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Usability testing is an essential phase in web design and development, and this task is usually to another party and not the designer. This is not because the web designer does not know how to carry out these tests; it is simply because he or she is too experienced in the design field to notice more user-related problems. One way to test a website is to create imaginary “cases of use” which will correspond to different categories of users. The person testing can play the role of the user and find out how much time and how easy it is to find what she or he is looking for. You can only really carry out more formal testing on commercial websites, although most websites will …

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Other problems that concern users are plug-ins. Some websites need plug-ins for people to view them, but keep in mind a few essential about what you are asking your users to do. No user will be bothered to download a plug-in just to browse through your website, however fantastic this may be. You can use the plug-ins most people have installed on their computer, including Flash and RealAudio plug-ins and Acrobat Reader, all other plug-ins are not commonly used. Keep in mind even if you only use the most common plug-ins, there will be many users that do not have these installed. This is why you should provide another version of the content on your website so that your pages are visible to all. There …

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Social networks are so popular at the moment and will probably be going strong for some time. If you are a professional web designer you are probably already aware that marketing strategies focused on social networks can make a huge difference on your audience levels. However, they are also a great source of inspiration for web designers looking for new ideas and creativity. Consider bookmarking social media design sites. You can join a network of designers, such as FFFfound, where web designers share their final products or other designs they have found inspiring on the web. You can find other good sources of image bookmarking networks at We heart it or Dropular amongst a few. If you are in quest of new typography ideas for …

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As a web designer you are no doubt aware of the importance of fonts and typefaces, and these come in all sizes and shapes for you to adapt and select according to the audience of your website. You should use fonts and typefaces to stir particular emotions in readers, as well as giving a well-defined meaning to the context. Obviously, the amazing range of typefaces can be overwhelming and difficult to choose from, however you should not let this surpass your judgment, and if you follow a few steps in this guide you will find it easier to select the right typeface for your web pages. Typography can be classified into four different groups: sans serifs, serifs, scripts and decorative typefaces. This will help you …

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If you are a web designer eager to improve the quality and efficiency of your projects, you should consider using Adobe Air as a platform, for it offers a wide range of benefits for web designers and users, providing enhanced efficiency and functionality. The Adobe Integrated Runtime environment uses multiple platforms and will help web designers and developers create high-quality applications by using Adobe Flash, HTML, Adobe Flex as well as Ajax. The biggest advantage of AIR, is that it is not dependent on any type of browser as the applications can run as desktop solutions. Nowadays companies that develop these integrated systems are focusing on the development of platforms that are more focused on interactivity and an enhanced user experience. This means that web …

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Open source frameworks are becoming popular nowadays and are gaining terrain over traditional software that is purchased and installed directly in the computer’s hard disk.  Flex is one of these frameworks and helps web designers to develop and create desktop, mobile and web applications that are user-friendly, attractive, engaging and highly efficient. This framework offers ideal cross-platform compatibility, thus has been acclaimed by web developers who wish to create applications that offer a high level of performance, spanning over various categories and platforms. With Flex the time spent on creating applications is greatly reduced and also affects the maintenance of these applications over a long term, eliminating time-consuming maintenance procedures. These applications are both reliable and sturdy, offering users a great functionality experience with enhanced …

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Nowadays creating a website for mobile devices, making it as user-friendly as possible will guarantee sure success for any business. If you go browsing through the latest trends on the market, what stands out will definitely be how much the public is relying on mobile devices for Internet browsing. This means that businesses should be working on the design of websites suitable for these mobile devices, or their success may be at stake. Of course this does not mean that a well-designed website conceived for traditional browsing tools, such as desktops and laptops, will not work well, but it does emphasize the importance of keeping mobile devices in mind when creating a website. Mobile devices are the trend nowadays and it seems quite obvious that …

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Whether open source technology is better than actual software is reason of hot debates at the moment, as many are pointing out that open source technologies offer more advantages as opposed to propriety software. Many people are also concerned about the price and unpractical side of software that needs to be purchased and then incorporated within the computer’s system, while open source technology is often free and easier to implement. Those who sell software claim that users still prefer this type of application, and their counterparts affirm that open source technology is not as marketable as software, therefore less visible as an option for users. Another point is that open source technologies offer options that may appear less glamorous, which, however, offer more benefits. The …

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If you have been in the web designing industry for a while now, you are no doubt aware of how important it is to enhance user-interaction on your website. Microsoft Silverlight offers web designers effective features to create enhanced browser and RIA media experiences, by helping them in the production of rich applications for the Internet, with top notch video quality, high performing elements and many interactive features. Web designers can use this platform to develop and implement user applications for any business category. By using this platform to create applications, web designers can develop a website that provides a great range of functionalities that will render all business applications easy to use. As a web designer you can create a virtual print view, offering …

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Online communities are very popular on the Internet, as this is where people share their problems and interests, and can be under the form of discussion boards, forums, video or image sharing. Why these online communities become successful is dictated by a number of different elements, which the community could not exist without. However different these communities may be amongst one another, they basically share the same elements with rules and guidelines in order to make them successful. These elements can be listed in 10 fundamental ones, without which an online community cannot live without and be successful. The community should offer a great design, as this is a very important element for online communities, as it presents the mood and ambience of the community. …

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