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Is Optimising For Humans The New SEO?

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Friday, March 8, 2013
Let's talk about SEO for humans, a great leap in website optimization. Instructions are included.
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Designing Log-in Forms for Websites – What’s Trending Now!

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Monday, March 4, 2013
Check out Top 5 modern approaches adopted by designers to craft engaging and innovative log-in forms.
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Six-System Design Philosophy For eCommerce Website Design

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Ecommerce is expected to grow up to 9% in 2016. E-retailers have multiple opportunities and challenges to face in the time to come. This article gives the 6 crucial elements to keep in mind to build reliable and effective ecommerce web designs.
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DIY WordPress Security TIPS You Should Know!

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Covering major tips that can lead to rock solid WordPress security for every blogger.
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Optimizing Your Store: Add to Cart Rate, How to Increase it? [S02.E04]

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Add to Cart percentage is one of a “metrics trinity” that help define the overall success rate of the store. The other two are Bounce Rate and Cart Completion.
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5 Ways to Secure Your Hosting Account

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Is your hosting account secure enough to cope with hacking and threats? Are you using poor passwords? Here are five ideas that will help you to secure and protect your website.
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Work Smarter Not Harder: Marketing Tools for Modern Marketers

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Marketer! Time to benefit from some tools that will make it all a little bit easier. Find what these tools are and how they can help you ease decision-making and working processes.
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One Step Above the Offtake: Magento One-Step Checkout

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Magento One-Step Checkout - one page separates you from a successful sale. So why not to use it?
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One of the biggest headaches that online business owners have to contend with is shopping cart abandonment. See the blog post to find out how to fight it.
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How to Build a Fully-Responsive Image Slideshow Widget

posted by Jake Rocheleau @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Image sliders are perfect for displaying most important information stored at your website. Check out the tutorial on how to create responsive image slider.
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Beginner’s Guide to Coding WordPress Theme Translations

posted by Jake Rocheleau @ 1:00 AM
Monday, January 14, 2013
Need a multilingual support for your WordPress website? But you hesitate on how to do it right? Here is the solution. Grab while it's hot!
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Life Hacks for Web Designers, Developers and Everyone Involved

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, January 11, 2013
Do you have Lifehack website in your favorites? Do you design or develop websites? Feeling tired and sleepy? Check out the life hacks hand picked specifically for you!
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Optimizing Your Store: Bounce Rate [S02.E02]

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Bounce Rate optimization... There's tons of advice out there... Need to know what's the best place to start, or the best way to assess, see the blog post.
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There are plenty of aspects, which successful website designers and mobile app developers have in common. This article takes a closer look at ten such aspects that mobile app developers can learn from successful website designers and implement the same in their apps.
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Optimizing Your Store: Conversion Rate [S02.E01]

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Conversion Rate optimization... There's tons of advice out there from A/B testing, design, heat maps, etc... Need to know what's the best place to start, or the best way to assess see the blog post.
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Inspiration is a Visitor Who Doesn’t Attend the Lazy Ones

posted by Alex @ 4:00 AM
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Check out 45+ inspirational web design quotes aimed to raise your mood and spirits.
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Bootstrap 3.0 – New Year Timed Release

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Bootstrap developers decided to make a New Year present for the fans of their framework releasing the 3-rd revision. Check out the new features.
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How to Recruit Guest Writers

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012
Do you have a blog? Time to call on guest writers, and here is how to do it!
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If you are looking for some effective ways of advertising time to consider Stripe Ads plugins designed for WordPress.
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Understanding Online Store Performance. Basic Key Metrics

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Got an online store? Visitors come, but do not buy stuff? Time to optimize your key metrics. Need to know how, check out the blog post.
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Top 10 Inspirations from TED

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Monday, December 17, 2012
What can be better that a dozen of highly inspiring videos on Monday. Check out the blog post and "get you muse on board" with TED Talks.
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Mobile Tips for Embedded HTML5 Video Streaming

posted by Jake Rocheleau @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our guest writer kindly shared his knowledge on how to create video streaming with HTML5.
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Web Standardizing: Where Will It Bring Us to?

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Web standardizing, the strange future of the web, where all websites will be like two peas in a pod. Do you want such future?
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New jQuery Plugins Aimed Directly at Your Site’s Responsiveness

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Monday, December 10, 2012
Got a responsive website add some cool jQuery goodies, to get things freshened up.
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Figuring Out Bootstrap, Basic Tools and Tutorials

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Are you fond of Bootstrap? Here are some tools and video tutorials for this cool framework. Check them out!
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A Screaming Whisper of Negative Web Space

posted by Helga M. @ 3:00 AM
Friday, November 30, 2012
Negative space is a powerful tool helping you convey your ideas in clear and efficient manner and make your designs look elegant, expensive and uncluttered.
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Heuristic Techniques: Web Design on the “Edge of Mind”

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Heuristic methodology is based on the connection of human subconsciousness to the design process. Techniques offered in our blog post are simple but extremely effective when user right, check them out.
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WordPress as Blogging Platform, but What’s Beyond That?

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
As you know WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms, but let's see how else can we improve it and what's WordPress beyond extremely popular blogger's paradise.
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The blog post includes 20 useful code snippets that focus on extending functionalities of WordPress. Check them out!
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One Screen is No Longer Mainstream

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Web evolution faced the new spiral in its evolution called the "switch", we use numerous gadgets to enter the web and that's not without a cause!
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Real Time Options Lifting Your eCommerce Store Usability

posted by Helga M. @ 4:00 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The entry covers some serviceable real time options which can considerably improve the usability of any e-commerce store. It also contains helpful tools and successful examples of their incorporation into online commercial projects.
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11 CSS Typography Tools that Laugh in a Face of Bad Readability

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
There are numerous solutions for styling website pages, but the most effective and most diverse options are offered with CSS. Here is why we’ve prepared a set of CSS tools to style your perfectly-written articles and text blocks.
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Store Safely Your Website All-Important Info in a Single Place

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Got lots of all-important website information? Here is the solution how to store it safely! Check-list for your login, DNS, MX, e-mail and other data. Feel free to use it.
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Ease Your Workflow with Free Design Tools

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, November 9, 2012
The blog post includes online tools that will be extremely helpful for web designers when laziness attacks occur.
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Designer’s Choice: Chrome Extensions to Give a Run for Your Browser

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The blog post includes a number of highly useful chrome extensions created for web designers and developers. Feel free to check them out.
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How to Make Your WordPress a True Enterprise Grade CMS

posted by Margaret @ 1:00 AM
Friday, October 19, 2012
The blog post includes description on how to tune WordPress-based website in five simple steps. Check them out!
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The blog post includes description and tips on how to use gamification techniques.
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Get Loaded with Design Freebies from Freepik.com

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, September 28, 2012
The blog post includes brief review of the designer's must use resource Freepik. It contains millions of free files to be used in various design projects.
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Techniques for Responsive Images & Creative CSS Properties

posted by Jake Rocheleau @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The blog post includes description of several methods on how to style your images with extra CSS3 design flair.
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UI Wars: Episode 28807 – Attack of the Dark Patterns

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The blog post includes characteristics of Black Hat User Interface techniques that are aimed at making user do what he doesn't need to. Check out the blog post and don't get busted.
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7 Natural Science Laws that Impel Web Design

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The blog post includes the characteristics of 7 laws that influence the development of web design.
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Image Protection with Digital Watermarking – Plugins for WordPress

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The blog post includes 10 awesome WordPress extensions for image watermarking. Feel free to use them.
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How to Make Content Scanners Happy with the F-pattern?

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The blog post includes the information about the f-pattern, the principle of content organization. Additionally there you will find tips that will help you successfully implement this pattern into your website.
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“Hit and Run” Simple and Quick Drupal Online Shop Installation

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The blog post includes detailed instructions on how to start a Drupal-powered online store with minimum amount of efforts and
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How Physical Thing Goes Digital: Skeuomorphism in Web Design

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Skeuomorphism is one of the most popular trends in current web design state. This blog article includes explanation with examples of this phenomenon.
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TemplateMonster How-To: Easy Way to Find a Template

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Search has never been an easy thing especially when the number of products goes for 30,000 items! In this case you can make use of highly effective search which features are described in this blog post.
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The Notion of Quality in Web Design

posted by Alex @ 2:00 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A tiny bit of "philosophy" considering web design. The tips for enlightening minds of web designer.
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Top 10 Conference Videos for Designers and Developers

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The blog post contains top 10 video lectures from IT conferences held lately. These videos are of great importance for designers and developers. Feel free to get into the blog post to watch these great videos.
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The blog post includes four interesting methods on how to create responsive tables. Feel free to use them.
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To Choose Or Not To Choose: The Right Way to Pick WordPress Plugins

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
That’s why when picking an extension you need to consider multiple options for not to get into hot water. In today’s blog post we’ve included numerous tips every WordPress website owner needs to consider.
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Reasons Why You Should Try WordPress Jigoshop eCommerce Plugin

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Today we’ve put up together several reasons why you should give preference to Jigoshop. Hop on to blog post to see why Jigoshop plugin is so popular in WordPress community.
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“Pull Up” Your Designs with Twitter Bootstrap

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, August 10, 2012
Twitter pleased the world with a new frame called Bootstrap. The web design kit offers immense capabilities for developing, that's why no matter how deep your knowledge is you will definitely get it. Time to tighten up your designs with this great frame.
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How to Create Landing Page that has Good Conversion Rate?

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The blog post includes most essential tips for online merchants on how to creating landing pages that convert. Feel free to use these points when working on your next landing page.
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What Makes User Interface Intuitive

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The blog post is dedicated to the intuitiveness in web design. The better your user interface the more your users will like to use it, increasing their satisfaction with the work that you have done.
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Where am I? jQuery Plugins for Google Maps Embedding

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The jQuery Google Maps plugins are written to take away some of the headaches from working with the Google Map API. Feel free to use one of these great plugins that will make your office easily findable.
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Welcome to the Tap-and-Go World

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In this blog post you will find the most important elements of the development process of the touch screen interface each starting GUI designer needs to know. Feel free to use this tips to improve our experience with touch screen devices.
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Sign-Up Form Optimization: Usability Tips and Use Cases

posted by Ann @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2012
If you need to create professional and attractive sign up form, first it’ll be great to learn its peculiarities, types and functions and take into account the most ideal option of the sign up form for your website.
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Newsletter Heavyweights: Image-Cluttered Emails

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Image-heavy newsletters can be a real nightmare for a business owners as they are not spam filter-friendly. Still by following some simple steps your image-cluttered newsletter can break through the spam filter and deliver the message to the recipient.
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5 Types of Web Content It Is Time To Rethink

posted by Jeremy Girard @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2012
In this article, you can find a handful of typical website pages along with alternatives and examples of how they can be rethought and improved.
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Adobe Shadow: Synchronized Mobile Website Testing

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
No matter how advanced your skills in mobile website development are, testing is what you can’t live without. Adobe Labs created a perfect solution - Shadow - software for mobile website developers allowing to provide simultaneous website testing on numerous devices.
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Why Should We Optimize Mobile Website Typography

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Mobile website font optimization is a serious activity that needs to be considered foremost because any web user wants to browse through the website with illegible fonts. The tips provided in this article will help you improve your mobile website typography.
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How to Avoid Website Security Breach

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Website security is of a primary importance for every webmaster or owner. These tools will leave security breaches in the past making you sleep like a baby.
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Priority Inbox saves time of a user identifying automatically important incoming messages, separating them from everything else. This is also a great tool for marketers, making user interested in your email you will definitely have your email prioritized.
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Responsive Advertising: When One Size Fits All

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Since responsive website design was introduced there appeared one major problem how to adjust the ad blocks to multiple screen options this layout offers. By now there is no commonly used ways to resolve this difficulty, still there are some possible ways how to make ads responsive.
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eCommerce Tips: How to Avoid Chargeback

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chargeback is one of the most irritating problem that a merchant can face. In order to avoid this problem you need to execute several not-so-hard steps to be a success. Feel free to use the tips provided in this article for your online business.
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How to Use Redirect 301 Correctly on Various Server Platforms

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Redirect 301 is used to create a permanent redirect of a website or a single page. The information provided in this blog post will help you set up the redirect correctly on various server platforms.
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How to Cheat HTML5 with JavaScript

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Today we would like to present you a list of JavaScript tools that are good to be used with or instead of HTML5 elements. Feel free to use these awesome tools to improve your websites.
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Making Fun with Mad Lib Contact Forms

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
With Mad Lib forms you can step away from conventional website form limits. Bring some novity and amusement to your website with Mad Libs.
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How to Sell More with Neuro Web Design

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Psychological research provided in the sphere of marketing derived into Neuro-marketing – the new trend in customer website interaction.
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How Close…Gestalt Law of Closure [Die Gestalt im Design]

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The use of Gestalt psychology in web design will enhance visual communication with your audience. Read this article to find out more about the Gestalt law of closure and visual groupings in design elements.
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NivoSlider has become the most popular image slider available on the web today. Started as a side project quickly became a huge success, celebrating over 1 million downloads in its first year.
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Plugins and Tutorials to Modify Your WordPress Database Safely

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The round-up includes plugins and tutorials that will help you manage the database of your WordPress powered website successfully.
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Font Psychology: What Your Font Says About Your Website

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Fonts are different, because whether we are conscious or not of their psychological impact, we choose them and we are judged by those choices. Into this article we included ideas concerning the psychology of fonts and some tips that will help you improve your website typography making them fully reflect the ideas provided in your texts.
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Checkout Process Optimization in 10 Simple Steps

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Problems with the checkout process is still the biggest loss for most e-commerce businesses. Following the tips provided in this article you'll be able to diminish the checkout abandonment rate.
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7 Tips to Improve Usability in Mobile Web Design

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The mobile internet is a huge segment of internet use. If your website is not accessible to mobile devices, you may be loosing lots of clients. With these 7 tips you'll be able to create a usable mobile version of your resource.
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Invisible Side Of Website Design

posted by Helga Weber @ 12:26 AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Invisible Side Of Website Design
Web design is a pure art if you want it to be art. And it’s a pure business if you want it to be just business. Actually it’s quite a complex phenomenon incorporating aspects of both mental and artistic creativity. While the commercial points are quite evident for any person interacting with Internet and web projects in a varying degree, the laws of visual perception are still not clear to the bitter end. You would probably agree that the ideal website should combine the visual and practical sides to impart the sacred revelation and evoke interest to your wares and services.

The top inexcusable mistake of young designers is that they appear to be distracted by aesthetics of their pages and pay little attention to the less visible yet more important side of their creations – functional side. Experts can’t help considering the value of functionality, appreciating professional copyrighting, marketing and editorial work.

Invisible Side Of Website DesignWe’d recommend you to take a look at Vitaly Friedman’s awesome presentation about the “invisible design” phenomenon. In his talk Vitaly insists on experiencing design instead of just looking at its visual part. So what’s essential for the design perception according to this concept? The answer is clear – that’s common language. The artist creates a masterpiece using his own language which might be unclear for the others. So you’d better forget about your own expression and your own genius ’cause in the world of web development that all won’t work. What’s really important is making the website visitors understand not only the vocabulary of the single words, but also the meaning of the whole visual sentences and phrases. Some meaning can be perceived without even seeing it distinctly. And to understand how it works, we are to look at the surrounding world differently.

According to Friedman, the substance is of utmost importance and consists of virtue, idea, utility, measurement, language and ambition. You may delve into the meaning of each feature in his presentation. On the whole, it all comprises some character with an authentic voice, original and client-oriented idea as well as a tendency for improvement. Design is tested, measured and serves the predefined function. The texts are reasonable, informing and engaging. Since stories are the source of inspiration and intrigue, storytelling is the key to the alluring content.

Invisible Side Of Website Design

Less But Better

To achieve this we’d recommend you to pay attention to the stage design, the sizes and the lightning, the minor elements placement and logical ties between them. The major thing is how all design aspects affect the website user experience. And what’s more interesting – some really well-designed details are hardly even noticeable! Their forms are hidden beyond the functions they serve for. And sometimes noticeable design can even mean that something’s wrong, broken and needs to be fixed. There are also traumatizing and distracting design features that don’t harmonize with the rest of the page and are pretty noticeable. This surely won’t be a nice compliment for their creators. I hope there’s no need to explain why invisible design is better than less functional one. Take care about the reasons of actions – the substance of the prospective decisions your clients make on your website.

Invisible Side Of Website Design

Aspiration For Inspiration

Of course, looking deeper into your souls you would probable feel some aspiration for exclusive and holistic designs — aspiration for inspiration. You need to navigate through the ocean of visual inspiration like a fish in the water. You constantly following popular design trends, learning what others do and imitate their style. While setting a new trend for yourself would in fact be a better idea – even if it’s based on something that’s been done by others before. Like a website template for example – we know that after reading this post some may say that using a template from us may be that something that kills creativity, and we want you to know we’re not avoiding this discussion. But who says you can’t get creative with the template that you have? If being artsy is your goal (which by the way is not always the case, and we’re cool with that), a template that you use may be a perfect canvas for a web design masterpiece.

But the big point is not only about templates, it’s about the way you think of your designs. We drive our minds into the narrow confines of technical details and measurements known to be appropriate for this or that website type. And this way or the other, the new brands are getting dim and less memorable in this enormous flow of twins. So if you want to be authoritative and efficient, you have to be responsive enough to capture and combine both the aesthetic and functional aspects of websites development. And this comes with years of experience and practice.

Invisible Side Of Website Design

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