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UI/UX Design Glossary. Navigation Elements.

One of the basic features of product usability is thoughtfully created navigation. It doesn’t matter if the visual performance is creative, stylish, original, catchy and so on and so forth, in case the users don’t know where they are and how they could reach their goals with the website or app. Whatever is the reason that brings users to your digital product, the high level of respecting them means letting them know what is going on and where they are going at every step of interaction with it. Earlier we have already published the Glossary posts with key terms for the topics of usability and web design as well as business terms and abbreviations. This time the perspective will get focused on navigation aspect: let’s check out what parts and elements of the interface are responsible for this vital issue. 

 

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Navigation

 

In its basic meaning, the word navigation names the sphere of human activity responsible for enabling a vehicle to get from one place to the other, controlling and supporting this process. According to etymology dictionary, the term has deep roots and comes from the Latin word navigare «to sail, sail over, go by sea, steer a ship,» which in its turn is based on two words: navis «ship» and agere «to set in motion, drive, drive forward». So, to navigate is to make possible for someone or something to cover the planned route. This is the foundation from which the numerous meanings of this word took the start and adjusted in many other spheres.

 

In terms of user experience design, the concept of navigation is one of the basic notions setting the usability. Navigation in this case could be generally defined as the set of actions and techniques guiding users throughout the app or website, enabling them to fulfill their goals and successfully interact with the product. The aspect of efficient navigation has a great impact on setting positive user experience: users start using apps or websites with particular aims and expectations, and that’s designers’ task to set the best and easiest route to solving users’ problems.

 

The aspect of helpful and seamless navigation in UI should be thought-out from the early stages of creating user interface. Users are navigated via interface with a number of interactive elements such buttons, switchers, links, tabs, bars, menus, fields and the like, some of which will be described more in details below.

 

Here in Tubik we support the workflow in which all the basic navigation issues, such as layout, transitions, elements placement and functionality, are set on the early phase of UX wireframing and then checked with simple prototype to make sure all the important operations and options are clear for users. Neglecting this essential aspect sets high risks that all the other effort on design can be just wasted, so it’s much more user- and client-friendly to start with the basics.

 

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Menu

 

Menu is one of the core navigation elements. It is a graphical control that presents the options of interactions with the interface. Basically, it can be the list of commands — in this case options will be presented with verbs marking possible actions like, for example, «save», «delete», «buy», «send» etc. Menu can also present the categories along which the content is organized in the given interface, and this can be the high time for using nouns marking them.

 

Menus can have different locations in the interface (side menus, header menus, footer menus etc.) and different ways of appearance and interaction (drop-down menus, drop-up menus, sliding menus etc.) Any solution, which designer makes about menu functionality, appearance and placement in general layout, should be based on thoughtful user research, analyzing not only potential wishes and expectations of target audience, but also their tech literacy and possible environments in which the digital product could be used. Well-designed menu can significantly speed up the process of achieving goals and satisfying needs that lays the solid foundation for positive user experience.

 

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Here is the example of mobile blogging app interface which features left-side menu presenting the categories of content. The copy describing positions in the menu is supported with icons presenting recognizable visual mark for the category.

 

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The presented app UI concept shows the type menu applying the effective technique of color marking: when users move to a particular category, the specific background color is used for all the content in it, which forms strong associations and quick perception of the nature and theme of data the user sees.

 

CTA

 

Behind the widely used abbreviation CTA, designers and content creators mean call to action. This is actually the word of phrase which stimulates users to interact with a product in a way and for the aim it is designed for. CTA elements are the interactive controls which enable users to do the action they are called to. Typical types of such interactive elements in the layout are buttons, tabs, or links.

 

In the interfaces of all kinds, CTA elements are the core factor of effective interaction with the product, which plays the crucial role in usability and navigability. When all the path of interaction and transitions is built clearly for users but CTA element is not thought-out, placed or designed well, users can get confused and will need to take additional effort trying to achieve their goals. That sets the high risk for poor conversion rate and general user experience. That’s why this navigation element should draw particularly deep designers attention. In any interface, it should be one of the most prominent and quickly noticeable parts to inform users how the product can be helpful or useful for them.

 

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As we mentioned in the article with tips on copy content in UI, some call-to-action elements may be represented with icons that don’t require copy using widely and instantly recognized images such as a telephone receiver for making a phone call or the envelope for opening received mail. The app interface presented above shows this case: the button with a receiver is the most prominent interactive element on the screen navigating user to achieving their goals with app quickly, and it doesn’t need the copy to let users understand what action can be done with it.

 

However, when the image of an icon is not so obvious or can be misleading, it is more effective to use double scheme, when the icon, button, or link is supported with the copy.

 

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The example above features the landing page for a web platform devoted to cooking seafood. The headline of the page presents a call to action and immediately sets the theme by both verbal and visual means. Still, this call to action is not interactive. The active CTA elements are clickable buttons informing users that after clicking they can see more information on the particular topic or recipe. The bright color enhances visual hierarchy on the page and draws users’ attention to the key interactive zone.

 

Bar

 

Bar is a section of user interface with clickable elements enabling user to quickly take some core steps of interaction with the product or it can also inform user on the current stage of process. Among the basic types of bars, we could mention:

Tab bar — in mobile applications, it appears at the bottom of an app screen and provides the ability to quickly switch between different sections of an app.

 

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Loading bar — the control informing user on the current stage of action, when the process is in active stage and user can see the flow via timing or percentage shown in progress.

 

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Progress bar — provides feedback on a result of the current process so far, for example, showing how much of the planned activity has been done.

 

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Button

 

Button is, perhaps, one of the most popular elements of any interface. Button is the element which enables user to get the appropriate interactive feedback from the system along a particular command. Generally speaking, button is a control with which user directly communicates to the digital product and sends the necessary command to achieve a particular goal, like, let’s say, send the email, buy a product, download the data, turn on the player and tons of other possible actions. One of the reasons why buttons are so popular and user-friendly is that they efficiently imitate interaction with the objects in physical world.

 

Modern UI buttons demonstrate high diversity and can serve plenty of purposes. Typical and frequently used buttons which present an interactive zone, usually clearly marked out for visibility and having a particular geometric shape and often supported with the copy explaining what action will be fulfilled via this button. Designers usually apply considerable time and effort for creating effective and noticeable buttons that are harmonically added into general stylistic concept but are contrast enough to stand out in the layout.

 

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Besides, we could also mention several types of buttons with additional functionality, widely used in mobile and web interfaces.

 

Hamburger button — the button hiding the menu: clicking or tapping it, user sees the menu expanding. It is called so as its form consisting of three horizontal lines looks like typical bread-meat-bread hamburger. Nowadays it is a typical element of interaction, still highly debatable due to the number of pros and cons.

 

Most users who visit and use websites on the regular basis know that this button hides the core categories of data so this trick does not need additional explanations and prompts. Hamburger menus free the space making the interface more minimalist and full of air as well as allow massive saving place for other important layout elements. This design technique also provides additional benefits for responsive and adaptive design hiding navigation elements and making the interface look harmonic on different devices. Although hamburger menus still belong to highly debatable issues of modern web and app design, they are still widely used. The arguments against hamburger menu are based upon the fact that this design element can be confusing for people who do not use websites regularly and can get misled with the sign which features a high level of abstraction. So, the decision about applying hamburger button should be made after user research and definition of target audience’s abilities and needs.

 

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The presented website concepts uses hamburger button to hide the menu and support general minimalist approach to the visual performance of the layout.

 

Plus button — the button that being clicked or tapped presents the ability to add new content, be it a new contact, post, note, position in the list — anything user could do as the basic action with the digital product. Sometimes, tapping this button users are directly transferred to the modal window of creating content, in other case there is also a medium stage when they are given additional option to choose from and make adding the particular piece of data more focused.

 

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Here is the concept showing that plus button first enables a user to choose the category of the added content (image, video, text) and only then directs to the particular screen where it can be done. This practice takes seconds still makes experience more user-friendly as designers can present users with modified options of adding content for every particular case.

 

Share button — the button enabling a user to share the content or achievement directly to social networking accounts. In vast majority of cases, it is presented with icons which present a brand sign of particular social networks and are easily recognizable.

 

Switch

 

Switch is a control that enables users to switch the option on or off. Again, it is applied with the high level of efficiency and popularity in modern interface because it presents the direct imitation of switches people are accustomed to in real life. The important point of consideration here is that states of the switch should be visibly clear and brightly different, so that user could avoid applying effort to understand if the option is active or not. Various sorts of contrast and slight animation can make solve the problem making the experience simple and user-friendly.

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Here is the switch turning on and off the alarm in Toonie app. Animation makes the interaction smooth and natural, while changed color of the tab and the toggle transforming into spinning sun let users instantly understand whether the alarm is active. If you want to see the full case study on how this animated element was designed and developed, welcome to check the details here.

 

Picker

 

As it becomes clear from its name, picker allows users to pick the point from the row of options. It usually includes one or several scrollable lists of distinct values, for example, hours, minutes, dates, measurements, currencies etc. Scrolling the list, users choose and set the needed value. This type of interactive element is widely used in the interfaces which have the functionality of setting time and dates.

 

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Checkbox

 

Checkbox is graphical UI element which is used to mark a particular piece of content, usually setting the choice for the binary options. It is another element setting the bridge with the real world as it looks really similar to the process of filling in tests, questionnaires and other stuff of this kind when you put a tick or color the box to mark the option. Checkboxes and switches can be found in any type of user interfaces, especially in the sections of user, screen or page settings. Also, checkboxes present a common part of navigation in apps and websites with functionality of task managers, to-do lists, time trackers and the like.

 

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Here’s the example of design concept for the mobile to-do app for complex tasks. Tapping the checkbox, users marks the task as done and it automatically gets faded, the copy is colored differently and the font gets bolder to support the contrast of this task with the one which are still in progress.

 


 

Today’s set of our glossary is ready for those who need it and we are going to continue this practice before long. Don’t miss the new sets — the next one will continue the issues of navigation with deeper insights into types of menus and buttons, tags, breadcrumbs and icons. If there are any specific terms you would like to see explained, described and illustrated, feel free to contact via direct message in our Facebook page or Twitter as well as our Quora representative. New definitions are coming soon!

 

Recommended reading

 

Here is the set of recommended materials for further reading for those who would like to get deeper into this topic and learn more on the theme.

 

iOS Human Interface Guidelines

 

Navigation patterns for ten common types of websites

 

3 essential rules for effective navigation design

 

Perfecting navigation for the mobile web

 

Understanding Web UI Elements & Principles

 

User Interface Elements

 

The Most Creative Mobile Navigation Patterns

 

Basic Patterns for Mobile Navigation


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Tubik Studio 2016. Year in Review.

