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The Subtle Fundamentals of UI Design

There are countless techniques, tips, tricks and rules to craft resonant and functional interfaces, however, it’s a small group of truly effective methods that rise to the top when attempting to deliver a truly useful and at the same time, beautiful design. Much of creative web technique is centered around interface design, as it is the front line of media engagement. Attention to every detail is what sets apart an outstanding website from it’s sub-par counterparts. Paying attention to, and applying a few benchmark, high-level details can ensure a more intuitive experience, and a more satisfied user. Grouping items and subjects that are interconnected must be grouped together and visible on screen to show they are related. Alternately, if they are completely individual, they should be separated. Focusing on consistency by keeping the same implementations in place throughout a site with allow the user to become more comfortable with the material at hand. Placing buttons and content in the same places […]

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2 years, 7 months ago
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How to Improve Your Web App’s User Interface Design

While there is a lot of focus on UI design for smartphone apps and websites, web apps are often neglected. It seems like the sought after standard for web apps is “good enough” for many organizations. However, it’s important to understand that great UI leads to a great user experience and a great user experience leads to increased productivity, loyal customers, and less reliance on support. So how do you start creating a user interface design that hits the mark with your users? First, understand your audience. Who are your users? Are they, corporate users, college students, potential customers, administration staff, or a group that’s technologically challenged? Get an idea of what kind of apps that your audience uses. Find what they are comfortable using, what kind of complaints/challenges they have, and what they apps use on a regular basis. This will help you design your web app in a […]

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2 years, 8 months ago
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What Foundations Make for Great UI/UX Design?

What it comes to redesigning to accommodate for UI and UX, you can come up with a mind numbing number of iterations. That’s why it can be difficult to figure out which iteration to go with. After all, you’ll likely end up having a good number of iterations that will make it to the wireframing stage. But at the end of the day, you want to go with a design that makes sense in terms of UX and UI. To do this, it’s important to understand what foundations make for an outstanding user experience and user interface. To start off, let’s take a look at what makes for a great experience. 1. The engagement level is high. Engagement is created by the way things are presented and the way you communicate with users. That means that the visual elements need to be aesthetically pleasing AND be relevant to the users. […]

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2 years, 8 months ago
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How to Approach Platform UI/UX Design

If you’re planning to undergo UI/UX design project, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the little things you have to do. This is especially the case if the goal is to develop for multiple platforms. You have to make sure that your project meets user expectations, function properly, and fit into the standard platform templates. There are no magical answers on how to go about it, but here are some tips to approach UI and UX design in a way that can make your life a whole lot easier. First, make sure you understand your audience. Dig deep into figuring out what they really want out of your app or website. That’s the best way to start getting an idea of how to deliver the ideal user experience. It will help to look at similar successful websites or apps to really analyze what makes the website or app so […]

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2 years, 8 months ago
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Trending: Best Practices in Scrolling Types

Standard scrolling is not a new trend, though the proper implementation of it’s features are a hotly contested debate. With sites developing more in depth content and the prevalence of parallax and animated sites as well as constant information stream applications, the approach of scrolling is evolving to site and content specifications. Scrolling is an integral aspect of many programs and applications – allowing an easier flow of communication to the user, providing a more engaging experience. With 3 general types of scrolling – full page, parallax and infinite – the implementation has become almost essential for todays information processing. Full Page Scrolling As the most standard approach, full page scrolling has become very popular with the widespread use of mobile devices. Smaller screens force the user to almost constantly scroll to read all the content on the page. Users are very comfortable with scrolling because of this full page […]

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2 years, 9 months ago
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UI Design and Integration of User Experience

Whether you’re designing a website or an app, UI design plays a critical role either project’s success. The interface is what gets users engaged into using the website or app in a way you want them to. A well designed user interface can open the doors to achieving your website’s or app’s goals while a poorly designed one closes them off. Many businesses understand this concept but they don’t think about creating the optimal UX design (user experience) in conjunction with the UI. While UI is the actual tool which users use to interact with a website or app, UX is the actual interaction or experience. This can be hard to understand, so the best way to explain it is through an example. The UI on a website is the navigation menu which is usually located on the top or sidebar. The UX is the purpose behind the navigation and […]

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3 years, 3 months ago
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Make Sophisticated User Interface Designs

The idea of creating sophisticated user interface design sounds like a paradox. When most people think about UI design, they automatically connect it to simplicity. However, things can’t always be simple when it comes to designing more complex products such as mobile apps that help users solve complicated problems and offer them wide array of features at their disposal. So if that’s the dilemma that you are facing, here are some tips to help you create sophisticated UI designs that are optimally designed and provide a great user experience. First, approach the design from the mindset of function over form. Start by making it concise and clear what your app does. Your app will probably have various features so you want to make sure that user will intuitively understand what they are and what they do. Eventually, the form will get more sophisticated but you want to start by making […]

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3 years, 5 months ago
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UI/UX Design and Strategy for Tech Platforms

Whether your organization is designing an educational platform, mobile app, desktop app, or SAAS platform, it’s important that you put heavy emphasis on UI/UX design. The UI and UX impacts everything from the user’s ability to learn, the amount of value gained from using the platform/app, to length of customer lifetime value. It might seem like a gargantuan task to make this a part of your development process and that actually may be true, however, coming up with a strategy for implementing UI and UX design can make it easier. The first step is to understand that UI is simply a part of UX. UI is a big part of UX and will impact UX significantly. Once you understand this, you can focus on the UI to build the foundation for the platform you are working on. The UX can come later once you get a good understanding of how […]

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3 years, 7 months ago
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Interface Design for LMS Educational Platforms

More companies and organizations are using online platforms and LMS (Learning Management Systems) to educate and train their teams, customers and partners. While the quality of the content is definitely an important part of providing a great education, educational platforms still need to be built so that the interface design is intuitive and the content is organized in an easily consumable manner. Doing this will result in improved learning, increased retention and decreased need for support. At our firm we often collaborate with organizations by helping them make sense on their LMS. These kinds of projects are often challenging but very much fun. LMS platforms are typically complex and offer a lot of different ways for integration. Throughout the years we worked on variety of third party LMS, custom made and open source LMS platforms. Here is an article we wrote based on our research and experiences. Learning management systems […]

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3 years, 8 months ago
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The Importance of Getting Your Site Design and Architecture Right

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 should the pages follow? Just thinking about the whole process can be overwhelming and most companies end up getting lazy with their site design and architecture and just structuring their website 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 depend on them to thrive. A properly organized site will provide relevant content while also connecting users to other content that is contextually relevant or progresses their original […]

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3 years, 9 months ago