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A streamlined checkout process is essential for an enjoyable online shopping experience.  This is because a pleasurable experience often translates into increased sales and registrations.  The main goal is simple: direct customers to the checkout button.  Design that does this well can make a huge difference in the way that customers interact with the site.  Design that does not do this well can make customers quickly disappear.  Because the checkout process carries such high value, its design should be carefully thought out and logical.  Below you will find several tips and hints to make your checkout page design the smoothest possible. Provide Live Help If the main objective for a checkout page is to guide a customer to the checkout button, the sub-goal is to …

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Logo… that’s a small word a four letter word that encompasses so much. It shows the entire image of the company it is there to represent. It’s a serious responsibility to design a logo. You can make or break an entire company if you get it wrong. Remember that recent faux pas that was made by a well known brand that changed their logo? Wouldn’t think it would make such an outcry would you? One has to wonder if it was done as a way to wake the public up to the fact that they were still there. Is it, the logo or the brand? Where does one begin and end? Those big blue or black or purple letters, that give instant recognition to your …

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Are the functionality techniques you’ve been using a bit drab of late? Perhaps you have been meaning to add dynamic functionality to your websites, but you can’t seem to find a good solution.  No problem. I’ve gathered up a few techniques good for any website and especially, suited to take your interactivity skills to a whole other level. It’s just a simple steps which you can easily follow if you have some jQuery and CSS skills. On Page Text Search Many users are familiar with the web content search bars found on most sites, but many also may be looking for a better solution.  This technique addresses a user’s need to find text within the current website page. Here are the steps: 1. First, build an …

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As we know enhanced web typography is becoming a trendy way to maximize a website’s wow factor, and you need to be on it! I’ll get you squared away with a few great examples from the web world. Each of these can teach us (designers) a trick or two about creative and unique typography twists that will engage the user and make a site shine. To give our readers a comfortable feel for the real do’s and don’ts in the wonderful world of web typography. I’m offering my very honest critiques. So read on. Attack of Design   Excellent type spacing and lots of great white space make Sasha Grief’s design a very pleasant read. The font flows seamlessly with the overall retro style of …

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So you are thinking of designing a website?  Are you looking for something short and simple, but effective at the same time? Then the perfect choice for you will be non-other than single page websites. Single page design is a simple and authentic way to make a website truly stand out.  If you’re working with a relatively low amount of content and just a few pages, then the single-page format could be your best bet for a good-looking, simple site that’s still fully functional and engaging. Here are a few issues to address with this design.  First on deck is navigation.  Without ease of movement around the site, user satisfaction tends to wane – a predicament can be solved with the use of sticky headers …

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There are many reasons to give your site a redesign.  It could be that you need to add a content management system, or it could the site is using outmoded techniques, or has simply has an unfashionable appearance.  If you want further proof that you need to update your site from time to time, why do you think platforms such as WordPress have interchangeable themes? With the necessity for redesigning a site, here is a complete guide which details all aspects of redesigning a website. Time for a change? Take a look at the list below, and if these are making clear and perfect sense, then it is time to redesign. While outmoded code and programming techniques are an obvious reason to redesign your website, …

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With the success of Apple’s coveted iPhone, there has been a plethora of iPhone apps.  The appeal is obvious, as not only making a good one can be quite lucrative, it can also give you a lot of kudos in the industry. This is all well and fine, but many iPhone apps neglected the practical need of iPhone Apps users, resulting in the menu system lacking intuitiveness , and subsequently poor navigation followed.  So if you’re thinking about designing an app for iPhone take into consideration these points. Golden rule – Apps that offer something of value to people, will be something that can be done on the move.  So an app that requires in-depth knowledge or a complex array of options may not be …

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Are you ready to enter the world of organic web design? In the beginning of this century, many web designs were focused on a more technological theme.  They had their roots anchored in science fiction than the world, and generally had effects on them to that effect.  Now this era is being replaced with websites that have an “organic” feel to them.  Or in other words use more earthy materials to promote feelings of nature, and the real world. For a website to be classed as organic, it must try and recreate a similar image from the real world.  It not just materials such as wood, or fabrics such as muslin, but it can be images that recreate the flow of nature. The idea and …

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Having your work criticized is never a pleasant experience, but if you are able to see it as constructive, and use it positively, then you will see improvements in your work.  It will also stop you getting to big headed, and will help you move on to greater things. Constructive criticism can also make you more aware of certain characteristics you are bringing to web design.  For example: Bad habits : We are often blind to our own bad habits, as they become ingrained gradually over time.  Constructive criticism is good at breaking the mould you have developed, and improvements to your web designs follow. Offers a challenge: If your work is never criticized, your standards are going to be your own, and there will …

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Building a website can be a stressful process and sadly, a dull one. There is a lot of repetition involved, and if you’re working as part of a team a lot of head scratching. Especially if you came into a project late on and you are trying to decipher some code. The solution to keeping hair on your head is to keep as much of the design process as possible, systemized This is as you can imagine, incorporates two elements into the build: Implementing design rules into the web design process, and using processes to speed up the repetitive tasks involved in web design, such as creating templates that can be reused. Collect code Having a repository for code is essential and you should already …

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