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Comic books and web pages  

This great article by comic artist Rachel Nabors drawing parallels between the construction of a comic book page and the design of web page. Killer quote:

Both mediums tell stories and convey ideas using words and pictures. People will scan boring or confusing sites as well as comics. In both mediums, you have to either pull readers into a narrative or immediately offer up the meatiest part of the content, lest readers skip to the next page.

Emphasis mine. I'd never thought of it like that, but it makes sense as a general concept of how to think about a page you're designing. Are you offering "the meat" up front, or are you drawing the reader into a narrative?

The article is worth reading if only for all the neat illustrations.

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