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There are two website design styles that have become so trendy that you might be slightly concerned about using them: minimalism and responsive. However, if you want to capture the attention of today’s Internet user and ensure that everything works properly across multiple platforms, it is definitely wise to turn to the responsive design. Additionally, you can take a minimalist approach without losing the overall impact of how the responsive design is intended to work.
Why is the Minimalist Design So Popular Right Now?
Online merchants face numerous challenges in turning visitors into potential customers. Product page has been termed as the most underrated element in spite of its great significance. In fact, the layout of these pages affects the purchase decision of the visitors. We have curated for you here the most important features of ecommerce product pages. These elements are crucial factors in improving sales conversion in the long run.
Animation has been around long before the web began, enhancing visual content and, in many cases, animation is used to highlight the interface. Today, animation is not just a part of a website’s content, it’s a fundamental feature, essential to increasing interaction with the site and enriching the user experience.
Web design is an always changing industry. Best practices evolve over time and new approaches routinely spring up, giving web designers new techniques with which to create powerful online experiences. Inevitably, as the industry changes and evolves, “truths” that were once seemingly indisputable start to become outdated and irrelevant. In this article, we will take a look at 5 website truths that are actually no longer true and what new reality has replaced them.
In this article you will find a variety of flat, responsive and HTML5/CSS3 coded and one page websites design which are following new trends of web designs. The main purpose here is to stimulate your creativity and to inspire your imagination to create your own design trend because your website represents you and your brand.
Pinterest definitely started a trend with it’s grid or card-based layout design, and many have followed in their footsteps.
These days we see asymmetric design, different shaped tiles and other styles of pushing the boundaries of this type of layout. It lends itself to all the current trends, such as responsive design, flat design, etc. Here is a selection of some beautifully executed card-based layouts.
Selling online requires an ecommerce platform. Fortunately, for entrepreneurs there are many good ecommerce solutions available. Selecting which one to use can be a matter of choosing the best option for a particular ecommerce business.
As selling online has changed, so have the required ecommerce features and functions. For example, just a few years ago mobile commerce wasn’t so important. But now every good ecommerce platform should make selling on a smartphone or tablet simple. Or, more recently, content marketing has become vital for ecommerce, so now ecommerce platforms should include a way to integrate content.
What follows are eight questions ecommerce entrepreneurs should ask when choosing a new ecommerce platform in 2015.
A lot of designers have wild misconceptions about freelancing and what it’s actually like. Despite what many people think, it’s not all fun and games and working in your PJs.
At some point in their career, every designer is going to consider the possibility of going freelance. Before you make that decision, there are a few things you need to get straight…
Virtually every new client demands a mobile version of their site in addition to the conventional one. This is reasonable at the least – there are users on BlackBerrys, iPhones, iPads, Netbooks, Kindles and many other mobile devices out there.
We can expect that a new design will be needed to meet the innovations in the world of technology five years from now, and the same will be required time and again with continual evolution.
Web design and development is fast approaching the point where we may not be able to keep up with the devices and resolutions being churned out into the market. It’s impossible, or rather impractical, to create a version of one website for each device in existence. But then again, website owners can’t just sit and sacrifice users who are on certain devices, not with the competition that is out there. So, what’s our other option?
the Apple Watch represents the latest proof point that we’re only going to have more devices to consider when designing mobile apps. Not only does it represent a huge opportunity for more personal experiences, but it presents user interface designers with the increasingly complex challenge of scaling themselves to design for Web, mobile, tablets and wearables.
As a practice of designing for the intangible, interaction design has always been one of the most difficult UX disciplines. Gone are the days when users were impressed by simple interactions like a bit of unexpected animation – now animations are almost required, along with plenty of microinteractions that can’t be taken for granted.
New interaction design patterns continue to arise to support new technologies, but the fundamentals remain timeless. In this piece, we’ll quickly explore how interaction design has evolved in recent years, and where it may be headed in the near future.
If you’re building an app and you have high ambitions, you probably want to see it become a monster hit like Snapchat or Angry Birds. However, building a hit doesn’t come cheap. If you can’t fork out the cash yourself and you’re sure that your app will be a hit you should explore investment options. This can be a real hassle given the fierce competition there is today. You read stories in the media about Snapchat receiving $200 million in funding for a valuation of $15 billion and even the app that only says “Yo” got $1 million a couple of days after it was launched. It makes you wonder: “Isn’t there anyone that wants to invest maybe just a couple of thousand in my app?” The short answer is, there is. However, you will need to look in the right places and convince the right people.
Visual hierarchy is the difference between a site that strategically influences user flow and decisions, and a site that just “looks nice.”
An interface’s visual hierarchy relies on the same principles of aesthetics used by the Renaissance masters, but on top of that (or rather beneath it) there’s the subtext of secondary goals – promoting specific content, encouraging user signups and call-to-actions, and generally improving the overall experience so users enjoy their visit beyond just accomplishing their goals.
Numerous people have noted the growth of personal online portfolios these days. More and more designers, developers, art directors and other creative folk refuse to work in the shadow of a company and seek to carve out a path to successful solo career, having opened the new era of sophisticated, interactive and original web projects.
Calling Google's search algorithm update, which boosts the ranking of mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results, "mobilegeddon" may be overstating the potential loss of web traffic for sites that aren't responsive – able to adapt to mobile devices – or aren't specifically designed for mobile devices.
Though websites that aren't mobile-friendly can expect to rank lower in mobile search results, they can be fixed. Chances are, however, that will take time and money.
Today, customers are relying more on the Internet to look for places to have their next meals. For restaurant owners, having a website to showcase what they are offering is becoming a necessity. A strong web design can help a restaurant to more effectively market itself, can help convert visitors who find the restaurant by searching. So if you are designing website for cafe, bar or restaurant, in this post i have collected 30 some great examples of restaurant ,bar and cafe website done right and to help you create a successful website that will provide a great impression.
Have you ever wondered if your blog really needs a sidebar? And if you need a sidebar, should it be on the left or right side?
Sadly, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. But with some testing, I’ve figured out the optimal layout for a sidebar on a blog.
So, should you be using a sidebar? Well, it all depends…