Bright, fast and furious, the year 2016 is over. For Tubik Studio it was dynamic, bright, rich in meetings, shots, interesting projects and non-stop professional growth. The company got bigger, more experienced and diverse. Traditionally, we start every new stage of our workflow remembering the most significant points of what has already been done, and today won’t be an exception. Let’s take a moment to turn back for a while and remember some outstanding things that marked 2016 for our team.

 

Being active on Dribbble, we published over 170 shots. Welcome to look through the set of top positions in the categories of UI/UX design, animation, branding and illustration. Following the links, you will be able to see all their detailed descriptions and full-size attachments.

 

Top Twenty UI/UX shots

 

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Travel Gear Landing Page

 

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Library Widget

 

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Comics Shop Home Page

 

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Singify App Tutorial

 

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Magic Christmas App

 

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Event Agency Webpage

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The Big Landscape

 

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Vinny’s Bakery

 

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Health Care App

 

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Adventure Agency Website

 

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Website on cooking seafood

 

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Ryiadh Tour Guide

 

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Weather App Concept

 

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Moneywise App

 

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Travel App Tutorial

 

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Snake Battle

 

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Toonie Alarm

 

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Daily Bugle Online Magazine

 

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Book Swap App

 

Top Twenty Animated shots

 

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Birds of Paradise Encyclopedia

 

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Magic.co landing page animation

 

 

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Book Swap App

 

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Organic — landing page animation

 

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Healthy Food App 

 

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Recipes App

 

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BuonApp

 

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Architecture Firm

 

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Museu

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Ice Website

 

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Bjorn Website

 

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Cafe Coupon App

 

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Apple Event Animated Graphics

 

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Gym Landing Page

 

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Lowrider

 

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Toonie Alarm tutorial

 

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Night Run Animation

 

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Contact List Concept

 

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Social Network Tutorial

 

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Rocket Animation

 

Top Ten Branding shots

 

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Deetu Business Cards

 

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Switch-up logo

 

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Andre logo 

 

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Pickitout logo

 

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Lion browser logo icon

 

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Snake Battle Logo

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Horsy Logo

 

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Elephun logo

 

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Realli logo

 

Top Ten Illustration shots

 

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Rio 2016

 

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Californication Bus

 

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Free Space Wallpapers

 

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Indian Dreamcatcher

 

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Christmas Spirit Illustration

 

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Ulf the Viking

 

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Tales of the Jazz Age Book Cover

 

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Muscles Magazine

 

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Star Wars Rogue One Illustration

 

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PukaPal Badges

 

Top Ten Articles in Tubik Blog

 

2016 brought a great deal of new posts in Tubik Blog to share our ideas, case studies and experience. Here is the list of some articles which got shared and read by big number of readers.

 

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Visual Perception: Icons vs Copy in UI

 

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UI Animation: Microinteraction for Macroresult

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Mobile Application

 

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UI Animation: Eye-Pleasing, Problem-Solving.

 

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Logo Design: Creative Stages.

 

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UI/UX Glossary: Steps to Usability.

 

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Home Sweet Home. Strategies of Home Page Design.

 

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Dark Side of UI: Benefits of Dark Background.

 

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Review of Popular Trends and Tools for Developers in 2016

 

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Review of Popular Design Trends for Interfaces in 2016

 

Top Five Tubik News

 

Growing diversity of services

In 2016 we formed the full team of specialists able to create and maintain a digital product from scratch to release: today we are a comprehensive full-cycle digital agency, with experienced specialists in the domains of branding, UI/UX design for websites and applications, graphic design of any complexity, motion design, iOS and web-development, QA testing.

 

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Variety of outsource projects

2016 brought us the great bunch of outsource design and development projects for diversity of businesses and organizations. They established broad experience of collaboration with different customers, including big and well-known clients. One of the latest projects of 2016 was a «year-in-review» video for Opera.

 

 

In-house iOS application: Toonie Alarm

In 2016, to get closer to our outsource clients, we have set the purpose to create in-house studio products helpful for their target audience and adding some social value as well as giving us comprehensive experience of full path for creating and promoting digital products. In the domain of iOS app design, the product created and released by Tubik in 2016 is Toonie Alarm, entertaining and funny free alarm app for iPhones rewarding users for waking up with cute stickers. 

 


 

In-house content project: Design4Users

Design4Users is a blog devoted to diverse design issues solving users’ problems. It is organized via the basic categories such as «Branding» «Product» «Print» and «UI/UX» and plenty of more detailed tags in the mentioned domains. This resource was started with the aim to provide designers, customers and all those who are interested in this sphere of human activity with a wide variety of useful and interesting content supported with attractive and functional design. The blog is designed, developed and curated fully by Tubik studio team.

 

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Free e-books by Tubik team

Additional big news was the start of Tubik Magazine, the set of free e-books from us about different aspects, approaches and tips on design and development. The first issue called Design for Business presented a variety of business points and terms important to consider for designers working over goal-centered design for companies and brands. The second ebook called Logo design was devoted to creative stages and strategies of efficient logo design. Both books are supported with practical cases. Welcome to read them or download totally for free.

 

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Bright moments of work, rest and creative search were traditionally shared with our followers on studio Instagram page. No doubt, we also didn’t miss the chance to share our ideas, news, tips and experience via Medium and Quora as well as kept everyone updated with studio news via Twitter, FacebookTumblr and Flipboard.

 

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Even this quite brief review makes obvious that 2016 was full of everything for our team. And we are ready for new challenges, perspectives and projects in 2017 which will definitely open many new unforgettable creative pages. 

 

 

Warm greetings for everyone from Tubik Studio, we wish you amazing and successful year 2017!

UI design trends

Review of Popular Design Trends for Interfaces in 2016

The year is going away so fast: seems each day just melts away like a snowflake. Traditionally, before the holidays start, it is the high time to turn away and revise what deserves to be remembered.

 

We have already reviewed the most popular trends and tools for developers in 2016, today the theme will be continued with significant design trends that couldn’t be left without attention. No doubt, this design year was globally dynamic, creative, full of news and events. Having worked over diverse design projects and tasks as well as in-house studio products here in Tubik Studio, we prepared our list of trends in design for web and app interfaces, which got popular this year, illustrating some of the mentioned points with works by studio designers. Let’s get started.

 

Flat design

 

Flat design has significantly grown its presence and diversity this year, both in interface design and branding. The design approach is known for its minimalist and concise use of visual expressive means and has established itself as a style favorable for enhancing usability and visual harmony of user interfaces. The most prominent feature which actually has inspired the name of this direction is applying flat 2-dimensional visual details as the opposite to highly realistic and detailed skeuomorphic images.

The features of flat design supporting its steady popularity in interface design include:

  • simplicity of shapes and elements
  • minimalism
  • functionality
  • bold and highly readable typography
  • clear and strict visual hierarchy
  • close attention to details
  • thoughtful appliance of bright colors and contrast supporting quick visual perception
  • avoiding textures, gradients and complex forms
  • applying the principles of grids, geometric approach and visual balance.

 

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Here in Tubik we have checked high potential of flat design for interfaces on practice, with not only numerous outsource projects, but also the iOS app Toonie Alarm, designed and developed by studio team. Thoughtful integration of flat design via diverse interface elements, including icons, illustrations, buttons, tabs and the like, proved itself efficient for making UI bright, attractive, clear, intuitive and easy-to-use.

 

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Moreover, this year flat design has set the strong link between branding and UI design, mutually supporting each other in digital products.  One of the fields broadly strengthening this trend was creating logos and app icons flat and simplified. This trend has featured itself not only in brand new projects, but also for well-established websites, apps, companies and products, which have presented new redesigned logos and corporate style visuals redesigned according to the principles of flat design.

 

Conversational UI

 

Another broadly discussed trend is conversational UI which has been the object for hot debates and theme for many speeches and case studies this year. Basically, the term «conversational UI» is connected with interfaces that enable users to communicate directly to the system in a way imitating conversation with people. In vast majority of cases, this sort of UI involves voice manipulation and recognition as the part of interaction.

 

More and more products are featuring this sort of functionality: some want it just because it’s trendy and fashionable while others find real ways to engage it for problem-solving objectives. Most often it is realized by chat-bots providing a flair of talk to the users. In automated dialogues of this kind, depending on the nature of the product and style of talk which is seen appropriate for the target audience, conversational UI can effectively involve both verbal (language) and non-verbal (emoticons, pictograms etc.) means of communication.

 

Among the advantages of conversational UIs, one of the frequently mentioned is automation of some basic and repetitive operations saving people’s effort for more creative and complex task. It can enhance usability of the product and even make it proactive, giving prompts to the user and improving interaction with the product. Still, there is the trap to overload the product with this sort of communication, based on standard situations and issues while missing non-typical cases or questions which need different solutions. Moreover, by far not all target users are ready to communicate in that way, so this design solution needs to be grounded on extensive user research and testing from the early stages of user experience design. Conversational UI can easily give zest to user interface. Yet, if it’s not analyzed and tested well, conversational UI can do the opposite and spoil user experience by poor interaction.

 

Anyway, this year UI designers have thought over new perspectives of applying conversational UI, in particular in combination with AI technologies, and this trend will definitely grow showing new rays of creativity next year. Conversational UI isn’t just another fad: it is the trend providing total or partial changes to certain areas of interaction design and giving alternative approach to problem-solving and decision making processes.

 

Minimalism

 

This year has given the great bunch of applications and websites designed on the principles of minimalism. They support positive user experience by providing clear and simple interfaces, full of space and air, focused on content and navigation. Minimalist interfaces are characterized with thorough attention to visual elements, not numerous but always transferring a particular message. Minimalist interfaces, both for web and app, also feature sophisticated work with typography and visual hierarchy supporting instant scanning and skimming the content of the page or screen. Moreover, interfaces of this sort usually provide high level of legibility and readability.

 

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Custom graphics

 

Desire of originality sprung out in UI design in the area of custom graphic design of all kinds. More and more interfaces apply custom mascots, icons and  illustrations that fulfill multiple goals: adding originality to the visual design concept, enhancing usability, strengthening navigation and marking out the content depending on its nature and functions. Graphic details play crucial role in usability and accessibility of the product and even the slightest changes can bring significant results, speeding up visual perception and understanding interface elements or transitions.

 

Visual perception is one of the most productive and quick ways through which people are able to obtain information and get it processed by the brain. It influences so many aspects of life that neglecting the issue while creating products for users would be extremely unwise. That is why the aspect of applying visual elements of high functionality in the interfaces such as icons and their impact on general efficiency of the product has been an actual topic in global design community for a long time. In addition, images push the limits of perception for users who have natural problems with text recognition such as, for instance, the dyslexic or non-reading preschoolers.

 

As for custom illustrations or icons, created for specific products, made according to the preferences and needs of the particular target audience and with a view at certain business goals, they are able to make the product work more efficiently solving users’ pains and satisfying wishes. Perhaps, that is one of the most popular reasons why this trend got so popular in 2016 presenting interesting interfaces with custom graphics of diverse styles and performance.

