Design and development during turbulent times

Usually we are talking about design in a perfect environment: stable internet connection, various tools to use, enough time and safe placement, but what if we erase all of those conditions and put war in your country instead of them? In this article, I will tell you how to design during a crisis. Hello, my name… Continue reading Design and development during turbulent times

8 Best WordPress Forum Plugins

Do you want to add a forum to your WooCommerce website? Forums can create a high level of engagement for users of your site.  Example of forums include:  question and answer platforms discussion boards peer to peer support, especially for software  To add a forum to your website you will need a… Continue reading 8 Best WordPress Forum Plugins

Design lessons from the National Football League (NFL)

[unable to retrieve full-text content] While growing up in Western PA, like most kids, I grew up loving and playing football and becoming a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. As NFL devotees, we endured a surreal 2020 football season with the pandemic from empty stands replaced by cardboard fans to injury reports containing COVID19 infections. Yet, with… Continue reading Design lessons from the National Football League (NFL)

Creating a Simple Responsive HTML Email

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple responsive HTML email which will work in every email client, including the more troublesome mobile and tablet apps. It uses minimal media queries and a “fluid hybrid” approach to ensure maximum compatibility. Popular HTML Email Templates on Envato Elements If you’re looking for… Continue reading Creating a Simple Responsive HTML Email

The 4 Secrets of a Successful Website Redesign

The beginning of a new year is a great time to go over your old website and refresh your brand. After all, your website is at the center of your online presence, and an excellent first impression is key for driving sales and boosting engagement. According to a recent study, up to 94% of first… Continue reading The 4 Secrets of a Successful Website Redesign

Popular Design News of the Week: December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however,… Continue reading Popular Design News of the Week: December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021

UX Design Tips To Improve Mobile App User Experience

9 Shares Your website represents the most powerful tool of your business to endorse your products and services. It serves as your salesman 24×7, and as such, could be your most powerful asset and a centerpiece of your marketing efforts. A website or an app of your business creates a great impression on a customer.… Continue reading UX Design Tips To Improve Mobile App User Experience

Design with the web in mind

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Back button, URL design, keyboard shortcuts, and other things we often forget about. When designing an application, there are 3 major variations — mobile app, web app, and desktop app. *It’s actually more complicated than this, but we’ll ignore that for now. Check out my other post to find out more about the different… Continue reading Design with the web in mind

The Latest Research for Web Designers, February 2020

In the following roundup of the latest research for web designers, I’ve included reports and surveys that shed light on: The battle between mobile and desktop, Why so many websites keep getting hacked, What’s keeping ecommerce business owners awake at night, and What Google is now saying about mobile-first indexing. Hootsuite Puts a Spotlight on Mobile Although Hootsuite… Continue reading The Latest Research for Web Designers, February 2020

The Latest Research for Web Designers, January 2020

One of the most powerful tools we have in web design is consumer and industry data. It’s like a gauge that tells us whether we’re still heading in the right direction or it’s time to change course and adopt a new strategy or approach. Unless you’re combing the web for the latest news and reports… Continue reading The Latest Research for Web Designers, January 2020

Ways to Enhance Customer Experience with Web Design

How a website looks depends entirely on the individual or company doing its web design. However, having a website isn’t just all about making a website pretty. It can also impact a website’s SEO. Furthermore, web design and digital branding also plays a crucial role in giving a website’s visitors the best possible customer experience.… Continue reading Ways to Enhance Customer Experience with Web Design

How Prevalent is Dark UX?

Iconic comedy duo Mitchell and Webb once asked a very important question: “Are we the baddies?” Given that, at the time, they were dressed in Nazi uniforms with skulls on their hats, and looked like rejected villains from a Wolfenstein game, the answer was something of a foregone conclusion. But what about us? No, no… Continue reading How Prevalent is Dark UX?

