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Front-End Development. From UX Design to Code.

User interface serving the aims of positive and problem-solving user experience is one of the key aspects of creating digital product, still it’s web development that enables users to get real and live surfing experiences. With the course of time, more and more businesses are going online, so there appear some loose ends that need to be cured through user experience. In business struggle, everyone wants to please their customers and engage them to return again. Today, businesses realizing the value of thought-out and professionally built user experience are able to take the best from digital technologies and products. Full-cycle UX design gets its live version via web and mobile development transfroming step by step from subtle idea to real digital product.

 

Getting down to cases, online businesses are all about user experiences and of course the products and services they are selling. Have you seen websites like Amazon, eBay, AliExpress? They are convenient and helpful for their users even being huge websites that offer millions of products and thousands of services. The value of thought-out UX and efficient UI is irreplaceable. How could this result be achieved? This is the point when the power of front-end development comes into play to not just enhance the look and feel of website but also take the major role in increasing the level of user experience.

 

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What is front-end?

 

All websites consist of structure, data, design, content, and functionality. Creating user-facing functionality is the task of front-end developer. Using a combination of markup languages, design, client-side scripts and frameworks, they create everything that users see and interact with: content, layout, and functional elements.

 

Three main parts of every website are: the client, the database, the server. The client is simply the web browser a person is using to load a site, and it’s where client-side technology is unpacked and processed. In a general way, a server is a computer, a device or a program that is dedicated to managing network resources and data. The server is at a remote location anywhere, it is holding data, running back-end of a website, processing requests, and sending response to the browser. The client is anywhere the users are loading a site: mobile devices, laptops, or desktop computers. Server-side scripting is executed by a web server; client-side scripting is executed by a web browser.

 

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Let’s have a closer look at this process.

 

The Server — this part of website is responsible for holding data, running the website’s back-end architecture, processing requests, and sending response to the browser.

 

The Client — requests pages from the Server, and displays them to the The User. In most cases, the client is a web browser.

 

The User — uses the Client in order to surf the web, fill in forms, watch videos online, in other words and interact with webpage.

 

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To see how it works in practice, let’s take the flow of interactions with Tubik website for example.

 

The User opens his/her web browser (the Client), then loads http://tubikstudio.com/. The Client (on the behalf of the User) sends a request to http://tubikstudio.com/ (the Server), for our home page. The Server then acknowledges the request, and replies the client with some meta-data (called headers), followed by the page’s source. The Client receives the page’s source and renders it into a human viewable website. The User types «Case Study» into the search field, and presses ‘Enter’. The Client submits that data to the Server. The Server processes the data, and replies with a page matching the search results. The Client, once again, renders that page for the User to view.

 

Processes running in web browser are the following: when the page is in process of loading, scripts are embedded within and interact with the HTML of a site, selecting elements of it, then manipulating those elements to provide an interactive experience. Next, scripts interact with a CSS file that styles the way the page looks. It dictates what work the server-side code will accomplish and returns data that’s pulled from the site in a way that’s readable by the browser.

 

For example, when we open home page of Tubik Studio website, the back-end is built to pull specific data from the database to Client, while front-end scripts render this data into readable for human view webpage.

 

Front-end languages

 

Widespread client-side languages which front-end developers use regularly and have to know include:

 

JavaScript: With its frameworks and libraries, it’s the core of front-end development, and beyond. It is called the first client-side language and is still the most common client-side script on the web.

 

HTML: Every front-end developer has to know this language. It dictates a site’s organization and content and all interaction. HTML elements can annotate footers, headers, how text is displayed , how media and images are appeared, and more.

 

CSS: Cascading style sheets (CSS) is broken into modules and comprises the code for every graphic element—from backgrounds to font—that make up the look and feel of a website.

 

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Front-end frameworks

 

A framework is a hierarchical directory that encapsulates shared resources, such as a dynamic shared library, nib files, image files, localized strings, header files, and reference documentation in a single package. Here are some popular frameworks that are usually used.