 

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Another side of this trend is evolving field of wallpapers for desktops and mobile devices featuring original graphic artworks on a variety of topics. It also can be characterized as user-friendly trend giving users the choice of means for self-expression and satisfying personal aesthetic needs.

 

Animated microinteractions

 

Interface animation is one more hot and debatable topic of this year. Although there is a big army of those who find animation an unnecessary feature overloading user interface and making it more complicated, most users expect motion as an integral part of interaction experience. So, designers and developers work over more and more sophisticated methods to make animation pleasant-looking and problem-solving characteristic of modern apps and websites.

 

One of the frequent methods of adding motion to UI are animated details featuring microinteractions. Microinteractions supported by clear finalization via motion create fast feedback for the user and make the experience positive and efficient while navigation simple and intuitive. Animated buttons, switchers, toggles and other interactive elements inform user in split seconds activating all the potential of fast visual perception.

 

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As we mentioned in the earlier article, animation in the interface can create pleasant illusion close to natural interaction with physical objects which often doesn’t need too much cognitive process. For example, if you pull the object, press it, move out the tab, the movements should feel natural.  Most users won’t be able to see this sophisticated work accomplished by designers: they will take it for granted and the fact it makes them comfortable will be the biggest praise for design solutions.

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Scroll animation

 

Scroll animation also got new vibes and perspectives of artistic realization. Thought-out movement of layout elements while the webpage is scrolled enhances user experience significantly and creates the harmonic feeling of one integral smooth interaction rather than perceiving several separate parts or blocks of the page. Moreover, this sort of interactions is aesthetically pleasant and engaging, and these emotions are a good factor of retaining users. This year, full of new updates in design tools and software, showed great practices of sophisticated work on scroll animation.

 

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Animated tutorials

 

Tutorial is a vital part of onboarding users for most mobile applications. Certainly, wide variety of means and techniques are applied to make it clear, engaging and informative as it is a strategically important element of involving users into further interaction with a digital product. This year designers combined traditional techniques with new popular findings: in particular, custom illustrations and animation brought new vibes to app tutorials, making them more dynamic and enhancing their informative potential.

 

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Diversity of landing pages

 

Surely, landing pages were discovered much earlier than 2016, still this year has brought the new lap of their development and diversity. More and more businesses and social projects take advantage of using them for effective presentation of special services, sales, offers or issues that need focused user’s attention. Landing pages have also grown their presence in the Net as the effective method of promotion for native mobile apps. Accomplished wisely and thoughtfully, grounded on user and market research and testing, broad usage of landing pages can be also seen as the other user-friendly trend, providing users with necessary information and interactions in clear and accessible way saving their time and effort. From the business perspective, they also work well giving businesses the flexible tool for original and effective presentation.

 

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Brutalism

 

The trend of brutalism in digital design has rocketed this year getting more and more expressions and diversity. It is often characterized as a webdesign style aiming at breaking standards and predictable design techniques. The websites created in this manner are a sort of rebellion to sophisticated designs with thought-out symmetry and harmony, complex layouts and accents of aesthetic visual performance. Vice versa, brutalism is based on simple and raw appearance, in most cases not loaded with many visual details and sometimes even close to plain HTML page. Used wisely, for the appropriate goals and audience, this approach can bring high level of originality to the website and make it really stand out of the crowd.

 

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Custom grid

 

According to Internet Live Stats, there are over 1 billion websites in the World Wide Web today. This milestone was first reached in September of 2014, as confirmed by NetCraft in its October 2014 Web Server Survey, and first estimated and announced by Internet Live Stats. The number had subsequently declined, reverting back to a level below 1 billion due to the monthly fluctuations in the count of inactive websites before reaching again and stabilizing above the 1 billion mark starting in March of 2016. With more and more websites coming into play, designers have to be more and more creative to not only make them attractive and harmonic, but also give them a feel of uniqueness and original appearance. That is one of the reasons, why experiments with grid also won their place in the list of general design trends of the leaving year. Custom grid is the way to save the feeling of harmonic layout and placement of the elements with higher level of flexibility and originality. However, this sort of experiment requires thorough research and in many cases the final result comes via several iterations tested and analyzed in terms of usability and visual perception.

 

 

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Bold and catchy typography

 

2016 could also be mentioned as the year of further rigorous practice on typography in global design community. It brought the world loads of new nice typefaces both universal and created with a view to particular objectives or products. Typography continued its progress as one of the crucial aspects of efficient web and app design, and one of the trends in this domain was practices of applying bold and outstanding typography for webpages, catching users’ attention and instantly informing them about the core message. In particular, this approach got its development in the sector of landing pages whose quick and dynamic presentation of core data to users has great influence on conversion rates.

 

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Large thematic image

 

One more trend often found in various designs for interfaces is applying prominent images, which could be either photos or illustrations, as the central visual element of the general composition. Important thing is that the image is never just a placeholder of nice looks: it presents a powerful way to strengthen the informative potential of the page or screen, set the theme instantly and focus user’s attention at the significant details. Needless to say, it takes much designer’s effort to choose the one successfully transferring the necessary message and supporting general stylistic concept.

 

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Handwriting lettering

 

Custom handwriting lettering also got popular as a design trend and is often used for marking out significant details and images in an original way. Special lettering made by professional designers looks fresh and unique, refreshing visual performance of the webpage or screen. On the other hand, being applied in UI design, it demands additional effort to be tested in the layout as it can happen that hand-crafted lettering looks great separately, but doesn’t work effectively in combination with other elements of the interface.

 

Real content instead of Lorem Ipsum

 

This year has featured growing attention to content, its quality and performance. In user interfaces, content and design and interconnected parts that should successfully support each other instead of fighting for users attention. That makes more and more designers prefer applying real content instead of well-known Lorem Ipsum, even in cases of creative stages or presentation of design concepts. It gets designers, clients and users closer to real experience and more natural feel of interactions.

 

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Videos explaining or presenting products

 

Due to easy access to reviewing videos via YouTube, social networks and other platforms of product presentation, video explainers have quickly established themselves as a popular trend. Naturally, it wouldn’t be logical to neglect such a powerful source of connection with clients and users, so 2016 has brought a great variety of videos presenting the products, companies and services, explaining their benefits and special offers, showing engaging flow of interaction and connection. They took over the responsibilities of the picture which is worth a thousand words: video explainers quickly show the most important features of the product and let the users know what deserves their attention first of all.

 

Example of video explainer designed by Tubik Studio for Toonie Alarm

 

Example of promotional year-in-review video designed by Tubik Studio for Opera

 

Bright and dark color palettes

 

No secret, color is one of the most powerful and influential factors in UI design. One more trend in UI design deserving a place in the list of this year is great variety of color palettes designers choose for applications and websites. Diversity of new fonts and typefaces as well as research of usability studies allow going beyond standards and trying new combinations which will take advantage of diverse colors but with it won’t lack in usability. More and more creatives are discovering new horizons combining traditional techniques with innovative approaches in the domain of work with color.

 

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To sum up, we can certainly say that in the sphere of UI design 2016 has been the year of creative search and experiments, still most of them were focused on usability and desirability of the final products. No doubt, 2017 will not lose its chance to polish these trends and open the new ones. 


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Web of Life. Creative Web Design Concepts.

Nowadays, World Wide Web could definitely be named the web of life. It connects people from all around the world whatever their aims and wishes are about. Personal and professional communication, ordering and delivery of goods and services, education and mentoring, searching for new information, advertising, watching films, tracking everyday stuff and accounting finances, and so on, and so forth—seems, there’s no sphere to which the Internet wouldn’t add its own two cents. No doubt, there are both advantages and disadvantages brought by technology and new ways of broader and faster communication of all kinds. Still, today we are going to focus more on the variety of perspectives for positive influence of the web on people’s lives of global society.

 

In the design glossary issue devoted to key terms of web design we mentioned that as a domain of human activity it lies on the crossroads of many sciences and practices. Among them the following should be mentioned:

  • drawing and composition
  • painting and coloristics
  • logic and schematism
  • analysis and statistics
  • visual arts
  • programming
  • user research
  • psychology
  • copywriting
  • branding and marketing etc.

 

Covering diverse aspects of a website functionality and appearance, some designers work in teams every member of which specializes in a particular sphere while the others can work out different of the mentioned aspects individually. Anyway, in vast majority of cases web design is the sphere of digital products which have to be functional and user-centered. As famous American designer Charles Eames said “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose” and his words totally reflect the idea of modern web design.

 

Working over a website, designers have to concentrate on such aspects as:

usability (the website is convenient, clear, logical and easy to use)

utility (the website provides useful content and solves users’ problems)

accessibility (the website is convenient for different categories of users)

desirability (the website is attractive and problem-solving, it retains users and creates positive experience which they are ready to repeat).

 

Here in Tubik Studio we have felt all the power of web, both from the perspective of professional growth and positive user experience. If you take a virtual trip around Tubik Blog, you’ll see the case studies and articles devoted to the theme of creating websites solving users’ problems, providing natural and effective flow of human-computer interaction and positive experience. Being a team knowing the inside-out of web design and development, today we are going to continue the topic with the collection of practical design concepts presenting design solutions for the variety of websites with different objectives, target audience and visual style. Here you’ll find the concepts for particular web pages, animated web interactions, ideas for landing and home page design and the like. So, let’s get started!

 

Website on travel destinations in Iceland

 

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Presented concept features the set of interactions with a website devoted to the theme of traveling around Iceland. Working over the color palette, the designer chose the light background featuring the theme of Iceland and a contrast bold headline. Images are used in the scheme one-per-page so that they could support the theme but not overloading the page or distracting the user. Thorough attention was paid to typography and composition as key sides of user-friendly minimalism enhancing usability, navigability and visual harmony transferring the spirit of the presented place. Navigation features the right side menu with titles placed vertically still easily readable due to the choice of font, the rest of the navigation links are hidden in extended menu behind the hamburger button. Animation shows transitions between pages to give the feeling of general design consistency.

 

Design concept for online magazine

 

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The design concept of an online magazine features the page of a particular article presenting a famous person so an image showing the personality becomes the center of composition still doesn’t take too much attention from the text as the bearer of information. All the design is concentrated on user-friendly solutions around readability and stylish non-distracting looks as well. So, the concept is based around clear visual hierarchy applied in general layout of elements and also copy blocks. As for navigation, the page features the header including the title of the website as a central element of the top part composition, two active links to basic categories of publications, link to live mode and search field marked with a magnifier icon.

 

Web design for architecture blog

 

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Another concept full of light and air for readable text and stylish visuals. Animated interactions demonstrate the consistency of the flow while scrolling the page with the smooth move of visuals elements, headlines and copy blocks, imitating movement of physical objects while pulling. The presented design of a website has a fixed header which doesn’t hide while the page is scrolled. However, it follows minimalist principles featuring brand name lettering as a center of composition, magnifier icon marking search functionality and hamburger button hiding links to navigation areas.

