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Get Inspired: 27 Great Web Design Galleries To Find Web Design Inspiration!

Get Inspired: 27 Great Web Design Galleries To Find Web Design Inspiration! | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Where do you go normally when you are planning to start your new web design project and you are curiously finding for a mind blowing web design inspiration or just want yourself to bring up with some amazing creative ideas which can help...

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I always start a project wandering around for inspiration, looking at how others are solving the problem gets the creative gears turning. There is nothing more intimidating than a blank canvas, so here are 27 ways to oil the gears and find inspiration from others - where inspiration always starts.

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Product Development Doesn't Have To Suck: Agile Development With Product Canvas

Product Development Doesn't Have To Suck: Agile Development With Product Canvas | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The Product Canvas is a powerful agile tool that facilitates the development of new products by describing the users with their needs and the product’s features.

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This looks like a cool tool to help Agile Product Development. Products I've created include:

* Poetryslam magnetic word game.

* Dada Box magnetic word game.

* Story Glasses.

* Alien Questionnaire.

* Magnetic Line Art.


All those products + $4 gets me coffee at Starbucks, but wouldn't change anything except how hard it is to create products. Creating products can really be tough. You get in, move around, do stuff and spend money and feel like there is nothing happening and you will never get there from here. The application of Agile Development methodology could really help make the process easier and less full of friction. Cool applicaiton of Agile Development to product creation life cycle.

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Startups, This Is How Design Works From Design Genius Dieter Rams

Startups, This Is How Design Works From Design Genius Dieter Rams | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
A guide to understanding digital & physical product design for startups...

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WOW, Great guide for startups and anyone who wants to understand WHAT design is and btw that may be the most important concept to grasp in a post-apple design "infected" world. Everyone has everything they need now (moroe or less) so we BUY and JOIN things we love. We LOVE THINGS that match beauty and functionality to tell a new story. Better yet, a balanced beautiful object that helps US tell OUR Stories better.

The secret of Apple is not just their insistence on perfectly balanced functionality and beauty but that those things speak to our Stengel Values Matrix:

* Elicit Joy.

* Enable Connection.

* Inspire Exploration.

* Impact Society (Save The World).

From Grow by fellow ex-P&Ger Jim Stengel. Add

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Redesign The Web Contest - Elegant, Smashing Designs [pictures]

Redesign The Web Contest - Elegant, Smashing Designs [pictures] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The results of the poster design contest "Redesign The Web" with freely available PDFs of the winners and best submissions.


Marty Note - Very cool. My fav Jacob Greif as he suggests the need for greater diversity in approach, code and creative with a gentle, funny graphic.

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6 Warming Tips For A Clean Well Lighted Site & Conversion Challenge

6 Warming Tips For A Clean Well Lighted Site & Conversion Challenge | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

We create printed books, ebooks and videos to help you get the most out of creative software like Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. (RT @designtuitive: Surely anyone can find all they need to learn and sharpen their key design skills online?


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After posting this piece to G+ I thought of a way to TEST tips like these. I think, after 12 years of Internet marketing and thousands of tests, there are ways to increase ANY SITE'S conversions by at least 2x. I'm willing to bet lunch that any ecommerce site's conversions can be at least doubled by simple tips. If you wan't to take me up on my version of the Pepsi Challenge email your site to Martin.Smith(at)Atlanticbt(dot)com and please put Martin's Conversion Challenge in the subject so I don't delete it as spam.

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Nice clean, clear site design here, but it needs to be "warmed up" to increase conversion. Websites start COLD and HARD and need design, copy and images to make them feel approachable, authentic and fun. Here are 6 "Warming Up" Tips:

1. Roll is a tad fast. Rolls make our lizard brains active as we reassess threat damage so I'm not a big fan despite their prevalence in today's web design. If you do roll, roll SLOW.

2. No clear Call To Action - solid branding left a little abandoned by no clear directive about what you want me (visitors) to do now.

