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Site Architecture: Designing for Context

Have you ever wondered how you should be structuring your website? What would be the best way to wire-frame the site and get desired sitemap? For instance, how should you structure the navigation menu? What kind of pages should be grouped together? What kind of layout and design should the pages follow? Just thinking about the whole process can be overwhelming with most companies ending up getting lazy with their site design and architecture, resulting in a website that is structured in a way that feels natural to them. What these companies don’t know is that most of the time, they hardly feel natural for the end users. While smaller sites (around five to ten pages) do not really need much site architecture planning – big sites, whether content, image or product based – depend on them to thrive. A properly organized site will provide relevant content while also connecting users to […]

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1 year, 6 months ago
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All Sites Are Not Created Equal: Choosing the Right Website Type

In the early stages of a new company or brand launch, a website presence is the first stop to gain exposure and begin market disruption. Many think that a website is a one size fits all approach, and if not guided correctly, end up with an informational site that ends up having to be redesigned as soon as the company receives any traction. In fact, deciding what type of website to implement is heavily dependent on what the needs of the company are and what the website needs to do for the organization it represents. Informational websites still have a place for many businesses, apps and sub brands – however, it can be a costly endeavor once the organization realizes their needs have outgrown or aren’t served by the static site. Understanding the types of sites that are available can assist in narrowing focus and seeing what options are available. Once […]

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1 year, 7 months ago
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3 Benefits of Shifting to Responsive Web Design

With mobility becoming increasingly crucial for companies in any industry, it is fascinating to note that many businesses are still debating on whether or not to implement a mobile strategy. Being that top search engines have begun recommending responsive web design as a best practice for some time, companies must ask themselves a better question – why not pursue it? Responsive Web Design (RWD) is an innovative and highly effective way of designing for the web and its user, which changes how we view websites across web capable platforms.  The process of RWD consists of constructing a website so that, no matter what screen size a visitor is using, the site will respond and self adjust to fit that screen size. It seems almost too simple, yet companies are still considering if it’s worth investing in RWD. The benefits are far reaching, both for the user and the bottom line of the […]

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1 year, 9 months ago
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Driven By Feedback: Adaptive Web Design

There’s no denying that delivering a mobile friendly interface is a major element in a web design strategy today – in fact, according to search engines and the user population – it’s a requirement for a chance to thrive. Along with these prerequisites for digital business, website owners must first navigate the landscape of choosing what kind of accessibility their site will have, or more importantly – what their user requires. Responsive Web Design has gained ground at a fast pace with the help of SEO specifications and has proven highly effective in delivering a fluid and consistent user experience across all devices. Though RWD has enjoyed the spotlight for some time, an alternate option  – Adaptive Web Design – has taken hold. An interface that is implemented with Adaptive Web Design (AWD) is specified to the device that is being used for the site. Through the use of the server, […]

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1 year, 10 months ago
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Simplicity Rules: Using White Space In Web Design

When it comes to web design in today’s environment, less is more. Internet users are inundated with a barrage of search engine results, ads, and websites that are all competing for their attention. That’s why it’s a better idea to go with a minimalistic, clean and modern website design over something that’s visually flashy or busy. A design that’s minimal only includes the essential elements so that it gets users to focus on the core message while also inviting them to learn more. One of the best ways to approach a minimalist aesthetic is through the use of white space, also referred to as negative space. White space is a powerful way guide a user around an interface in an intuitive manner, but is often neglected and replaced by the overuse of imagery and content. It’s important to note that white space is defined by the amount of space around […]

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1 year, 10 months ago
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Optimizing UX Through the use of Organizational Structures

Organizational structures are all about allowing users to predict where they will find information on the website, taking into account their individual expectations and displaying those elements so that they can transfer that familiarity from known pages to new ones. If a user is familiar with a certain button placement or content flow on the first pages they peruse, then their eyes will automatically look for a similar layout on the following pages. The visual center of the brain accounts for 50% of our user experience preferences, so it is extremely important to give a lot of thought to your page’s structure; here are a few categories included in organizational structure to help break it all down. Sometimes referred to as “tree structures,” hierarchical structures encourage a top down approach as the user sifts through information. Your audience would start with a broad content base and then progress to more and more detailed […]

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2 years, 13 days ago