All posts tagged: User Experience

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

A Plan To Innovate: How Companies Can Benefit From Visual Branding

Breaking into any given market is a bit like being blindfolded. You know you have a great product or service, but unless the positioning is right, the strategy has a fifty percent chance of failure. The right positioning consists of a series of elements including design, which arguably has the power to make or break the whole implementation. Design is much more than just a visual representation of a product, brand or service. Brand design or visual branding, when done right, approaches all aspects of a business – from its digital persona, user set, goals, packaging, and the list goes on. This is where the difference between ‘designing for a brand’ and just ‘designing’ comes into focus. Simply designing something creates a distance from the design to the brand, ‘designing for a brand’ engages the designer and involves collaboration with founders, marketing teams, and brand or project stakeholders. There are…

2 months, 11 days ago

Making an Impact with Package Design In The Digital Environment

Today more than ever, packaging design matters to the customer experience. It can be an invisible element, seamless to the product’s function, or serve as an extension of the product itself. Packaging trends can be relative to the industry and product, while elements of packaging like material and appearance are reflective of cultural and user sets. Interaction with packaging has the power to connect customers to a brand for life, so it’s essential that the design and format be eye-catching, efficient to produce and reflective of the brand it represents. In addition to the constant competition on the shelves, brands have a new challenge to face – the digital consumer. Ensuring focus on specific elements will help to deliver a thoughtful and authentic experience. Storytelling While it may seem counterintuitive, online experiences have given rise to a more immersive experience than that of a face to face interaction with a…

2 months, 17 days ago

Design Language: The Power of Consistency

Creating a digital experience that features consistent elements throughout is a core principle in successful design. Consistency is a critical component of user experience design, content strategy and user interface design that promotes intuitive experiences. When design elements feature consistency in both their look and feel as well as functionality, users can move about the interface with an ease of use, allowing them to focus on executing the task and not learning how the product UI works every time they switch the context. Making your website intuitive is often translated by website owners as simplifying your website. However, it goes way beyond that. While simplicity is part of it, you want your users to easily ‘get’ how to use your website. Things like organizing your navigation menu, providing breadcrumb links, and using graphics/color to distinguish interactive elements are all good examples of making your website intuitive. A visual hierarchy should…

4 months, 7 days ago

6 Ways to Improve User Experience Through Content Strategy

Designers, marketers and business owners have a great deal to gain (and learn) from content strategy. A single sentence of copy can easily be ignored with a user scrolling right past, but if called out with the right mix of design and content implementations – it can be the key to conversion. Whether digital media or print assets, beginning a design process with content strategy is a way to ensure that the brand will be shown in the most authentic and intuitive manner. When a design and content team work in tandem to create the framework for graphics and content, the user experience will be fully optimized. Content strategy can take many forms, and a team may not even know they are tapping into its benefits – here are a few ways to take advantage of better user experience through content strategy methodologies. Asset Assessment In the beginning stages of content strategy, it’s…

7 months, 10 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

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…

10 months, 30 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

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…

1 year, 1 month ago

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…

1 year, 1 month ago