May
26

If there’s only one often-neglected but very useful method of testing a design, it’s the use of a heat map. Heat maps are very easy to read; they display a color on every place a click is made. The warmer the color (from completely clear all the way up to crimson red) the more clicks […]

May
18

You’ve designed, developed and marketed your website and people have started trickling in. You feel like moving onto the next project, but if you stop examining the finished product at this point you could be losing customers because of any number of things. The final step to designing a well performing website is to use analytics […]

May
4

The problem Often, companies have their designers regurgitate previously used designs because they are safe. Why take a risk when you already have something some other customer liked in the past? Right? Or maybe the client has a previous version of their site that they want only updated. Perhaps you’re jumping in mid-project to take […]

Apr
27

Last week we talked about the commonly targeted positive emotions, and I promised to talk about unusual emotions that can be targeted. These negative or more difficult to influence emotions are a challenge to access and aren’t often a good fit for most sites. When they do work, and are correctly identified by the designer, […]

Apr
17

Design is emotion. Picking a cool blue color palette will bring out certain calmer emotions than the ones brought out by fiery oranges and reds. Fonts can encourage sympathy or discourage seriousness. Key phrases can also boil blood or send people away. The best designers select everything to focus their user’s emotions in the direction […]

Mar
27

You’ve got your web design down pat. You know how users interact using their mouse and their track pad. You know that those devices are precise. You also know that they’ll spend quite a few minutes at a time. What do you know about your mobile users? Understanding the Mobile User Mobile users are completely […]

Mar
15

One of the most frustrating duties for designers is communicating with the developers and convincing them to follow their design. This is one of the tasks that you didn’t sign for, but come with the job anyway. There are plenty of tips for us to share with you to help make this easier. Communication Through […]

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Mar
4

If there is one thing that every web developer could use – it’s a solid list of resources that they can turn to in a time of need. The list of resources that a web developer might need (coding language notwithstanding) is long and varied. From snippets of existing example code to online development magazines […]

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Feb
3

Facebook may not be the first social media platform but it’s certainly the one that represents the social media era and the only one that has been turned into a movie. Whether like it or not, Facebook is going to celebrate its 10 years of growth this February, a complete decade of social media networking. […]

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Jan
25

The passwords that you set both online and in the real world are things that are extremely important when it comes to keeping your life secure and private. In a world where the vast majority of your personal data is online and only protected by a simple password or PIN number, the passwords you use […]

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