 

Corporate website for an architectural company

 

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This concept is also devoted to the theme of architecture, still it has different objectives and core target audience: it is the corporate website for a company presenting the variety and potential of its services. The general performance of the webpages is following minimalist and functional approach. The layout is accomplished on the basis of priorities in presenting this particular business field. Taking into account that the nature of the company activity is deeply visual especially in terms of presentation to new clients, the designer selected the background and fonts that have to leave the immediate impression of style and sophistication. The key words brought out in capital letters become the integral part of stylistic concept being also informative and quickly setting the company ideas and approach to work. The visual effects are supported with smooth animation.

 

Landing page for the website of seafood recipes

 

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This example presents a landing page for a website collecting recipes of meals with seafood from all over the world. As well as in the previous case, dark background is chosen to make the images of meals look even more delicious and also create stylish appearance for general visual presentation of the layout. The landing quickly provides general understanding of the website purpose and content featuring different sections that could be interesting for users.

 

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Website on Swedish ski resorts

 

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Obviously, traveling is the great way to get inspired and we really believe it’s true. This concepts adds one more example on this theme. Here is the set of animated interactions for a website Slopes presenting Swedish ski resorts and enabling users to get full scope of information about them. Home page features the video background immediately setting the theme, and color palette based on strong contrast and concise color combinations also visually supports the idea of active winter holidays. The basic points are shown in header for quick availability while all the other variety of content categories is hidden behind the hamburger button to support minimalist design approach.

 

Web interface for design blog

 

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This case shows the web interface for Design4Users, a content project created, designed and developed by Tubik Studio team. Design of the webpages is accomplished with a view to effective presentation of both copy and visual materials featured in wide variety.

 

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Web design for an online magazine about traveling

 

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Here’s the design concept for a website which presents the online magazine «The Big Landscape». Its target audience is primarily people keen on traveling and learning more about the world. The interface is minimalist following the principles of clear visual hierarchy, good readability, intuitive navigation and aesthetic pleasure from visual perception.

 

Website for a design studio

 

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It is a promotional webpage of the particular product by design studio. Its purpose is to present the design object via descriptions and visual details providing users with the link to this item in online shop. Thus, this page, which is actually the part of a sales funnel for the e-commerce website, is in charge of attracting users and informing them about the product. Minimalist design full of air makes visual accents noticeable and engaging while general layout presents the actual direction of company services. Broader aim was to transfer the atmosphere and spirit of the brand by means of design solutions.

 

Web platform for an encyclopedia

 

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This case realized the idea of web encyclopedia devoted to the theme of birds-of-paradise. The designer concentrated on main aspects of usability and utility of such a resource for readers and at the same time set the goal to make it attractive and giving clear message of the site features with general stylistic concept. Animated transitions make  scrolling interactions engaging and add style to general performance.

 

Web design for photography workshops service

 

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Here is the landing page for a company organizing photo tours and workshops for photographers. Functional and stylish minimalism is the basic approach behind this web interface, visual elements inform users and provide quick harmonic perception of the nature of the services while animation is provided to show the transitions between content blocks.

 

Landing page for coffee delivery service

 

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It’s not a secret that drinking coffee is the daily habit, sometimes even obsession, for many people, and different services speeding up the process of getting a cup “on the go” are getting more and more popular. This example shows you a design concept of a landing page which presents an experimental service «Coffee Wings» providing coffee delivery by drones. Landing was created in the manner combining traditional visual elements setting positive associations with coffee and images of innovative technologies involved to this user-friendly service. Copy blocks are not overloaded so that visitors could get the idea and benefits of the service quickly and clearly and obtain more information, if they want, following the calls to action.

 

Design concepts for 404 page

 

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There are tons of design solutions for 404 webpage, which is strategically important for any website, and still this design object is always actual. This sample shows web design accomplished with some artistic approach featuring the original illustration of the penguin directing everyone back from the Pole where nothing can be found.

 

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Another concepts shows different stylistic approach and features a page 404 for e-commerce website. It is based on harmonic interconnection of the background and actual layout elements such as header, CTA button and copy.

 

Today’s list is over but studio practice is full of many other interesting examples of design concepts for different purposes and needs of modern users. Don’t miss new presentations in our future posts.


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Soft Landing. 10 Design Concepts of Landing Pages.

What makes the journey by air good? Easy take-off, smooth flight, breathtaking view from the air. And soft landing with feeling safe and convenient. These final minutes of getting to your destination can become the icing on the cake, enhancing comfort and excitement of the flight, or vise versa, the dark spot crossing out all the amazement and positive moment if landing is hard and unpleasant, perhaps confusing or painful. Landing really does its job.

 

In webdesign it works similar. For many users well-thought-out landing page will be the good experience of getting to the right destination and starting a journey around the website from the proper point. In our previous article sharing the details of design for efficient landing pages we mentioned that process of creating landing pages lies on the crossroads of design, marketing, user research, psychology and other spheres dealing with people, their behavior and solving their problems. 

 

Here we have collected 10 different UI design concepts accomplished by studio designers. They represent different landing page reflecting various business goals, natures of presented offer and visual styles supporting the purpose.

 

Landing page for the shop selling organic products

 

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The aim of the presented landing page is to promote a shop of organic food. It is composed in several blocks presenting the name of the shop, products, highlighting some important aspects of service, call to actions and testimonials. The designer sets the purpose to make it informative but not overloaded, appealing but not aggressive. So, all the visual accents, first of all key images of food selected carefully to immediately transfer the appropriate message to the user, support the basic theme. To make the experience more attractive and engaging, the process of scrolling the page was livened up with animation and the visual elements were selected to support the general theme and provide immediate visual perception of basic idea.

 

We can also see that in this case the designer chooses quite short and condensed copy blocks which provide users with basic data and give the links to learn more following the call-to-action. At the same time keywords describing the most important benefits like ‘organic’, ‘home-made’, ‘quality’ are marked out visually so that they could be noticed at once. This strategy is wise as users do not need to spend much time reading to learn about the service, but see the opportunity to learn more any time they need. 

 

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Landing Page Animation by Sergey Valiukh

 

Landing page for a website providing services for everyday life

 

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Here is the landing page concept designed for a website of the agency that presents its services. The variety of provided services is echoed by the variety of colors used in the interface. The designer’s aim was to make it lively, vivid and attractive, creating catchy first impression and supporting positive user experience with engaging design solutions. Dynamic motion accents add much to the general stylistic solution whereas good combination of fonts with balanced contrast of layout elements create the field of good visual perception and enhance readability.

 

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magic.co landing page concept by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Landing page for museum exhibitions

 

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Tubik Studio | Museu by Ernest Asanov

 

This example presents a landing page promoting art exhibitions. The idea behind it is to make this sort of promotion aesthetic and unobtrusive for the user as well as highly informative. The balance of minimalism and utility appealing is kept by means of style, color and motion. The minimalistic presentation still is highly informative and successfully uses the studies along eye-tracking for applying the most important layout elements in the zones of the highest usability.

 

As we mentioned in the article devoted to benefits of dark background in UI, color of background can be not only the effective field of presentation but also the carrier of its own message. Dark colors are usually associated with elegance and mystery. Moreover, black is often associated with elegance, formality, prestige and power. That is, perhaps, one of the reasons why many powerful brands build their visual presentation around black-and-white scheme with dark dominating and light presenting and informing the recipient. Playing out this aspect in interface design can provide additional support to other design solutions and general presentation of the product which we can definitely observed in the presented design concept. Dark background make the images of the exhibits look more deep and stylish while the readability doesn’t suffer being supported with the right choice of fonts.

 

Landing page for a non-profit charity organization

 

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The provided example shows the design concept of a landing page for a non-profit organization accomplished. It uses considerable copy blocks and supporting visual elements to set the understanding of the club activity. Decision on the amount of copy used on the page should be the aspect of thorough research and testing as it directly and highly influences conversions. However, it doesn’t mean that every landing page should contain minimal number of words. If it presents a famous company product or service or informs about special offers, sometimes short and concentrated copy is enough to encourage users. However, if a new unknown product or service is presented, it is important to provide users with more information persuading them to follow call to action. So, in this case copy becomes a tool of engagement and informing as the service is not concentrated on the product that can become the primary visual accent, but with the activities that should be verbally described.

 

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Arts, Culture & Education Curation | Landing by Polina

 

Landing page for a native Mac application

 

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SwiftyBeaver Landing Page by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Here is a landing page for SwiftyBeaver native Mac application whose target audience is developers. As we can see it is designed in minimalist manner and concentrates users’ attention on short copy about the product’s functionality and CTA enabling to request a free beta access. Although the page provides other important links, they are designed in a way not distracting from the main elements providing conversion. The work on landing page for the product was also an interesting and challenging design task as far as the product doesn’t offer a lot of visual material for user engagement and attraction. Therefore, the main visual design solution was made around the colored accents echoing the design solutions of the application interface layout. 

 

Landing page for a gym

 

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Here is the landing page of a gym presenting all the basic information necessary for user: general description, provided services, trainers, prices and location. Slight colorful accents and motion effects are used to make the interface more engaging and scrolling more smooth. In this sort of service selection of appropriate motivational images is vital as people associate workouts first of all with attractive and athletic body and positive energy. So, photos applied in design presentation support this particular aim creating clear and obvious perception of the theme and benefits of the service. Bold and strong font applied for headlines adds to both fast readability of key messages and general visual consistency of all the design.

 

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Gym Landing Page by Dima Panchenko

 

Landing page for the shop selling travel gear

 

Travel Gear Landign page by TUBIK

 

This one features the layout of a landing page for e-commerce. The company presented by it sells gear for extreme sports and active traveling so images were selected to set immediate understanding of the main theme. The page includes general description of the shop, presents ability of transition to the catalog via description of hot offers and also has testimonials part to provide users’ opinion about the service. Good combination of visual elements on the background as well as dynamic photos support the clear setting of the theme and provide the strong associative link to potential buyers engaging them and informing about the nature of the offer.

 

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Travel Gear Landing Page by Tania Bashkatova

 

Landing page for a service selling wood products

 

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Here is a landing page concept for the company offering handcrafted wood products for everyday life. The main design idea was to use wooden textures in some parts of the page to visually maintain wooden atmosphere and create a feeling of naturalness. The dark background helps to emphasize the colorful elements and make the overall color scheme more intense and stylish. Types and fonts were carefully selected and tested in order to strengthen general composition and provide readability for all the copy elements on the page.

 

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Wood Products Landing Page by Alla Kudin

 

Landing page for a digital non-profit product

 

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Capitoledge — Free Screensaver by Vladyslav Taran

 

The landing presented here has the aim to inform users about a free education service Capitoledge Screensaver which provides the opportunity to use screensaver for studying capitals. Here you can see the upper part of the landing page which features interesting and engaging animation activated by smooth scrolling. Visual presentation is full of air due to light background which also provides easy readability and quick perception of the background map image. 

