What exactly is the role of design? Is it to impress, seduce and wow us, or does it go deeper than that? Are we approaching design with the right attitude?
As part of our season of podcast episodes on debates within the web design community, I want to look the impact flat design is having on usability.
There is an expectation that websites should be responsive and work across devices. However, what does that actually mean and do we all have the same expectations?
Just because we follow web design best practice doesn’t mean our clients and bosses will accept it. What do we do when they adamantly demand things are done their way?
We often reduce brand down to a logo, colour palette and some nice typography. In reality it is more about personality than visuals.
Moodboards are an established tool in the web design process, but are often produced in isolation by the designer. Perhaps it is time we consider bringing other people into the process.
Nothing causes more disagreement than design. But what if we could design with data, rather than relying on subjective opinion?
Most web designers consider the creation of wireframes an important part of their web design process. However, less consider it a group activity.
It is not unusual for usability experts to claim that aesthetics are not important. If a site is usable that is all that matters. However, that is simply not true – design matters.
User personas have become a staple deliverable for branding and web agencies. But, how useful are they really and what other tools help us understand users better?
We all know that testing the sites we produce is important and there are well established techniques for testing usability. But what about testing aesthetics? What about testing design?
What challenges surround interpreting brand guidelines for the web? Are branding agencies equipped to bring a brand online or does it need expert knowledge?
When building a brand, most organisations start with print. However, the web is the perfect place for building a brand and testing different approaches.
Working with web designers can be a tricky business especially if you have never done so before. Discover how to get the most from him or her with this handy list.
Too many websites look the same as their competition. If you want users to remember your site it needs to stand out from the crowd.
In the fight for real estate, usability and design aesthetics are often the first causalities.
Many web design agencies are refusing to do unpaid design work before a contract is signed. This is not because it is damaging to them. It is because they believe it is damaging to their clients. But why?
Quick, hand drawn wireframes can provide substantial benefits that will save you time and money.
Is your choice of web design tool making life harder or easier, for yourself and others? We need to be more flexible over our choice of tool.