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What Waiting Tables Taught Me About Designing Better Websites w/ UX Design

What Waiting Tables Taught Me About Designing Better Websites w/ UX Design | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
What do waiting tables and UX design have in common? One UX director weighs in on how we can learn how to handle design problems from the physical world.

 

 

 


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Excellent take on life Experiences... Trust me, I know.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, August 25, 2014 1:07 AM

Waiting tables is great training for many professions. Waiting, or serving people, teaches many important skills such as listening, being nice and being careful. In this excellent How Design post a UX (User Experience) designer talks about lessons learned waiting tables that help him design better websites.


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11 Resources Help You Create a Flat & Responsive WebSite Design

11 Resources Help You Create a Flat & Responsive WebSite Design | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it

Learn why flat design responsive sites are so popular, and get 11 resources for getting the design elements you need to create your own.

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Flat and responsive are the two 2014 pillars your website should be designed or re-designed with. This post shares 11 great resources to help with Flat & Responsive (most of these 11 resources were new to me).


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, April 2, 2014 4:59 PM

Fascinating article. The topic is new for me and I need to digest it. 

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Web Design: 20 Hottest 2014 Trends [+ Scenttrail Take On Each]

Web Design: 20 Hottest 2014 Trends [+ Scenttrail Take On Each] | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it

2014 We Design Trends

1. Grid Layouts - Agree & Is Good!
Yes visual marketing + pinterest + mobile is making the grid ubiquitous. I created a Mondrian grid in 1999 when we launched FoundObjects.com (not gone sadly). Grids help share MORE information faster and in the same space than any other design element.

2. Image Captions - Agree and is GREAT
The area immediately under an image is HOT. Everyone looks there but few designers use captions to reinforce or explain the image. Paying more attention to keywords under images is a great idea.

3. Extended Form Elements with JQuery - Don't Know? Does anyone?
Can't comment on this trend as it is new to me and I don't program so its potential benefits are fuzzy at the moment.

4. Deeply Focused Landing Pages thanks to Mobile - Agree & Is Cool
Don't understand this trend except enough to say COOL and WANT ONE.

5. HTML5 Video Players - Agree and GLAD
Don't play your videos on YouTube only since you just make the rich get richer. Figuring out how to play videos "in your stack" is important and having your own HTML5 player is cool.

6. 3D vs. 7. Flat Design - I come down on Flat Design as the winner due to mobile.

8. Personal Portraits - Agree and Like

9. SVG Vector sweeps web as browser support escalates. Agree & Glad.

10. Fonts get cool thanks to server advance - cool and like but not a religion or anything lol.

11. Lazy Loading Animations - cool and can think of several uses.

12. Customized Image Galleries - cool and we need.

13. Mega Navigation Menus - Don't know but don't like idea, seems confusing where confusion can really hurt.

14. Expanding Search Bars - cool and will use.

15. Featured Detail List - LIKE and is cool and new to me.

16. Mobile First Design - Agree and am doing my first now with CrowdFunde.

17. HTML5 Canvas - cool and new to me.

18, Pixel Sprites and Browser Games - New to me but COOL!

19. Quick Registration via social - AGREE!

20, CSS3 Keyframe Animation - Cool, want one.



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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:05 AM

Here are some current WEB designing programs.

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Planning, Design, and Optimizing a Website Simplified [Infographic] - Marketing Technology Blog

Planning, Design, and Optimizing a Website Simplified [Infographic] - Marketing Technology Blog | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
Infographic: Planning, Design, and Optimizing a Website by Douglas Karr on Marketing Technology Blog

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:43 PM

Anything you can find to help SIMPLIFY concepts related to creating or optimizing a website is valuable. This Infographic creates an interesting visual map, a map that makes the process feel easier and less daunting. 

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Planning, design and optimising a website simplified by internet initiatives. Website simplified infographic design is a process of website design in a simplified way using effective planning, design layout and strategic implementation.

