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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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WordPress 4.8 Improves Accessibility on Admin Screens

As accessibility reaches the foreground of web design and development, more and more users are able to access the web than ever! Increased accessibility surrounding the WordPress Admin screens now means that more and more people are able to manage and use WordPress admin screens!

In WordPress 4.3, the Accessibility Team restored H1 headings to the admin screens. This paved the way for the team to change the headings hierarchy in WordPress 4.4. In WordPress 4.8, admin screens are more accessible thanks to organizing the header text on pages.

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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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Personalised Email Marketing: Turn your list into loyal customers in 6 clear steps

It's time to move away from the pestering marketing, and start providing users with content that they can positively engage with. Personalisation is the key to creating email content that is both relevant for users and serves both you and your audience. Check out these personalisation tips!

Here's what I’m saying – email should not be the internet’s version of that annoying guy clutching a megaphone perched outside his High St two dollar shop, hurling promotional abuse at anyone who dares to so much as pass by.

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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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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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The Bottom Line: Why Good UX Design Means Better Business

UX Design can dramatically change the face of your business

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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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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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6 Email Personalisation Techniques That Go Beyond a Name

Here are some techniques for successful personalisation marketing - Learning about asking the right questions, building user personas, making use of location and time, automated behavioural triggers, personalising your brand, and then continuing the personalised experience with supporting content to convert your users is an incredible way to deepen relationships with users.

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/6-email-personalization-techniques/

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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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