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Posts tagged with Design

What is micro UX? 14 joyful examples

Micro UX is a small element in a product’s design, focused entirely on a single task. 

These simple interactions and effects are primarily designed to create an interesting and hopefully unique experience for the user. 

Here we’ll be finding out how these little details can make a big difference.


In strategy and design, simplicity is the good manners of our age

In a world which demands 'more, done better, and faster,' simplicity has taken on the power of a moral imperative.

In America, the average hours worked per week is now 47 hours, that’s nearly a six day work week. As parents, professionals, and members of little used gyms, the admonition to 'Be All You Can Be' is a self-escalating puzzle.

In the context of the more specialized and complex requirements faced in life, making one’s communications simple may be as important as making them polite.

So, simplicity equates to credibility and also the ability to fit with your audience’s over-stuffed lives. To time-strapped consumers, if it’s not simple, it’s not welcome.

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30 things I love on mobile websites

I've been trawling through some mobile sites to find features I like.

Previously I published probably my favourite 15 mobile features but here's 30 more I like to see on the smaller screen.

As ever, check out the Econsultancy Mobile Web Design and Development Best Practice Guide for more guidance and come to the Festival of Marketing in London, November 12-13th, to learn more.

Right, let's get stuck in with the screenshots!


Three Instagram accounts every marketer and designer should follow

I have found it virtually impossible to find credible Instagram accounts around marketing and digital topics, why is this?

For someone who works in social media, I was restrained to get involved with the Instagram hype.

Having been a Twitter user since near launch, I regarded them as fairly similar products and didn’t really want to condemn myself to even more social network hours a day.

However, my love of food got the better of me and now, as an avid Instagrammer, I do not look back.

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Six inspirational B2B case studies from The Digitals

It’s awards season here at Econsultancy as the entries detailing inspirational case studies from a huge range of companies continue to roll in.

The Digitals 2014 are designed to showcase the finest work from the global digital and ecommerce community, but not just from individuals, we want to put the whole team centre stage in order to celebrate and truly reflect the collaborative culture of our industry.

You have till 24 September 2014 to enter, and in order to give you inspiration for your own entry we’ve rounded up some of the best B2B case studies we received in 2013.

For more advice on how to write your entry, read David Moth’s 10 tips for writing a stand out awards entry for The Digitals.

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Seven enlightening content and strategy slideshows

The Festival of Marketing (London's answer to Cannes Lions) will be upon us in November.

I've been rounding up some content to whet your appetite, including this collection of content and strategy slideshows relating to some of our speakers.

Check out the Festival website for more information, including a full lineup of speakers.

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How to rebrand Airbnb

Airbnb rebranded earlier this summer and it was pretty hard to miss, at one point generating enough hundreds of thousands of tweets to top the global trends (partly due to its similarity to an existing company logo).

Recently I listened to some of the guys from DesignStudio, the agency behind the rebrand, talking about the joys and stresses of such a monumental project.

I thought I'd share some tidbits from their presentation and discuss what a brand and a logo means, as well as how one should go about changing it. I'll be concentrating on the creative side of the brief, as opposed to equally important considerations for those in the same boat, such as SEO (if you're picking a new name or slogan) etc.

So, what did a creative rebrand of Airbnb entail?

For more creative and branding stories, check out the Festival of Marketing, November 12-13th in London.

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What the future holds (through the lens of Google I/O)

Google I/O revealed a host of interesting developments.

Here I attempt to stick my finger in the air and determine what they could mean for us as people in the long term.

Feel free to agree or disagree.


30 little things I love about the new Virgin America website

Virgin America's new website manages to turn booking a flight into a joyous process.

That tells you all you need to know about how good this website is.

Here I've picked out 30 good bits. I urge you, of course, to read this post, but go and check out the website yourself for some great design inspiration.

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The rise and rise of search

The recent preview of OS X Yosemite from Apple caused predictable amounts of chatter online (including this article) and rightly so.

Sales of Macs hit 4.8m in Q1 2014, up from 4.1m for the same holiday period in 2013. OS X has a big impact on the conventions of UI and UX.

The feature I saw the most buzz about on social is the improved Spotlight. The feature has a new search window and a rich, scrollable preview of results that finds stuff on your Mac but now also Wikipedia, Bing, Maps, and other sources.

This is the latest reminder of how powerful search is and how consumers increasingly rely on it across technology and the web.


The five golden rules of responsive web design

In May 2010, Ethan Marcotte started the craze that is Responsive Web Design, when we wrote his article of the same name for A List Apart. This article was so popular, he even wrote a book on the topic.

This introduction of fluid grids, flexible images and media queries has changed the way we've designed our websites quite dramatically. We've been re-sizing our browser windows ever since.

Starting off as a trend, Responsive Web Design has fast become the hot-topic of our industry and has now become the norm.

Over the past few years I have worked on several RWD projects. In almost all of these projects I have used a different design process, produced different deliverables and encountered many different problems.

Based on these experiences, and given that RWD is now becoming the norm, my workflow has had to adapt. Here are five areas in which I believe designers are required to step up in order to adapt to the responsive web.


12 upwardly responsive websites designed for big screens

Responsive design has been a hot trend in the past couple of years, with plenty of brands adapting their websites for smartphone and tablet users. But here's the thing: responsive design should work for bigger screens too.  

I have a 27 inch iMac with a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, and not many sites make full use of my screen. It seems like a waste. The best responsive websites will be optimised for wider displays, as well as narrower ones.

It goes without saying that a growing proportion of your website's visitors will be using handheld devices with little screens, but you may be surprised by how many people use bigger screens. Certainly I was. 

I thought I'd unearth a few examples of brands that are thinking big, as well as small. I shall kick things off by looking at our own stats, to prove the business case.