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Avoid These 8 Deadly Sins of Site Design | Infographic

Avoid These 8 Deadly Sins of Site Design | Infographic | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
Attracting a potential customer is hard enough. Grabbing their interest and retaining them is even more difficult. It's important to design your site

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An info graphic about UX... WIN WIN!!!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 9, 2013 9:57 AM

Of these 8 very deadly sins the most deadly in my experience is the first one. When customers don't know where you want them to go and what you want them to do or where they came from (within you site) they get confused. Confused customers do many things buying is never one of them.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, November 15, 2013 3:53 PM

More on great design for maximum impact. This time, websites.

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20 Web Design Trends In 2013 From Responsive To Storytelling

20 Web Design Trends In 2013 From Responsive To Storytelling | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
Predicting the future is tough, but with the fast-moving nature of the web, it’s good to know what lies ahead. Craig Grannell talks to top industry figures about the web design trends you should be mindful of over the coming 12 months.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:51 PM

Web design is changing fast and here are 20 trends we've seen this year.

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, September 24, 2013 4:54 PM

2 lovely subjects: Web designer and storytelling !

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Bold, Beautiful, Brash Website Designs

Bold, Beautiful, Brash Website Designs | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
For a while now, designers have been absolutely infatuated with all things subtle. We love subtle patterned backgrounds and intricate decorative elements; we

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 18, 2014 11:37 PM

Love these bold and brash website designs. Like the Diehl "Forensic Architecture" idea the best. M

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13 Whitespace in Web Design Examples Inspire

13 Whitespace in Web Design Examples Inspire | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it
There are a many aspects of good web design, and whitespace is certainly one of them. Whitespace is the empty space around design elements such as images, text,

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 2, 2014 12:45 PM

White space can be the most defining design element of any website. Hard to use well though. Here are 13 examples of how to use whitespace in your website designs.

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25 Examples of Flat Design Inspire | Vandelay Design

25 Examples of Flat Design Inspire | Vandelay Design | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it

It almost seems that this year flat designs have taken over the world of graphic design by force, but especially in the arena of mobile apps with the first industry-shaking flat design being for the iPhone5. Reality is that flat design has been around longer than the emergence of the iPhone5, but of course it was Apple that helped to bring such cross-industry awareness to the design style. 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:22 PM

I was wrestling with why we are suddenly awash in "flat design". My first thought was flat design is more lean, easier to figure out where to go and what do do. Nope.

Flat design is upon us because of mobile as this excellent post and 25 examples shares flat transfers beautifully between desktop and mobile. Flat is the new black, so wear it well and find inspiration in these 25 examples.

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Web design trends for 2014 | Infographic + @ScentTrail Trend Predictions

Web design trends for 2014 | Infographic + @ScentTrail Trend Predictions | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it

What do we predict will be the web design trends in 2014? Here is an infographic with our predictions

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Here are my thoughts on web design in 2014.

1. Code Free = Disagree, not in 2014, I have tried Webydo and it is as hard to master as code so why bother, until there is a tool that is EASIER than code we will continue to code.

2. More CMS based site - Agree and this is another way of saying more blogs acting like websites. Good idea to read my Websites vs. Blog post on Curatti.com earlier in the week to know how to keep the things that matter from a "website" as your blog fills both shoes: Websites vs. Blogs Which One Is Better and Why http://curatti.com/websites-vs-blogs/ .

3. Single Page Sites - Disagree - I GUESS you could have a robust enough social presence that a single page site would be fine, but you give up a lot and you are asking a single page to accomplish a lot. Google doesn't rank websites they rank web pages, so pagespread (# of pages in Google) can help build traffic via SEO (that is left of it anyway).

A single page website is only viable for strong mobile or social players and somewhere there has to be an engine generating NEW out into the world. If you use a single page, push NEW out and then wipe it clean that is simply CRAZY with the way traffic is parsed and how we gain authority today. Oprah could have a single page site, how an average website could achieve all that is needed with a single page is beyond me.

4. Interactive Infographics - Agree with this one. The Infographic has legs, or should say the idea of visualizing content has legs. The infographic is an expression of a larger movement - our desire to understand things FAST.

Other 2014 Web Design Trends I see include:

* Lean Design - This movement plays off of #4 and the strength of the marketing visualization movement. Creating more understanding faster is a trending trend.

