Using Repetition to Create a Quality User Experience

Using Repetition to Create a Quality User Experience

During the process of designing a user interface, many factors are taken into consideration to ensure the best experience is being provided for the end-user. A useful design method for achieving a quality user experience is the utilization of repetition. Repetition is important, because it creates consistency and rhythm throughout your website or application. With consistency across design elements, the look, the feel, etc., patterns are formed.

2017 Digital Publishing Trends

These are exciting times in the digital publishing world and I’m just amazed at the pace of all the transformative trends that are enabling new and disruptional capabilities. There are many, so I’ll just touch on a few here.

A ubiquitous trend, impacting most of the other trends, is the massive data and processing capabilities that are now available due to the growth of cloud technology and tools. 

Technology in Education

Technology has been present in education for many years, manifesting in many different forms. During earlier years (1980’s), education technology was hailed as a miracle learning tool that would immediately boost learning abilities with its mere presence. Behind the hype, these technologies were largely lackluster software programs with tools created by developers who were far removed from the educational process. This resulted in clunky, often ineffective installations which never really grabbed the attention of students.

Iterative Design

Iterative Design

This article provides an extension on Passive Vs. Active Web Design. It elaborates on Iterative Design. 

As previously discussed, web design is usually treated as one-and-done task leaving any updates until they are needed; this neglects the continuous updates that most websites require. Organizations must now utilize the principles of iterative web design; it’s a new concept to most organizations, but it is a vital step in growing a strong online presence.

Passive vs. Active Web Design

A business’s website is its gateway to the world. It’s almost always the first part of the business that customers will interact with, and the experience will have a marked effect on how the business is perceived. A broken or poorly built website may dissuade customers from interacting with the business, or it may push them away entirely. 

Drupalcon 2016

Drupalcon NOLA 2016

Two months ago, my boss approached me at work asking if I had any interest in attending Drupalcon in New Orleans. As a web developer who is relatively new to the open-source software, Drupal, and had never heard of Drupalcon, I simply muttered, “Sure, that sounds cool”. With no real expectations as to what I was getting myself into, I packed my bags, and hopped on a plane to the blues and creole capital of the world.

Inspiring Future Business Leaders: A Teachers Quest to Breed VTL’s Future Competition

I recently returned from a visit to Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. I had the opportunity there to listen to high school students pitch business ideas to a panel of business executives and entrepreneurs as part of a business principles and management class. These students were directed to come up with a business idea or product, ascertain that there was a true opportunity in the marketplace for it, and assemble a detailed business plan. They then had to present this plan to business professionals in a "Shark Tank"-type scenario.

How to Design Forms that Convert

How to Design Forms that Convert

Are you using forms to collect your visitors’ data, such as a list subscription, an event or a demo registration? Is that information an important part of your online business? If you answered yes to these questions, then chances are you would benefit immediately by optimizing your form, so it performs better at collecting individual data. A better conversion rate will lower your cost per conversion and directly impact your business’ bottom line.

Maintaining a Fluid User Experience Across Devices

Maintaining a Fluid User Experience Across Devices

The internet is more accessible than ever. Web users access it on the go and on a variety of devices. In response to this change in user behavior, responsive web design has become the new standard for web developers. This approach allows designers and developers alike to create a website that will be supported by all devices and screen sizes. As a screen size gets smaller or larger, a responsive website will scale up and down to adjust and fit accordingly, or display a new site entirely for different screen sizes.

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