 

AngularJS: This framework and several other JS frameworks, like Backbone.js, Ember.js, Express.js or ReactJS demonstrate the capabilities of JavaScript.

 

jQuery: It is a fast, small, JS object library that streamlines how JavaScript behaves across different browsers.

 

Bootstrap: This leading mobile-first framework includes HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to facilitate rapid responsive app development. With Bootstrap, website is compatible with all modern browsers and looks great on any size screen, from tablets to phones, from laptops to desktop computers.

 

Foundation: Responsive front-end framework is used by sites like Facebook, Yahoo!, and eBay.

 

Semantic UI: It is a development framework that helps create beautiful, responsive layouts using human-friendly HTML.

 

Yeoman: It is a generic scaffolding system allowing creating of any kind of app.

 

Pure.css: It is the set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.

 

Skeleton.css: As Skeleton’s developers stated: “A dead simple, responsive boilerplate.” It is the set of small and easy, responsive CSS modules that can be used in every web project.

 

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The next posts about web development are coming soon for those who are interested and in them we are going to tell you more details about different aspects of the job: the closest ones will tell about specific features and tools for back-end, web developers work flow, and trends for front-end development. Don’t miss!


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UI Animation: Eye-Pleasing, Problem-Solving.

Animation applied in user interfaces is the topic drawing high attention and provoking hot debates nowadays. 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.

 

Why do users love motion so much? Mostly, because animation supports the essence of actual and real interaction, it creates the level of feelings and perception close to what people have when they are interacting with a physical object in real life. This sort of feeling can boost user experience rate of positiveness really high as the more natural user feels, the less effort is needed to deal with the app or a website and the more clear it is how it works. Certainly, it makes users satisfied. No secret, satisfaction and pleasure are among top things encouraging people to use the product again.

 

Like everything that is put into the interface and process of interaction with it, animation must be a functional element, not just a decor. Considering motion elements while planning user journey around the digital product, designer should deeply analyze its potential for increasing usability, utility and desirability of the product before making a decision to apply it in the layout or transitions. Animation in UI requires thoughtful approach and always needs to have a clear purpose set behind. Advantages and utility of using it in the interaction process have to be obvious and outweighing possible disadvantages. Animation should become icing on the cake, not a fly in the ointment.

 

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Define the problem

 

One of the best approaches to make animation functional not only attractive is to reveal the problems that it potentially can solve. It can be done at all the stages of design process:

 

user research will let you know who the target users are, what’s their age, preferences, level of tech literacy, environments and conditions at which the product will be used, and plenty of other factors from the users’ side that can influence user experience;

 

marketing research will give the insights of existing products, their strong and weak sides as well as methods of forming user loyalty, which is the good basis for defining USP solving particular users’ problems as well as original ways of the product presentation and performance;

 

UX wireframing stage will enable to think over the logic of interaction, layout and transitions and get the first assumptions of the points which can be strengthened with animation;

 

prototyping stage will reveal new aspects of live interaction with the screens;

 

UI design stage will provide the complex of visual presentation for the product scheme and system setting a new perspective of applying animation into the app or website;

 

 user testing will show if the decisions made about animated elements were correct and their benefits really outweigh possible pitfalls.

 

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At every stage, if designer sets the goal to reveal possible big or small problems users can have, animation as well as any other design element can take the role of problem-solver for the case.

 

Let’s review some typical problems that can be solved by means of interface animation.

 

Problem: I want to know the action is done.

 

This is one of the problems that can be easily and quickly solved by animated details applied in UI. 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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Switch Control Animation

 

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Hamburger Menu Animation

 

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Hamburger button interaction

 

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Tab Bar interaction

 

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Add Button interaction

 

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Rubber Indicator

 

Problem: I want to know that action is in progress.

