Have you ever wondered at what point within the literal universe we actually manage to process the incredible amount of data found online?
Well, the answer is nowhere, and it is precisely why the online universe is such an innovative environment. It also explains why UX has always been so essential for the design of appealing and attractive online platforms.
In fact, UX (or user experience) seems to be something which is wholly necessary for the creation of a top quality website, but also something which very few users understand. Yet, every internet user has had at least one bad encounter online, so they do know what it feels like.
The term ‘UX design’ is used to refer to the approaches and methods employed to make sure that a website is entirely tailored and customized for its target market. If an online platform does not appeal to a certain type of audience, it is likely to be quickly forgotten.
The effectiveness of an online platform is dependent on one key factor, and this factor is user experience. To put it simply, customer satisfaction is everything. A website must be easy to navigate, simple to operate, and offer a user some kind of unique benefit or advantage. Without an angle or a strong selling point, a website can very easily fail.
It’s not just commercial businesses that need effective websites, but also educational institutions such as universities, colleges and schools.
When websites for educational institutions are appealing to users, they can help attract more student applications. A well-designed website could also facilitate communication to donors, parents and students, bringing important information right to them wherever they may be located.
All good websites for educational institutions should utilize properly thought out design elements, fonts and colors. In addition, they should incorporate many of the same theories in practice as a commercial website. Often, however, a number of schools have been known to try taking the easy way out and using a basic template and only end up producing a very standard and not very user-friendly website with little or no imagination.
This article will introduce you to some modern, functional and highly attractive website designs for educational purposes. Designs for websites for educational institutions can actually make potential students want to learn and encourage them to choose a specific institution.
At the heart of online design sits information architecture. In fact, a large proportion of our function as online designers is devoted to supporting users when it comes to locating the content that they need, and driving them towards the content that website owners would like them to interact with.
As such, we incorporate visual markers to make sure that content is distinct against the rest, or to produce layers which demonstrate the diverse content on a website.
If you do not have quality content, it is impossible to design a good website, because all of the key choices should be related to the nature of the content planned for it.
The industry may have failed to establish a rigid model at this point, but there are a few important concepts which designers always return to – concepts which support their design choices, but do not prescribe an inflexible technique. Plus, they also allow designers to focus on and streamline frameworks, by offering a steady and trustworthy perspective.
You may not know it, but you have likely already utilized some or all of these information architecture principles within your website designs, so do try to pay attention to them when you start a new project. If you can learn to master them, you will always create great designs. If you fail to grasp them, it could mean that your designs do not translate as well as you would like them to.
Movie posters are great, and most people love them. Most of us have hung a movie poster on our wall at some point in our lives, right?
Movie posters were a lot more important to the marketing of a film many years ago. There are many posters that are synonymous with the movies they are advertising, but nowadays it’s not so much the case.
Printed in different sizes, shapes, designs, and released at different points of a movie’s timeline, a poster can capture the atmosphere and image of a film when done well. Sometimes they will be dark and insightful, trying to scare an audience. Others are bright and colorful, while some are informative. Sometimes they will only provide a few details to tease the reader into wondering more about the film. Others simply just have a release date, and you may not even know what the film is about.
There are busy, detailed designs, all the way down to minimalist and simplistic designs. The alternative movie poster industry has developed a lot over recent years to a more competitive level. There is almost of cult following from movie fans, with their attention turning to the custom alternative posters instead of the big budget official poster releases. With a preference to collecting the kind of movie posters you’re more likely to find in independent cinemas, and on the resume of graphic designers.
You’ll find some awesome examples throughout this article. From minimal designs, to revamped posters from classic films and some unique and surprising fan made movie posters.
Designing a dashboard for a mobile app can challenge you a little bit due tot the fact that you have to put only the absolutely essential elements in there. Space isn’t unlimited on a mobile device screen and you must be aware of that.
On the web, however, things aren’t like that. There is a lot of space, but this doesn’t mean that you must put stats for absolutely everything. You still have to constrain yourself a little bit, but you get the big advantage of having a big wide screen where to put your dashboard elements.
What I like the most about designing dashboards for websites and web apps is that you can make responsive web design your advantage and can display multiple fields above the fold on big monitors.
Now check out the following dashboards and look at how they were designed and coded. This might give you an idea of how you should do the next dashboard task that is sent to you by your clients.