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The Ecommerce Toolbox: Increasing Conversion With UX Design Strategies

The core goal of a website site is to make the journey as easy as possible for the consumer – so attention to user experience is key. Even focusing on a small set of e-commerce UX design essentials, a site can become more intuitive almost immediately. When shopping online, consumers generally have a goal in mind, and thus – a task-driven pursuit. One of the main things that can be done to improve this experience is to analyze the main navigation of a site to ensure that primary navigation is organized and reflective of the product hierarchy system. Ease of use within the navigation will also allow the user to feel comfortable enough to explore, knowing they can get back to their destination if needed – but encouraging more movement around the site in less clicks, the comparison of product and a higher rate of conversion for the business. Operating an […]

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4 months, 13 days ago
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What’s Next: Minimalism vs. Maximalism in Web Design

For years, minimalism in web design has reigned supreme. Whether it’s for reasons of usability, user experience or aesthetics – a simplistic approach to web design is both recognizable and appealing to modern tastes. Recently, however, taking note from other high design industries, a ‘more is more’ philosophy has taken shape. Both taking cues from fashion, interior design and film, minimalism and maximalism are complex initiatives that must be applied appropriately for the brand being represented. Maximalism Goes Digital A bridge to experiential design, maximalism allows for a variety of color, font, pattern and vast visual elements. While this may sound like too many elements all in one, a maximalist approach can be highly effective in authentically representing a brand. When done well, the resulting interface can result in an impactful and often impressive experience. A maximalist approach is about decadence, fantasy and the creation of another world. Taking the […]

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8 months, 5 days ago
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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 year, 3 months 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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1 year, 5 months 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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2 years, 7 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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2 years, 10 months ago