 

This is also a huge area of application for diverse motion design potential. When users interact with a digital product, they want to know what is going on at every single step. Making users wait in uncertainty is the risk of losing those users. Still, when users are informed, waiting can be not so annoying and stressful. So, this aspect should always be taken into account and there are many ways to support it via interface animation. This is the high time for pull-to-refresh indicators to come into play and show their best.

 

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Pull To Refresh

 

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Preloader

 

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Pull to refresh

 

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Pull Down — Hourglass

 

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Pull Down — Space Ship

 

Problem: I can’t see the progress and don’t understand how long it will take.

 

Quite often it’s not enough just to let users know that the process is going on. They often want more: to see how fast it is progressing and how long it will take. Again, interface animation can be a great helper here. Load bars and progress bars, animated timelines and other dynamic elements can kill several birds with one stone:

 

— they inform user about the level of progress

 

— they can become the entertaining element blunting negative experience of waiting in the process of interaction

 

— designed and animated in an original way, they can become a viral feature which users will want to share with others and engage more users into action.

 

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GIF for the Timeline App

 

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GIF of Dynamic Scroll

 

Problem: I don’t want to make my screen a mess.

 

That is really a vital thing to think over in the interface design. If the screen or page looks like mess overloaded with tons of data which is not clearly organized, it will require additional effort from the user to understand how it works and where the needed information can be found. The more effort, the higher chances are getting that users will go away in search of simpler solution. In vast majority of cases users wish to have apps and websites that will simplify and improve their life, perhaps even will do some job for them rather than will take additional effort and time on interaction. Animation can be a good way to enhance interaction with various data blocks and sections and make everything feel organized even in highly data-saturated and complex interfaces.

 

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GIF for Sport App

 

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Cards Animation

 

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Boat Station App

 

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Blog App

 

Problem: I want to see the key things first.

 

Visual hierarchy and clear navigation are always a great concern for designers creating interactive digital product. Users’ attention should be immediately drawn to the key element of interaction according to its goal and conditions. Animated interface elements present great supportive force for this aspect, enabling faster and more distinct visual marking of important elements in the layout.

 

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Tapbar Interactions

 

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GIF for the Weather App

 

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Resto App 

 

Problem: I want to feel the interaction natural.

 

This is the problem that most users will not be able to formulate, still it has a great influence on user experience. If users say something like «I’m not sure what’s wrong but there’s definitely a thing», try thinking over more natural interaction. 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.  Again, 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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GIF For Social Network 

 

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Book Swap App

 

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GIF for Restaurant Menu

 

This sort of problem is also popular in interaction with web interfaces. Thought-out movement of layout elements while the webpage is scrolled can enhance user experience significantly and create the feeling of one integral smooth interaction rather than several separate parts or blocks of the page. All in all, it’s pleasant and engaging, and these emotions are a good factor of retaining users.

 

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Landing page animation

 

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Landing page animation

 

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Capitoledge — Free Screensaver

 

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Bjorn Website

 

 

Problem: The screen/page is boring.

 

Obviously, talking about interfaces, people often move functional side and usability to the foreground, as key or sometimes even the only aspect requiring consideration. And that’s right and logical, still it cannot null the fact that people are driven not only by logic. There are also such big factors as emotional and aesthetic satisfaction able to influence user experience greatly. Thoughtful balance of utility and usability on the one hand with emotions and aesthetics on the other can bring user-friendly product. And animation is a great booster in this perspective of interface design. It can mark out the beauty of colors and gradients, breath life into layout, make movements dynamic or vise versa smooth, strengthen the power of UI elements with motion and original transitions.

 

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Calendar App Animation

 

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Cafe Coupon App

 

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Contact List Concept

 

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Recipes App

 

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Juicy Player

 

So, definitely, animation in user interfaces has massive potential in solving diverse problems of interaction. Still, even the slightest piece of motion added into UI requires thoughtful approach analyzing not only advantages but also possible drawbacks. Animation should support the user, that is its main goal in the interface.

