All posts tagged: Responsive Design

AMP Project: What You Need to Know Now

AMP, or Accelerated Mobile Pages, is a project introduced by Google last year. Initially designed for news results and ‘top stories’, AMP’s capabilities have recently expanded into main search results. Available to any digital publisher, AMP is an open standard that enables pages to load quickly on mobile devices. In terms of what mobile search users will experience, pages that are AMP optimized will display the AMP lightning bolt in search results, indicating that the page and it’s content is available in a mobile format, rather than just mobile friendly. It’s clear that AMP will help mobile users find and view desired information with a higher level of ease and satisfaction. When searching and landing on the results page, users can choose to click through to AMP optimized sites. When clicked, content on those pages will load instantaneously in a pre-rendered, above the fold structure. Though page rankings are not…

2 years, 5 months ago

Here’s What’s Working in Web Design Today

Web design has come a long way over the last few years. What used to be accepted as normal can actually be something that makes you blend in with the masses rather than helping you stand out. That’s why you need to know what is working today to be relevant to your audience. So without further ado, here is a list of what design trends businesses are having success with and why. 1. Unique Web Typography The last font you should use is arial on your website. Not only is it hard to read on mobile devices, it is too aged and makes your site seem dated. Instead, you want to use unique font in your headers. For the actual content, you want something that is clean, neat, and visible. Aim for typography with some personality. If it fits with the look and theme of the website, it’ll be even…

3 years, 4 months ago

What’s Trending in UI: A Designer’s Perspective

Trends within the user interface landscape change rapidly as new ideas and innovations occur – so it’s critical to stay on top of whats new. Some new trends in the industry are brand new trials; others embrace the older and well-used methods, tweaking them slightly to adapt within the interface and new technological advancement. The following are some of the new (and critical) elements that have caught the eye of ux/ui designers industrywide. As always, with new ideas and implementations, testing is key to ensure each new design introduced is optimal for the site it is representing. Hidden Menu Navigation A website design trend that has really taken hold is the hidden (or hamburger) menu. This is the application of a site hiding their menu navigation when a visitor first lands on the main page. The hidden menu information becomes visible when the visitor is ready to move on to additional information and…

3 years, 6 months ago

5 Common Mistakes Made in Responsive eCommerce Design and Development

Are you planning on undergoing a major responsive design project for your eCommerce site? If so, it’s important that you become aware of the common mistakes that are made with responsive design. These mistakes can cost you a lot of time and money which is a big deal because you’re already in the middle of transitioning your website with the responsive move. 1. Not Optimizing for Speed Internet and processing speeds are much slower on mobile devices. That’s why you have to optimize your website for speed. This is especially the case with eCommerce sites that have tons of pages and images that are presented to users. To optimize for speed, you may have to condense your pages and redo your images so that they are smaller file sizes. This will improve the user experience which will make shopping on your site as seamless as it is on a desktop…

3 years, 8 months ago

Using Responsive Web Design and UI Elements The Right Way

If you are run an eCommerce business or depend on mobile traffic for your business, you’ve probably been hammered the benefits of responsive design into your head one too many times. If you tried to convert your site into a responsive one or have at least experimented with it, then you know that it’s easier said than done. The concept of a responsive website makes sense, but using a responsive website will not guarantee you an increase in sales or traffic if it’s not implemented correctly. The reason why is because responsive requires great UI design to work well. Without great UI, your new responsive site may perform even worse than its previous incarnation. That means that investing in responsive design requires that you also invest in great design. It’s not a simple matter of using an online tool or software that instantly converts your website into a responsive format….

3 years, 11 months ago

Adaptive Web Design – What Is It and Should You Care About It?

For quite some time now, responsive design has been the talk of the town. However, adaptive web design has been creeping up in conversations more and more. Adaptive design has the same purpose of responsive design which is to deliver the optimal browsing experience by serving the site for the user’s device. It differs in that adaptive design is about customizing a website to deliver the relevant viewing format whereas responsive rearranges an existing website to display the optimal viewing format. This explanation may sound confusing, so it’s best to provide you with some examples. Instead of segmenting different parts of a website to format it differently, adaptive design delivers a set version of a website that’s optimized for the user’s OS, browser and device. It also delivers the website from the server side as opposed to the client side setup from responsive where the user’s browser formats the website….

3 years, 11 months ago

Responsive Web Design – Its Surprising Effect on eCommerce Sites

Responsive web design has become one of the most important trends in the world of digital marketing. As you may already know, responsive design “responds” to the device the user is using to deliver the best possible browsing experience. However, the majority eCommerce companies have not embraced this web design format. If you belong in this group, there are several reasons why you should make the change. The first reason is that more people are making purchases from mobile devices whether it’s from a smartphone or tablet. It’s estimated that around 20 percent of visitors (on average) on a website consist of mobile users. Being able to provide the optimal experience for these devices easily translates to higher conversion rates. For companies doing respectable gross sales number, a mere one percent increase in sales conversion is worth far more than the cost of investing in responsive. The second reason is…

4 years, 3 months ago

What Business Owners Need to Know About eCommerce Responsive Design

Does your e-commerce website use responsive web design? If not, you currently belong in the majority group. It is estimated that less than ten percent of all online retailers have switched to the responsive format. One possible reason why is that going back and redesigning an entire retail website can be a daunting task. But the other big possibility is that online retailers are unsure whether or not it’s the right decision for their online store. To give you an idea of whether responsive is right for you, here are some things you need to know. Fact #1: Mobile devices are responsible for anywhere from twenty to forty percent of all website traffic for many websites. That’s why you want to make sure that your online store delivers the ideal experience across all platforms. It’s a case where some online retailers can’t afford not to make the change. Fact #2:…

4 years, 6 months ago

Parallax, Storytelling and More: New Web Trends that are Making Companies Rethink Design

What You Need to Know About Storytelling What is it? – Storytelling focused design uses visual presentation and content to draw users into the website. There whole point is to provide a story oriented setting and use progression to engage users deeper throughout the browsing experience. A good example of story oriented content is infographics. It uses graphics along with content to draw people in and provide a structure for them to consume the content. How it’s being used – Companies like Yahoo! Personals have used stories to sell prospects on their dating subscription. Other companies have used it to explain concepts, products and services which would otherwise be too complex or tedious for users to consume. Some companies are using stories to connect people to their brand message. Results – Designing via stories is one of the hottest web design trends for a reason. It doesn’t hard sell consumers…

4 years, 10 months ago

Did somebody say: Above the fold

The phase “above the fold” was relevant, and still is, when using it in context of newspaper design and layout but when using it in terms of web design “above the fold” has lost a lot of its meaning. In the 90’s most computer screens were lower in the resolution and smaller making the “above the fold” design more achievable since the viewing size of the site would be more consistent than it is now a days. Technology has evolved throughout the years and now there are a wide variety of screen resolutions to consider when designing for the web. Not only are you designing for one specific resolution, or even just the resolutions for desktop, but you need to consider responsive design for the different mobile devices. Trying to incorporate the “above the fold” concept with all of the different screen resolutions in mind is nowhere near practical and…

5 years, 4 months ago