3. Navigation - never grey out your navigation as it causes more "What do I do now" panic. The non-grey HOME is supposed to say, "Hey here is the navigation," but it creates confusion since it is an active link even though it doesn't go anywhere since we are ON the home page (this is a pet peeve of mine and a common mistake) and Home is treated differently than the rest of the navigation. I don't like doing things one-way in a particular situation as it creates cross talk and confusion.


4. No testimonials or other trust marks - Don't ever pitch yourself, but always share feedback and comments from people who love you. The absence of any other voices here make this design more start than if it had people sharing the love.

5. The Blank Space - Hey I get it, I've used negative space too as it turns up the tension and makes visitors LOOK but not in such a flat, clean design. Here the missing tooth on the second line just makes it look like you forgot something. I WOULD NOT but a book in there, but a teaser to a sale page or a testimonial pull quote would achieve the same MADE YOU LOOK tension without looking like someone pulled a tooth and left a hole.

6. Bold at the bottom - Bold is an accent best used, like all accents, sparingly. Here again the site walks by a chance to create clear hierarchy. By bolding all the bottom copy it all becomes equal and so goes away. Attention is best gained and kept with meaningful differences. Creating meaningful differences is the job of the designer, differences that translate the merchandiser's and ecommerce manager's secret desires into conversions and engagement.

This design is solid, but also a good example of how CLEAN isn't the only issue. Websites are like opinions everyone has one. I approach an ecommerce website from years of experiences and over $30 in sales. That can make me too commercial for some. I've been called a bit of a used car salesman and that hurts :).


I see it as our job, I always work with teams of designers, merchants and SEOs, to create an inviting, engaging, clear and concise environment that helps visitors become customers. Yes I like making money, but only as the ultimate score card for if we are achieving our goal of mutual benefit.


No matter how many times we employed Occam's Razor when I was a Director Ecommerce, we were never half as clear as we needed to be (lol). If Designtuitive were my site I would warm it up with the voice of others, help visitors by being clear about what I want them to do next via hierarchy and data (sharing most popular or best sellers is always a good idea on an ecommerce site) and look to be a little less Bauhaus and a little more our house :). M

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Visualize Google Analytics Split Testing For Designers And Other Visual Thinkers

Visualize Google Analytics Split Testing For Designers And Other Visual Thinkers | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to be looking at one of Google Analytics’ most recent additions to its feature set; Experiments. Using this tool, I’ll be showing you how to serve up different variations of a page to determine which one is the most successful in converting visitors to the site.

Marty
Split testing is an important concept for designers and all Internt marketers to understand. This article makes it easy to understand with its strong visual approach designed for visual thinkers.

Great scoop by a very trusted souce (Brian Yanish) :).M


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If Car Dealers Can Design A Business Model For Real-Time Shoppers So Should You

If Car Dealers Can Design A Business Model For Real-Time Shoppers So Should You | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

How your dealership can handle modern consumers who expect instantaneous response. (Is Your Dealership Ready for the Real-Time Shopper?: Latest Marketing News ...

Marty Real Time Note
You know you've past a significant social media marketing tipping point when laggards start climbing in the car. When I bought my last car I had my Air live on their wi-fi tweeting what was happening, checking Cars.com and other resources and checking everything the guy said in real time AND I STILL GOT TAKEN.

This article from Dealer Marketing Magazine 75% about what most reading this post already know - the real time and digital revolution is HERE and only 25% about what to do about it. Here are my tips if, God forbid, I owned or ran a car dealership:

EMBRACE the digital revolution don't just accept it by:

*** Put your dealer hashtag in clear view.
*** Create social contest and games awarding ongoing contribution and particpation (stay top of mind even when I'm between cars).

*** Curate your UGC (user generated content) so you aren't just talking to yourself about yourself all the time (an industry preoccupation).

