Web design idea: Group visuals vertically in the center

Posted January 16th @ 6:27 pm by Roger C. ParkerPrint

wisdom-of-women-four-5Author, designer, and publisher Liane Sebasian’s website, Wisdom of Women, provides an refreshing alternative to the typical horizontal orientation of most websites.

Liane has horizontally divided her site roughly into thirds. She’s grouped text and links to the left and right of the central column containing graphics placed against a darker background.

I don’t remember seeing this technique used before, but, in her hands, the technique works very well on both the home page, and inside pages.

The change is dramatic enough to make her site memorable, without causing usability problems: there are no ambiguous misleading clues. There’s an obvious logical relationship of placement of text and links next to graphics.

In addition, the site is very efficient: a lot of information and links appear in the first screen of the home page. I’m impressed by the thought that went into the site, as well as the way examples and testimonials appear on the inside pages, especially her clients page.

What do you think? Do you think a similar arrangement of text and graphics might help you better organize the contents of your website? As we all search the web, I think it’s important that we surf with an open mind, always looking for ideas that can be adapted to our specific situations. Share your opinion as comments, below.


  1. Mark
    January 18, 2010


    It seems to be rushy, i mean text on both sides can cause a lil bit confusion. Although its different but u have to improve it a lil bit.

    Anyway thanx for asking

    Web Design Company London

  2. Roger C. Parker
    January 18, 2010

    Dear Mark:
    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    Lots of good ideas on your website, too!

    Have a great week.


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