Somewhere in my laundry list of blog posts, I have made an entry on the commonality between art, fashion, music, and design. There seems to be a great deal of similar motivation between these creative outlets.
However, there is a seemingly closer and more interesting connection between the likes of web design and music.
As someone who used to do a bit of musical performance in my heyday, I feel compelled to articulate these connections via 3 key components.
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Ahhh, the backbone of music. Typically understood by percussion, or drums, rhythm from a musical standpoint is arguably the most important element. Without rhythm, chaos would undeniably ensue.
In the sense of web development, rhythm can be understood by the relative cohesion and comprehensiveness of a design. To understand better, imagine Facebook for a moment. If the content on a user’s homepage was spread far apart across the entire page, it would be rather confusing for a user to understand. The look and feel of the page would be disjointed and the user would not know where to find the information that they were looking for.
In music, timing is used as a device for progression throughout a piece or song. Some individuals might not even pay attention to this element, but it is certainly recognized when it’s wrong or off. That same thing can most certainly be said for web design as well.
Timing in web development is intended on providing a seamless and comfortable user experience. Imagine a slideshow of photos in a photo gallery, where all of the photos play and change at random intervals. This would be both off-putting and highly irritating for the user to view. A perfectly timed site will load and function in a user friendly and systematic manner, whereupon timing will not even be considered because it is perfect.
Melody might be kind of a stretch to translate via web development, but we will consider it nonetheless. In music, the melody is the most resonant aspect of a song. It’s the element that people find themselves humming all day long, when a catchy enough song gets stuck in your head. It’s the relative groove of a song and it makes us feel good.
In web design, the melody can best be understood by this idea of look and feel. When implemented well, the melody that a web designer implements can create a peaceful, fun, exciting, and seamless visual for the user. Ultimately, the user will find him or herself “at peace” when viewing the design. Good melody!
Even in the abstract form, music and web design prove to be more similar than the everyday user might imagine.