 

Landing page for an adventure agency

 

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Adventure Agency Website by Valentyn Khenkin

 

Here is the concept design, presenting a landing page for an adventure agency specializing in air-balloon tours. All the information blocks are supported with bright thematic photos while copy blocks move users through the sales funnel stages. Again, light background feels harmonic and naturally adds air to general design presentation.

 

So, practice shows the diversity of techniques and methods to make a landing page informative and attractive. Nevertheless, to retain users, trendy and pleasantly-looking design should just cover effective functionality and user-friendly solutions which are accomplished according to business goals and user research. Otherwise, beautiful design will work like a hard landing immediately erasing all the positive vibes caught during the flight and that is a fast way to reduce conversion rates which are actually the main purpose of landing pages. Put usability, informative value and functionality first, think over the logic, transitions and intuitive navigation — and visual design will become a great support for smooth and effective landing!

 

Today’s list is over but studio practice is full of many other interesting examples of design concepts for different purposes and needs of modern users. Don’t miss new presentations in our future posts.


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Home Sweet Home. Strategies of Home Page Design.

Home is usually associated with the place where you feel comfortable, convenient and safe. That is why, perhaps, the saying «Home is where your heart is» has gained its popularity. For many of us, web network has become an integral part of everyday life, both professional and personal, so no wonder the word «home» describing the main page of a website stays much more common and frequently used than all the other versions.

 

Talking about webdesign, home page in fact is the place which should make the interaction with a website of any complexity convenient and positive. Any designer wants to create it as a place where users can find everything they need easily and quickly. So, this object of design effort is strategically significant as most users dealing with a final web product in vast majority of cases have a chance to interact with a home page, even if its not a place from which they start a jorney around the website.

 

Earlier, we have already provided our readers with general explanation of home page and its typical features in the issue of UI/UX glossary devoted to web design issues. This time let’s extend the basics with some ideas and strategies important to consider designing home page.

 

 

What is a home page?

 

Home page is the most popular name for the main page of the website. It is called home as it usually provides starting point with many further directions for the user, containing direct links to the most important areas of interaction with a website. In other words, it can be also named initial page or index page. Home page is mostly the start of users’ journey if they are directed to the site by search engines which means that it is the page which is visited by the biggest number of website users.

 

In addition to essential links to different website parts, home page often contains search field, basic onboarding functionality for personalized sites, different areas of navigations showing users diverse categories of data. It might also contain engaging welcome messages and copy blocks featuring slogan and/or explaining benefits of the website or objects it presents.

 

More than a decade ago famous expert in usability Jakob Nielsen wrote Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability in which he said: “Homepages are the most valuable real estate in the world. Each year, companies and individuals funnel millions of dollars through a space that’s not even a square foot in size. For good reason. A homepage’s impact on a company’s bottom line is far greater than simple measures of e-commerce revenues: The homepage is your company’s face to the world. Increasingly, potential customers will look at your company’s online presence before doing business with you — regardless of whether they plan to close the actual sale online.” Long time has passed since then but clear and user-friendly home page is still the issue of vital importance for an efficient website.

 

Home page is actually a basis of good navigation which is usually the core of positive user experience. Messy interface and badly designed layout can become the reason of user confusion and annoyance.

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Event Agency Webpage by Tania Bashkatova

 

What does a home page usually include?

 

The aspects of interaction with a website home page should advisably provide the following data:

 

— the nature/theme of the website: the users need to understand immediately if they deal with a company website, professional blog, e-commerce website, social network, personal blog, educational platform etc.;

 

branding elements or other stuff supporting the web product identity: home page should be easily recognizable, memorable and identified by users among tons of others. Thoughtfully accomplished branding can be used to serve these goals, at least presented with a logo and corporate color palette. It plays the vital role for commercial and corporate websites which should feature strong connection with a particular brand or company; however, for non-profit or personal websites elements of identity also have a great impact on boosting usability and memorability;

 

goals and utility of the website: it’s important to let users know what is the purpose of the website and what users’ needs it can satisfy. When users are provided with this sort of data during the first interaction with a website, they are ready to devote their most precious resource — time — to know more;

 

ability to search around the website content: the search field or button should be easily seen and recognizable as well as located in the area of high visual intensity according to eye-tracking trends;

 

navigation elements providing the ability to move to different sections and pages starting from the home page: the home page becomes the starting point of the route from which the user should get the ability to move to any essential and meaningful part of the website an also get back home any moment and from any point of journey;

 

contact information and preferably data about creators or responsibles: the home page is the place where users expect to get provided with the basic information about who creates, maintans and curates the website and how to contact people in charge if there is such a need;

 

— links to social networks: support of social networks is not only an effective tool of social marketing but also the good way to communicate to users. Social networks are now used by thousands of users on regular basis, so there will be always the ones who are interested to see how the website is positioned in the environment which is common and clear for them as well as contact via usual social network tools instead of looking for the means of communication on the website. Considering and applying this trend can be one more step to positive user experience;

 

testimonials or information supporting trust to the website: mentioning famous clients or partners as well as the signs of social popularity can be a catchy factor to learn more and further invesigate the website content.

 

Defined target audience and rigorous user research, made on the earliest stage of interaction and visual design, enable designers to sort out layout elements of the highest priority according to target audience’s needs, expectations and  peculiarities of psychological perception. Preferably, the components of the highest priority should be placed in the pre-scroll area of the home page to make their perception fast.

 

As home page is actually the front door to the website, definitely it should provide all the strategically vital information about the website which a user should be able to absorb in split seconds. It’s important to remember that not many users tend to spend much time investigating a new website: in most cases there is a couple of minutes to attract their attention and inform about the website while they are scanning the page. If this short time is used wisely to communicate the observers about the theme and benefits they can get, they will be ready to spend more time to learn further and browse the site.

 

For this reason, it is highly advisable for web designers to learn more about psychological and physiological aspects of user interaction with web products, in particular color psychology and studies about eye scanning trends, for example the investigations by Luke Wroblewski and Nielsen Norman Group. They are deeply helpful for designers seeking to create home pages with high level of usability which directly influences general conversion and bounce rates of websites. Knowing how users tend to scan the web pages, designer can apply the most important elements in the zones of the highest visibility and in this way make the page quickly informative and catching attention of target users or readers.

 

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Tubik Studio | Ice by Ernest Asanov

 

Should all the traffic be directed to home page?

 

The answer considerably depends on the nature and complexity of the website. The biggest deal to think over is the user attention and its concentration on definite areas of the websites in terms of solving a particular problem or satisfying particular needs.

 

For simple one-page websites this question is not actual: indeed, they represent only a home page which satisfies one or multiple functions and there is no other place where the traffic could be directed from the outer sources. The same happens if the website is not complex, home page in not overloaded with diverse links and navigation elements, so conversion can be reached right from the home page while other pages play secondary roles. In this case directing all the traffic to the most informative part of the site, which also enables a user to accomplish necessary action and get what they need, is a good idea.

 

However, for complex websites and platforms, especially if they satisfy multiple needs of broad target audience, this approach can be the step killing profitability and reducing conversion rates. The user can get scared, distracted or even annoyed with the tons of information they have to get through to find what they need, especially if the needs or wishes are focused on a particular narrow goal. Using landing pages in case when you need to concentrate user’s attention on something important, to make it noticeable and easily available can be the efficient way of solving this problem. Landing page is a tool to emphasize one item, to make it quickly found and reduce delays in cases when target user seeks for specific operations, services or items. This is the issue of especially high importance in case of ecommerce websites when unwise design solutions bring to poor user experience and financial losses. If you want to know more about effective use of landing pages, welcome to read about the topic in detail in our previous article.  Anyway, the approach in every case should be based on user research and then thorough user testing.

 

What are important aspects of efficient home page?

 

Among the numerous aspects essential for such an essential zone of high functionality as home page, we would define the following aspects as the ones definitely deserving attention:

— clear intuitive navigation and balanced visual hierarchy

— application of different menu types enabling to avoid overloaded page design

— utility of the applied layout elements

— readable copy easy to scan

— length of copy blocks that correspond to target users’ needs and expectations

— usage of language (vocabulary, syntax, modality, keywords etc.) which is understandable and appealing to target audience

— intensity of graphic visual content

— short loading time of the webpage

— thought-out and efficient search

— responsiveness of the webpage when it’s opened on different devices and screens with various resolutions

— effective application of keywords

— good balance of tradition and innovation

— accessibility of the home page from any point of the website

— easy and clear recognizability of the home page in comparison with the other pages of the website

— consistency of visual design solutions

— visible and informative call-to-actions

— defining most important content to get it supported and strengthened with visual design solutions.

 

Here are some more design concepts for home pages accomplished by Tubik Studio designers.

 

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Comics Shop Home Page by Dima Panchenko

 

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Structure – Architecture Blog by Ernest Asanov

 

Recommended reading

 

Here are some more articles we could recommend for those who would like to get deeper into the topic of home page design. Some of them are classics while the others represent the ideas around quite modern and fresh trends, anyway all are useful for those who want to design helpful, usable and attractive home pages :

Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability

6 Features a Prospect Needs to See on your Homepage Design

The Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines

5 Things to understand before designing Homepage for your start-up website

113 Design Guidelines for Homepage Usability

36 E-commerce Homepage Design Best Practices from the Experts

6 Elements of Outstanding Homepage Design

Home page principles

How eye scanning impacts visual hierarchy in UX design


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Tubik Monthly Review. June.

Hot summer days are full of bright impressions, various design projects, creative brainstorms and productive teamwork. Starting a new month, let’s remember what was done in June.

 

Our Dribbble page got new shots presenting various design concepts: graphic design, mobile interfaces, landing pages, animations were posted by studio designers.  Let’s look through the June shots. If you are interested to see all the details  full-size, just follow the links.

