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Some believe that web design is not just art, but so much more.  More than art, a website must convey the objectives, goals, plans, intents and purposes of an entire body of individuals (or at least one individual) working hard to transform their efforts into some kind of success – usually the highest kind.  From this vantage point, web design takes on an over-arching prior agenda: it must have a strategic impetus to boldly go in the direction of progress and prosperity.  In other words, it must be more than excellent – on a good number of levels, but which? Setting goals, engaging the audience and establishing a brand new image are the basic strategic levels from which a website can excel.  These are the …

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When a designer has done everything possible to guide and satisfy a site’s visitors, and conversion rates still aren’t responding, what can be done? Better conversion means usability must be “more than meets the eye.” It must speak to the customer on a level, they’re comfortable with and confident about. Increased conversion means connecting with customers without cutting them off from the central message of your site. In other words, getting the best conversion is personalizing the user experience to the point of presenting a trustworthy site that makes a positive impact right from the start. In this post, we’ll talk about three good ways to encourage better conversion when it seems like you’ve done all you can and still, nothing’s happening. Do Customers Trust …

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What steps can you take to ensure your portfolio makes a great impression?  Portfolios are like the designer’s calling card. Standing in lieu of you, the designer is a website that could mean the difference between a night out on the town and a night at home – working.  Needless, to say a good portfolio site can make a big difference. With great portfolio career conversations get off to the right start.  It’s a common fact that these websites are the most promotion that many designers will ever get, so when one goes wrong, heavy-laden with obvious mistakes, it’s truly a big deal. Fortunately, knowing ahead of time about common portfolio mistakes can ensure that your portfolio efforts are not in vain.  Most of all, …

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The drop down menu has somehow over the years become quite a complicated design element.  This is mostly due to the controversy surrounding its use.  In the opinion of some designers, these menus are simply not worth it.  They’re complicated and clumsy for the user and thus don’t live up to high usability standards.  Because the goal of most designers is to create the best user-friendly experience possible, drop-down menus end up tossed aside in favor of less frustrating options. However, when done correctly, drop-down menus can be a workable way to organize cluttered layouts and can give a site a decent amount of flexibility and charm.  The key is to follow a few practices well-known for effectiveness and style.  In this post, we’ll explore …

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Is your typography style experiencing a bit of neglect at the moment?  It wouldn’t be surprising if the answer is “yes.” The typical designer spends less time making typography decisions than any other.  This, however, is not the best way to handle typography, and there is definitely more to making sound typography decisions than meets the eye. In this post, we’ll look at several improvements that our readers can do themselves, whether novice or expert, to enhance the style, look and feel of typography choices.  Measure The length of a line, called the measure, is calculated by multiplying the type size (in pixels) by 30.  This would give a particularly accurate character measure for each type size (for 10px, measure should be about 65 characters), …

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A designer’s goal is always to improve on the last performance. This is not achieved by accident, but through careful application of strategies. These include creating files that are appropriate to the designing culture. This article will focus on a few web files, which may be disgusting when integrating into a new website. True designers are sometimes challenged by the immensity of code specificity. However, developing the expertise to appropriate files is a skill every designer yearns to master, especially, when realizing that a single site has the capacity of utilizing 5 different languages. These, definitely encompass the application software such as JavaScript, CSS, MyQuL, PHP and HTML. Robots.txt Robits.txt files are designated to determine which portion of the site should be off limits to …

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Galleries are always inspirational pieces of work. When they are fresh it is much more enchanting. Interestingly when they are prepared to provide a user friendly environment that sustains a serenity that would have someone think nothing replaces that. In web designing technology experts have advised that the safest way to raise the spirit of visitors as traffic enter and exit a site is to have the browse admiringly web designs. Really, it is not just for the sake of watching but further finding the hidden meaning within all of them. There are some extremely beautiful galleries which simply blow wits into excitement. Of significant importance are three collections that are a must see. These are where to go to find inspiration. WireFrame Show Case …

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Drop Down navigation in web designing culture has gained momentum. More and more designers are acknowledging its importance to the science and how powerful a resource it is in sustaining web designing integrity. Mainly Drop Down navigation provides design with the interface needed for greater interaction and a more user friendly atmosphere. They are best suited for sites, which have multiple levels of the content hierarch. A characteristic feature of this design is that it has the ability of allowing users to hover over the parent navigational item allowing a submenu to appear. It must be emphasized, however, that there are a number of navigational collections besides the ones discussed in this article. These include 30 exceptional navigational techniques; 50 stylish navigational menus for design …

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Android applications are not new to web designing technology. However, due to Apple iphone infiltrating the industry Android has-been neglected in the wed designing culture. Mainly, the speculations have been that since iphone has been on the market a longer time it has gained momentum. There are many applications web designers can utilize as techniques, especially, when it comes to improving page layouts and illustrations. The writer hopes that being exposed to these pertinent Android applications will change the way designers have interacted with them overtime. AndFT(free) AndFT is a unique application which allows the user to easily access web servers. Its capabilities are simply amazing. Precisely, there is the opportunity of uploading, viewing and updating files from any location. What a huge advantage this …

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Have you ever used a UI (user interface) design pattern to address your design issues?  It’s likely you’ve done so without ever realizing it.  A design pattern is a cluster of regularly occurring, commonly used design practices, such as the use of late registration, meant to be used over and over again.  This concept was first solidified in the field of architecture, but translates well into other artistic contexts, including design. UI design patterns act much in the same way as design templates do, offering a convenient group of recurring patterns for designers and developers.  They address user interface issues, such as account registration, with concrete design practices that work every time. In this post, we’ll explore a few UI design patterns that save time …

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