All posts tagged: User Experience

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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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2 years, 2 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 months 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, 4 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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2 years, 4 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, 6 months ago
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Cultivating Aesthetics in the Information Age

In todays new media culture – an individual can learn and gather the tools needed to perfect a skill. Speaking to the design landscape, the question emerges as to whether a good aesthetic point of view is inherent in the designer, maker or creator – or if it can be cultivated. As aesthetics are truly a ‘point of view’ discussion, the issue is truly how an individual interprets, evaluates and responds to an environment, problem or opportunity. Focusing on branding and perception, design leans heavily on first impressions of the personality, appearance, and professionalism of a brand. Those impressions are what the mind experiences with the most impact, accompanied with residual feelings that act like faint images of those initial effects – causing either a conversion or a missed opportunity. Design is truly a reflection of the times, landscape and culture it resides in. With regard to website design, in order to play with an aesthetic point […]

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2 years, 6 months ago