 

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Recommended reading

 

Diverse issues of applying animation in UI design have been an object of professionals’ attention for a considerable period. Here is the collection of articles for those who would like to read more on the topic.

 

Interface Animation. The Force of Motion.

 

Animated Interactions. Motion on Purpose.

 

UI Animation. Microinteraction for Macroresult.

 

UI in Action. 15 Animated Design Concepts of Mobile UI.

 

How to Use Animation to Improve UX

 

Functional Animation In UX Design: What Makes a Good Transition?

 

Experience Design Essentials: Animated Microinteractions In Mobile Apps

 

The ultimate guide to Web animation


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TED-talks: Typography, Books, Graphic Design.

It’s not a secret how diverse and influential is graphic design nowadays. It covers multiple purposes and serves great deal of diverse spheres of human life and activity. Today it is enhanced and strengthened by broad opportunities of modern technologies, but new generations of the best designers keep following the roots and getting inspired from the experts.

 

One of the ways to inspiration we find productive and highly professional here in Tubik Studio is TED videos. Perhaps you remember the collections we have already suggested watching: 20 TED talks for designers about diverse design issues and 10 TED-talks for creatives from different spheres. Today we’re going to recommend you a new set of professional and informative TED and TEDx-talks that we find interesting, useful and helpful. 

 

Here is the collection of 10 TED-talks all with the descriptions given on the TED website or YouTube presentations. This time they are focused on the issues of graphic design. Most of them are already classic, sometimes even could be called legendary, and that makes them even more precious as they have been successfully checked with the time and practice. The ability to analyze take the best from the past usually broadens the creative horizons and becomes a solid foundation from innovative thinking. So, enjoy watching and feel the energy of great masters!

 

My life in typefaces — Matthew Carter

 

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you’ll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books — remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

 

 

Intricate beauty by design — Marian Bantjes

 

In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.

 

 

The art of first impressions — in design and life — Chip Kidd

 

Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery — and when, why and how they work. He celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.

 

 

Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. — Chip Kidd

 

Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book — and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. This talk is from The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.

 

 

Can design save newspapers? — Jacek Utko

 

Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

 

 

Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century — Jake Weidmann

 

What is the future of writing in the digital age, and why does it matter? In this surprising talk, Master Penman Jake Weidmann explores the connections between the pen and how we learn, think, and carry our cultural heritage at a time when the very act of writing is being dropped from school curricula across the country.

 

Jake Weidmann became the youngest person to receive his Master Penman certificate in July 2011. He works across several mediums including drawing in pencil and charcoal; pen and ink; painting in acrylic, airbrush, oil and gouache; sculpting in wood, bone, antler and clay; and is versed in numerous forms of calligraphy. He is best known for the integration of flourishing and hand- lettering in his art. Jake also designs his own hand-made pens. He, like his pens, travels the globe, reintroducing this Old World art form and cultivating its relevance in the world of today, of tomorrow, and forevermore.

 

 

The beauty of data visualization — David McCandless

 

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

 

 

Wake up & smell the fonts — Sarah Hyndman

 

Sarah shares with us a story of type and invites us to consider our emotional response to the printed word. Each font/typeface has a personality that influences our interpretation of the words we read by evoking our emotions and setting the scene. We all understand this instinctively but it happens on a subconscious level. Sarah shows us that conscious awareness of the emotional life of fonts can be entertaining and ultimately give us more control over the decisions we make.

 

Designer Sarah Hyndman explores typography as we experience it in our every day lives under the banner of Type Tasting. Since the launch in 2013 she’s curated an exhibition at the V&A for the London Design Festival, been interviewed on Radio 4’s Today, taken Type Tasting to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and has been commissioned to write a book.

 

Sarah has been a graphic designer for over 15 years, working in agencies before setting up design company With Relish. After studying an MA in Typo/Graphics at the London College of Communication she was invited back as a guest tutor.

