.Net Application UI Design

Posted on 2007-08-08
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I need to design a website that has a similar design like Amazon. I have .Net development knowledge but I dont have adequate knowledge about how to go about designing the UI for the application.
I think the Amazon guys have used frames on thier web pages so that they have the page divided in three sections. is that right? what are your thoughts about it?

Where can I find more information about designing & using such a UI? Can you please point me to some tutorials or books?

Thanks in advance,
Question by:vdesai_8
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    You're wrong, Amazon site does not use frames. Their layout with header, footer and three columns in the middle is pretty common practice nowadays, but you should understand that Amazon spent huge effort in defining their UI, it's a result of expensive usability research and their developers have vast experience... This is not something you can expect to match by reading a tutorial.

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    Thanks for your reply. If I want to make a website with a similar look & feel, what are my options?
    should I go for User Controls, Dream weaver, Fireworks? Any ideas please?

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    The Amazon site is highly dynamic; it is built on top of propriatory engine to ensure scalability and reliability which you most likely will not need.

    In terms of "look and feel", any contemporary HTML editor can help you build a static page (or set of such pages) that will "look and feel" similar to Amazon.

    You must learn Web programming (ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, PHP, Ruby on Rails, or others) to build a dynamic site (the site that displays data stored in a database, that performs user actions that effect the database, communicates with other sites and Web services).
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    Go to and work through the tutorials.  They even have "Starter Kit" websites you can learn from or adapt.

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