How to Explain to a Client Why Investment in Their Website Is Crucial to Their Success

Everybody wants to spend as little as possible and get as much as they can. That’s the case whether you’re building a website, buying a car or grabbing a bite at your favorite restaurant. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Even so, as someone who has worked in web design for over two decades, I’m still amazed at the number of people who scoff at spending more than the bare minimum on their site. This is particularly troublesome when it comes to software or services central to a website’s core functionality. It can be a very shortsighted approach.How to Explain to a Client Why Investment in Their Website Is Crucial to Their SuccessContinue reading

10 Exciting Page Transition Effects

The act of clicking around a multipage website can become monotonous over time. Adding page transition effects to the mix can help to kick things up a notch. They’re great for keeping the user’s interest as new content loads in, while also maintaining a minimal impact on performance.

With that in mind, here are 10 examples of page transitions that can add a little something special to your next project:10 Exciting Page Transition EffectsContinue reading

Collaborate, Stay on Task and Get Things Done With monday.com Sponsored

Communication and organization are two of the most important factors in turning out a successful project. Without them, we’re bound to lose track of what we’re doing – which can lead to mistakes and misunderstandings. Teams need to know who’s responsible for specific tasks, how far along they are and when things need to get finished up. And those of us working on solo projects simply need an effective way to keep track of our to-do list.

monday.com is a tool that makes task management and collaboration a highly-visual experience. It combines high end functionality with a UI that focuses on ease-of-use. They’ve helped companies large and small come together in the name of getting things done – and they can do the same for you. Here’s how:Collaborate, Stay on Task and Get Things Done With monday.com SponsoredContinue reading

Microinteractions to Help Improve UX

As your users spend time on your website, they are constantly interacting with its features – and some of those small interactions matter more than you might think.

Each small movement has an impact on their overall experience. Use these small moments to improve your user experience, and ensure users follow through on further interaction as they begin navigating your website.Microinteractions to Help Improve UXContinue reading

Being a Workaholic Designer (And How to Recover)

Designers are very fortunate. Unlike a whole lot of careers out there, we quite often genuinely enjoy what we do. We get to unleash our creative spirit and can make a decent living out of it, too. From my experience, it’s an industry full of talented and passionate people.

It can be a bit of a mixed blessing, though. If you’re good at your job, more people will want you to do work for them. The trouble is that you may run into times when there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it. Because you’re determined to get it all done, you start early and leave late. You work weekends and take time away from family. You might even be a bit grumpy.Being a Workaholic Designer (And How to Recover)Continue reading

How Empathy & Personalized Interfaces Can Help Improve UX

Web design trends can pivot on a dime, but some design concepts have proven their efficacy and timelessness. Two of these concepts, personalization and intuitiveness, are integral parts of modern web design and are vital to crafting amazing user experiences.

Thanks to modern developments, it’s easier than ever to capitalize on these design concepts to the benefit of the user. To leverage these concepts effectively, designers have to empathize with their users.How Empathy & Personalized Interfaces Can Help Improve UXContinue reading

Freebie: Valentine’s Day Icon Set (50 Icons, SVG & PNG)

Ahh, Valentine’s Day! That beautiful day that brings out the romance in all of us. It’s a day for romantic dinners, flickering candles, expensive wine, roses, chick-flicks, and free icon sets!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have a free icon collection for you (you can share them with your significant other if you like) from Freepik. There are 50 icons in the set, and they come in both SVG and PNG formats, and of course, you can use the set in both your personal and commercial projects.Freebie: Valentine’s Day Icon Set (50 Icons, SVG & PNG)Continue reading

10 of the Best WordPress Themes for 2018 Sponsored

“Content is King” still holds true when one speaks of what is necessary for a business’s website. Especially, if it is to attract and engage visitors, and encourage them to respond to a call to action.

An attractive website and one that’s loaded with cool content is not enough, however. More than half of today’s online shoppers rely on mobile devices. Thus, and if a website is not responsive, its owner risks losing a significant percentage of users.10 of the Best WordPress Themes for 2018 SponsoredContinue reading

10 Up-and-Coming WooCommere Plugins

With WooCommerce powering over 40% of all ecommerce sites, there has been an explosion of plugins built to take advantage of it. Of course, there has been an impressive library of “official” extensions for quite some time. But we shouldn’t overlook the growing number of free offerings that are available on the WordPress plugin repository.

While some look to provide different takes on official extensions, others seek to break new ground by adding compelling features and convenience. With the sheer number of options available, you’ll find anything from solutions to common issues all the way to some incredibly niche functionality.10 Up-and-Coming WooCommere PluginsContinue reading