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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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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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Essential Design Trends, May 2017

Keeping your eye out for emerging trends is essential in any industry. Here are some of the trends emerging in the world of web design for May 2017

From a purely aesthetic trend in shallow hero headers and diagonal corner layouts to a user interaction trend in this or that calls to action, there are plenty of interesting ways to draw the attention of users. Here’s what’s trending in design this month:

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Why Gradients Are The New Colours

This article highlights some of the key reasons why gradients have grown to be so popular in web design and discusses whether or not they're here to stay. Check it out.

I’ve noticed that there is a new and fresh trend in design that involves a prominent use of gradients in UI, branding, illustration, typography and more. It seems like we got bored of all the existing colors in the world, so we started to create new ways to use them.

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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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8 Lessons In UX Writing

Making sure your writing is clear, concise and considerate seems to be the key. Make reading easy and enjoyable by writing easy to consume, bite-sized sentences are going to best serve your audience.

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Content and design are two sides of the same coin. Don’t separate them. They’re both what the user needs immediately, and the two elements work together to give that to the user.

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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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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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Sketch vs. Photoshop: 5 Expert Designers Share Their Thoughts

Ensuring you're using the right tool for the job is essential when working in any profession - As many designers flock to new software built specifically for User Interface such as sketch, is it time for designers to break out of their comfort zones? Or could a combination of tools be used to achieve the best outcomes? Check out this article for some insight on what other experts are thinking.

The debate about Sketch vs Photoshop keeps on raging. There is no denying that, to this day, Photoshop is still the most commonly used tool for making mockups both for mobile and web designs. While it is true that Adobe Photoshop was primarily meant as a tool for photographers to edit their captured images, its compelling features empower web designers to come up with striking and useful websites, too.

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Don’t Design This at Home… 3 UI Disasters to Avoid

Here are some examples of UI Design mistakes you'll want to avoid.

Loathsome design captures the essence of frustration. Often, this comes about as a result of neglect—in an attempt to achieve one thing, something else must be left by the wayside. Why should you care about loathsome design practices? Because they are the type of decisions that can drive users from your sphere of influence, and into that of your competitors.

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12 UX Rules Every Designer Should Know

UX design is a core component of how we design websites here at Brown Box This article highlights the rules of User Experience that designers should apply to their designs.

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Like it or not, UX has a huge impact on what web designers do. You can create the best design in the world, but it won’t succeed if it’s not usable. And it won’t be usable unless you know a little UX strategy. These UX lessons will teach you how to improve projects’ usability and make you indispensable to your clients.

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How To Make WordPress Hard For Clients To Mess Up

WordPress has a bit of a learning curve,  but we can help make it simpler to start with

WordPress is a wonderfully powerful CMS that ships with many versatile features giving it the flexibility to work out of the box for a wide range of users. However, if you are a professional building custom themes and plugins, sometimes these features can be problematic.

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