The Inverted Pyramid Of Visual Design

The idea is that the critical information is presented immediately and then additional information is presented that expands on, explains, and reinforces the main idea.

At any point someone should be able to stop reading without missing the main message. Those who read more get more, but everyone gets the main idea you’re trying to communicate.

The main benefits of the inverted pyramid are:

* It quickly conveys key information
* It establishes a context in which to interpret subsequent information
* It’s initial chunks of information are more likely to be remembered later
* It allows for efficient scanning and searching
* It can be easily edited since least important information is presented last

The above could equally be goals of a good design. We want our designs to quickly communicate important information, be remembered, and establish context, don’t we?

The cons of the inverted pyramid are:

* Doesn’t allow flexibility of building suspense or creating surprise ending
* Can lead to perception of being uninteresting

Whenever it’s important to present information efficiently and quickly, the inverted pyramid is an excellent style to follow. Your lead (opening paragraph) becomes a concise overview of whatever it is you’re writing and you can follow the lead with more detailed chunks of information for those that want to know more.


In one second the user should understand generally where they are
—largely driven by visuals and functionality.
If we can keep people for 10 seconds, they should understand our primary message.
If they stay for two minutes, some secondary messages should be getting through.
All this feeds into a call to action.
Kristina Halvorson

Journalists use the inverted pyramid style of writing to quickly convey the most important information of a story to readers. It works because no matter how far into an article someone reads the most important information gets through.

The more you read the more detailed information you get, but no matter where you stop reading the main message has been conveyed. Can web designers do something similar visually?

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Online Copywriting: Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

If there’s one generalization you should make as a website writer, it’s that your visitors have short attention spans and are overly saturated with information.

If you’d rather generalize, then just think about this fact: search is the most popular function on the internet. This means most visitors to your site are looking for something in particular. If they click on your site and can’t tell whether you will provide what they are looking for, they will leave.

Internet users think of their time as precious and the internet as a never-ending trove of information. Your visitors are information scavengers with little loyalty and even less time; this means you need to tailor your writing specifically to them to get their attention.

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Things To Remember While Writing Online
instantShift – Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

Headings

Headings should have one purpose: force your readers to stay. Most readers will happily read your headline, but a much smaller percentage will stick around. Be descriptive, compelling or interesting.
Profiles

You’re a real estate agent and you have two types of clients: buyers and sellers. You could try to weave around both objectives, selling to buyers one moment and sellers the next. Or, you could target both of them with gusto. To do the latter, you must segment your audience; persuade both types of visitor to read different copy. You could place the copy under different headings or link to where visitors should go.
Importance First

instantShift – Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

If readers want to know what your site is about as quickly as possible it makes sense to explain the most important things about your site early. Take a cue from daily newspaper’s inverted pyramid style. Newspapers give the most important information (the “who,” what,” “where,” “when,” “why” and “how”) about an event as early as possible and fan out the details in the rest of the paragraphs.

Newspaper readers want the latest news, but also want to be able to move quickly to another story if it isn’t relevant to them. For example, if there is dangerous flooding in Chicago, but if you live in California you most likely don’t care. This is why it’s important for a newspaper reporter to note where the flooding is immediately so readers who aren’t concerned can move to the next story that does pertain to them. The same applies to websites.


InstantShift - Online Copywriting: Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

If there’s one generalization you should make as a website writer, it’s that your visitors have short attention spans and are overly saturated with information.

If you’d rather generalize, then just think about this fact: search is the most popular function on the internet. This means most visitors to your site are looking for something in particular. If they click on your site and can’t tell whether you will provide what they are looking for, they will leave.

Internet users think of their time as precious and the internet as a never-ending trove of information. Your visitors are information scavengers with little loyalty and even less time; this means you need to tailor your writing specifically to them to get their attention.

You may be interested in the following related articles as well.

Please feel free to join us and you are always welcome to share your thoughts even if you have more related tips that our readers may like.

Things To Remember While Writing Online

instantShift - Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

Headings

Headings should have one purpose: force your readers to stay. Most readers will happily read your headline, but a much smaller percentage will stick around. Be descriptive, compelling or interesting.

Profiles

You’re a real estate agent and you have two types of clients: buyers and sellers. You could try to weave around both objectives, selling to buyers one moment and sellers the next. Or, you could target both of them with gusto. To do the latter, you must segment your audience; persuade both types of visitor to read different copy. You could place the copy under different headings or link to where visitors should go.

Importance First

instantShift - Make Your Website Copy Dazzle

If readers want to know what your site is about as quickly as possible it makes sense to explain the most important things about your site early. Take a cue from daily newspaper’s inverted pyramid style. Newspapers give the most important information (the “who,” what,” “where,” “when,” “why” and “how”) about an event as early as possible and fan out the details in the rest of the paragraphs.

Newspaper readers want the latest news, but also want to be able to move quickly to another story if it isn’t relevant to them. For example, if there is dangerous flooding in Chicago, but if you live in California you most likely don’t care. This is why it’s important for a newspaper reporter to note where the flooding is immediately so readers who aren’t concerned can move to the next story that does pertain to them. The same applies to websites. Leer más “Online Copywriting: Make Your Website Copy Dazzle”