Wireframing is the first step in designing the structure of a website, and it serves many purposes; to describe how information is presented on a page, to determine a website’s structure and how it functions, and to shape the flow of the user journey. Whether you’re interested in an entirely new project or refining an old one, wireframing provides a firmly user-oriented foundation for your site.
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Accurately reflecting a brand’s identity and goals through its website is a layered, multi-step process. It requires strategy, technical know-how, and deep understanding of users to create a strong, visually appealing website. Brand designers also need to be in sync with a business’s goals to ensure their digital brand represents their long-term aims.
User experience design strives to create an outstanding experience for the users of your website or web app. But there is more to it. Your company has one or more products, a business plan, employees working in several departments, and various other stakeholders, too.
People with disabilities constitute one of the most significant segments of online users, but it is an often-overlooked population in the digital world. Increasing accessibility to this population is an empathetic choice and an intelligent business decision, especially when you consider that temporary and situational disability adds up to include almost everyone who uses the internet. Improving accessibility can increase an organization’s reach, enhance the user experience, and boost SEO. Additionally, with new accessibility directives in play, organizations that expand their site’s accessibility will maintain compliance with the law.
The user journey is a substantial part of the user experience (UX). If users are unable to complete a task in your app or on your website, their user experience plummets — so does their opinion of your brand. When you notice high bounce rates or low conversion rates, it’s time to act.
Users want to find information fast. If the page navigation is insufficient, they quickly resort to the search functionality. Nowadays, users expect that an on-site search is easy to use, provides flexible options, and delivers specific and useful results. But bringing your on-site search to the next level is not straightforward, because there are many factors that contribute to the overall solution, such as your search engine, content, metadata and your information architecture.
In an ever-evolving technological landscape, keeping your brand and technology up-to-date and competitive can feel like a full-time job. Whether you’re working on a website relaunch, a brand refresh, or a system-wide version update, it’s going to be time-consuming and expensive, not to mention repetitive. When your focus turns instead to future-proofing your website, you ensure your design and technology are ready for anything, now and for the long-term.
The human mind is naturally driven by aesthetics. Interface design, therefore, contributes substantially to building a positive user experience. But when it comes to durability and quality, it's what's on the inside that counts. Although conceptual models are abstract, they let you take a step back and envision how people are going to interact with your product. This distance gives you perspective. Seeing the entire landscape means you can more easily align interactions, relations, transitions, and the functionality of your project. Building an elegant solution underpins a well-made interface.
Site navigation is one of the most important elements of any website, and can greatly impact user experience. Poor navigation can result in shorter site visits and higher bounce rate. The good news: unlike some other UX elements, navigation can be improved relatively quickly. You can address a lot of preliminary issues by following well-accepted usability heuristics. Then go deeper with a thorough analysis of your business goals and user needs to create a site nav that is truly intuitive.
When working with transnational corporate websites in different cultural contexts, it is very important to know the different aspects and demands of your international audience. To make a website optimally available and enjoyable for a wide range of users, you need to look beyond the technical requirements of a CMS only supporting text display and language direction. For your visual design to have a global reach, you need to consider things like aesthetics, symbolism, typography and form construction.
It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of jargon in every industry, but the web seems to have plenty. The misunderstanding about the user interface (UI) versus the user experience (UX) highlights the confusion we often come across in our work. Sometimes customers ask us to build user interfaces, but they haven’t considered the impact on user experience. This quick article explains these terms and why this difference matters.
Previously in this series, we covered the improvements TYPO3 v11 brought to the Page Tree in the post, Resizable Navigation Area in TYPO3. There is one feature in particular that deserves its own shiny spot in our list of new features in TYPO3 v11, and that is the tree functionality within the Element Browser and the Link Picker.
What is Information Architecture and why does it matter? Information Architecture (IA) is about organizing and structuring the content of websites. It is like a blueprint for the final product, and just as a blueprint of a building is an essential tool for an architect, the IA is an essential part of building a website. Good IA is the foundation for good User Experience (UX). It enables users to effortlessly find the information they need. The best visual design won’t help you if your users can’t navigate through your site. Therefore it’s important to take some time and lay out a plan before starting the design.