All posts tagged: UI Design

Key Principles of Creating an Immersive Web Design

It’s now more important than ever to deliver an online experience that authentically delivers the perspective of the brand it represents. Leveraging a combination of visual, contextual, graphic and textual elements – a brand has the ability to make stronger connections. From initial perceptions to emotions and behavioral responses – the more connective the experience is, the deeper the loyalty between brand and user will be. By approaching a strategy inclusive of immersive web design  – users are greeted with new developments in interactivity, design technique and integrated engagement. These implementations create an experience that is both memorable, useful and provides an ease of use to the user. Immersive web experiences are truly the next level of engagement, creating an environment that is seamless and entertaining to the user, but is actually quite complex. Though immersion can be any number of implementations inclusive of animation, transitions, webgraphics or micro-interactions – one of the…

1 month, 26 days 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…

3 months, 4 days ago

A Plan to Launch: Strategic Mobile App Design

A great idea, enthusiastic innovators, a solid development team, and a great UI design. It may seem simple to gather the core elements of a winning mobile app, however, the result is only as good as the makers behind it. A creative and strategic team must ideate and collaborate from concept to launch in order to deliver the most optimal user experience possible. With that first-of-its-kind idea in place, the journey and design are the next most important factors at hand. Sticking to a set of user-centered design guidelines can help to ensure a design will be used successfully and propel the app to a high rate of usage and download. Keeping a consistent layout from screen to screen will allow for a seamless flow for the user. Once the user becomes familiar with the interface, a consistent design will allow them to adopt new interactions throughout the experience. A user…

7 months, 27 days ago

Wireframing and the UI/UX Design Process

When kicking off a web design project, it’s no secret that clients would like to get to the design phase as quickly as possible. Even if there is a clear understanding of the project being user experience centered, everyone wants to see color and content, both visual and contextual as soon as they can. Providing a high-level view of what a site will look like, this lo-fi versioning of a website gives a ‘black and white’ skeletal representation of what the mapping (both navigation and content based) of how the site will ultimately function for the user. It’s important to understand that the wireframe process is an integral step in paving the ideal pathway for the user and determining how the site’s main navigation will function. Much of the entire design process, and particularly in the initial phase – the project requires the ability to clearly communicate message and collaborate…

1 year, 15 days ago

How to Get Set Up for Usability, UI and UX Testing

Many marketing managers know that they want to improve their website’s usability, UI, and UX, but don’t quite know how to approach such a project. They often don’t know where to start or what to pay attention. To make any kind of design testing worthwhile, you have to break it down into simple steps and stay focused on what you want to achieve. 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 click heat map software tools, analytics, and general statistics. Most of these software tools are cheap, 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. After a few days of collecting this information, you need to think about your primary goal and…

1 year, 2 months ago

5 Tips for Improving Your App’s UX Design

Just because your app has a great design doesn’t necessarily mean that your users will be ecstatic about using it. App UX design is just as important as the visual presentation of the app. Without optimizing for user experience, you’ll frustrate your users with redundant tasks, unintuitive user interaction, or useless functionalities. Here are some great tips for improving your app UX design. Tip #1: Optimize functionalities and make it clear what users should do As an example, if there is a functionality to pull out a tab to access a navigation menu, it should work without any issues. It should not be too sensitive where a single tap pulls it out all the way nor too tough to the point where users need to really work on it to bring it out. It’s also important that you clearly explain to users what they need to do to take some…

1 year, 2 months ago

Experience Is Everything

Experience can take many forms. Experience is all around us. Experience is the product. Experience is the best teacher. Experience is everything. Whether its conscious or fades into the background, an experience is the totality of many parts coming together to create a perception that is sensory, informational, useful and observational. We learn from experiences, and gain experience. Meaning, once we experience something, we are knowledgeable on the topic and able to form studied opinion, and if positive – returning with the knowledge to navigate it again. Taking into consideration the all encompassing nature of an experience, its no wonder that multiple types of experience strategies have taken hold in the digital environment. Its one thing to create an in person experience that can be controlled, but quite another to take a user down a path that truly reflects the brand or organization it represents without seeing the user in the flesh. A…

1 year, 5 months ago

Interaction Design: Connecting The Elements

In the rapidly and constantly changing landscape of both graphic and web design, Interaction Design is a continual evolution to connect the parts to create a system that is ideal for the user. In many ways, in the hierarchy of digital design, Interaction Design is the conduit and sum of all the parts. In breaking down the elements – whether text or imagery, Interaction Design creates a pathway to engagement through actions such as clicks, taps, swipes and signups that truly make the experience interactive. When applying interaction design to a project, designers must be keenly aware of touchpoints in the design that will trigger a response from the target user. Here, leveraging these emotions, the right calls to action can be implemented for heightened conversion. By looking closely at the human and digital connection, interaction design can optimize the flow of process by a user making apps and sites more user-friendly. The…

1 year, 7 months ago

From UI/UX to Usability

Here are some simple fixes that you can apply to your site today. User Experience (UX Design) 1. Test for simplicity and proper functionality. Does your shopping cart correctly adjust to users adding or removing items? Do actions on your site provide a clear solution and are they instantly rewarding to users? Are there any browsing activities that are redundant? Use and test your site extensively to find any elements that might take away from the browsing experience. 2. Make sure your content is properly formatted. There is a world of a difference between a piece content that’s formatted properly and one that’s not. It’s not just about using line breaks between paragraphs and making sure proper punctuation is used. It’s about making an impact with the content by breaking up apart so that the lead gets proper attention, important parts of the content are highlighted, sub-topics are broken up…

1 year, 7 months ago

Redefining User Experience for the Offline Brand

It shouldn’t be surprising that the majority of interaction done with a brand today is via the digital experience. From discoveries to first impressions to ultimate conversions, a meaningful relationship between consumer and brand can successfully, and solely exist – online. For businesses, the ability to market to users at any time or day in a targeted way via data has shifted the way we do business, created an expanded market reach and is even changing the way we communicate, on and offline. Naturally then, with so much focus and importance placed on an optimized user experience in a digital environment, much of the resources put towards marketing today are now directed toward web redesigns, UX/UI and content strategies. This is with good reason as ecommerce is on the rise and users are now performing much of their business via mobile. This digital-physical blur has caused technology to become a cornerstone…

1 year, 9 months ago