Great article praising the little details in website designs. I can’t begin to stress how important it is to take pride in the little details of your work. That shadow here, icon there…individually, they may seem arbitrary, but all those things add up and really make the difference in achieving a more professional look and feel throughout.
When you let those seemingly small things slide, it can turn into something that looks “off” or even seems kinda sloppy. I mean, the overall design can be good, great even, but you’ll always be irked that it can be better. You’ll definitely realize this (and those anal retentive judges will too) during awards season. Trust me, as a designer, I understand that you don’t always have 100% control over your work and have to eventually let go. One can only do so much when the work leaves your computer and you can no longer supervise the design standards that were set in place. However, what you can do is make sure that any of those little forgotten tweaks, flaws, mistakes, made later weren’t made by you at the very least.
But who am I to talk really? I’m still learning and there are plenty of flaws with my own work which I will refuse to point out to you out of an incredible amount of insecurity, haha. I’ll leave you with this to think about though: I bet that your favorite rock star designer didn’t get to “Freddie Mercury” status by not sweating the details. You’re only doing yourself a disservice in the long run. So pick a new font outside your normal fall backs, throw in a texture, add a transition effect to your links, use text-shadow for your headlines, add subtle gradients to your buttons (random suggestions of course). If you don’t get entranced by this kind of stuff, if you find it to be a grind, there may be a problem here.
Everything is a choice. Even when you don’t make one.