Is it C.R.A.P or CRAP?
As a webdesigner for web 2.0, understanding the C.R.A.P Design is important. Here’s what C.R.A.P stands for:
C – Contrast
Just like the word says, contrast means to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences.
With technical terms, contrast refers to the differences of sizes, colors and shapes use to distinguish two elements. So, to show you guys the contrast:
R – Repetition
Repetition in your text is bad; repetition of your design elements is not only good but necessary.
Quoted from Design Better with Crap.
True? Yeah. Imagine you have a page full of repeated text. Mm, How do yo actually read it? Is the information correct? Designers used repeated design element for the design to stand out; It is called Pattern. I used Damask pattern a lot of the time, rather than a solid color, it adds live to the design.
Here’s an example:
Which is more attractive? Is it the one with a repetitive background or the one with a solid color?
A – Alignment
Alignment simply means to arrange everything in a straight line. Every element must be connected to each other. With alignment, a page will look very clean, neat and sophisticated. Content should be left, right or center aligned too.
I hope the comment is readable, otherwise, click on it. The two pictures drawn in red circles are my only concerns. It looks a little out of the place, doesn’t it? If only the text are justified. Anyway, the site looks great as a whole though. It’s neat and they really are good sense.
P – Proximity
Proximity: nearness in place, time, order, occurrence, or relation.
Well, you don’t want your content to look like they are not related to each other at all, so why are they all on the same page? With Proximity, it can help the user to find the information they want easily.
Look at the spacing of each of the content on the page. That’s proximity, equally spaced out, and still look like a site as whole.
I think Group8020 has a good proximity for its content.
Lastly, CRAP really just means crap.
3. refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap
Well, I think I’ve cramped you with enough information. Till then.