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Web Design Refresh: How Often Do You Need It And When?

As a brand grows – whether it’s services change or products are added – updates to a website are necessary to reflect the most current and up to date information. Reflecting these revisions to the customer facing website is often one of the most critical steps to gaining conversion. The main issue is that many site owners become too comfortable with their current format, making updates a daunting task. A Conversion Driven Prospect Whether a website redesign is to communicate brand values or to provide valuable information for your customers – a company’s goals are constantly changing. What’s critical here is that you are clear on what you’re trying to achieve with the website. If your goal is lead generation, and new prospects are not coming in at the desired rate, then it’s time to look at the format and message of your website. Additionally, user journeys should be assessed to […]

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4 months, 1 day ago
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Building Interactions: Fluent Design

It’s no surprise that Microsoft has been trying to play catchup with regard to their interface design, so earlier this year at the Build Developer Conference, they launched the Fluent Design System, formerly known as Project Neon – arguably its version of Google’s Material Design. An evolution of the Metro UI design language, fluent design seeks the pursuit of delivering consistent experiences across Microsoft interfaces. Fluent Design’s main aim is to provide developers with a single language for seamless movement across device and platforms inclusive of Windows 10, HoloLens, Surface, Xbox, Cortana, and more. Design Principles Described by Microsoft as ‘An eloquent design system for a complex world‘ the system’s basic elements are made of light, depth, motion, scale  – and materials. Together, the result is an experience that makes the user feel far away from a computer screen according to the creators. Fluent Design’s ethos is inclusive of immersive Sensory […]

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5 months, 1 day ago
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8 Essential eCommerce Conversion Drivers

Despite being one of the most important components of ecommerce operations, conversion optimization tends to go under the radar. With a focus mainly on product offering, market segment penetration and order fulfillment – attention to the user experience can get left behind. While the majority of ecommerce operators know their intended customer, it’s more of a retail minded knowledge base. Getting to know the psychology of a web user and getting into the ins and outs of their online journey – is quite another prospect. Overlooking the understanding of one’s user can be a costly mistake. Putting good money before bad, site owners sink investments into SEO, banner ads, social media campaigns and so on, driving users to a site that isn’t optimized for their visit. For an ecommerce site to even have a chance at survival, it must do much more than just look pretty. It must function far beyond first […]

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5 months, 27 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, 7 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, 3 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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UI Fundamentals for Mobile App Design

Everyone who launches an app wants it to succeed – that’s a given. It all starts with an idea – hopefully something that has never been done or something that needs to be optimized – more than a pretty face – a true a problem solver. For the elements to come together to create an mobile app that will take off – several implementations must be in place. A great idea, enthusiastic innovators, a solid development team, and a great UI design. It may seem simple to gather these elements, however, the result is only as good as the sum of the parts. Each factor in play must be strong enough to stand on it’s own, yet smart enough to pass the baton to the next. A team of stakeholders, ideally, should ideate and collaborate as an entire from concept to launch in order to deliver the most optimal user […]

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1 year, 7 months ago
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UI Design: Bridging the Gap Between Simplicity and Complexity

Both determining if a user interface needs a redesign, and the task of designing it is no simple feat. The process involved can be ardouos, involving many steps, stakeholders and time. While a UI redesign at the onset may seem like a cut and dry endeavor, it is critical to understand the inner workings of how an optimal end product is produced and the challenges that will almost certainly arise as the project unfolds. Engaging in a UI redesign usually means that a site is either outdated or is not working ideally for the user. Aspects in consideration could be as simple as a navigation restructure to content all the way to image curation. Each project has it’s own set of goals specific to the company it represents, but ultimately, creating an interface that is as intuitive as possible is the holy grail. This is where the hard part comes […]

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1 year, 9 months ago
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5 Truths of Iterative Design

Among design methodologies in the digital sphere, the use of Iterative Design is one of the most rigorous – and effective. Tapping into a cycle of bordering on obsessive optimization, iteration is a regenerating process whose effects can be felt and seen long after a launch. In its wake, iterative design can drastically improve functionality, build needed components to a platform and add a positive complexity. Though highly effective, its important to be aware of the sometimes hard truths that a project tapping into an iterative strategy can face. #1: Iterative Design is Best Implemented Early Iteration should begin on a project immediately, with concepts coming into fruition through prototyping and concepting. The review/analyze/test phase is entered – refinements are made and prototyped again. Its important that the cycle is run through rapid iteration, so ideas have a chance at success and don’t get stale. #2: An Iterative Process is a Hands-On Approach An […]

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1 year, 10 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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1 year, 11 months ago