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Web Design Trends to Be Aware of in 2016

2015 saw the popularization of many web design trends such as storytelling centered design, unique typography, and minimalism. Many of these designs were effective in getting visitors to focus on the content and less on the visual aspects of the site. Despite that, these designs still produced attractive designs reminiscent of focus and minimalist elegance. With 2016 in sight, there are new emerging trends that are standing out. Some may work wonders for your site while some may be lackluster. Let’s take a look into what we can expect. The first trend that’s been on the spot light is the hamburger menu. This is basically a menu that pops up when users click on a square with three bars in the middle (hence the name). The great thing about this icon and menu design is that it creates more free space and puts more emphasis on the main content. This…

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6 months, 5 days 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….

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6 months, 19 days ago

5 Essential Website Features to Have in 2016

From search engine guidelines to software updates, the terrain of the online world is changing constantly – and 2016 – it seems will be no exception. At the top of every companies marketing strategy for 2016 should be a handful of essential elements that a website must have to be competitive. Whether looking to optimize an existing site or starting from the ground up, these features are non-negotiable. #1: Responsive Design Responsive web design (RWD) is the process of constructing your website so that no matter what screen size a visitor is using your website will respond and self adjust to fit that screen size. Responsive Design is incredibly important for many reasons. Honestly, if your site doesn’t include this feature yet – run, don’t walk to a team that can implement this for you STAT. In addition to making your site accessible from any screen, google is now requiring that…

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6 months, 26 days ago

The Importance of Aligning Your Website Design with a Corporate Marketing Strategy

Is your website design meeting the needs of your corporate marketing strategy? Right now, you may have an outstanding looking web design but it may actually be counterproductive to your marketing strategy. When it comes to design, many companies focus on the brand, the website conversion goal, and even trying to get the visitor to take some kind of action. Those are legitimate focus points to design a site around but not necessarily ideal and only ones you should focus on. To help you understand, let’s look at the strategy of SEO. If the core marketing strategy is to use the search engines to generate traffic, then the website must be aligned for that goal. The website must be optimized, the code behind the website has to be SEO friendly, and the website must load quickly. Many website owners often make small mistakes because they have multiple goals for the…

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8 months, 2 days ago

User Experience – Should You Even Care?

User experience is a pretty hot topic in the design industry but is it really for everyone? There are a large number of sites that are designed simply for conversion. They ignore UX design altogether because it takes away from the capital they’re going to use for their advertising and marketing campaigns. After all, if the conversion focused designs are working, why change the focus to UX? There are several reasons why UX matters ever if it doesn’t seem to matter for you right now. 1. It helps establish a brand. Brands know that the better experience their audience gets, the larger their brand equity gets. After a certain point, you have to think at a bigger level to get your business ahead and branding is one of the best ways to do it. Branding through imagery alone lacks substance. Projecting the right message and imagery will get you started…

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8 months, 15 days ago

How to Properly Relaunch Your Website with a Brand Refresh

Planning on relaunching your newly rebranded website? There’s probably a ton of things that you’ve already worked on to ensure that your brand refresh goes off without a hitch. However, there are a few small important details that you may miss. Here are some things that you should be aware of as you get into launching your newly branded website. 1. Audit your website extensively. Make sure you fix all the errors, set up 301 redirects, remove the old components of your brand/website, and ensure everything is consistent with the new brand refresh. You should have a small group of people audit your website before your launch to work out all the little kinks. 2. Let your audience know it’s still you. Launching your new brand and website is not a smooth transition so let your customers know why you changed your image and what you stand for now. Don’t…

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8 months, 28 days ago

Why a Digital Agency Should Be Your Go-to Solution for Your Next Project

Are you trying to develop a new website, redesign your product, create a new brand, or launch an online marketing campaign? Many enterprises and business opt to do it themselves or hire a freelancer to save money on their project. However, it may be a better idea to go with a digital agency. You can avoid the frustrations and pitfalls that many business owners face with the other options. Why go with a digital agency? First, a great agency has worked with worked with numerous clients already. They know how to be professional and strategic with your project. They’re not going to just “wing it” with your project. The agency will have done a similar project already and can will have a clear plan of action. This means that you won’t have to waste time or money when a mistake is made. Second, working with an agency is like working…

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9 months, 3 days ago

Is Ambiguity Really Bad When It Comes to Creative Work?

When it comes to working with a creative agency the premise is that the agency should know exactly how to proceed with the project. But if you look at it clearly, all projects are different and all brands/companies require a unique approach. Sometimes it just comes down to a situation where not everything can be meticulously planned and crafted. But is this kind of ambiguity necessarily a bad thing? Not exactly. Ambiguity means not knowing how everything should come together. It doesn’t mean that the agency will be stuck without any way to proceed. If you know the creative agency has a track record of having produced great results for their clients, then you’re probably in good hands. It just comes down to you embracing ambiguity if the agency can embrace it. With embracing ambiguity comes the ability to embrace all kinds of possibilities. Because both you as the client…

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9 months, 11 days 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…

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10 months, 17 days ago

Here’s What’s Working in Web Design Today

Web design has come a long way over the last few years. What used to be accepted as normal can actually be something that makes you blend in with the masses rather than helping you stand out. That’s why you need to know what is working today to be relevant to your audience. So without further ado, here is a list of what design trends businesses are having success with and why. 1. Unique Web Typography The last font you should use is arial on your website. Not only is it hard to read on mobile devices, it is too aged and makes your site seem dated. Instead, you want to use unique font in your headers. For the actual content, you want something that is clean, neat, and visible. Aim for typography with some personality. If it fits with the look and theme of the website, it’ll be even…

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