 

 

Typography — now you see it — Shelley Gruendler

 

Dr Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. When she is not traveling the world as the founding director of Type Camp International, she is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago.

 

 

The art of kinetic typography — Dan Boyarski

 

Dan Boyarski is professor and former head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been for thirty-two years. His interests lie in visualizing complex information, interface and interaction design, and how word, image, sound, and movement may be combined for effective communication. In the spring of 1999, the Design Management Institute awarded Dan the Muriel Cooper Prize for «outstanding achievement in advancing design, technology, and communications in the digital environment.»

 

 

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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?

 

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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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Short but Vital. Key Abbreviations in Design for Business.

Design is the job whose aim is to achieve the goal and usually it is done by multiple means, techniques and tricks. Anyway, design is a professional activity that has to solve a problem. In design perspective even purely artistic elements have to perform some task and play their role in achieving the goal. In the vast majority of cases we design not for ourselves or our clients: we design for users who have pains, needs and wishes and our task is to set the goals and find effective solutions. It’s like math: you get the problem — you find the formula and way to solve it — you work over the solution — you get the result. To get the result you need to set the goal at the very first step of design process.

 

Plenty of websites and mobile applications are created with a sort of business idea or scheme behind. That makes them goal-oriented and customer-oriented. For designers it can be both help and challenge: they get a clear goal, which means they know what result is expected, but with the goal they also get a set of limitations and restrictions to consider. Designing for business, it is necessary to understand not only user experience and behavior, psychology behind interaction and decision making, but also business goals and processes which influence general result. It is important to understand business language to have a quick contact with customers, who sometimes don’t know much in design, but definitely know what are their business goals and expectations.

 

In our previous post devoted to basic business terms we have already started building the bridge between business and design process. There you can read about business and design relations in ecommerce, get the definitions of conversion, sales funnel, sales channel, niche market, 4P theory etc.

 

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Today’s post continues the topic with vital abbreviations which are now an integral part of business communication. Making orders for design and development services, customers can mention those abbreviations in scope of work and philosophy of product, they should be included in business and content strategy. Understanding them and knowing design aspects of their realization results in goal-oriented and user-centered design which is able to solve problems and bring profit.

 

So, let’s get started!

 

USP

=Unique Selling Point / Unique Selling Proposition

 

Definition. Unique Selling Point (Unique Selling Proposition) is the element of marketing and promotion strategy which presents the most important benefit (or set of benefits) that people can get with the product or service. This is actually a feature which makes the offer unique and different from the others on the market. This is what marks the offer out of the competition.

 

The article published by Kissmetrics Blog and giving several practical examples mentions: «Instead of attempting to be known for everything, businesses with a unique selling proposition stand for something specific, and it becomes what you’re known for.» That is a good explanation of how USP is beneficial for business itself and why it should be also considered at design stage. For most cases of business practice, the attempt to offer everything for everyone is the utopy which goes nowhere. Specific offers to definite target audience give much more, especially at the start of the way.

 

Design aspect. USP is an important thing to define at the first stage of ideation and development of business strategy and design solutions that correspond to it. Outlining the USP is one of the hardest tasks as it actually influences on all the design process as well as ways to present and promote the product. However, starting work without understanding what is going to be the USP is mostly like starting traveling without any particular place or destination in mind: it can be a sort of exciting experience, but nobody knows what it will bring in the end. Business trips are never planned like this and business goals are hardly achieved that way.

 

If USP is defined at pre-design stage that means that all design solutions can be made to support it. That is a good foundation for efficient branding supported by recognizable and consistent interface design which enhances better interaction and memorability. USP directly influences on:

 

— design of a logo and brand identity

— understanding the mission of the offered product, its tone and voice which directly influence visual and graphic design presentation

— application of identity in the elements of interaction (website, mobile application, interactive displays, presentation in social networks etc.)

