And it is finally here!! Anyone in the industry will know how much of a challenge it is to get around and design and build your new agency website. Technologies and trends evolve rapidly and ideally your website as an agency should go along with what’s current, reflecting your skills, creativity, brand positioning and making you stand out. But one of the challenges is managing to find the time and resources to do this before you change your mind on your initial concept. It is a project where you would like to consider that sky is the limit and you expect to do your most creative work without anyone holding you back. But as it turns out, you yourself end up becoming one of the most demanding clients you could get.
I am sure all of us have encountered at some point a 404 page and most of the times an ugly default server error message that stress you out as if you did something wrong!
We now live in the Information Age, a period in human history that emerged from the Digital Revolution of the late 20th century. The rapid stream of oversaturated information thrown at us from multiple sources created impulsive and unpredictable consumers with an attention span of merely 3 to 5 seconds. This is how much Brands have in their disposal to engage with their consumers. And this is where User Experience design comes in to provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users.
Contact pages are usually of the lowest priority when it comes to web design. That is totally wrong! The contact page is one of the most important and most visited pages on a website. Take yourself for example; how many times have you visited a company’s contact page to view their location or get their telephone or email address?
Time again for my annual design predictions of what we can expect next year, in 2018! As per my last year’s post, this is not necessarily backed-up on any special research for an accurate prediction, but mainly what I personally expect will become bigger and what I would love to see trending during 2018… or at least from the BLEND design team!
Wireframes serve as the backbone of any digital product, from websites to mobile apps and other software applications and it can push the overall quality of the entire project higher. This article goes through in more detail about wireframing a website before the complete final design and explains why designing a wireframe at the early stages of design is more important and central to our creative process here at BLEND.
At BLEND our main goal is to deliver the optimum result in terms of quality and effectiveness to all our projects. To achieve that, a smooth and effective process flow must take place, regardless of the size of the project. Below I will try and explain briefly our project life cycle process and the steps of each phase.
So it is time again for my annual design predictions for what we can expect next year, 2017! As per my last year’s post, this is not necessarily backed-up on any special research for an accurate prediction, but mainly what I personally expect to see or would love to see trending during 2017….or at least from the BLEND design team!
Just like traditional artists need to keep drawing or painting to improve their skills, professional designers should do the same. Each client project is an opportunity to improve a skill, learn something new and challenge yourself. However, real world client projects many times tend to be either uninspiring, too controlling or without enough creative freedom due to client involvement or project restrictions. And that’s ok as is part of our job to make it as interesting as possible for the best and most appropriate outcome. But many designers are still artists at heart and we all crave the need to do something really inspiring with no restrictions and complete freedom. If we don’t do this every now and then it could affect our daily work, our motivation and aspiration to become better at what we do.
“Design is no longer just about form anymore but is a method of thinking that can let you to see around corners. And the high tech breakthroughs that do count today are not about speed and performance but about collaboration, conversation and co-creation.” Bruce Nussbaum