*** Show and share, share and show - look to learn from and listen to your customers and stip the overblown rhetoric, BS and games.
*** Realize that the real VALUE you create is so much greater than the short term profit on any given deal (hard to convince your greedy sales force they are best served by long term thinking but they are and continuing to screw people is over, done, finished).

*** Your most important asset is NOT on the lot but online - your reputation.
*** Reduce your footprint all those cars on the lot as advertising is stupid, expensive and unnecessary. Look hard at your 80/20 rule and manage to that.
*** Understand social media is NOT just deal flow. You can put deal flow into social NO MORE than 50% of the time. 90% deal flow confirms you don't get social media marketing.

*** The other 50% of the time SHARE authority reinforcing content such as reviews, information about innovations and news.

*** Ask for your customer's social contacts and then segment your customers based on power users, middle and beginning social media marketing status. Soon every customer will use social media, but not all social media user are equal. Car dealers should know who is across the desk from them. If you are selling a car to Seth Godin or Chris Brogan BE CAREFUL and don't be a jerk. Good advice even if Marty Smith or Jane Smith is across the desk.

Car dealerships can change and those who do will make more money. Those who don't will be looking for work. As with anything 20% of the dealers will make 80% of the change and thrive while the rest will look around and wonder what hit them.


I can answer that too. What hit you was an empowered public who is tired and not going to take it anymore. Next time you sell me a car it would be a good idea to know if I can reach out and touch 5K or 10K people as you are speaking to me :).M

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1 in 10 people will own a tablet by 2016 [study]

1 in 10 people will own a tablet by 2016 [study] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Market research firm Strategy Analytics has published a new report which reveals that as many as one in ten people could have a tablet by 2016, with o...

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Wrote a post last friday, Internet Marketing Goes Mobile Join The Revolution ( http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/internet-marketing-goes-mobile-join-the-revolution/ ) and this article ads fuel to that fire. Design implications are staggering :).M

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PERSONALITY Get Some With This Smashing HOW TO Article

PERSONALITY Get Some With This Smashing HOW TO Article | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

In this article, we will look at some strategies you can follow, as well as some examples found in the wild, plus a few projects in which the consistent use of emotional design results in a great personality.

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I loved this article. I was a psychology student back in the day and so love Maslow like a brother. While the hierarchy of needs concept is under attack lately. Current thinking tends toward the little actualization, esteem and love here and there revision. Maslow's step ladder-like pyramid is replaced with a more inchoate romp.

Personally I'm not sure Maslow as so insistent on one step then the other as much as the concept of one state building on its previous state. We may wander in and out of actualization consciousness now but Maslow's idea that each time around the bend everything gets better, easier and more understood continues to apply.

This article is one of the best HOW TOs I've seen for first taking a reading on how aligned you and your marketing is to Maslow's famous hierarchy and your customer's needs.
:) M

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Kind of BLUE: Why Blue Rocks Website Designs

Kind of BLUE: Why Blue Rocks Website Designs | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

We all dream in color. Every design concept and sketch comes with some sort of color association. But what do those colors mean? What associations are we making just with that choice alone?

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When you want to win online you understand the crowd and surf their wave. This is not to say you "sell out" or leave your beliefs or values in the dirt. It is to say smart Internet marketers watch their feedback loops like hawks and modify their brilliant plans with feedback from the mob and wisdom of crowds. Here is a USA Today poll showing favorite colors:

Blue: 44%
Green: 12%
Red: 11%
Black: 4%
Purple/Violet: 4%
Brown: 3%
Pink/rose: 3%
Beige/Tan: 2%
White: 2%
Grey: 2%
Yellow: 2%
Mauve: 2%
Fushia: 2%
Maroon: 2%

Let's see we can use yellows and thrill NO ONE or find new ways to be blue. You know where I'm going (lol).
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Behind The Curtain: Overhauling Mobile.Twitter.com From Ground Up

Behind The Curtain: Overhauling Mobile.Twitter.com From Ground Up | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

We redesigned mobile.twitter.com for feature phones and older browsers for speed and consistency...

