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The Important Role of Icons in UX Design

There is arguably no better avenue to make a stronger brand presentation than to maintain consistent graphic elements throughout an interface. Icons are the ideal vehicle to deliver this consistent look and feel, and it can be surprising how much leverage they have in conveying the perspective of an entire website. Well crafted and designed icons bring unification to a user’s website experience and are a critical part of the website design process. Lending a great deal to the overall style of the design, they are essential in helping promote recognition, usability and an intuitive experience. In fact, the most effective icons are the ones that go virtually unnoticed due to the fact that they blend so seamlessly with the design of the interface. Acting as a visual representation of content, icons are a component of visual storytelling – in its most basic of forms. Delivering core information to the […]

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1 month, 21 days ago
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Designing A More Effective Hidden Menu

Guiding a user through an interface is perhaps one of the most important pathways a web designer can implement. Navigation is the main tool in guiding this experience, so it’s only fitting that there should be debate over new trends within menu design. Though a standard well-designed approach to navigation is ideal for most websites, the hidden menu has become increasingly popular. With the rise of a mobile-first strategy, a more pared down, minimalistic navigation has become the norm for screens across the board. By far, the most used method to employ the hidden menu is that of the hamburger menu. To refresh, the ‘hamburger menu’ is the application of a site hiding their menu navigation when a visitor first lands on the main page. The hidden menu information becomes visible when the visitor is ready to move on to additional information and clicks on the requested icon. This implementation of […]

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1 year, 10 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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2 years, 4 days ago
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6 Website Button Design Trends To Try Now

With the great deal of importance placed on User Experience, digital button design should not be overlooked. These are just a few of the aesthetic treatments that can be applied to an interface, but as always, ensuring that the design is aligned with the brand it represents and users it serves – is key. Ghost The use of ghost buttons is a relatively new treatment to the well used and loved call to action button. Ghost buttons serve the same purpose as traditional buttons but feature transparent interiors and have basic shapes such as rectangles or squares. Outlined, or bordered by a hairline, the inside features very plain text usually in a thin sans-serif. Ghost buttons are incredibly attention grabbing and intuitive which can explain their meteoric rise for designers and developers alike. Flat Personified by two-dimensional, clean, smooth, crisp edges and bright colors – flat design could be coined […]

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2 years, 17 days 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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2 years, 24 days ago
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The Scrolling Site: Getting It Right for The User

Believe it or not, at one point, in the not so distant past- scrolling was a major faux pas. The mantra of ‘above/below the fold’ rules were ubiquitous with designers working to get as much information as possible into the immediately seen space that ultimately would overwhelm the user. Along with technology, the user has evolved. With the popularity and prevalence of parallax, so much has changed – including user preference and their interest in truly connecting and engaging with the content they are looking for. Scrolling has become an ally of both the user and designer alike – and with screen resolution improving it seems on a daily basis, this trend is only on the rise. While standard scrolling is not a new trend, though the proper implementation of it’s features are a hotly contested debate. With sites developing more in depth content and the prevalence of parallax and animated […]

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2 years, 1 month ago