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The Web has become a social hub for all generations.  We’re no longer simply dealing with computers that teach and facilitate users.  Today the computer is much more like a go-between.  The real action happens between people. However, this interaction between people on computers, for example, on Facebook, Digg or Twitter, is the indirect interaction.  On a computer, a real person to person contact must have a facilitator, an enabler, before it can actually occur.  That enabler is the user interface design. In this post, we’ll see how various user interface techniques have a profound impact on social activities on the Web, and we’ll share with you how you can use them to work for you. UI Design Techniques for the Social Web  1.  Provide …

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Have you ever longed for a business website that costs you less money and still provides the best possible outcome that your business actually deserves? We all know having a business website is prior and more important than having an office these days. As one of the surveys state that 85% of the business is originated on the internet nowadays. But to begin from the scratch can be very time consuming. Don’t be scared there are some things, which can help to speed up the process. I think business website templates are the perfect way to get you the features, you wish to incorporate in your online showcase, where you portray your skills and products. These templates are easy to install and can help in …

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A few posts back, we delved into the world of first-person user interface.  This is a fascinating world where, rather than offering a convenient extension of reality, user interface design actually mimics reality, First person interface, lets users experience design without leaving the familiarities and perspective of real life behind.  Two great examples of first-person user interface design can be found in augmentation and direct interaction.  Augmentation works on an informational level.  It enhances the real world images using a wide variety of helpful facts and images about a user’s surroundings.  Direct interaction allows users to input location information in exchange for a real-time image or list of features catering specifically to the user.  In this post, we’ll take a look at these two examples …

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How would you like to bring your design style into the real world?  This may at first seems like a daunting task.  It doesn’t have to be, of course, but, most likely due to the seeming difficulty of doing so, software interface design doesn’t usually reflect real-world experiences.  However, the real world we each experience first-hand, will translate more and more into the user interface design producing what’s called first-person user interfaces.  Here, user interfaces take note of the real world and deliver it, unaltered, using specific design features.   Since this real-world style works well with the way people actually perceive the world, it fits easily in the navigation context.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how the first-person user interface helps us …

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Have you taken the time to personalize your Photoshop Performance settings yet?  If not, it could be that you need a few good tips on the best settings to customize.  If you’ve forgotten to do these important steps, may we remind you that tweaking your settings to fit your personal specifications can save time and effort in the long-run – something we definitely appreciate in the design.  Take a look at the tips below, and consider improving your Photoshop experience with just a few extra conveniences.  1. Adjust The Number Of History States Its quite possible you’ve tried a countless number of times to “undo” your work on Photoshop as you normally for say, a Word document.  By now, then, you should know it doesn’t …

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Despite all the advantages of e-commerce, reduced overhead costs, in particular, there are some major disadvantages, especially when it comes to product detail display.  While e-commerce stores may not be able to create an exact replica of the in-store experience, they can get very close with a bit of wise design on product detail pages. So many product descriptions lack the necessary detail to really sell the product or use complicated technical terminology that leaves readers alienated and confused.  Sometimes the problem lies in the fact that the product image is in poor shape.  Designers may miss opportunities to use attractive, attention getting design efforts to connect with customers and engage them enough to complete a sale. In this post, we’ll take a look at …

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Recently, charities have begun to up the ante in website’s design.  In years past, charities have been known to stick with mediocre design styles rarely updated.  Now, however, it seems that along with other industries, charities have taken an interest in perfecting the online image and developing an online brand. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the best charity sites successfully managing to keep the user experience more interactive.  Pay attention well to the critiques that follow as they just may be of some benefit in the future. Red Nose Day Red Nose Day raises funds for Comic Relief. Red Nose Day gets a dose of minimalism in the site design for Comic Relief.  Attractive and fun, this style stays …

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Are you creating e-commerce sites designed and built to sell?  It’s a question worth asking.  Today, more and more businesses are relying on online shoppers and customers to channel profits, depending heavily on the Web’s unique benefits as a marketing tool and selling base.  Thus, the designer can create financially stable sites that will increase business and convert a quick click into a sale. In this post, we’ll take a look at e-commerce design and ask the question, what makes an e-commerce site financially successful?  The goal is to present our readers with solid information on basic conversion techniques that can launch e-commerce design to another level.   Scannable Feature Lists   Giving the customer what he or she wants, has to be at the …

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A very important aspect of building a website is to make it accessible to traffic. It is the goal actually of having it in the first place. Therefore, this is what makes Search Engine Optimization so essential to the process of Website building. Knowing how to build the site for this to happen with simplicity is what this information is all about. It is imperative that content for content to be easily accessible when visitors browse. furthermore, search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing must be considered the important tools for your search engine optimization. Regardless of the reason for establishing a web site be it starting a blog or deploying an e-commerce solution for your clients, always bear in mind that  expert web …

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A few posts back, we presented you with the top three common e-commerce mistakes and we’re back again with more.  It’s not hard to see that e-commerce is a viable way to earn a profit in this Internet based world we live in, so it makes sense that there’d be a ton of online stores out there.  With tons of sites, however, come tons of mistakes, and the list of those just so happens to be more than one post can handle. The good thing about a post like this, is that it allows designers to arm themselves with knowledge they need to turn the tide and reduce mistakes overall.  As designers, we have a particularly influential position on the Web.  If we can avoid …

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