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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…

5 months, 10 days ago

How to Improve Common User Interface Elements for Better Usability

When it comes to UI design, most designers accept most user interface elements as they are. But improving these simple looking elements can lead to a big difference in your site’s web usability. One critical thing to remember is that users use the web by scanning and often miss out on what you may think are obvious website elements. Here are some common user interface you can improve to make sure your users get it right the first time around. 1. Collapsible and Expandable Content Collapsible and expandable content are very useful for many websites and especially so for mobile websites. They’re great for providing content in a way that doesn’t detract from the main content or the website’s visual presentation. Many websites use collapsible/expandable content but never clearly indicate that the user can interact with it. By clearly labeling the button to expand/collapse, you can make sure that your…

6 months, 17 days ago

Why Improve Visual Design to Improve Web Usability?

When a conversation about web usability comes up, it’s usually about making changes to elements that relate to task based interactions. The reality is that the visual presentation has a huge role in how users interact with a website. This may not seem evident because you are not really “using” how something looks. However, visual design has a big influence on the interactive elements of a website. A concept that will help you understand the Importance of web design is the idea of a visual path. When a user is presented with a website, they are given some sort of path on how to interact with a website. For example, a big headline and a link would indicate that they should pay attention to that area and possibly follow through. For this reason, you want to purposely create a design that presents a clear and obvious path for the user…

6 months, 22 days ago

Understanding the Relationship between User Experience and Web Usability

Web usability and user experience are both essential to a success of a website. Based on ideas that you have gotten about web usability, you may think that web usability is basically a synonym for user experience. The accurate definition is that usability is about how easy it is to use something. Just because something is easy to use does not mean it will lead to a positive experience. Of course, the easier it is to use something, the more it moves towards a positive experience. However, usability is about task-based interactions, removing obstacles to users, and making using the thing more easy and intuitive. User experience is about how users feel when they use the thing. This can easily be correlated to how much value they derive from the experience. A smartphone app can be the perfect way to provide an example of how both concepts differ but are…

7 months ago

What’s Trending in UI: A Designer’s Perspective

Trends within the user interface landscape change rapidly as new ideas and innovations occur – so it’s critical to stay on top of whats new. Some new trends in the industry are brand new trials; others embrace the older and well-used methods, tweaking them slightly to adapt within the interface and new technological advancement. The following are some of the new (and critical) elements that have caught the eye of ux/ui designers industrywide. As always, with new ideas and implementations, testing is key to ensure each new design introduced is optimal for the site it is representing. Hidden Menu Navigation A website design trend that has really taken hold is the hidden (or hamburger) menu. This is the application of a site hiding their menu navigation when a visitor first lands on the main page. The hidden menu information becomes visible when the visitor is ready to move on to additional information and…

7 months, 12 days ago

Trial and Error: UX Strategies to Experiment With

Everyone is thinking of their own ways to improve upon the user experience – since every organization, designer and developer has their own tried and true strategies in place, this idea diversification is remarkably constructive to the user and design community. Of course, every brand (whether a startup or an established organization) has a unique strategy, planned concisely to appeal to their own market segment(s) – while sticking to what works, it important to ‘change it up’ from time to time and experiment with new strategies to find a new pathway to better UX and conversion. Below are some roads less traveled that can result in the optimal experience when implemented and tested. Build Community Use actual evidence via social proof from clients that proves your value, getting them to elaborate on the services or product that you’ve provided them, and the excellent experience that came with it. You know…

7 months, 20 days ago

Versions Receives Honorable Mention from Awwwards

Chicago, Illinois – Versions Collective, the creative collaboration from Artversion Interactive,  is pleased to announce an Honorable Mention Award from the Awwwards recognizing achievement in both the design and development of the VERSIONS™ website. This recent and exciting collaborative project by the agile team at ArtVersion was designed and developed fully in house, utilizing expertise in ux/ui strategies, usability, content and creativity. ‘Versions is truly a passion project, and we are beyond excited to be recognized by the digital design community.’ states Lynn Doherty, Director of Brand Strategy. ‘The team is currently in development with the next publication, and we look forward to bringing new ideas to the landscape.’ Awwwards recognizes the work of the best web designers, developers and agencies around the world. The evaluation system is based on 4 criteria — Design, Creativity, Usability and Content– with a ranking system from 1 to 10. Only those websites that receive a…

7 months, 26 days ago

Versions Collective recognized for Awwwards nomination

The VERSIONS™ Collective website has has been nominated for Site of the Day and consideration for publication in “The Best 365 Websites Around The World” for 2015 by Awwwards. The team at ArtVersion Interactive is pleased to announce the nomination of VERSIONS™ for Site of the Day by the Awwwards – recognizing the work of the ArtVersion firmwide creative collaborative initiative. “We are thrilled to bring Versions to the design community, and are honored to be included alongside some of the best creatives in the industry today,” – Goran Paunovic, founder and creative director of ArtVersion. For the next 6 days the esteemed Awwwards jury and the entire Awwwards community will vote on the site’s design, usability, creativity and content with voting ending on June 10th. The ‘Site of the Day’ will be announced thereafter with a culminating feature in the ‘Best Website’ publication. Awwwards recognizes the talent and effort of…

8 months, 4 days ago

Web Usability’s Affect on Your Website Development

There are so many components that come together to synthesize a valid website. Everything from the colors used, typography to the spacing between lines of content aesthetics determine how successful and purpusful a company website and the online presence is. The one problem that many websites still face is that they are not built with users in mind. Instead of focusing on search engines and repetitive content and keywords, creating an environment where content is accessible, purposefully built and user centric, is a key. This is why some website, even with a fantastic and modern designs, may fall short when compared to sites that put their efforts in user valuable information and user friendly interfaces with a purpose built action points. The best way to challenge the topic of web usability is to understand what makes a website usable for visitors. By understanding those benefits, you can create a masterpiece…

8 months, 23 days ago

Up Close And Personal: Putting the Individual Back into User Persona Development

An important element of usability testing for web design and development is the practice of persona crafting that can be studied to gather crucial information, benefiting the user interface and user experience designs. Often overlooked in the initial stages of website planning, design and development – the practice of developing user personas is a keystone of delivering an experience that is truly tailored to it’s user. The majority of information in the development of user personas is through testing. These tests involve the close observation of selected participants as they maneuver through a site at their own pace, for the purpose of identifying any usability issues or problems. Once these issues have been discovered, a brand can determine the participants’ satisfaction with the website or product. The driving intention is to collect as much data as possible in order to enhance and perfect user experience. Creating realistic representations of your key audience segments involves investing…

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