— building up principles of interaction and user experience in terms of efficient presentation and providing benefits of USP

— creating user interface that clearly reflects USP and provides fast and easy way to getting it

— creating and selecting content which will support general design concept and show users the advantages of the product

— design of a landing page that will have the structure and content directly presenting USP to target audience

— applying design tactics that increase conversion of the webpages or app screens

— strategy of SEO and copywriting which will support design solution and consistency of the offered benefits etc.

 

It’s also important to realize that USP is not a business statement or business goal itself. It is the benefit that the provider shows and outlines as essential and beneficial for users. Business goal is the result which company wants to obtain, business mission statement is a sort of 3D presentation (the directions of business development and its results for company’s clients, employees and owners), while USP is what company shows to clients and users as good and worthy for them.

 

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Tubik Studio | Björn by Ernest Asanov

 

For practical example, let’s imagine a company launching a website selling books. Suppose, the business goal is to sell 5000 books via the service for the first year. To do it, the company needs to attract visitors with a feature that will differ it from the others on the market. Say, the website will provide the ability for live communication support in choosing books provided 24/7. A user will be able to ask any question about the range of presented books any moment when it’s desired and get the immediate feedback, which is very convenient for customers. That is what the service chooses as its USP and declares to users as the feature differing it from the competition. Buyers do not need to know the business goal as how many sales are expected to be done or how much profit the company wants to earn. Buyers need to know what is especially good and comfortable for them so much that they should come to this company and not to the other. When it is defined at the first steps of creating the product, design becomes the powerful tool to inform users about the benefits, strengthen their power, make them look as attractive as possible for this particular target audience.

 

Moreover, knowing the USP with which the product is or going to be positioned on the market, UX designer is able to find the best ways and techniques to provide users with the ability to get what they want quickly and easily. Navigations, usability solutions, layout and transitions — everything will make user experience more positive and efficient while business goal more achievable.  This is how thoughtful design works for business.

 

Therefore, at the earliest stages of design process, project documentation should definitely include the data about USP. If design and marketing are done within one company, it is highly advisable that management, marketologists and designers get together and discuss the general strategy of work to avoid misunderstandings. If design is outsorced and provided by the other side it is recommended for designers and project managers to get as much information about the USP as possible. This will save money and effort for both sides as this way reduces issues of redesign that can come up when the task is very general and blurred as well as will provide the result which is more customer-oriented and adjusted to business goals of the company.

 

As a practical example, we can remember the story of creating new branding and UI design for Saily App. This is a local service of user-to-user e-commerce. The customers defined its USP from the very start: it is a local community app allowing neighbors to buy and sell their used stuff, so it provides people with the ability to sell their own things or quickly search for the needed ones sold in their location. This idea became the solid basis for all the design solutions around branding and user interface of the app, setting bright experience and friendly communication. If you are interested to read the details and see visual design process, welcome to read case studies on logo design and UI design for the app.

 

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MVP

=Minimum Viable Product

 

Definition. MVP is a product with the set of minimal functions and features which are logically completed and sustainable providing the most important and basic functions for the core target audience. This means that the basic version of the product, able to fulfill key operations which are solving target audience’s problems, is created as live and starts real functioning as soon as possible. The approach is opposite to the stategy of creating full design and comprehensive functionality for all the product features for broader target audience and only afterwards launching it on the market.

 

Design aspect. MVP approach has several benefits:

— as it starts from the simple and basic version of the product, it doesn’t take long time to provide design and development and makes possible to start playing on the market faster. It’s especially actual for diverse technological ideas and concepts as they are always at risk to outmode by the time all the design, development and testing cycle is finished;

— it enables desiners, testers, analysts, managers and marketologists to collect data of real users’ interaction with a product, reveal the bugs, understand their wishes and pains deeper and use all that information in design and presentation of further, more complex versions of the product. Although testing should be done at the stage of development, it is impossible to predict all the potential problems of interaction with a product before real users start this interaction. MVP enables to do it faster and make next versions more efficient;

— if thoughtfully made and carefully presented, MVP can play the role of bait attracting target customers and allowing its creators to see if target audience was defined properly and analyzed deeply enough;

— next versions of MVP usually present quite massive functional additions so depending on the target it may work as the way of positive and dynamic user experience, different from slight changes in the products whose functionality was fully developed before the launch.