 

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Vinny’s Bakery by Ernest Asanov

 

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Bright Icon Pack by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

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Landing Page. Design Issues by Marina Yalanska

 

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Indian Dreamcatcher by Arthur Avakyan

 

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Travel App Tutorial by Denys Boldyriev

 

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BeBright App 3d Animation by Kirill

 

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Book Swap App by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

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Web Design Glossary by Marina Yalanska

 

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Healthy Food App by Ernest Asanov

 

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Gym Landing Page by Dima Panchenko

 

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Muscles Magazine by Denys Boldyriev

 

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Travel Gear Landing Page by Tania Bashkatova

 

Surely, we took a chance of publishing some articles here in Tubik Blog about actual design issues. In case you missed any of them, look through the list of topics discussed in June:

  • UI/UX Glossary. Web Design Issues.  New set of UI/UX design glossary focused on basic terms used in webdesign sphere. Here you will find the explanations and examples of webdesign as a sphere of human activity, responsive design, home page, landing page, footer and header.
  • ITEM 2016. Conference Connecting Experts. The review of ITEM-2016, big IT conference held in Dnipro, Ukraine, which became a bright start of our summer. Great speakers and guests from different countries, wide range of topics and many bright moments of professional communication.
  • Design Is a Job. 30 Honest Quotes by Mike Monteiro. Fresh set of quotes about design issues. This time it is based on useful and helpful book «Design Is a Job» by Mike Monteiro, the co-founder of Mule Design who is deeply and sharply honest about not only the benefits but also pitfalls of design process.
  • FAQ Design Platform. Human-Centered vs User-Centered. Are the Terms Different? The issue of FAQ Design Platform concentrated on slight nuances in definitions of human-centered and user-centered design with examples by studio designers.
  • Business Terms in Design for E-Commerce. Sales Basics. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in business, know what the business people talk about. First set of key business terms for designers who work for e-commerce: conversion, sales funnel, sales channels, niche, 4P etc.
  • UI in Action. 15 Animated Design Concepts of Mobile UI. The diverse set of design concepts providing practices by studio designers in interface animation. Motion design ideas for various mobile applications, supporting layouts from slightest motion accents up to core interactions.
  • Short but Vital. Key Abbreviations in Design for Business. The article continues to set the bridge between business and design. This time we consider popular abbreviations such as MVP, USP, B2B, B2C, C2C and their influence on design solutions in perspective of UI, UX and branding.

 

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As usual, we were keen to actively share our knowledge and experience answering questions about various design topics on Quora. Here are the most popular ones in June:

What blogs can help me become well versed in UI, UX and usability standards?

— What is a home page?

What is a landing page?

— What’s the difference between human-centered design and user-centered design?

 

Tubik studio on Quora

 

Design events were also a bright part of the month. In June the team of studio managers attended the conference ITEM-2016 and designers attended Shuba meetup.

 

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June moments of work, rest and creative search were traditionally shared with our followers on studio Instagram page.

 

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Definitely, we didn’t miss the chance to share our ideas and experience via Medium and kept everyone updated with studio news via Twitter, Tumblr and Flipboard.

 

Welcome to join us wherever it’s convenient for you. Positive summer vibes and bright inspiration to everyon. Let’s meet a new month of projects, ideas, meetings, fresh design concepts and wise tips from experts. Stay tuned!


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Business Terms in Design for E-Commerce. Sales Basics

 

«Contrary to popular belief, designers are not artists. We employ artistic methods to visualize thinking and process, but, unlike artists, we work to solve a client’s problem, not present our own view of the world.» (Erik Spiekermann)

 

 

Modern design has multiple faces, sides and directions. Some of them are more artistic than the others which are deeper concentrated on profits and goals. However, any way it goes design is the sphere with different perspective. Design is goal-oriented and problem-solving activity applying art to serve people.

 

«Whether you are helping to launch a new business from scratch, or making incremental changes to an existing product, or something in between, any design task you undertake must serve a goal. It’s your job to find out what those goals are.» (Mike Monteiro)

 

Talking about the sphere of web and app design, one of the most practical and goal-oriented fields of creativity is design for e-commerce. In this domain, there are many factors influencing design decisions and lots of relevant aspects to study and research. Designing a product for ecommerce, be it a website, a web or mobile application, branding design, advertising materials, designers work within various limitations built by particular product or service features, target audience, marketing and promotion strategy, business goals, budget and investment plan etc. Design becomes a tool working when used properly. Therefore, to use it efficently, the designer needs to know the basics of business and economy as the goal of design process in this case is creating an app or a website raising money and built on business techniques and methods. Moreover, quite often designers creating e-commerce platforms and products work in team with marketologists, advertisers, researchers, analysts and psychologists all of whom have a purpose to increase the level of profit brought by the final product.

 

So, today we decided to start collecting and explaining here basic business terms which are important in the process of digital design for e-commerce. Considering this list can make the designer much closer to marketologists and provide great help for better communication. In addition, keeping the aspects mentioned below in mind on the earliest stages of design such as UX research and wireframing is a good way to effective solutions increasing profits on the solid well-thought-out logic of interaction. The set of terms can be also useful for project managers involved in the process and managing collaboration between different sides of the same process.

 

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Business Basics

 

Today’s section is focused on basic terms used in the domain of economics and business strategy mostly concentrated on sales in their broad understanding. Taking them into account and analysing significantly increases the chances of creating efficient digital product.

 

«A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.» Michael LeBoeuf

 

E-commerce (Electronic Commerce)

 

«If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.» (Jeff Bezos)

 

Definition. E-commerce is the direction of business activity when the process of providing customers with goods or services is done by means of electronic devices and the Internet. This sort of communication and finalization of sales adds some new aspects to data management, sales channels, advertising, presenting goods and services and moreover — enabling full cycle of commerce operations, including payments, delivery and refunds.

 

The last decade witnessed booming ecommerce development. Today it provides the opportunities for not only e-trade both from businesses to buyers but also online auctions and user-to-user sales platforms. E-commerce systems and activities today include presenting and booking wide range of services, e-banking, commercial operations with e-money and e-wallets, diverse forms of e-marketing and many other things which customers are using more and more often on everyday basis.

 

Design aspect. Obviously, success of e-commerce activity depends on several factors among which:

— quality of the product or service offered

— quality of the content presenting the offer to customers

— quality of design for the electronic platform — website and/or mobile application — via which the sales are going to be delivered.

 

So, it’s easy to see that UI/UX design part plays the vital role. Thoroughly thought-out logic and transitions, simple and clear microinteractions, fast feedback from the system, attractive product presentation, easy payment flow and plenty of other details and features can directly influence increasing profits for the business involved in such a popular e-commerce game. This is the field where designers and business experts can work as one team for good of everyone, first of all of target user.

 

Designing e-commerce website or mobile app, designers should definitely consider the following aspects:

 

— operational simplicity

— strong branding

— security of users’ data

— effective use of visual elements

— clear data presentation via menus, catalogues etc.

— user’s ability to leave feedback about goods and services

— easily available general and contact information about the business providing goods or services

— design that supports the offer not overshadowing it.

 

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Product Card Animation by Alla Kudin

 

Conversion

 

«It’s much easier to double your business by doubling your conversion rate than by doubling your traffic» (Jeff Eisenberg)

 

Definition. Initially in terms of e-commerce, conversion is the index showing how many visitors actually moved to the end of the way they were offered actually buying a product. So, for e-commerce conversion transforms visitors (users) into buyers.

 

Design aspect. Today ecommerce uses wide range of techniques, so in terms of web or app platforms meaning of conversion also gets broader. In modern terms of comprehensive and numerous functions and needs, which users are able to fulfill with online resources and digital products, conversion is the rate of cases when visitors did the action they were called to. And that can be not only buying something.

 

For example, in our article about landing pages which are recognized as one of strong tools for e-marketing and e-trade we mentioned that conversion can be also fixed in case of:

 

  • moving to direct use of a product
  • subscription
  • transition to the other page
  • downloading an app or a file
  • providing some information
  • answering the question in the survey
  • starting free/discounted trial use of a product
  • browsing a library
  • reading more detailed description of the product or service etc.

 

Therefore, conversion for a webpage or app screen can mean different actions that correspond to sales or marketing strategy of the particular business.

 

Conversion means that your page transforms passive users into active. They don’t just observe the information given to them, but also do the action which is offered by this page. So, conversion is one of the most important indices of the web page or app screen efficiency which is vital for business. It is a metric reflecting focus on engaging visitors with data performance and stimulating them to make the action which is a part of a business plan.

 

For designers the factor mentioned above means that if they create design concentrated on conversion rates via positive user experience, their work will result in website or app bringing profit both for user and business.

 

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Landing Page Animation by Sergey Valiukh

 

Read more and review the examples on this topic in our previous article

 

Sales Funnel

 

«Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community.» (Meg Whitman)

 

Definition. Sales funnel (in other words — purchase funnel) is a technique which is deeply customer-focused and based on gradual involvement of a customer into the process that potentially gets finalized with the act of actual purchase. When this technique is applied, the customer moves through several stages of involvement providing him/her with necessary information about the product and benefits persuading to make a purchase.

 

Basic sales funnel includes the following stages:

 

— Introduction (Awareness). User gets the initial information about the product, its brand name and nature. In other words, user learns that the product or service exists on the market.

 

— Education (Interest). User is provided with more detailed information about the features and benefits of the product or service that can potentially interest them and solve their problems.

 

— Evaluation (Analysis). User gets the chance to compare the offer with its competitors and obtain the information about USPs (Unique Selling Points) of the offered product or service.

 

— Decision (Engagement). User gets final vital arguments engaging him/her to make a decision; it can be short summing-up about core benefits of the offer, data about additional bonuses or special offers, engaging call to actions and explanation of purchase process.

 

— Purchase. User makes a decision and takes the ability to make a purchase. The sale is done.

 

— Retaining (Repeating the experience). User gets the opportunity to leave feedback, obtain additional contacts supporting the offer, subscribes to updates, gets the chance to repeat the purchase easily if desired.

 

Design aspect. In terms of e-commerce, sales funnel is highly effective commercial technique supported with diversity of functions digital products can offer. Knowing the priciples of sales funnel leads to customer-centric, informative and engaging design solutions. Sales funnel can be either fully represented on the website or landing page as well as in mobile application or from outer source,  for example social media taking over the mission of awareness and interest and directing engaged traffic to the platform enabling the product.

 

In addition, sales funnel stages thought out and applied properly can work as a sort of filters letting quickly inform users about the product or service and move to the next stage those who are potentially more interested while saving time and effort for those who are looking for something other.

 

However, sales funnel designed carelessly can play the opposite role: it can confuse users who are potential buyers and turn them out of the website or app without taking a chance to know proper information about the offer.

 

Sales funnel should be applied and designed on the basis of thorough research of target audience and market segment. Moreover, it should be carefully tested from the very start of its implementation to measure if all the stages work efficiently. Practice proves that even minor design changes can bring big changes.

 

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BRMC Website by Konst

 

Sales Channel

 

«It is not your customer’s job to remember you.It is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don’t have the chance to forget you.» Patricia Fripp

 

Definition. Sales channels are the ways through which the potential customers come to the point of e-commerce, be it a website or mobile application with which they can realize the actual purchase.

 

Design aspect. Designing for e-commerce, it is important to take into account maximum of the possible sales channels which are really numerous in the Internet, from social networks to specialized forums, influencer’s reviews and tailor-made advertising campaigns. Researching and understanding those channels gives broader prospects to the actual point of sale which you are designing for.

 

There are several vital asects to remember about:

 

— Sales channels should be initially concentrated on target audience. There is always the place and time to broaden the perspective as soon as core target audience is involved. However, the attempts to «sell for all» and «design for everyone» from the launch can bring to waste of effort, time and money spent on design and promotion. Move gradually and measure the efficiency of design solutions at every step.

