All posts tagged: Web Development

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…

12 days 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…

3 months, 16 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

5 Reasons to Consider a Microsite for Your Business

The use and benefits of a microsite can many times go under the radar when strategizing for marketing initiatives. In reality, they are a valuable tool in promoting an event, campaign or product launch. In its most basic form, a microsite is a website that features affiliated or branded content from specific company or organization – but that is located away from the actual homepage of the business itself. The site has its own URL, however some companies choose to create a similar extension that references the business home page URL. To understand whether a microsite is a good fit, a team must determine if it meets the needs and goals of their marketing program. SEO Because of the fact that a microsite is housed by its own URL, an entirely new Search Engine Optimization system can be built. Since users will be driven to the site because of one…

1 year, 2 months ago

A Better Content Management System for a More Agile Business

While it may not seem that choosing the right content management system has to do with branding authenticity, there is a clear connection. The fact is that most content management systems put in place fail because of human factors (i.e.) the system is too complicated, the user is inexperienced, there are too many steps, the specifications don’t fit the company and so on. While some multi step systems may work for one enterprise, it might not work for another. Choosing the right system can open up a world of possibilities in connecting with users as well as creating a more positive and knowledgeable internal culture. Even equipped with this information, the right content management systems are not being put into place. This is largely due to the fact that they are chosen in an artificial manner where the true needs of the organization are not considered. Aligning a company to the right…

1 year, 6 months ago

7 Best Practices for Your Site’s Call to Action

One of the most neglected parts of a sales page’s web design is the call to action button (CTA). A call to action button or link is basically the device that is used to get users to take some kind of action whether it’s signing up to an email list or going through with a purchase. Many marketers do not do enough to create a compelling CTA while others highlight the CTA in the wrong manner. A strong CTA will increase your conversion rates while also improving your site’s web usability. If you follow these best practices, you should be able to improve your CTA and as a result, your conversion rates. 1. Use active language and command the user to take action. Some great examples of strong CTAS are: Claim Your Free Trial Subscribe for Your Free Gift Lock In Your Reservation 2. Make sure that the button stands…

1 year, 6 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

How Web Design Affects Marketing Initiatives

Are you planning on launching a marketing initiative soon? While you may have worked on all the aspects of the campaign from the audience targeting, copy, to the brand, but you may not have put enough work into the actual design. This is a common mistake that is made in many companies due to the desire to minimize spending on other aspects of a campaign that isn’t marketing. Design in marketing is important for several reasons as it impacts marketing in many ways. For example, web design can have a strong influence on conversions. Everything from improving user interface and user experience, by changing the layout, rearranging the action points, and presenting visuals in a unique way can produce small lifts in conversions. Sometimes, testing designs may only result in a small increase in conversions. But when you experiment with multiple elements and figure out what other elements improve conversions….

1 year, 8 months ago

Reinventing The Intuitive User Experience

If the term ‘intuitive’ is beginning to sound like the mantra of UX, you aren’t alone. Technology has become a staple of our lives – like air or water for some. Many businesses, and for better or worse, individuals – seemingly couldn’t exist without the advances we see today. Making the experience of technology – whether it be a digital interface or tangible device, integrate seamlessly into our lives has become a necessary aspect. A cumbersome site or gadget simply will not make the cut. Because creating a product that is seen as ‘intuitive’ is the holy grail of user experience, it has become increasingly overused and formulaic. The problem is, designing for intuition is not a one size fits all approach. This overuse has produced less than ideal results and in turn – failed projects, products and companies. Designing for intuition, at the core, is about understanding what a user’s…

1 year, 10 months ago

Experimental Web Development Techniques and Trends You Should Consider

Web development has come a long way in just the last few years alone. Responsive design has become the standard and there has been a shift towards simpler designs. Technology has also made it more viable for websites to be more interactive with its users. There are tons of new web development techniques that the web design/development industry is talking about with all the new advancements. If you want to improve your UI and UX, here are some experimental and trendy techniques you should test out. 1. Conditional Loading Do you have a feature-rich or media-rich site? If so, one of your constant worries is probably if your websites load quickly enough for your users (especially the mobile ones). This problem can be solved with conditional loading. Rather than loading the entirety of a page, you can just load elements when needed. For example, if your social buttons are on…

2 years, 15 days ago