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The Evolution of Flat Design

Originally a major market disruptor, flat design has been a staple among top brands redesigning logos and looking to redefine their brand identities with the use of the trend-setting design implementation. Personified by 2D illustrations, clean, smooth, crisp edges and bright even monochromatic color schemes – flat design has traditionally been marked by a simplified, digital aesthetic, free of gradients and shadows, choosing to oppose artificial realism and intricacies in favor of simple iconography. In a phase where usability and efficiency has dominated the digital sphere, flat design helped designers and site owners by affording the design a much faster load time as extra elements are not present and elements are streamlined, allowing the faster site to resize and form around the navigation (content, rows and columns) it displays. As the maximalist trend has gained ground over simplicity and minimalism, flat design has been forced to evolve – morphing into […]

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1 month, 2 days ago
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Looking Ahead in UX: Progressive Web Apps

We all know there’s plenty to talk about in mobile web, but perhaps the biggest thing in the field is progressive web apps. Introduced and evangelized by Google for over the past year, they have been garnering attention for some more and more press due to their development capabilities and user experience optimization. What are Progressive Web Apps? Progressive Web Apps are a grouping of technologies, design concepts, and Web APIs that work together to deliver an app-like experience on the mobile web and bring features usually expected from native apps to the mobile browser experience. According to Google, they are described as; “experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps.” Core features include: no install required quick to load full screen experience run in secure container accessible to anyone on the web leverages standards based technology responsive Why Progressive Web Apps? Removing the complexity […]

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11 months, 14 days ago
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UI/UX Testing: Tools of the Trade

In the design stage of product development, testing is the ideal tool to optimize and refine for usability. Usability testing is one of the most fundamental parts of the overall UI/UX design process. These tests can and should involve close observation as users move  through pathways, for the purpose of identifying any usability issues or user experience sticking points. Naturally, as a part of the design process flaws are often unavoidable part of the design process and once these issues have been discovered, a site owner can strategize on a plan to rework the process for heightened UX. The first step to getting set up for any kind of testing is to first observe what’s happening on your website. You can do this with the usage of inexpensive software that’s fairly easy to set up and understand. They will give you a good idea of how users are interacting with your website on multiple levels. […]

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1 year, 26 days ago
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Applying Social Proof to Your Web Design

Equipped with well crafted content and engaging imagery, getting customers to point of purchase should be a simple feat – right? The reality is that even if a product or service is the best in its class and is represented by a beautiful web design, it might not be enough to make an conversion in the digital environment. There are many elements that go into a user making the decision to engage with a company. However, it’s what you don’t say – and more about what other people do say – that can be the most powerful aspect in the conversion process. Leveraging the opinions of an audience in marketing, is nothing new, but in the digital world, social proof has become an essential part of user experience design. Analytics show that the use of social proof is over 70% effective in convincing a customer to purchase a good or […]

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1 year, 4 months ago
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Balancing Content and Simplicity in UI Design

A digital content strategy can prove to be the most important relationship that a company shares with its audience, helping to build authenticity and ample conversion opportunities. A successful content implementation builds trust and develops a connection without actually being face to face, however, when it comes to designing a clean and minimal user interface to represent the content, it’s common that the content editing process becomes a problem. The process of designing and developing a user-centered interface that is simple yet effective is no small feat, particularly when there is detailed content at hand. Distilling information down to the core meaning, while remaining coherent and resonant is a powerful approach and can mean, among many other benefits, a sustained level of heightened conversion and a better user experience – but getting there can be a winding road. Many shy away from a minimalist approach to content and design because adding, […]

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1 year, 5 months ago
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Why Cards May Be the Ideal Design Structure for Mobile

There’s a reason cards are so prevalent in the digital environment today. Delivering digestible information in a clear way allows a user the ability to consume a great deal of information at one time. Acting as ‘containers’ for content, their usually boxy shape lends easy arrangement across multiple devices. The popularity of cards can best be attributed to the rise of mobile usage. Though it is used widely by designers and developers – the trend will certainly continue – and for good reason. What are cards? Originally gaining ground via image sharing sites such as Pinterest, cards have become one of the go-to implementations for designers looking to organize content, particularly for a responsive approach to web design. Frequently paired alongside the technique of flat design, cards are a successful framework for organizing visual and contextual assets built around many individual pieces of content. Without a structural system such as cards in place, […]

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2 years, 9 days ago
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8 Simple Truths of Responsive Design

It’s become clear that Responsive Design is no longer a trend. Delivering an across the board optimized user experience no matter the device can bring far reaching benefits and help a newly launching brand or existing organization widen their audience. The fact of the matter is that sites not utilizing responsive design are simply missing out on readily available customers. This ‘leg up’ can help a brand build trust and gain advantage over their competition. So why are people still designing and redesigning sites that don’t utilize this necessary innovation? A few ‘simple truths’ of RWD: Responsive Web Design Is Evolving…and Improving. Originally, responsive design was just about fitting a new screen size. Now, design elements must include different screen sizes to ensure a uniform experience across devices instead of just designing for one device. New approaches to CSS are taking this into account. It’s Not Just About Devices. Getting a […]

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2 years, 1 month ago
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Redesigning Interface for Better UX

If the layout of your website or app seems to be good but you’re still experiencing high abandon rates, then it may be time to look at your user interface. Having a confusing UI can confuse users and dissuade them from exploring your website. At first glance, it may seem like your UI design is okay but you have to understand that it goes beyond just how it looks. Here are some ideas for redesigning your UI as part of your UX design goals. Idea #1: Make Clarity the Main Goal Think about how the user sees the interface. Does it make sense to the user as much as it makes sense to you? To be effective with your interface, users must recognize how it works, get value out of it, and understand what it’s doing for them. If they can quickly grasp these ideas, they’ll get gratification from using […]

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2 years, 2 months ago
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5 Benefits of a Mobile First Design Approach

Traditionally, web designers begin the design of an interface design with sketches, ideation and wireframing from a desktop point of view. Nauturally, this has been the progression as personal computers were for the most part tethered to a users desk. With the trend shifting to a a heavily mobile using audience, designers must adapt to the differences and challenges in user experience that a smaller screen brings. Acknowledging the growing need for a user centered and consistent approach to mobile design, the development of Responsive Web Design was born. Working to ensure the optimal in UX, RWD consists of incorporating design elements that allow a page to respond to the screen size, and device, that a browser is using to view that page. Design elements must include different screen sizes to ensure a uniform experience across devices instead of just designing for one device. In Responsive Web Design, instead of a mobile site with […]

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2 years, 3 months ago
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UX Design and Its Most Important Rules

There are a myriad of directions you can move towards when it comes to UX design. You can focus on the design elements to be more pleasing to the eye, you can improve the findability of your site, or you can focus on providing a rewarding navigation path for the users just to name a few things. It’s a better idea to focus on some of the more important rules for UX design. Here are five that you should pay attention to. Rule #1 Meet the Expectations of Your User Even if the goal is to improve the experience of the users, design projects can often sidetrack and lead to a big departure from the primary focus. If you neglect everything else, the most important rule that you should follow is to meet the expectations of the user. Where did the user come from and what did the user come […]

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2 years, 6 months ago