effect, or “circle” effect, etc, plus a sound effect.[/li][/ul]
By the way, a lot of this same advice applies to powerpoint design.