All posts in: UI/UX

Why You Need to Focus on User Centered Design

One of the things that brand managers often have conflict with is choosing between a design created of their internal team developed vision and going with a more user centered design. While it’s important to have an clear vision of what you want for your design, designing something from only company perspective does not solve the problems that users have. Thats where collaboration with design firm that specializes in UX design comes in. Independent party perspective is crucial in successful experience design. First, you need to realize that everything is a risk. You could be creating design for a big ad campaign, a website for a big branding campaign, or a for a smartphone app. You’re either going to put in a big investment into the project or have already done so. By designing from the user’s perspective, you are minimizing risk due to the fact that you’re giving users…

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1 year, 8 months ago

Embrace Creative Ambiguity in Branding

With embracing ambiguity comes the ability to embrace all kinds of possibilities and mesa ruble values. Because both you as the client and the creative agency is not tied down to a narrow view, there is much more freedom to come up a wide variety of meaningful solutions that can help reach brand goals and set new marketing initiatives. This can result in breakthroughs because the project or task can be approached from a bird’s eye view. Allowing bigger picture to be seen and everyone participating moving forward will be focused on reaching the unified goal.

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2 years, 17 days ago

Agency Engagement

Many people when I introduce myself ask how to engage with creative agency and what are the benefits of working with a agency vs. individual freelancer. The project widely defer and there is no single answer. In some scenarios company needs nothing more then single freelance artist, where in majority of the cases projects are complex and require whole team of people with a different focuses and expertise to achieve an optimal results. In my practice what starts as simple website redesign, it ends up being complete brand refresh, product optimization, brand positioning and digital strategies and often refreshing print collateral. Additionally there are many different agencies other and everyone should find its own fit and comfort level. Some agencies focus exclusively on the creative work, others are specialized in ads placement and strategies, some specialize exclusively on digital and web work. Focus in our agency for example is UI/UX…

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2 years, 1 month ago

UX Design in a Nutshell

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what UX design really is. For one, a lot of people seem to make a mistake that UX is the same as UI. UI stands for user interface which are the elements that users interact with to use a website or app. UX on the other hand, stands for user experience and deals with how users react and respond to the system that is being presented to them. What makes UX complex it is a gigantic umbrella subject that branches into many sub topics. For example, UX design will involve, UI design, information architecture, usability, web design, content strategy, website/app functionality, and much more. It’s akin to the topic of business which has many sub topics underneath such as marketing, accounting, branding, etc. UX is also not about appearance. It may seem from the outside that improving the appearance of something…

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2 years, 1 month ago

Why Magento?

Magento is an open-source platform and community version can be installed without any commitments or monthly fees. To match project requirements, we can modify the source code and add features and functionality by adding widely available and rather inexpensive add-ons and plug-ins. The best part in Magento web design is it’s flexibility and robustness. At my web design firm we build Magento sites constantly for variety of clients. Magento is actually one of the few platforms that we can honestly recommend without hesitation, as we believe it its longevity. We started using Magento framework about 5 years ago, and throughout that time we learned about flexibility and great robustness of the platform. We’ve also seen great improvements and evolution of it’s core code, now with framework in place it is the perfect platform for responsive web design, one of our favorite development methods. According to recent studies, Magento is one…

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2 years, 5 months ago

Designing for Web with UX in Mind

I’ll go little in a basics here so please bear with me. I received UI/UX questions from some folks another day on designing experiences so wanted to cover it in form of the post as well. What we are able to do today is: “Design User Experiences” on the web, just up ’til recently much of this was not possible because we had a lot of technological and browser related limitations. But today design of a website become complete experience design, controlling the pathways, user personas and funneling the users thru carefully crafted experiences. Improving a user’s satisfaction when interacting with a websites is part of the User Experience design, or UX design. There are a few standards that we follow to make a site visually appealing, easy to navigate, accessible and usable. Plenty of CSS frameworks have been created in the recant years to help make a website look clean but also accessible. We’ve…

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2 years, 6 months ago

Responsive vs. Adaptive Web Design

In my agency, we daily go through assessments of analyzing and auditing web user behaviors and online experiences for variety of different brands. Nowadays it all sums up on making decision of what technology is best to use on the back end to create that great front end UI/UX. Deciding on using responsive design or adaptive design on as platform depends on variety of factors and discoveries we due-diligently exercise in discovery phase of the project. I wrote a post over on our company blog about differences that articulates little bit more about pros and cons of each. However this is complex matter and decision involves a lot of different factors. 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…

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2 years, 9 months ago

The UX Brainstorm

My colleague, Esther, recently wrote about UX (User Experience), the process of enhancing the user’s experience through customer satisfaction; it is identified through increasing loyalty and improving usability in the interaction between the customer and the product or service. Focusing on the interaction of humans and their machines, the very nature of the environment has the ability to shape how the viewer interacts with the website and the impression that they absorb of the organization. Directly connected to UX is UI, the user interface – the actual space where the user experience takes place. When designers and creative thinkers begin to consider new projects and initiatives, their brainstorming must also take care to infuse an ideal UX and UI. The ultimate goal for an optimal user interface is to provide a space where the intended process is easily experienced, efficient and enjoyable (producing the best results with minimal effort, while…

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2 years, 10 months ago

Getting Site Architecture and Interface Design Right

Do you know what kind of content should be put where? Are you clear about how you want to set up your navigation menu? What about how various topics and aspects of your website should be organized? This is something that many people get stressed about when designing or redesigning their website. While it may seem like focusing too much on these aspects of web design is a waste of time, it’s immensely valuable. Better site architecture and interface design means that visitors stay longer, gain value, share and even buy. So how do you go about site architecture and user interface design the right way? First, you need to understand the purpose of site architecture. Your goal should be to come up with a design that delivers value to your target audience while also helping you achieve your business objectives. In order to accomplish this, there are several things…

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3 years, 4 months ago

Designing Sites for Better User Experience

For the longest time, the digital marketing world has ignored the concept of user experience. But it’s becoming more important as the web and its users mature. These days, UX design is starting to become a design standard, not only because it improves the look and functionality of your website, but also because it translates to more leads, traffic, referrals and conversions.

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3 years, 10 months ago