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Elements of Web 2.0 Graphics

Elements of Web 2.0 Graphics

Web 2.0 has created a revolution on the internet in a

number of ways. There’s the collaboration factor which

enabled people to share information much easier than


Then there’s the factor of bringing the desktop environment

to the internet. But nothing’s more obvious in the Web 2.0

world than the so-called Web 2.0 design.

What makes a Web 2.0 design different from the designs of

the past? Here are some of the elements that set it apart

from everything that has come before it.

1. Rounded boxes

- although this has been used in designs of the past, this

design element wasn’t used extensively until Web 2.0 came.

This helps give a fresh look into websites which used to be

dominated by very professional-looking rectangular boxes.

2. Reflections

- this element aims to give off a 3D look for icons.

However, this is to be used sparingly, only to be used to

give depth to otherwise plain-looking icons.

3. Whitespace

- in web designs of old, having a lot of whitespace was a

no-no. Information was to be packed in as much space as

possible. But not anymore in the Web 2.0 world. Having a

lot of whitespace on a design makes it possible to read

things on-screen without causing too much eye strain. Aside

from that, it sets borders among elements without actually

creating a demarcating line.

4. Large fonts

- immediately capture one’s attention. Large fonts are

therefore useful in highlighting important parts of the

webpage especially the headlines and the banners.