***** Twitter shared everything about their recent mobile redesign. Interesting to see the choices they made and why. Even more interesting to see all the way behind the curtain on this excellent "process is product" Twitter blog post.
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The Psychology of Color [Infographic] | Louisville Painters

The Psychology of Color [Infographic] | Louisville Painters | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
An infographic that takes a creative and interesting look at how color is perceived and how it triggers certain thoughts and emotions.


***** Color as signal, color as nonverbal web communication can't be over estimated. I like white sites with color as accents. A little color can go a long way. This is a great chart to remind you what colors to use for what, when.
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Julian Opie – Welcome to the Official Julian Opie Shop.

Julian Opie – Welcome to the Official Julian Opie Shop. | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Julian Opie's Online Art Store...

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***** I saw Opie's 20 foot LEDs featured with his walking man during u23d at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Magical film and Opie's art was incredible. Imagine one of these walking men or women slowing moving a customer's eyes to your CTA (Call To Action) or, in a store, walking me to your most profitable display. Magical artist. Wish his website was better.

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30+ Beautiful Website Layouts And One HUGE Mistake

30+ Beautiful Website Layouts And One HUGE Mistake | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Today we will showcase some excellent website layouts from Dribbble to help you get inspired and see what's new in the web design world.

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One way we all learn is to look at how each other solves the problem of presentation. This post has some good design ideas, at least one great idea and one huge problem. I am going to put some space before I share my take on each of those in case you want to click the link, form your own ideas and then compare notes.



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I thought that UberSnap site was genius in its very Pinterest approach to an ever changing visual design not unlike the new Scoop.it account master page (http://www.scoop.it/u/martin-marty-smith ).

The huge mistake is the trend to chop off men's heads. What is with that? There are two examples of this huge mistake in these designs. What can be more unsettling to the lizard brain than seeing a headless body pitching a suit or a travel bag. Can designers really be so lost in translation they don't see how spooky, scary and strange it is to loop off the heads of the men? Would they EVER do such a thing to a woman? Let's hope not :).M

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Negative Space Is Beautiful Baby, Beautiful [14 Examples]

Negative Space Is Beautiful Baby, Beautiful [14 Examples] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great suggestion from Susan Coils. Negative space is the key to great design online as these examples prove. TY to Susan for keeping a Deisgn Revolution eye open for us.

Follow Susan http://www.scoop.it/u/sanssecret

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Good recommendation Susan thanks. Marty
Susan Coils's comment, August 4, 2012 3:40 PM
So glad you posted this Marty. I'm always in awe of great design. Wonderful stuff.
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How to Design Unique and Unforgettable Logos [Infographic]

How to Design Unique and Unforgettable Logos [Infographic] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Infographics on Designing Logo which sell Business Product/Services by Startup Business Checklist on Designing Wonderful and Unique Logo for Company Business...

Marty Logo Design Note
Ah the logo design, if I had half the sweat, pain and misery spent thinking about, pulling apart and redoing logos I would have a free year or so added back on to my life. One of the things I've noticed being on the agency side of Internet marketing now is how much new to Internet marketing teams focus, obsess and get pulled apart by the wrong things. It is as if, prior to real feedback, any dip or process hiccup can derail, stop and obstruct.

I suspect much of my logo obsessions of the past are the same, "Don't know any better," disease. I'm not saying your logo isn't important. It is. A popular Scoop from earlier was how to create a brand style guide:

http://www.scoop.it/t/brandjournalism/p/2300617884/how-to-create-your-brand-s-style-guide-tell-your-brand-s-story

If I had my marketing life to live over I think I would obsesses MORE about brand stories and less about look and feel. I'm a visual thinker so I start wrong. I start drawing the picture when I should tell the story. Once we have the story the picture is implied, suggested and probably half done. Always tell the story and let the picture form.

