In normal circumstances, I use Adobe Photoshop to create a rough mockup of the website design and play with different fonts and colour variations. But lately, I use more Adobe XD, because with this application you can create, prototype and design real working layouts.
It's all a matter of taste
If I need to describe the style of my website I use the words "Clean", "Business-like", "Traditional", "Modern", etc.
Designs are always a matter of taste, of course, but lately, I see more and more websites with designs similar to each other. Those one-page websites with sections full of animations when scrolling, parallax effects, dividers that give those sections a fluid transition and counters to show how many success the business has. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I really like those designs, but I stay away from those layouts. For me, those are trends that eventually disappear. I chose a more "Classic" look.
Choosing the right colors
The dark side of the moon
Dark website design and black websites have always been very controversial topic of discussion. Many web designers believe in pushing boundaries and are happy to adopt the concept of black web design and launch black websites. Others are still not in favour of using it in their designs. This is mostly based on concerns over design and readability or brand fit.
According to a recent poll, the general audience prefers light designs because of better readability. For me, it is obvious that photos are more pronounced when used on a dark or black background, but I agree that light backgrounds are better for readability. So I went for the best of both worlds; whenever text is present, I use mostly a light background.
My website uses only 3 main colors #202020 (dark grey), #e0e0e0 (light grey) and #f8b000 (yellow). It's a good idea not to have too many colours in your design, especially for a photography website; it distracts the viewer from the photos.
The biggest challenge!
The most powerful and popular one was Essential Grid, but it is bloated with code and slow. So I tried the faster and cleaner one, The Grid. With this plug-in, you can easily build a masonry layout and give every thumbnail of my blog and gallery post a unique look with the skin builder. Additionally, it's easy to replace the main query of WordPress.
Until I discovered a new player!
Indeed! Just when I was almost finished with this website, I discovered a new plug-in from the same creators of The Grid.
Gridbuilder WP has almost the same features as The Grid but has one significant option: Faceted search or filtering. It's an Ajax-based system that can quickly and efficiently filter content asynchronously without page refreshes. It's so good that I used this plug-in on almost all pages where I needed to query the database. Maybe you already noticed how quick it is by visiting my Blog, Gallery or Links pages.
To be continued...