When designing your author website, why not go for texture? These days, there are more creative ways to incorporate textures into your site than ever before.
Adding texture engages Web visitors by using images that have a 3D feeling, giving your site dimension, visual interest, and freshness. Textured images can add that “pop” that distinguishes a website that’s spectacular from one that’s just okay.
And using texture can be an easy, fun way to exercise your creativity!
Examples Of How To Incorporate Texture Into Your Author Website
Here Are Some Ideas To Texturize Your Website
If you haven’t already, take our What’s Your Web Personality? quiz. Then, based on your answers, find a texture that works to help your site transmit a cohesive message.
- Wood planks
- Leaf litter
- Book pages
The list goes on!
Where To Find Textured Images
Textural images are easy to find on the Web, and if you’ve got a website that allows for easy changes (like those that WDR develops in WordPress), then adding a new image can be as simple as a few clicks.
The following websites offer textured images. To find an image you like, just search on the word “texture.” You can also add words like “pavement,” “cardboard,” or “tin.”
- iStock Photo
- Flickr (with creative commons permissions only)
- FreeDigitalPhotos (images must link back to the site)
- And more
Don’t Overdo Your Textures
Although we love adding interesting textures to a website in the same way that we love adding interesting spices to a meal, it’s important not to overdo it.
Too many textures can work against one another, confusing visitors by not giving them a clear, defined focus on each page. Also, overdoing textures can make a website look too busy.
It’s best to pick one texture you love, then leave it at that. But most of all, have fun! Don’t be afraid to use texture in your design for big impact.
QUESTION: Add to our list! What else can you use to add texture to a website?