All posts tagged: UX

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…

3 months, 16 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

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

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

Reinventing Retail: Tapping Into Experiential Ecommerce

At one point in time, online purchasing was seen as simply a cheaper and more convenient source for goods and services than buying in-store. With the growth of Ecommerce, consumers now have touch points across both digital and in-store experiences to drive conversion and inform their purchases. Taking into consideration the emotional connection derived from an in-store experience, retailers and service providers offering Ecommerce can no longer operate on a basic one size fits all platform for their digital presence. From a customers perspective, the online buying experience now must authentically reflect, and be able to compete with a comparable in-store experience. These elements include an immersive experience that taps into in-store implementations by visually representing the company or organization across the digital journey, encouraging user connection and promoting engagement to the user throughout the entire pathway to conversion. Leveraging strong branding and insights – designers, marketers and business owners…

1 year, 3 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