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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 […]

4 years, 7 months ago
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Creating a More Intuitive Web Design

Technology now plays such a large role in our daily lives – so it’s only natural that we’ve come to expect that it integrate seamlessly into our existence. Designing these experiences for the web – the ones that truly make a users life easier – aren’t created easily. A designer must think from concept to conversion, implementing both design principles and user preferences to meet the challenge of delivering a truly intuitive digital experience. They may not be aware of it, but users who have become familiar with specific elements in design behave in a certain way; depending on the intended result, designers must be vigilant to optimize their interface for user satisfaction. Your users shouldn’t have to figure out what they need to do in order to take a specific action. It should be natural for them to take the next action and get to their desired destination or create […]

5 years, 6 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 […]

5 years, 11 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 […]

6 years, 2 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 […]

6 years, 3 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 […]

6 years, 4 months ago