 

— Sales channels will work effectively from initial awareness stage if they witness strong connection to general brand identity. That is the reason to develop guidelines for online sources presentation in brandbook considering all the details of visual presentation and mission statement. Consistency is a powerful tool of both design and marketing.

 

— Sales channels should direct traffic to the places which enable users quickly get informed and make the actions they come for. For example, if the post in Facebook invites users to participate in summer sale, they should be directed right on the landing page of this sale, not to the home page of the website.

 

The mentioned factors thought out at the stage of thinking over UX design solutions are able to make a good impact on conversion and sales rates.

 

Niche

 

«We will continue to see a convergence of the digital and physical world. Those who conquer that trend will be market leaders.» John Phillips

 

Definition. In business, niche means concentration of the offer on specific needs, wishes and problems of a specific target audience. Niche market is a specialized market segment which is aimed at specific market needs with a close view on its demography, education level, level of income and purchase abilites etc. For example, when one company produces software generally used for creating and editing textual materials for broad target audience while the other is adopted for specific needs of copywriters and editors (grammar checking, plagiarism analysis, synonyms prompts etc.), the latter one presents the niche business.

 

Design aspect. Designing for niche market and niche product, it’s important to learn all the details about the target audience as it is going to be quite specific and more details are usually influencing the process of design and marketing. Applying psychology of color, copy targeted at potential clients, deep analysis of their needs and providing efficient layout, easy transitions, clear data presentation and aesthetic features that suit this particular audience is good way to high profit. In addition, creative ways to emphasize specific nature of the product or service by means of design such as branding and original UI solutions can help the product to stand out of the crowd and stay competitive.

 

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Bonano e-commerce interactions by Vladyslav Taran

 

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

 

«It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread. But what happens to man’s desires when there is plenty of bread and when his belly is chronically filled?

At once other (and “higher”) needs emerge and these, rather than physiological hungers, dominate the organism. And when these in turn are satisfied, again new (and still “higher”) needs emerge and so on. This is what we mean by saying that the basic human needs are organized into a hierarchy of relative prepotency» (Abraham Maslow, 1943).

 

Definition. One of the basic psychological theories widely applied in business on both micro- and macroeconomical levels. Developed by Abraham Maslow, it is focused on the hierarchy of human needs and consequently factors of motivation.

 

Its presentation found at Simply Psychology website features  5 levels of human needs featured by the theory:

 

1. Biological and Physiological needs — air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep.

 

2. Safety needs — protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.

 

3. Love and Belongingness needs — friendship, intimacy, affection and love, — from work group, family, friends, romantic relationships.

 

4. Esteem needs — achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others.

 

5. Self-Actualization needs — realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

 

Design aspect. Having read the points of the theory, it’s easy for a designer to ask: «What does it have in common with design process?» The link perhaps doesn’t look really obvious, but it is fundamental in motivating people to use or buy products or services on different levels of economic relationship. Designing for e-commerce, which is one more type of human relationship, with a specific goal and ability to apply the mentioned theory can produce user-friendly and customer-centric product achieving its target audience and solving its problems.

 

Certainly, it’s great when designer is able to involve professional marketologists into all the stages of the creative process and apply their professional knowledge and skills in design form. However, this opportunity isn’t always available. Moreover, designer able to analyse economic basics and business factors influencing the design scheme and logic gets the higher level of proficiency.

 

In design for e-commerce, it is good to understand from the early stages of the process what stage of the Maslow’s pyramyd the core target users are at. Answering this question, designer is able to talk to users’ in their language and find the solutions that resonate in their hearts and minds the best. Users’ needs form their motifs, triggers that can catch their attention, words that can touch them, length of copy and calls to actions that they are ready to accept and follow. Analyzing the level of needs and expectations, designer is able to find the most efficient layout and informative graphic elements. Knowing and feeling the user is the solid foundation for problem-solving goal-oriented design.

 

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Cafe Coupon App by Dima Panchenko

 

4P Theory

 

“People don’t call it e-commerce anymore. It’s called omni-commerce, and it’s the idea that digital permeates every step of the purchase chain from product discovery to trial to pricing to actual purchase.” (Tolman Geffs)

 

Definition. Famous 4P theory, presented by Neil H. Borden and later grouped by E.Jerome McCarthy, also known as marketing mix, has become highly popular and efficient in business strategy, including e-commerce sphere. It states that product launch and lifecycle is based on four «P» factors: product, price, place, promotion. Business Case Studies website simply formulates it the following way:

 

«When marketing their products, firms need to create a successful mix of:

  • the right product
  • sold at the right price
  • in the right place
  • using the most suitable promotion.»

 

Marketing case studies prove that missing even one of four mentioned positions can waste all the effort and reduce the levels of profit and brand awareness significantly.

 

Design aspect. No doubt, 4P theory is highly applicable in design for e-commerce. The Price of product is usually the furthest part from designer’s decisions as it is decided and given by the stakeholders ordering design part of work. In perspective of Product it works only partly being applicable to those cases when users buy digital products or services, let’s say mobile applications, which also need UI/UX design.

 

However, talking about the other two factors we can see how actual they are in terms of design effort and creativity. Indeed, designers creating websites or apps for e-commerce, create the right Place for trading and are responsible for making this place comfortable, attractive and correspondent to the product nature as well as target audience expectations. As for the Promotion, today online marketing features numerous ways of presenting the product and achieve the target audience; it’s effectiveness also significantly depends on design decisions. 

 

Neglecting close interconnection and mutual influence of all those factors on the final result increases risk of poor rates. Design decisions made on the basis of those factors supporting each other help to provide pleasant, positive, easy-to-use and user-focused e-commerce platforms.

 

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Tubik Studio | Museu by Ernest Asanov

 

The bottom line

 

The set of business terms and their definitions given above builds the bridge between business strategies and designs able to efficiently support them. However, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with all those techniques and forget the first and most important thing. There are no any sophisticated design solutions, marketing techniques and any sort of magic which will sell the bad product for a long time. Surely, there can be some effect, but it will never retain the users. Positive experience of interaction with a website will not overcome bad experience of interaction with low-quality product or service.

 

The offer is the key. Design is an actionable and helpful tool on every stage of launching, presenting and promoting the product, informing users about it and selling it in fast and easy way. Nevertheles, if the product is of poor quality, successfull design of e-commerce platform isn’t going to make it better. Think over the product and its user first, only then design will give it the chance to beam at full.

 

«To satisfy our customers’ needs, we’ll give them what they want, not what we want to give them.» Steve James

 

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Don’t miss our next article which is going to present the set of business terms useful for UI/UX and graphic designers in terms of marketing and user research. Stay tuned!


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UI/UX Glossary. Web Design Issues.

Perhaps you remember our previous issue of UI/UX Glossary dedicated to general terms of creating design with high level of usability. We were discussing the difference between UI and UX, which are often confused, explained the process and aims of wireframing and prototyping, presented our explanations of icons and microinteractions.

 

Today continuing the stream we are going to provide some new entries to our glossary, this time concentrated more on web design elements and techniques.

 

Web Design

 

Web Design is a term defining design field featuring all the activities connected with creation and maintenance of websites and pages both as pieces of practical interaction and the product with certain aesthetic qualities. Web design process includes full cycle of production path from the initial idea sketched roughly in pencil to elaborate visual performance, information architecture and updating design in the process of actual website use.

 

Web design as a term can also name the result of mentioned activity direction, which means that this word is used to describe structure, functionality, style and appearance features of a website or a webpage interface. In addition, web design also can include content generation and management.

 

So, it’s easy to see that the term itself is very broad and comprehensive. Due to this fact, web design as a domain of human activity lies on the crossroads of many sciences and practices. Among them we should mention:

  • drawing and composition
  • painting and coloristics
  • logic and schematism
  • analysis and statistics
  • visual arts
  • programming
  • user research
  • psychology
  • copywriting
  • branding and marketing etc.

 

Covering diverse aspects of a website functionality and appearance, some designers work in teams every member of which specializes in a particular sphere while the others can work out different of the mentioned aspects individually. Anyway, in vast majority of cases web design is the sphere of digital products which have to be functional and user-centered. As famous American designer Charles Eames said “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose” and his words totally reflect the idea of modern web design.

 

The authors of the book “Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines” mention: “To ensure the best possible outcome, designers should consider a full range of user-interface issues, and work to create a Web site that enables the best possible human performance.” Working over a website, designers have to concentrate on such aspects as:

 

usability (the website is convenient, clear, logical and easy to use)

utility (the website provides useful content and solves users’ problems)

accessibility (the website is convenient for different categories of users)

desirability (the website is attractive and problem-solving, it retains users and creates positive experience which they are ready to repeat).

 

Here are some examples of web design concepts created by Tubik Studio designers.

 

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Randomizer concept by Vladyslav Taran

 

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Tubik Studio | Björn by Ernest Asanov

 

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BRMC Website by Konst

 

Home Page

 

Home page is the most popular name for the main page of the website. It is called home as it usually provides starting point with many further directions for the user, containing direct links to the most important areas of interaction with a website. In other words, it can be also named initial page or index page. Home page is mostly the start of users’ journey if they are directed to the site by search engines.

 

In addition to essential links to different website parts, home page often contains search field, basic onboarding functionality for personalized sites, different areas of navigations showing users diverse categories of data. It might also contain engaging welcome messages and copy blocks featuring slogan and/or explaining benefits of the website or objects it presents.

 

More than a decade ago famous expert in usability Jakob Nielsen wrote Top 10 Guidelines for Homepage Usability in which he said: “Homepages are the most valuable real estate in the world. Each year, companies and individuals funnel millions of dollars through a space that’s not even a square foot in size. For good reason. A homepage’s impact on a company’s bottom line is far greater than simple measures of e-commerce revenues: The homepage is your company’s face to the world. Increasingly, potential customers will look at your company’s online presence before doing business with you — regardless of whether they plan to close the actual sale online.” Long time has passed since then but clear and user-friendly home page is still the issue of vital importance for an efficient website.

 

Home page is actually a basis of good navigation which is usually the core of positive user experience. Messy interface and badly designed layout can become the reason of user confusion and annoyance.

 

Here are some examples of home pages created by Tubik Studio designers.

 

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Comics Shop Home Page by Dima Panchenko

 

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Tubik Studio | Ice by Ernest Asanov

 

Landing Page

 

Recently we published an article devoted to functionality and efficiency of landing pages. Let’s remember key points here.