* Social Net Tapestry - Website designs MUST be social and agnostic about social nets. Including Facebook, Twitter, GPlus, YouTube, Scoop.it, StumbleUpon and 10 more I can't think of right now in ways that make sharing easy, rewarding and not overwhelming is a trend no one has figured out all that well yet, but we will begin to see novel ideas that build on the social media  "widget" idea in 2014 (only much better let's hope).

* Content Curation - we must build websites in 2014 that are focused on KEY CONVERSATIONS and become agnostic about where those conversations happen. Own the conversation, own the traffic.

 

Curating content INTO a website (or blog) is an important trend no one has quite figured out yet either. Start with traditional ORM (Online Reputation Management) tools. Use ORM to crack some APIs so when something relevant happens to your company, brands or products out there in social media's north forty you

Know about it.Filter it into your content by having ways (filters) to attach curated content into existing themes. Gamify contributors so reward is generous, immediate and competitive.


* Appification of Everything - the Mobile Revolution is not about the phone. It is about redesigning our THINKING about how information creates interaction, engagement and conversion (so a small thing lol). Thinking of everything we do online as an app we will be improving is a very "Mobile First" way to think. Those who understand the "Appification" of everything will win BIG as the rest of the world catches up in 2014.

* Gamification - If your website design doesn't find ways to profile, reward and share (curate) content from contributors you will fall hopelessly behind in 2014. The social web is here, despite few understanding the breadth of that that means, and websites need to promote an ever increasing amount of User Generated Content (UGC). Best way to do that is by using game theory to create web design.

 


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Top 10 Design Revolution Scoops of All Time

Top 10 Design Revolution Scoops of All Time | Expertiential Design | Scoop.it

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, October 27, 2013 5:37 PM

Top 10 Design Revolution Scoops of All Time

http://sco.lt/7FcZ4T Infographic - Color Is Master Of Us All

http://sco.lt/59W02L Blog Post - 20 Web Design Trends In 2013 From Responsive To Storytelling

http://sco.lt/6HpSpF Blog Post - Top 10 B2B Website Designs


http://sco.lt/6gwzxp Blog Post - Learning GREAT Website Design From Websites That Suck


http://sco.lt/8bGgwD Infographic - Latest Trends in Web Design

http://sco.lt/7Dw7ov Blog Post - Pledge Allegiance To The Red, Black and White Website Designs For Inspiration

http://sco.lt/5deXxZ Infographic - The Role of Color in Marketing

http://sco.lt/7MBTaj Infographic - The Complete Guide to Color Psychology

http://sco.lt/6VSW7F Blog Post - 8 UI, UX Tips For Amazing Software or Website Development


http://sco.lt/8CIlEn Blog Post - Roundup of Top 10 Best Websites For Designers - How Magazine

Creating a Scoopit Content Marketing Conversion Study. Learn more: http://sco.lt/69HeAj

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Gamification - Designing for Engagement

Gamification is fundamentally rewriting the rules of engagement and design. We can leverage its techniques to create unprecedented connections with our customer

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Engaging and experience should always go hand-in-hand, regardless of the implementation.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, June 1, 2013 8:12 AM

Building Engagement In

There are ways to BUILD engagement into a website's design. Here are three secrets to promote engagement not included in this excellent Slideshare:

* Place Email Subscription High Up and Prominent. 
* Include curated User Generated Content on every page.

* Create CTAs with CONTRAST.

 

Email Subscriptions
When your "Subscribe To Our Email List" Call to Action is high on the page in a Can't Miss It spot you communicate a clear "we want YOU" signal. 

UGC Everywhere
When you curate User Generated Content to your site you communicate how well you listen and care for community members. The website isn't all about YOU and what you think the inclusion of UGC says.

 

CTAs
I see to very common mistakes in websites I'm asked to review as Director of Marketing for Atlantic BT in Raleigh (http://www.atlanticbt.com ): NO CTAs or poorly contrasted CTAs. I PREFER CTAs to be buttons and usually test red, orange or green (depending on the background color). I'm convinced there is no ONE magic CTA color but the contrast is what makes a Call To Action helpful or not, clicked on or not, converting or not.