Posts tagged with Web Design

Brand logos in a responsive design age

You will no doubt notice that we have a new site design. It’s a completely refreshed and fully responsive experience that should hopefully put the user first.

It’s also a work in progress.

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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.

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BBC Earth: seven web content trends to notice

BBC Earth showcases some of the content trends the Beeb has been championing in the revamp of its site.

I've taken a quick shufty through these lovely webpages in an attempt to find exactly what these design trends are.

See if you agree.

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Five simple website features that make Volkswagen stand out

I've written about car manufacturers' websites before and found most to be lacklustre.

They sort of do the job but are confusing and don't look particularly elegant (see the German and Japanese big three). Volkswagen, however, has a great website - I've previously picked out its homepage for its simple messaging.

I thought I'd highlight five more features on Volkswagen's website that other car manufacturers would do well to emulate. Here goes...

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10 of my favourite homepage designs

A simple headline, premise and article; here are my favourite homepages of the moment.

Of course, there are more than ten websites on the internet, so feel free to disagree with me.

And for further selections of excellent web design, read our posts on beautifully persuasive ecommerce sites and 20 homepages with video background images.

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12 bewilderingly bright ecommerce sites for your instant attention

Finally an excuse to wear your sunglasses around the office.

One of the easiest ways for a website to immediately grab the attention of a visitor is to turn the colour up. Way up.

If you’re of a particularly bold inclination, I for one am hugely attracted to bright solid colours or anything neon, you’ll appreciate it when a site breaks out of the usual whites, greys and blacks of typical ecommerce design.

It separates you from the crowd. It’s a statement of independence. It’s a statement of rebellion. Sure not everyone will dig your new hypercoloured threads, but just remember that the squares can keep their greys… You’ve gone Technicolor. 

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Automotive online: the German big three at a glance

I've looked at Japanese automotive brands online, now it's time to take on Germany.

I thought I'd take a spin through the UK websites of the German big three automotive companies. What do BMW, Audi and Mercedes' websites handle like for first timers?

Well, they might be known as the big three, but much like the Japanese roundup, there's a clear loser.

For some detail on automotive and social media, check out these posts.

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Automotive online: the Japanese big three at a glance

I thought I'd take a whirl through the UK websites of the Japanese big three automotive companies.

What do Nissan, Honda and Toyota's websites handle like for first timers?

Well, they might be known as the big three, but it's the big two and a half as far as web design is concerned.

For some detail on automotive and social media, check out these posts.

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18 sensational online sound and music experiences

What's that noise?

When so much attention is paid to the visual art of web design and the wonderful possibilities that HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery affords, often sound design is forgotten or overlooked. 

Then again, there are few more annoying things in the online world than obtrusive sound effects or autoplaying music blaring out when you least expect it, especially when you’re likely to be listening to your own choice of music anyway.

Much like in filmmaking, the mark of good sound or scoring in web design is that you don’t necessarily notice it. The sound should complement or enhance the visual, but never upstage it.

What of those sites that make the sound as integral a part of the experience as the visual? What about the sites that say loudly and proudly “put on your headphones and turn it up loud”? Well they demand your listening pleasure.

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15 features of 11 great mobile sites

Well, this post does what it says on the tin.

Some sites are mobile sites (m dot) and some are responsive.

For more information on mobile design, check out the Econsultancy Mobile Web Design and Development Best Practice Guide.

And, of course, for more on multichannel marketing, come to the Festival of Marketing in London, November 12-13th.

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Six more tips to attract and keep older web users

You would not knowingly ignore 80% of the online market in the UK, would you? 

Yet many websites, generally designed by younger people, forget that older consumers may not share their abilities or tastes. So their websites probably don't work as well as they should for the growing army of silver surfers.

However, designing to cater for the aging population is not always straightforward. Last year, Econsultancy’s David Moth spelt out six sensible tips ranging from increasing the font size to avoiding major navigation changes

As a senior facing yet another birthday (is it really a year since the last one?) I have six more tips to help younger designers appeal to that increasingly wealthy post-kids generation with time and money on its hands.

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What I love about Made.com: 1,600 words and 24 pictures

From an interactive value proposition to brilliant product descriptions, there's much to love at Made.com.

I was taking a look around the site and kept stumbling on things that I consider to be best practice in ecommerce from this pureplay 'direct to designer' store.

Take a look at what I found and see if you feel the same way.

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