One of the reason most Internet professionals don’t engage in website testing (and optimization) is that the initial costs are simply too high for many – and those costs can be extensive.
In the last several years, we’ve seen a rapid shift in software and app interface design, from 3-D and skeuomorphic to flat and minimal. Although this trend has become nearly ubiquitous, let’s take a moment to consider how we got here and what influence it’s having on interface design as a whole.
The majority of sites on the ’Net have light-colored backgrounds, as it can improve readability for the end-user and helps designers differentiate on-page content with the use of contrasting colors. This is a perfectly good strategy – if you like to play it safe. If you’d rather push the envelope, it might be time to consider taking a walk on the dark side of Web design. By spicing things up with a darker design, you can set your digital property apart from the competition.
Ready for a redesign? Maybe your website needs a complete overhaul, or perhaps you’re only going to perform a little spruce-up. Regardless, users have become far savvier than we were only a few short years ago, so it’s important to provide a top-notch experience.
Authority is perhaps one of the most misunderstood terms in the world of Web business and it’s used with such regularity by every ‘Net guru that for many it’s a signal that any content from a source claiming authority likely lacks exactly what it is they are promising. If building authority in your industry is important to you and your brand’s digital success (and it should be), consider the following elements as your next content item is published – be it video, images or the good ol’ fashion website article.
The jquery plugin lets designers/developers use a YouTube video as a Webpage background.
How cool is that?
The response in “responsive” Web design provides a clue about how to think about the practice. It’s essentially a set of actual techniques – and yes, sometimes tools too – that move elements of the page e.g. images, navigation, text based on the capabilities of the device it is being viewed upon. Responsive design enables websites to obtain information about the device and then display a version appropriate for the layout.
The W3C, the group that oversees web standards like HTML and CSS, recently held W3Conf, an annual conference for web developers. If, like me, you couldn’t make it this year, fear not, videos of all of the talks are now available online.
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Everything from responsive design, image tiles and parallax scrolling to ground breaking navigational elements. Find out more via WebsiteMagazine.com.
“Tracking down quality visuals to accompany stories and blog posts can be difficult. Luckily, there are more than 200 million free photos on the web that are available for almost anyone to use — as long as they follow the tenets of Creative Commons licensing.”
Read more: How to Use Creative Commons Visuals on Your Site.