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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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22 days ago
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Website Design Elements to Increase Conversion

Design trends come and go, but business goals will always be top of mind. To remain competitive, it’s necessary to regularly assess whether or not a website is making the connections needed to remain effective for the goals of a company that requires growth and revenue. A new or redesigned site can have all the bells and whistles of shiny new interactive and up-to-date features, but if it doesn’t align with the targeted user, the features become a roadblock on the path to conversion. Whether its new functionality or outdated imagery, a range of seemingly small things can hurt user experience and site performance. While a well-designed website may be a fully functional platform, conversion strategies must be approached in a customized manner to the business and user set. Even a few tweaks to an existing design can increase conversions by up to 75% upon implementation. Rethink Color Color has […]

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2 months, 7 days ago
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Content Before Design: Delivering a Better User Experience

There’s no doubt that design is a huge factor for web design to engage users – but for for many projects, it is the only aspect that is really given any weight with all other elements expected to simply ‘fall into place’. This is where the web design can go very wrong. The myth that design should be the driver of a project has launched countless sites that don’t truly respect or understand the user. Very often, when kicking off a project, both client and designers cut right to the chase creating wireframes and comps with placeholder text which can, and usually delivers a design that is well received, but not based in reality. As a result, text and contextual imagery are shoved into places that weren’t built to hold them. Your classic square peg round hole – not ideal for the optimal user experience. When all the elements are pared […]

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1 year, 4 months ago
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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, 7 months ago
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The Interactive Storefront: Designing for Ecommerce

Online sales worldwide have reached an all time high in the trillions and it’s clear that the majority of consumers do much of their shopping, if not all, online. This trend is only on the upswing, and with that, technological developments must keep up to meet the demand. Much like being in a physical store, the digital storefront environment must be given a great deal of attention and designed to work for the customer. eCommerce design is no exception, following trends and standards that designers must implement for a company to have a competitive and thriving existence. Responsive More than half of the commerce traffic today is done on mobile devices.  Drop rates are rampant for sites that are not mobile-friendly equating to money left on the table for a business that has chosen not to optimize.  Delivering an optimal shopping experience with high quality imagery, zoom capabilities, scrolling and […]

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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, 11 months ago