Template Files

Style Guide - Web Project Template Files

By Sonia Kay and Ashley Friedlein,

This report is part of the Template Files for Web Projects bundle.



Web Project Template Files: Project Closure
Authors: Sonia Kay, Econsultancy and other expert contributors
Title: Style Guide

About this Guide

Creating a set of agreed web site style guidelines makes site updates run hugely more efficiently. Endless discussions and debates over often subjective design details such as typefaces and colours can waste large amounts of time. It is not that these details are not important but if they can be codified it avoids having the same debates over and over again. Team members and content contributors can work much more efficiently if they clearly understand the design and brand parameters they must work to. This becomes particularly important as a web site grows and there are increasing numbers of distributed authors and parties involved in adding to, and updating, the web site (internet or intranet). For global sites it is important to define the style guidelines at a central, global level in order to maintain quality and consistency across all sites. These guidelines should, however, allow enough room for appropriate localisation. NB: for an excellent real example of a Style Guide look at: www.monash.edu.au/staff/web www.medschool.ucsf.edu/webresources/web_style_guide