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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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Not only has Facebook quickly become a great social networking site, it’s also become a good business. Many businesses, small and large, use Facebook Fan Pages as interactive advertising to reach a broader range of customers and to extend and enhance branding platforms. Designers can have a field day creating fresh ways for businesses to engage and connect with customers new and old. In this post, we’ll first provide a few great resources for creating and fine-tuning Facebook Fan Pages, and we’ll also showcase a few of the best designs and galleries. Take a look. Fan Page Resources To understand the basics of designing Fan Pages, it helps to have a good group of websites and galleries on hand. Here you’ll find a variety of …

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Have you ever given a thought to what a pixel really does? Sure enough it is simply a single point tool used for faster imaging. Even though it may seem very insignificant it makes an incredible contribution to web designing. Importantly, it has the capacity of displaying millions of images at one time. This is what makes pixel uniquely relevant to any web design program. The alarming feature which establishes a pixel’s usefulness to web design is when it becomes a line in the hands of an expert designer. With keenness the designer can skillfully arrange a format using the pixel to create a powerful display on any web page. There is no limit to which a pixel can be used. However, this discussion, precisely, …

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  I am sure that as a web designer you have finished up a page and checked browser compatibilities and been shown that some browser doesn’t recognise the type face. What did I do wrong this time? Does it tell you? No it doesn’t. It just won’t work on such and such browsers. I have had this problem several times with one website I visited. No way will it work with Mozilla Firefox. It just tells me that the program used to build it wasn’t compatible with Mozilla Firefox, and I am forced to open up Internet Explorer if I want to view it. One would think they would get together and create an internet protocol standard that can be a cross browser tool. Not as …

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It’s really surprising to find out that many web designers know nothing about SEO. For those that don’t know, SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” Without it, sites easily get lost in the netherworld of the Net, resulting in few visitors and less business. As a designer, you’re on the front lines of web page creation, so SEO is often your responsibility. You’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with it as much as possible. The question is, do you know your SEO? If your answer is no, check out the insights and tips below. First, we’ll explore the basics and get a good foundation under our feet. Then we’ll branch out and discover a few important do’s and don’ts. Let’s start with the mechanics. Simple …

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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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Is the boxy style getting a little too comfy for you? This is in reference to that two-dimensional, square design found on so many great sites. Designing outside the box could make them so much better, but it helps to have a bit of inspiration to get started. These examples below give you just that. They’re all ways to get your design outside those four static lines you’re so familiar with and into the whole new dimension. A Brief Message This versatile design creates a blog unlike most others. Each post displays a different image. What’s more, the text layout allows text to flow around the image in every post, maintaining great white space. This is an excellent plus for attracting readers with a clever …

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Is the logo dead and gone?  In this Brand Era world of ours, this is not an irrelevant question.  In fact, many corporate experts on the subject have already held court and passed the sentence.  Yes, logos are dead, they say, and the world has chosen a new sweetheart – the brand.  Can it really be true that the tried-and-true logo concept is dead and gone?     First of all, not all of us are hip to the corporate jive.  The logo is not dead and gone. For that matter, just what is this newcomer Brand Era and why does it have the corporate kingdom of ours in such a tizzy?  All these questions need answering and answer we shall, or at least put in …

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Are you frustrated with your vector graphics lately?  Are you hoping to make them more appealing and less…well, boring?  Your vectors are important to both, you and your clients, so sprucing them up a bit can’t hurt.  What’s more, with just a few great techniques, you can create beautiful illustrations that are sure to wow your audiences and improve your reputation.  In this post, we’ll take a look at five techniques to take your vectors to the next level. First, let’s figure out why it’s so important to improve. What’s the Point? It’s amazing what adding a few special effects can do for your vector artwork.  If you’ve never witnessed the difference, you’ll be amazed at the wealth of change can be achieved.  Since very …

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Let’s have a few tips today on how to make your web design more accessible. Think about those people who are most prone to staying at home and using the internet for the company. Probably, between 20 to 30 % of them are disabled in some form. You need to take this into account when you are creating your web pages. Actually, in Britain there is a law stating that any web design created there has to take the disabled into account and make the pages’ user friendly for those with sight or hearing impairments. A similar act is in place in the USA. That’s the “508 Act”. Now knowing about it and being able to set your web design up to meet those requirements …

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