My story and sticking to it :).M


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30 Fresh and Sizzling Designs

30 Fresh and Sizzling Designs | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

A flyer is very practical and feasible for small businesses in marketing their new products and services in the local marketplace. Check out these 30 inspirational and creative flyer designs and start those creative juices flowing with ideas.


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My fav is the global warming design.

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22 Beautiful Portfolio Websites To Inspire You, Me And Lee

22 Beautiful Portfolio Websites To Inspire You, Me And Lee | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

From time to time, we like to showcase how designers and studios are presenting their work.

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When I need inspiration I look at design, just pure design. Design is a palette cleanser. It shakes the assumptions out, when it is good, or moves you to change ever so slightly. These designs are great cleansers since they strive for design's most pure source - impact, statement and connection.

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Why Monotype Is A Curation Rock Star from @RobinGood

Why Monotype Is A Curation Rock Star from @RobinGood | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Robin Good: "Would you like to join a select group of designers from around the world to curate what you would consider fonts from our Monotype collection for use in editorial publishing?"


This is what James Fooks-Bale, from Monotype (the largest type foundry out there) initially wrote to Mario Garcia. The email went out also to several other designers around the world, who were all invited to participate in curating a set of type collections to inspire and help designers re-discover what fonts and typefaces to use for their next project.


"The unique challenge of this project was developing type palettes.


Each set of type families had to make sense for the hypothetical publications we proposed.


But the families in each palette also had to complement each other: in finish, attitude, or historical reference.


It was not about selecting interesting typefaces, but choosing those that could work as part of a system..."


Monotype calls these curated sets of typographic faces "collections" and it describes their function and meaning as: "The Monotype Collections are a series of personal font selections curated from the Monotype library by leading figures in the print and digital design worlds.


Each one takes a theme that corresponds to real-life briefs or trends, such as Heritage, Publishing, Branding or Web Fonts, and all fonts selected by our curators are available to license from Monotype.


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The sheer volume of font options now available to designers and creative directors can be daunting and time-consuming to explore, leading designers to settle for tried-and-trusted go-to fonts.


The purpose of the collections is to widen their palette, and offer a range of entry points to the Monotype library, which contains thousands of fonts covering every application, and has its origins in the late 19th century.


The Collections contrast contemporary alternatives and reveal hidden gems from the archives, and invite designers to delve deeper."


This is a great example of how curation can be used to market, inspire and help great artists discover and re-discover tools they may have not been using for a while.


Fascinating. Innovative. Inspiring. 9/10


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Agree with Robin 100%. Type is such a BEAR and so easy to do WRONG. The more perspective we gain from peers the easier it is to solve difficult problems like how to use type. The real innovation here is forming up a tribe of highly influential advocates to share their favorite groups of typefaces. By forming something similar to what my team and I called our "buzz team" in my last job Monotype creates dual benefit.

Monotype's "buzz team" helps them hear direct feedback from a group of highly influential designers AND those designers go out into the world and advocate for Monotype (the more valuable of the two interactions if you ask me but hard to get the one without the other).

Robin's note is insightful too. Monotype isn't asking their designers to CREATE new type faces only to share their favorite groups of existing type. They are asking for Curation As A Product. We've been so stuck in the idea of product as things, as physical objects, we may be missing a dramatic and important market change - process as product.


Product as process, product as curaton, product as something much more ethereal, magical, gentle and kind feels like where we are thanks in no small measure to curation of the growing infinity of UGC (User Generated Content). This idea of "product" as bigger than past definitions, something Robin just helped me see with this Scoop, fits with Social Media's Magic Feedback Loops (http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/social-medias-magic-loops/ ), a post I just wrote for Atlantic BT's blog.

