SEO Doesn’t Have To Be Hard Just shot a video with our resident photographer Andrew Bartlett. Our conversation reminded me Search Engine Optimization doesn’t have to be so HARD.
Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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…
Digital marketing is a type of marketing that makes good use of the electronic devices such as computers and tablets as well as many mobile devices. Over the years, it has proven to be a very reliable form of marketing because of the many advantages that are associated with it. A good number of digital marketers have been able to realize the marketing results desired by their bosses simply because of the marketing potential that is embroiled in this form of marketing. In particular, digital marketing is preferred by most business experts because it makes it far much easier for marketers to easily analyse the performance of the marketing strategies.
We're boiling down 13 of the most prominent web design trends emerging in 2015. Will they change your understanding of a "modern website"? You be the judge.
Marty (@Scenttrail) Notes:
1. Make it big (Agree but not as easy to do well as they make it look).
2. The multimedia experience (agree and same as #1)
3. The Parallax effect mutations (Horizontal Scrolling) Agree
4. Animated storybook (Agree and cool).
5. Flat design (agree & effect of mobile)
6. No more boxes (Agree and YES!).
7. Tiles (Pinterest effect and agree).
8. Navigation widgets (Agree!)
9. Integrating Google maps (Agree where appropriate).
10. Mashup interfaces (AGREE grab those APIs :).
11. Minimize (Seems to contradict #1, but agree).
12. World Wide Wait (speed is going to be KEY).
13. Designer automation (Agree, can do a lot with templates now).
Icons are the basic requirement of any web related projects and good icons are like a treasure for web designers. Icons help us capture user’s attention and direct them to the related content. Icons can defines the aesthetic look of the whole website and apps design.
In this article, you will find 30 free amazing free icon sets for March 2015. You’ll definitely find at least 30 free fresh icon sets that you can put to good use in your web design or mobile apps design project. Not to worry of spending money as all the icons included here are free and yet of great quality.These can be useful for your blog, portfolio or website.Enjoy!
Most people who spend a lot of time online at one point or another find themselves contemplating doing some web design work either for themselves or for others.
Web design is a skill set that encompasses:
- Designing the visual interface of a website
- Designing web graphics
- Designing the user experience
- SEO or search engine optimization