 

Therefore, in terms of design MVP is the strategy of step-by-step movement on the market, when every next step is based on the analysis of the previous one from the actual data collected from real users. That means that designer should also apply the strategy of gradual design,  carefully applying only core features which are really vital for the MVP as the start of the journey. It greatly influences the number of screens and content on them, necessary transitions and notifications which users really need at this stage of using the product, level of complexity and sophistication of graphic materials and animation etc. UX designers should remember that MVP always has a definite core target audience and the solutions around interactions, experience, visual perception etc. Knowing these core users makes the design task more particular and the result will be more customer oriented thus efficient. Next versions of the product will provide broader functionality and in this way will broaden the circle of users, but it will work in case when core target audience is caught by MVP.

 

Successful MVP is directly connected to the USP of the product. Here USP plays even bigger role as it enables to make the product user-centered and in this case the chances of making it efficient and attractive to users get much higher. Presenting the product solving particular problems of a particular group of people in many cases proved itself as efficient strategy with perspective of further growth of both functionality and audience. This strategy works especially well for various startups which start with limited budget used wisely for practical presentation of the vital features of the product: if MVP is thought out properly, at this first stage they already start monetization of the product, attract users and at the same time apply practical data analysis in further stages of design. It’s easy to see that the role of UI/UX design here gets even higher as MVP is actually the chance of making a good first impression. Spoiling it with bad design can have crucially bad result for product’s promotion as well as good design can build up solid foundation for product growth.

 

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GIF for Sport App by Sergey Valiukh

 

 

B2B

=Business-to-Business

 

Definition. B2B is the term used in business, marketing and economy to mark the relations of the sides in the business process like «business-to-business». B2B means that one company provides products or services aimed at the other companies’ business activities. The target audience of the offer is not individual customers but businesses. Nature of relations has a direct impact on business process, strategy, promotion and therefore any design stages involved in this scope. Actually, if we are talking about outsorce design and development services, they are a direct example of B2B.

 

Let’s mention the same company which sells books. They need a website which will provide quite broad functionality for big amount of users. They monitored the market of webservices and found out that hiring an outsorce company for design and development is cheaper for them than creating an in-company department of such specialists. This is the start of B2B relations as design studio provides their services for another business — a bookshop.

 

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Photo Retouching Service by Alla Kudin

 

 

B2C

= Business-to-Consumer

 

Definition. One more way of business relations in which business provides products or services directly to individual buyers or end consumers.

 

Remembering the case with a bookshop selling online, its business is built along the B2C scheme. It presents and sells books to individual buyers and its aim is to involve as many customers as possible. It needs to strengthen its presence online communicating directly to potential buyers so for this aim it can use online e-commerce spot, blog, forums, social networks etc. The graphic material, ways and style of communication, visual presentation and brand identity will work differently than for B2B and will need other approach because psychologycal background of the interaction is different.

 

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Gym Landing Page by Dima Panchenko

 

C2C

= Consumer-to-Consumer

 

Definition. It’s definitely clear that presented term features one more type of business relationship when operations are done directly from consumer to consumer. This term has grown its presence significantly with the boost of ecommerce because nowadays the internet provides broad opportunities for such sort of business. The best known way of C2C relationship is platforms for online auctions, sales etc. Creating such platforms, designers have to consider peculiarities of interaction in terms of this business scheme. Design in this case is usually done for the third party which creates this platfrom allowing users to operate on it selling and buying their stuff.

