I was surfing the web looking for some ideas on potential website discussions, and I found a pretty good sample of what seems to be a well crafted resource guide for web design in a book called Web Design - The Complete Reference. One thing in the first chapter that it gives stood out to be, and that is how it is hard to discuss web designs without them getting off track. Why is that? According to this book, it?s because what people mean by the expression ?web design?. I?ll now directly quote here so I don?t have to keep paraphrasing. While everyone has some sense of what Web design is, few seem able to define it exactly. Certain components, such as graphic design or programming, are a part of any discussion, but their importance in the construction of sites varies from person to person and from site to site. Some consider the creation and organization of content?or, more formally, the information architecture?as the most important aspect of Web design. Other factors?ease of use, the value and function of the site within an organization's overall operations, and site delivery, among many others?remain firmly within the realm of Web design. With influences from library science, graphic design, programming, networking, user interface design, usability, and a variety of other sources, Web design is truly a multidisciplinary field. - Web Design - The Complete Reference, Chapter 1 So basically, this discussion rests on a single question that I think could take awhile to answer, which is good for a forum that needs a kick in the rear end! That question is simple in nature but more complex when you think about: what is web design? To add to that, what are the components of it? What are the most important components of it? If you don?t agree with anything that was said before, why not? Personally, while a design can make or break a site, I think a good design is only half the battle. I?ve seen some great looking websites out there that were awful in terms of being user-friendly. Searching and functionality should be extremely simple, and if it means toning down your great design a bit then so be it. Your viewers may be impressed initially by your gift at designing, but they?ll be turned off and away very fast if they can?t easily search your website. Also, for anyone who's interested, click here for the link to the book.