 

Landing page in its basic wide meaning is the term used for analytics to describe any page where the user started his or her journey around your site, in other words, where a user lands on the website. However, today the other, more specific meaning is used much more often to define a landing page. Behind this term, people understand the special web page created for presentation of the specific product, service, features or options so that the visitor could get necessary information quickly and easily not being distracted. That is why the analysts say a landing page is in most cases of marketing and presentation of particular product or service is much more efficient than home page. Home page can have too many options and getting through all of them to find the particular product the user can get distracted from making the decision, lose interest or even get annoyed.

 

Why is landing page needed? As we mentioned in the case study about designing a landing page, it is easy to answer this question with a little metaphore. Imagine, you are going to visit, let’s say, New York to walk around Manhattan. That is the dream of your life. Finally you find the service which offers to take you to New York City fast and cheap. Great, isn’t it? You pack your bag, you charge your camera, you get up full of admiration as the dream of your life is going to get real. And then you are taken by those amazing people who offered you the realization of your dream to the entrance point of New York City. They leave you there to find Manhattan or any other place you want by youself. How do you like it now? Who knows, perhaps you will be not so happy after exhausting journey around the huge city looking for the place you want. Wouldn’t it feel great to be taken right to the destination, fresh and ready to admire and absorb positive emotions? Wouldn’t you as a customer be happier to reach your goal faster and easier? Sure, yes.

 

That is actually what a landing page does. When a person obtains the information from the outer source about the specific product, feature, information or service and clicks through the link to its provider, sure, he or she doesn’t dream to spend a lot of time looking for desired product or page among all the links and information provided on your homepage. The user wants to «land» directly at that very place which will make possible for him or her to get what they want as fast as possible and getting enough (but not too much) information to support their decision-making process. So, creating a well-thought-out landing page is really vital to strengthen marketing strategy and increase conversion rates.

 

In general, typical landing pages often have:

 

1) General idea of the presented object (product, service, activity etc.) with call-to-action element. Users need to be provided with basic description of the benefits, preferably not too detailed but concise and useful. The aim of this element is to inform the user and provide a clear and noticeable oportunity to actively use this information via call to action element which can be presented with a button, link, contact form, subscrition field etc.

 

2) Testimonials and signs of trust. People usually tend to trust more to what is already used or tried by other people and recommended as worth attention. Therefore, testimonials from clients, considerable numbers of followers in social networks, awards and certificates can have a great impact on conversion rate.

 

3) Description of the main features. This block of information can be used as an additional information supporting description of basic functionality. It supplies a visitor with more details about the product or service, its abilities and technical characteristics, its influence on life and productivity and the like. It certainly makes the landing page longer and requires more attention from users so applying this block should be always thoroughly analyzed.

 

Here are some examples of landing pages created by Tubik Studio designers.

 

Landing Page Animation Tubik Studio

Landing Page Animation by Sergey Valiukh

 

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Arts, Culture & Education Curation | Landing by Polina

 

landing page animation Tubik studio

magic.co landing page concept by Ludmila Shevchenko

 

Read more and review the examples on this topic in our previous article

 

Responsive Design

 

The necessity of responsive design is based on the audience you want to cover for your website. Would you like your users to use your site from any device and feel it positive, useful and convenient anyway? Sure, every customer would being aware of growing popularity of mobile devices. And in this case we should say confidently: you obviously need responsive web design for website.

 

The idea behind responsive web design (RWD) is that the content and layout of a website should efficiently adapt according to the sizes and technical abilities of a device it is opened at. For most users, these changes are so subtle that it is easy to say “ Hey, guys, this is the same site on my smartphone which I looked through yesterday at my desktop. Nothing special has changed here!” And somehow these words can be the great praise of designer’s work. That will mean that the designer managed to keep all the meaningful elements and general layout of the desktop version efficiently and at the same time avoid making the page or layout elements too small, hardly seen or impossible to distinguish even on the much smaller screen of a mobile device. That is RWD in action.

 

Nowadays making the site non-mobile-friendly means to lose the part of audience which likes surfing and using the internet sources “on the go”. It’s vital to consider that this part of the audience is mainly the most active part, non-afraid of technologies, fast in browsing necessary information and options, easy-going in making internet purchases and try new products. That’s why neglecting the idea of RWD can bring real loss to the product which otherwise could be highly efficient and bring high conversion rates.

 

In the book «Responsive Web Design» experienced designer Ethan Marcotte says: «…web design is about asking the right questions. And really, that’s what responsive web design is: a possible solution, a way to more fully design for the web’s inherent flexibility. In the first chapter, I said that the ingredients for a responsive design were a fluid grid, flexible images, and media queries. But really, they’re just the vocabulary we’ll use to articulate answers to the problems our users face, a framework for ordering content in an ever-increasing number of devices and browsers. If we’re willing to research the needs of our users, and apply those ingredients carefully, then responsive web design is a powerful approach indeed.»

 

Creating responsive web-design for a web-product means making it pleasant-looking, clear and functional in different sizing with optimal navigation that provides high level of usability. This technique relieves a owner from the necessity to develop several versions of the site as it provides one site with fast adaptation to different technical conditions, so RWD is also generally cheaper than creating several versions of the site. Responsive web-design makes the site flexible, easy to manage and nice to use. Moreover, you don’t need to publish your content several times for different versions and it saves your time or human resources. If these are the features you want your product to obtain, than consider responsive web design for your product from the earliest stages of its design and development. In addition, you will get higher positions in Google search engine as it supports the idea of RWD, so that is important part of general search optimization of your product. Therefore, it’s up to you whether to apply RWD for your web-product or not, but consider all benefits before making your decision.

 

Tubik Studio Tracking App

 

Read about this topic in our previous article

 

Header

 

In terms of web layout elements, header is the upper (top) part of the web page. It is a significant and strategic part of the page as it is what people see before scrolling the page in first seconds of introduction to your website. Therefore, header should be informative and provide the most important information about the digital product so that users could scan it in split seconds. Header is also the area providing broad field for creative design solutions which should be catchy, concise and useful. Headers are often referred to as «Site Menus» and positioned as a key element of navigation in website layout.

 

Headers can include:

 

— basic elements of brand identity: logo, brand name lettering, slogan or company statement, corporate mascot, photo presenting the company or its leader, corporate colors etc.

— copy block setting the theme of the product or service presented

— links to basic categories of website content

— links to the most important social networks

— basic contact information (telephone number, e-mail etc.)

— switcher of the languages in case of multi-lingual interface

— search field

— subscription field

— links to interaction with the product such as trial version, downloading from the AppStore etc.

 

Certainly the list above doesn’t mean that all the mentioned elements should be included in one webpage header — in this case, header section would be overloaded with information. On the basis of design tasks, designers, sometimes together with marketologisits, decide on the strategically important options and pick them up from the list or add the others.

 

The choice of typefaces for headers and the background color should get under highly rigorous research and testing as the aspect of readability in header plays vital role. User has to be able to scan and percieve this basic information as fast as possible without any sort of additional effort. Otherwise you risk providing non-user-friendly interface.

 

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Daily Bugle Online Magazine by Dima Panchenko

 

The design concept for a news website presented above features the header including the title of the website as a central element of the composition, two active links to basic categories of publications, link to live mode and search field marked with a magnifier icon.

 

One more thing to remember is that there are different ways for a header to transform in the process of scrolling the page down. Some websites use fixed header, which always stays visible and active at any point of interaction with the website; others hide the header in the process of scrolling. There are also websites which do not fully hide the header but shrink it in size in the process of scrolling, which means that they hide secondary information and leave only the most important elements of the layout active and available during all the process of interaction.

 

Another design solution which is rather popular in perspective of header functionality is hiding basic links of data categories behind the hamburger button. It is called so as its form consisting of three horisontal lines looks like typical bread-meat-bread hamburger.

 

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Hamburger button by Kirill

 

This button is usually placed in header and nowadays it is a typical element of interaction. Most users who visit and use websites on the regular basis know that this button hides the core categories of data so this trick does not need additional explanations and prompts. Hamburger menus free the space making the interface more minimalistic and full of air as well as allow massive saving place for other important layout elements. This design technique also provides additional benefits for responsive and adaptive design hiding navigation elements and making the interface look harmonic on different devices.

 

Although hamburger menus still belong to highly debatable issues of modern web and app design, they are still widely used as header elements. The arguments against hamburger menu are based upon the fact that this design element can be confusing for people who do not use websites regularly and can get misled with the sign which features a high level of abstraction. So the decision about applying hamburger button should be made after user research and definition of target audience’s abilities and needs.

 

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Structure – Architecture Blog by Ernest Asanov

 

The presented design concept of a website has a fixed header which doesn’t hide while the page is scrolled. However, it follows minimalistic principles featuring brand name lettering as a center of composition, magnifier icon marking search functionality and hamburger button hiding links to navigation areas.

 

In one of the articles devoted to practices of header design, its author Bogdan Sandu mentions an important point that should be kept in mind:

 

People judge the quality of a website in just few seconds and a second impression is something absent on Internet. In conclusion, a website must be eye-catching else, it would be nothing more than a big failure.

 

Header can become a great help in presenting the essential data to the user quickly and providing positive user experience via clear navigation. However, that doesn’t mean that every website needs a header. There are many creative solutions providing designs applying typical header functionality in other zones of the layout. Every case of website design needs analysis and research of target audience for the product or service. 

 

Footer

 

According to everything mentioned above, it’s easy to understand that footer is the lower (bottom) part of the webpage. Footer usually becomes a marker of the end of a webpage. Also, being one more zone of global website navigation, in most cases footer provides additional field for useful links and data.

 

Footer can include:

 

— name and logo of the company or product

— links to user support sections, for example, FAQ page, About page, Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions etc.

— credits to website creators

— contact info and forms

— links to company or product accounts in social networks

— testimonials and badges

— certification signs

— subscription field etc.

 

As well as header, footer is not the element found in 100% of websites. For instance, with some design tasks when designers apply infinite scrolling technique, traditional footer is not an effective navigation zone. However, in case of infinite scrolling, the idea of fixed footer can be also applicable and support navigation not losing this area. It should be said that for most users footer is a common place of looking for contact information, credits and sitemaps, so playing on this habit can be beneficial and fixed footer can become a good way in case when page has long scrolling area. Decision on using footer is always based on the idea of effective usability. Anyway, if footer is applied it should get in harmonic combination with all the other design solutions of the website layout and support general stylistic concept.

 

In the review of effective footer designs, Nathan Leigh Davis and the Creative Bloq team emphasize: «Designing a great footer is not about finding the best way to layout a lot of unrelated content, but the ability to prioritise and disregard unnecessary or superfluous information.» First of all, footer should provide information support and in this way strengthen the chances of positive user experience.»

 

The new set of our design glossary is ready for those who need it and we are going to continue this practice before long. Don’t miss the new sets in which we are going to tell more about the types and fucntions of buttons, menus and other interactive elements of user interfaces. If there are any specific terms you would like to see explained, described and illustrated, feel free to contact via direct message in our Facebook page or Twitter as well as our Quora representative. New definitions are coming soon!


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