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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, 4 months ago
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The Power of Color Psychology for Effective Web Design

When it comes to choosing colors for your website, it can be fun to just select what intuitively feels right. This might work well if you are an artist and about to establish your own, unique style without worrying about what the audience might think of you. If you are a business, however, you are most likely concerned about things like sales and marketing and, as a result, wonder which colors might be most beneficial in supporting all of your business efforts. In fact, selecting the right colors can not only help your overall marketing strategy, but it can impact your entire brand image and how prospective customers will perceive you. That is a very important perspective to consider, especially for certain industries where looking professional as opposed to playful, for example, could make all the difference between closing a deal and losing a customer. Let’s take a look at […]

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1 year, 5 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, 5 months ago
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5 Tips for Designing Sites with User Experience In Mind

There’s a limitless number of things that you can do to improve your UX design. What you have to understand is that not all the advice you read about will be relevant to your website. Some changes will also be far more impactful than others, so you want to make sure you implement the right changes with the limited resources that are available to you. Here is a small list of cherry-picked tips to designing sites with user experience in mind to get you started. 1. Simplify Your Website You still see websites that have multiple navigation bars, widget boxes, and ads strewn out all over the place. This negatively impacts the user experience. UX design is about providing the right elements in the right context. If you have a navigation bar for related articles, why not just add it to the bottom of the main content? If you have […]

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1 year, 5 months 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, 6 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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