The idea of THEM and US is what is fading fast. Monotype's intelligent use of that information is inspiratoinal and Robin's take is as accurate and helpful as always :). M

Full story + samples from all curated sets: http://www.garciamedia.com/blog/articles/the_page_is_the_stage_curating_a_monotype_type_collection




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Visual Curation: A Bi-Weekly Color-Themed Pantone Collage by Trendland Magazine

Visual Curation: A Bi-Weekly Color-Themed Pantone Collage by Trendland Magazine | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Robin Good: A great example of visual curation at work. Trendland magazine features "Curating the Curated: Seafoam" a color-themed collage of inspiring and unique images based on Pantone 18-5315TPX - Bayberry. 


The curated collage is "refreshed" every Tuesday and Friday with a new color-theme.


Original curated collage: http://trendland.com/curating-the-curated-seafoam/


Check out also Trendland visual boards on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/trendland/


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Cool way to create perspective and a sense of he possibilites of a color you (meaning me) may have overlooked. :).M




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Gamification Goes Mainstream [infographic]

Gamification Goes Mainstream [infographic] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Over the past year we have watched gamification grow in popularity. With each company that implements gamification, the term seems to gain ground in becoming recognized as a successful solution to engagement and loyalty problems online. Gamification was even short listed for word of the year in Oxford’s Dictionary 2011.

 

We decided to recognize the growing popularity and success of gamification and its implementations in this infographic below (because let’s face it, everything is better as an infographic).You can read more about it’s success on Forbes or ReadWrite Enterprise. A HUGE thanks to Matt Shobe and Chad Jacobson for their work on this!..

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YES! Love it when a plan comes together. Designers take note. My Gamificaiton paper: http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/gamification-white-paper-atlanticbt/

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The emerging Semantic Web Will Change Web Design

The emerging Semantic Web Will Change Web Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The Semantic Web as made real with lightweight means such as LOD and Microforms means that an inclusive, broad knowledge of who we are may finally be at hand.

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The Semantic web is the next big thing few understand. We will all understand it better in about a year, in the meantime designers need to start changing their design ethos. A design ethos is what sets the parameters of how designers create. When something is inside the boundary it gets include, outside not so much. This means designers are the necessary first wave on any and everything.

I like to watch designers like a hawk on a wire looking for dinner. When they move I move. Time for designers to start moving on semantic web.

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Brain Lady On Why The Future Converts Better

Brain Lady On Why The Future Converts Better | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Great presentation by Susan Weinshenk, "The Brain Lady", at the Converison Conferene in Chicao a month ago. My Notes are here: http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/conversion-conference-live-blog-monday-june-25-pm/ .


Conversion is about connecting websites to WHY people act one way or another. Susan is pioneering new science of design, design influenced by neuromarketing and focused on connecting websites to people.


She knows the keepers o the website design flame are grpahic designers so she creates great content to help designers understand their ultimate customers (those who actually use the sites they design) better.


If ask me for an example of the best design for a website I would say the one that converted better. Everything else is conjecture, specutation, damn lies and statistics :).
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HTML5 Savior Or Train Wreck? [interactive infographic]

Timeline shows the increasing complexity of web standards This new HTML 5 infographic from Evolution of the Web reminds us about the power, but also the . Marketing topic(s):Website design. Advice by Dave Chaffey.

***** HTML5 and CSS3 hold great promise, but, like with most things Web, promise can get mired down in the details of delivery. As it becomes harder and harder to abide by the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) will we add real value or just slow our pages down and forget, in the end, we serve the customer? Hope the promise of HTML5 can be realized and the train wreck avoided.
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Great Content Marketing: Excellent Banner To Form, To Download Design and Flow

Great Content Marketing: Excellent Banner To Form, To Download Design and Flow | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Three retail industry experts share website optimization tips for boosting conversion rates.

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***** Click on the banner at the top of Shop.org content page to request the Top 10 Testing and Targeting Ebook, fill out the form and then see one of the best 1 - 2 - 3 campaign designs I've seen. Especially like:

* Creative placement of the banner on top of the content.

* Keeping the qualifying form simple.

* Landing page for download with other options (would have included a Thank You, but excellent even without it).

Great setup to conversion. Now it will be interesting to see how they drip email me.

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