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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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5 months, 13 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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9 months, 1 day 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, 4 months 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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1 year, 6 months 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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1 year, 6 months ago
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Kicking Off A User Interface Project With Purpose

The process of user interface design tends to be a shifting maze of discovery from project inception to delivery. Many developers and designers kick off a project with the best of intentions only to come up with an interface that doesn’t seem to fully align with the original idea or purpose. User interface design is not just about making an idea fit into a box. There is an immense amount of work that goes into providing a great user experience and great interface design. It is a dynamic process where test results are constantly used and updated, and feedback is analyzed to change the design and structure of the UI. Meet the audience halfway and they  will be of great assistance in optimizing an ideal branding strategy. Find Purpose The underlying foundation of every website or application must be, of course, to embrace aesthetic and remain easily navigable for users. Coupled with clean, original design, the interface’s usability is the key to a website’s […]

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1 year, 9 months ago
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Understanding the Connection Between UI and UX Design

There’s a lot of confusion on the difference between UI/UX design. UI design is all about working on the user interface that people interact with in order to navigation a site or use a function of an app. UX design is about working on the user’s experience as a whole. This includes load times, clean presentation format, valuable content, etc. Basically, UI falls under the umbrella of UX but when people talk about UI it’s precisely about UI in of itself rather than bringing in the entire topic of UX. Despite that, there is a cause and effect between a great user interface and the overall user experience. The user interface on a website determines how intuitive and easy it is for the user to browse the website and find what he is looking for. As a result, a well-designed UI results in an improved UX. Similarly, a well-designed UI […]

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1 year, 11 months ago
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3 Ways to Structure Your Info for Better UX

Organizational structures are all about allowing users to predict where they will find information on the website, taking into account their individual expectations and displaying those elements so that they can transfer that familiarity from known pages to new ones. In plain English: If they are familiar with a certain button placement or content flow on the first pages they peruse, then their eyes will automatically look for a similar layout on the following pages. The visual center of the brain accounts for 50% of our user experience preferences, so it is extremely important to give a lot of thought to your page’s structure; here are a few categories included in organizational structure to help break it all down. Heirarchical Structures Sometimes referred to as “tree structures,” when implementing heirarchical structures there is a top down approach as the user sifts through information. Your audience would start with a broad […]

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2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago