Web designers often think about the web design process with a focus on technical matters such as wireframes, code, and content management. But great design isn’t about how you integrate the social media buttons or even slick visuals. Great design is actually about creating a website that aligns with an overarching strategy.
Email offers us a personal, yet scalable and effective way to connect with our audience members. Because you can only send emails to people who signed up to get them, you’re sending your content to people who actually want it. And that means better open and clickthrough rates, and a more engaged audience.
In the kitchen the food sizzles. The clink of silverware and the chatter of conversation fill the dining room. This place is hopping. From the floorplan to the the menu, the owners have put tons of thought into the details of this physical space.
It seems like there’s one basic layout used for 90% of the websites out there. You know the one I’m talking about.
The site begins with a photo filling the entire viewport (bonus points if it’s an overhead shot of a designer’s desk). Floating above the photo on a soft bed of text-shadow: a headline, some teaser copy, and a giant call-to-action button.
Giving good design feedback is hard. No surprise there. After all, designers put their all into their work, and no one wants to sink design-team morale.
But giving effective design feedback plays a major role in any successful project. Because design is a collaborative process, designers need clear direction just as much as they need the space to be creative.
The beginning of any new design project is exciting. It's hard not to get caught up in the buzz of possibility. Brainstorming and the exchange of ideas strike sparks that light the fuse of creativity.
As we look forward to 2017 — a year that hopefully won’t be plagued by the passing of so many of the world’s greatest artists and performers — the big question on every designer’s mind has to be: what will define design in 2017?
So with that in mind, I decided to ask Beblueinc’s own designers what trends they think will dominate the world of digital design in 2017. (And wrote up a little commentary on their thoughts.)
While it can be a tough balance to achieve, creating a functional, streamlined and well designed website is well worth the effort.
Fortunately, improving your customers’ experience with your site coincides with improving your bottom line. One study even revealed that a website’s design is most likely to affect its presumed trustworthiness—not the content that lies within.
Usability and the utility, not the visual design, determine the success or failure of a web-site. Since the visitor of the page is the only person who clicks the mouse and therefore decides everything, user-centric design has become a standard approach for successful and profit-oriented web design. After all, if users can’t use a feature, it might as well not exist.
We love designing. It’s true, we love spending hours in front of Photoshop, and nights coding to our heart’s content. But design to us isn’t just about making things look & work great, it’s about finding a way to solve problems.