All posts in: Website Design

Digital Authenticity: Building the Ideal Brand Voice Through Web Design

Brand culture embodies the core value of what a company offers and what they stand behind – so it’s critical that the digital persona reflect this accurately. One of the most powerful branding tools to express this point of view is through web design. It’s these channels that drive us to connect with a brand – if we choose to engage, and ultimately make a conversion. Trust reigns supreme in the digital environment – and at the end of the day, it all depends on the users view of the brand. For web designers, content strategists and marketers, this presents a true challenge: How can we ensure an authentic user experience unless we are completely immersed in the brand being represented? What truly makes an organization stand out is when their brand is relatable. Once that style permeates into a company’s design process, it connects the brand to a unique…

5 months, 8 days ago

5 Reasons to Implement WordPress for Enterprise

Because of size and reach, enterprise businesses must be equipped with a scalable and secure web presence to compete in their markets. As a result, new enterprise WordPress VIP and plugins are being developed to provide a more robust system and streamline processes for brands of all shapes and sizes. If you’re already an alternate free theme or third party theme for your WordPress site or another platform altogether, here’s are some strong reasons to invest in WordPress for enterprise. Digital Content Management Infrastructure Developing a custom theme will make it easier to build and manage your website. With a central content hub or decoupled CMS, you can customize the admin user interface to your company’s needs, you won’t have to waste time trying to figure out what to do or having to deal with an unintuitive setup. You can add shortcuts, tools such as Edit Flow and apps like…

6 months, 3 days ago

How Web Presence Impacts Overall Brand Positioning

Recent research about how small businesses use websites and social media suggests some striking trends: One in five small businesses use social media in place of a website, yet 24% of small businesses report that they do not have a formal strategy guiding their social media presence. The findings come from Clutch, a research and reviews firm based in Washington DC. “Sometimes business owners think web design is the last thing they need to think about,” says Vanessa Petersen, ArtVersion’s Executive Director of Strategy. “But once you make that decision to put in the work to [build a website], it’s amazing what it can do to ease some of the burdens of doing business.” One such burden is managing a small business’ online reputation, which is significantly easier when a small business manages their own website and tends strategically to their online presence overall. Build Trust and Credibility By providing…

8 months, 17 days ago

ArtVersion Presented With Nine Top Honors from Vega Awards

Celebrating the best in digital media excellence, each year, Vega Digital Awards recognizes and honors the outstanding performance, talent and effort of the best digital and creative professionals, web developers, web designers and web agencies around the world. Alongside the best ad agencies, public relations firms, interactive agencies, web designers – ArtVersion is pleased to have been awarded a record 9 honors for 2017, including four prestigious Canopus (1st Place) Awards and five Centauri (2nd Place) Awards. Members of the 2017 Vega Awards Jury is composed of a group of prestigious and highly respected individuals handpicked from the digital and creative industry around the world. Among the projects honored, ArtVersion was recognized across multiple areas of expertise inlcuding design and strategic concentration inclusive of three website designs: Cristaux, Tiara, and JetRails. Cristaux Tiara Salon JetRails 2017 ArtVersion Vega Awards Summary Canopus (1st Place) – W17007 Beauty and Cosmetics – Tiara…

1 year, 18 days ago

Trending Web Design: Card & Dynamic Grid Layouts

Whether a website design is minimalist or maximalist in style, one layout element remains true – the design must be sharp and easy for the user to navigate. Grid and card layouts have become widely used for sites of all types, but primarily for pages with a high volume of data or relevant calls to action. 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. 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. Originally gaining ground via image sharing and social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, cards have become one of the go-to implementations…

1 year, 2 months ago

Elements to Look For When Deciding On an Outside Team for Marketing Collaboration

From startup to enterprise, there are a myriad of challenges in hiring the right creative team for any given project. Finding the right group of individuals to handle a product launch, event campaign or website design can be a daunting task, even holding the health of the business in the balance, so choosing the right agency to partner with is vital to a positive outcome. Even if conducted solely in-house with internal teams who have an intimate understanding of the brand at hand, each branding initiative is a coordinated effort of stakeholders, accountability, idea generation and – let’s face it, ultimately –  a juggling act. Even with the right internal resources, it can be a benefit for companies and brands to obtain an outside perspective from both creative and logistical standpoints. Individuals who can objectively look at assets and then engage with the material are able to design pathways and…

1 year, 4 months ago

Life Cycle of the Web Design Process: A Unified Perspective

Achieving an optimal website design requires a strategy that aligns with the goals of the business it represents. When approaching web design, many jump right to the ‘design‘ portion. Thoughts of imagery, interactivity, and dynamic visuals come to mind. To attain the ideal UX, before entering this exciting design phase, the strategy and wireframing process should take place, with web designers taking a first step in projects through a layout strategy to suit the needs of the client and user. When discussing a site design, many think that a website is a one size fits all approach, and if not guided correctly, end up with an informational site that ends up having to be redesigned as soon as company needs change. Whether designer, developer, project stakeholder or client, it’s important to understand the technical aspects such as layout, wireframes, code, and content strategy and management. Understanding the process being entered…

1 year, 5 months ago

Getting to Know Your Conversion Goals

Whether coming to our agency for a site refresh, rebrand or identity development – all of our clients have one thing in common: they want to make their business better. But what does that mean? Working back to establish goals and how these goals can be met is essential to determining what the conversion points will be on a digital product being designed. Is the goal increased revenue, customer satisfaction or greater market share? Setting these clear objectives when strategizing design is the ideal way to directly correlate these actions to business results. Working in close collaboration with marketing teams and brand managers, there is no shortage of business acumen. Through an immersive discovery phase, business goals are translated into actionable digital strategies. If the conversion goal is lead generation, for example, we can better support this initiative by raising awareness of the brand at large through content and visuals. What is…

1 year, 5 months ago

A Tailored Approach: Personalization and Customization in UX Design

In the realm of user experience, customization has long been the gold standard that users have come to expect in their interactions. Increasingly, those customized experiences are being tasked to take a step further into a more personalized product. This shift is driven by the need to offer the most tailored experience that expressly serves the need of the targeted user set, and further – can become a different experience for each individual user based on dialing in their own settings. The challenge is in designing a system that can accomplish all the necessary tasks, represent the brand – all while providing a ‘one of a kind’ experience for the user where the system knows them. Personalization vs. Customization A mixture of both customization and personalization is necessary to accomplish the most optimized platform, particularly with mobile. Differentiating ‘personalization’ from ‘customization’ is critical. The separation really comes down to who…

2 years, 25 days ago

Start Making Sense: Content Strategy In Web Design

One of the most effective ways to increase the UX on a site is with the use of content strategy. The problem, however, is that many site owners looking to launch a new site, or engaging in a redesign, don’t see content strategy as an integral part of the design process. Look at it this way – ‘web design’ at it’s core is pretty straightforward. People know what the deliverable is, and (generally) know what to expect from that process. When it comes to content, it’s not so clear cut – but the result is just as, if not more important, than the design aspect. For many who may not be familiar with content strategy, ‘content’ may just be viewed as another way to say ‘copywriting’ – which is seen as either a last stop in the refining and editing process (checking for typos, consistency, grammar, etc). To clarify, the…

2 years, 3 months ago