Web Design

Design Folks We Pay Attention To (and You Should Too)

February 17, 2016

Some designers find inspiration just about everywhere, while others find themselves having to purposefully seek it out. With so many amazing, talented, creative people making mind-blowing art everyday and so many avenues for them to show it off, it’s not hard to find work to excite and motivate you. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, start with these folks who are pioneers making their mark in the design world.

Jon Contino

Jon Contino

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Six Essential Reads for User Experience Designers (or Wannabes)

February 16, 2016

When you’re going about your online visits, checking out websites for shopping, reading, information gathering, or just having a bit of fun, it’s easy to tell which of those sites had a user experience designer as part of the creative process. You can bet a usability expert played a big role in building the sites that are easy to navigate, keep you interested and engaged, and make you want to come back.

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9 Website Redesign Mistakes Explained in GIFs

January 20, 2016

After years and years of trying to convince people that your website needs a major overhaul, the company has finally given the green light on a website redesign project. Congratulations! But buyer beware: there are a plethora of elements to consider when embarking on this lengthy adventure. Here are some of the things you should look to avoid during this process, explained in GIFs.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Metadata

December 01, 2015

In general terms, metadata is basic information that describes other types of data. Even though it’s significance in the search engine optimization space has changed over the years, metadata still proves to be useful as a way of learning more about a particular webpage, image, or other piece of content. When it comes to files, some of the common metadata categories are author, file size, date created, and date modified. Here, we’ll briefly describe the four main website meta tags and their impact on search engine rankings.

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How to Get Prospects to Interact With Your Content

November 24, 2015

Generation Y and Z are seen as multi-tasking, Internet-savvy individuals, but it's hard to grab their attention. Growing up with advertisement bombardment and given an unfathomable amount of information at the edge of their fingertips, it is sometimes difficult to get past their filters. The Higher Education recruitment process is not much different than the advertising space, as a large number of schools compete to get the attention and future enrollment of high schoolers.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: UI Animation

November 03, 2015

When people talk about web design, we often hear general keywords like user experience, functionality, and the user interface design experience. Designers and developers strive to enhance these aspects of their websites, but most of the time we don’t hear of specific ways of how to accomplish this. Today we’re going to change that by discussing what UI animation is, where it is implemented, and the effects it has on websites.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: Flat Design

October 06, 2015

For years, web designers had found a way to embed all different types of textures, shadowing, and gradients into their work to demonstrate their creative prowess. However, more recently this style of web design has begun to fade away in order to find room for a trend - and maybe even a revolution - that finds a better balance between aesthetics and usability. Welcome to the simply satisfying world of flat design.

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Best Practices Guide: Marketing Higher Ed to Prospective Undergrads

August 19, 2015

The higher education landscape has expanded greatly over the past several decades and it continues to do so today. However, colleges of all different sorts are struggling to stick out amongst the thousands of colleges in the United States. In order to become more attractive to prospective students, schools must implement new strategies on campus, off campus, and online.

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What Are You Doing Today To Make Your Website Accessible?

May 21, 2015

Imagine going to your favorite blog and seeing they’ve just posted a video entry instead of the usual text-based one. A lot of users might think it’s pretty cool, but other users, particularly those with a hearing impairment, might not think so. That’s because most videos on the web aren’t captioned, making them disappointing experiences for people who can’t hear.

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12 Web Design Mistakes Explained in GIFs

April 21, 2015

The world of web design is truly an interesting place and lucky for us, we get to experience it every day. On one side, we see phenomenal creativity and ingenuity from designers trying to give users a unique web experience. However, the other side is a dark place where designers overstep their bounds and ruin webpages. Here are some common design mistakes we see, along with our reactions in GIF form.

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