Effective Examples of Useful Slide Out Panels and Sidebars

It should be noted that slide-out panels are indeed less accessible than fixed navigation options. They’re harder to discover and understand. Screen elements appearing and disappearing can confuse users and frustrate visitors. However, they’ve maintained their position as a consistently popular design choice, especially when screen space is limited, like on mobile devices. Their modularity… Continue reading Effective Examples of Useful Slide Out Panels and Sidebars

How Choosing the Right Fonts Will Keep Visitors on Your Website

We’ve come a long way since Times New Roman was the norm. Now the Internet is populated by a diverse collection of fonts. Fonts which catch the eye and, most importantly, make it effortless to read a website’s content. Yet not all fonts cover those bases – something which plenty of aspiring web designers fail… Continue reading How Choosing the Right Fonts Will Keep Visitors on Your Website

Best Exit Popups for WordPress Compared

Exit popups are used to encourage your web page visitors to subscribe to an email list, follow you on social media, or complete the purchase in their shopping cart. I’ll show you some outstanding popup plugins for WordPress in this post. Does Your Site Need a WordPress Popup Plugin? Here are some of the top… Continue reading Best Exit Popups for WordPress Compared

Useful Tips For Designing Great User Interface for Apps

Today mobile applications are playing an essential role in helping businesses in catering a large customer base. Having a visually stunning mobile app isn’t good enough. For a truly successful mobile application, a user-friendly interface must be in mind. Implementing best practices for mobile design is key to getting your app in stores and used… Continue reading Useful Tips For Designing Great User Interface for Apps

Choosing the Best Image Format in 2019: WebP, SVG Vs. Everyone

What, did you think JPEG would live forever? It was introduced in 1992, more than twenty-five years ago! The modern generation of web developers uses WebP for images, not the archeological specimen that is JPEG. Here’s a quick introduction to WebP, SVG, and why they’re better. TL;DR: they’re way smaller, producing faster, and more responsive… Continue reading Choosing the Best Image Format in 2019: WebP, SVG Vs. Everyone

Typography Tips You Should Know When Designing a Website

Graphic designers use typography as a form of communication. Both the appearance of text and the readability of this text in a visual product have an impact on user experience. Typography speaks to users, and may, therefore, be considered the voice of design. This is because typography sets a mood for a website and shares… Continue reading Typography Tips You Should Know When Designing a Website

Different Strokes: How Brands Build Logos Using Typeface

The concept of something as intangible as a design calling consumers’ attention to a tangible product is a concept that goes back more than one hundred years with brands such as Pepsi, Valvoline and Jack Daniel’s. These logos of yesteryear might be largely unfamiliar, but the way designers chose how to construct a likable image… Continue reading Different Strokes: How Brands Build Logos Using Typeface

7 E-Commerce Design Boo Boos

Appearances matter. It takes one twentieth of a second for your site visitors to judge you. What can people take in in 0.05 sec? Looks are the only thing a prospect can absorb so quickly. You will lose a prospect instantly if your e-commerce page has any of these seven design flaws. Your chances of… Continue reading 7 E-Commerce Design Boo Boos

7 Design Myths That Will Wreck Your Site

When I was a junior designer I made plenty of mistakes. I believed false assumptions mostly because I did not have the experience yet to know better. I still don’t know it all. But, I am always eager to learn new things about design and to see which preconceived notions are accurate or a complete… Continue reading 7 Design Myths That Will Wreck Your Site

Optimizing Google PageSpeed to 100 in WordPress

What You’ll Be Creating How to Reach a PageSpeed of 100 Welcome to part two of our series on Google PageSpeed. In the first episode, I optimized the PageSpeed of my site’s then theme, MySiteMyWay’s Construct. I managed to get to 70 Mobile and 86 Desktop.  However, with MySite’s closure, I chose a new theme and reached… Continue reading Optimizing Google PageSpeed to 100 in WordPress

Hands On Improving Google PageSpeed

What You’ll Be Creating What Is Google PageSpeed? Google PageSpeed is a free tool that assesses the performance and usability of your website for mobile and desktop platforms. It’s extra important because Google uses it in determining key elements of our SEO ranking, i.e. how high we appear in their search results. If you want more background… Continue reading Hands On Improving Google PageSpeed