Mike Markel's Web Design Tutorial
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About the Tutorial

This tutorial presents a brief overview of how to achieve interesting, effective designs for your pages using the basic features of your word processor. Specifically, it introduces you to important design principles to consider as you design a document and helps you analyze the design of sample documents.

Although the design principles presented here apply to both print and online documents, the primary focus is on design strategies for paper documents.

Keep in mind that some of the guidelines presented here might not apply to your specific project. You need to think about your own purposes and about how your audience will use the information. Often your primary reader's design preferences or your company's style guide will dictate your design choices.

You can create the designs discussed here using most of the word processing programs available today. However, detailed step-by-step instructions for using a feature in a specific word processing program are beyond the scope of this tutorial. For specific instructions for your word processing program, consult the software's online help or one of the many print guides available.

How to Use This Tutorial

To follow the tutorial screen by screen, use the right arrow at the bottom of the screen. Use the left arrow to retrace your steps. To go directly to a topic, use the links on the right-hand portion of the screen. Then use the Back and Forward buttons on your browser to retrace your steps.

Please e-mail Mike Markel with questions and comments about the tutorial and its links.

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