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Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Making sure that your search functions are working for your users instead of against them is absolutely crucial. Here's a list of the most common search mistakes so that you can keep your website's user experience in check!

Your website’s search function could be damaging your conversion rates. And if it’s not acting as a bane to your conversion rates, it could be doing something almost as bad: not helping them either. On-site search, if well optimized and put in the frame of increasing user experience, can greatly enhance the usability and enjoyment of your site.

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How Empathy & Personalized Interfaces Can Help You Build Better UX

Empathy, one of the essential driving forces of UX design, is becoming increasingly more important in today's digital world. Empathetic design helps your organisation create relevant, personalised experiences that break through digital barriers and communicate your message in a way that your audience understands and connects with.

Web design trends can pivot on a dime, but some design concepts have proven their efficacy and timelessness. Two of these concepts, personalization and intuitiveness, are integral parts of modern web design and are vital to crafting amazing user experiences. Thanks to modern developments, it’s easier than ever to capitalize on these design concepts to the benefit of the user. To leverage these concepts effectively, designers have to empathize with their users.

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Storyframes before wireframes

Interacting with a successful web design is like reading a compelling story. Starting your designs in your text editor can be a quick way to streamline your design approaches and achieve better outcomes by creating compelling stories. Check out this article for more.

Before jumping into wireframing (and spending time moving gray boxes and blocks of text around on the screen), or even sketching things on paper with the level of polish I would like people to see in my work, at some point I have decided to start my design process with what I later named as storyframes: a hybrid document between a script/story and a wireframe.

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Using Card-Based Designs To Enhance UX

As card designs trends continue to grow in popularity, it's great to a take an in-depth look into what makes them work! Card-based designs are easily convertible into strong mobile responsive outcomes so you should definitely check out this article to learn more.

Web and mobile apps move away from pages, towards completely personalized experiences. And this experience built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Cards are the new creative concept. Regardless of how you feel about the concept, cards are here to stay.

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How to Become a Consultant For Your Clients

Providing your clients with the right guidance needed to protect them from themselves and their mistakes can be just what they need to achieve their goals. Sometimes a bit of proactive thinking is what can make difference between being a technician and being a consultant.

“Can you make this small change to our website?” How many times have you heard that from a client or some variation and thought, “if they only knew what it took to make that ‘small change’ to their site” or “I wish they could understand the impact of doing what they’re asking”? Probably more times than you’d care to count. I find most of us will fit into one of two roles when we’re asked by clients to make changes or updates – a technician or a consultant.

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404s: How to Turn An Error State Into A Conversation Starter

Sometimes 404s happen. This article suggests using 404s (and other error states) as opportunities to drive a positive action. Check it out!

Bad stuff sometimes happens to good designers. But rather than unpacking the near endless challenges you face, this article is focused on the value good design has in these situations.

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4 Ways Use Functional Animation in UI Design

Animation that's used to enhance the user experience of a website can be extremely powerful. Instead of viewing animations it as an add-on or extra, the best animations feel sophisticated because they were considered from the start.

We’re no longer just designing static screens. We’re designing for how the user gets from those screens to actually view content. If we are to design better digital products, then we need to embrace the interactive nature of the app and websites from the very beginning.

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15 Simple Productivity Tips for Freelancer Designers

Although this article targets Freelance Designers, I believe that these practices could be applied to anyone and still be extremely valuable. Check it out!

The final tip is to START NOW. Don’t start later or tomorrow, start now! Think of this, people who start ahead of you will be more successful before you even take the first step.Do you want to be left out? No? Then start now. If you let another day pass doing nothing, you’re worse than that dying lady in the hospital bed. You need to act, react and proact.

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Slack Themes

Sick of the default Slack colours? - Check out these themes that let you customise the colours of your Slack colour scheme!

4 Things Your Home Page Needs to Stand Out

Give your users a reason to stay on your website! Check out this article to find out how you can stand out online.

“As long as I have a web presence, I’m good to go.” So say a lot of business owners out there who think that having any old website is better than not having one at all. And you know, that’s true to some degree. Even a poorly designed site will give potential customers a way to reach you, which is something I suppose. But more often than not, bad design – bad home page design, in particular – can cause people to click the “back” button in a nanosecond. Whether you like to think so or not, design plays an essential role in how your site is perceived. And that split second perception can determine a whole lot of things. Like whether or not a prospect stays on your site or clicks back. Or a visitor clicks on links in your navigation menu. To get your site’s home page on the right track, here are 4 things you should consider including.

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Accessibility Means Designing for Yourself Too

About a week ago as I was adding alt-tags to a bunch of images I had this exact same thought to myself - Designing with accessibility is looking after not only others, but potentially, also your future self. Great write-up in this article - Definitely recommend the read.

Accessibility is most commonly associated with designing for “people with disabilities”. And even when we talk about it being for “everyone”, the concept is still so abstract, it tends to carry the idea that accessibility is for someone else.

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Mobile First Design: Why It’s Great and Why It Sucks

Brown Box have long been proponents of mobile-first development, and we are still strongly committed to it - but it's not all sunshine and roses, especially for the developers!

More than ever before the web is something that we carry in our pockets, not something that merely hangs out near our desk or even in our homes. This is a global trend that will only continue to see growth in the coming years. Are you ready for this? Does your professional skill set include web development for all important platforms or just the desktop arena?

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The Bottom Line: Why Good UX Design Means Better Business

UX Design can dramatically change the face of your business

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Infographic: Adobe Illustrator Reaches 30

Check out this infographic that highlights the past 30 years of Adobe Illustrator

t’s official: Adobe Illustrator has finally reached middle-age. Launched way back in 1987, this Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of version 1.1, one of the most influential vector graphics applications of all time.

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A Guide to Successful Design Handoffs

Design handoffs are the connection between your designers and your developers so it's obvious that they are critical to the project's success. This article highlights some of the aspects you'll want to take into consideration when creating design handoffs.

With this premise, I’d like to share some thoughts on how designers can adopt a few techniques to ease our & our colleagues’ work in the execution phase with the help of a well rounded & thorough design handoff —

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What Color Should Your Brand Logo Be?

Deciding on a logo can be a challenge in its own.... then add the responsibility of choosing the right colours

Color psychology has been proven to affect people only fairly effectively, and to save you from the hassle of doing your own research, 99designs has created an aptly colorful infographic quiz that reveals the colors that actually work.

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The 30 Marketing Terms You Need to Know as a Web Designer

Marketing is growing into an essential skill for Web Designers to include in their arsenal of skills. For designers that are starting out and want to expand their marketing knowledge, here's a glossary of useful terms to kickstart your design-marketing lingo!

lthough your job is to create high-quality designs for the web, your contribution is incredibly important to the marketing process. By taking time to brush up on common marketing terms, you’ll gain a better understanding of your work within the larger context of marketing.

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The 50 Best Web Design Books Worth Reading in 2017

As a web designer you are always learning and because of the competitive market you have to be on top of your game.  Here are some books worth reading to keep you in the game...

This is our collection of the best web design books from 2016. Pick one or two of them from the list, grab a coffee, sit back in your favorite chair, and enjoy.

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