 

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Saily App by Tamara

 

Design aspect. People involved in design process for products and services have to consider the types of relations chosen for the particular project. Actually, the type of business scheme initially defines target audience and nature of interactions which are key factors for efficient and user-friendly design solutions. Designing for business should supposedly involve methods of visual and content presentation which are different from the one presented directly to end users. It’s easy to see by examples of numerous landing pages: the ones aimed at companies use content, language, visual and graphic elements, placement of data blocks different from those which are targeted at individual buyers or users.

 

Neglecting the aspect of business relations increases risk of creating design which will not provide high conversion rate even being sophisticated, stylish and attractive visually. Psychological background behind design solutions has to support a particular business schemes or strategy. Here in Tubik Studio we have had broad experience of design for all the mentioned schemes so below you will find some ideas we would like to share on the basis of that practice.

 

Designing for B2B, it’s important to remember that:

— design solutions shoud consistently strengthen branding and company policy which is important for other business side. If website or landing page represents, let’s say, a service as accomplished by well-prepared and professional team of specialists with their policy and statement, it is appreciated and trustworthy so builds better bridge for collaboration;

— implementation of design elements in social network marketing of B2B company, using the same style, voice, corporate colors and graphics, specially designed branded items etc. is one more way to strengthen brand awareness by means of design;

— consistent and thought-out content strategy combining visual and textual material with careful selection of visuals and copy is able to fulfill all the stages of sales funnel and bring better conversion of the website, landing page or application of B2B company;

— concise and minimalistic solutions in design and copywriting work efficiently in most cases because they save time and effort of busy stakeholders and entrepreneurs. Good variant of scenario is when they are given concise core information at the first stage of interaction but always have the chance to read more if they are interested (as well as avoid reading huge copy blocks if they don’t want). Surely, this solution should be based on thorough user research, but anyway it has high potential to make user experience more positive and effective;

— business is done differently in different countries. It should be always considered together with the nature of business relations as the factor making considerable impact on the level of trust and wish to collaborate. Selection of graphic content and layout of the elements on the screen or page should go under analysis in this perspective as some graphic elements, photos, gestures, word combinations, color choices which are efficient and clear for one region or culture can be totally inacceptable or even offensive for the others. Creation of several landing pages targeted locally can be an effective solution;

— the aim of a website or other piece of design presenting B2B company is not to grow a huge flow of traffic but to engage and direct leads which belong to target audience and are potentially open and able to take part in business collaboration or partnership good for both sides. It’s important to keep in mind that retaining customers in this case plays not less role than involving them into the game.

 

Designing for B2C it important to consider that:

— the target audience can be more diverse so design solutions which will effectively transer the necessary message to the user can require more universality;

— visual presentation should be catchy and original as in this sphere competition is very high;

— in many cases website or platfrom for B2C provides full way up to the process of buying and delivery. Terms of data protection and security need high attention here. Neglecting this aspect will get the company name associated with bad service so will make a big hole in its reputation;

— the website has to be technically ready to support a really big number of users simultaneously as frequently more offers are available than in B2B so the flow of users potentially interested in buying it can get higher quantities;

— strong and consistent presentation of the brand in social netwroks featuring the same design solutions is certain must-have. Not only does this strategy offer more marketing opportunities, but also supports better direct communication with consumers and shows the company’s opennes to discussion as one more reason to trust. The same visual design should be used consistently cross all the platforms to increase brand awareness and create strong associations;

— the aspect of virality works effectively in this type of business relations and can be used via design features like interesting animations, engaging illustrations and characters, brand mascots, Easter eggs, funny or encouraging videos etc.

 

Designing branding and interfaces for C2C, it’s advisable to consider that:

— the platform should be intuitively navigated and clear to use for people with different level of tech abilities and on various devices;

— engaging and original UI desing solutions are a good way to set the first contact and involve users into active interaction;

— thought-out placement of layout elements and visual hierarchy can increase conversions and that will be the strong reason of user retention;

— UX of user-to-user communication (chats, discussions, comments, sharing etc.) should provide diverse features and broad possibilities;

— user interface visual design should provide good universal background and environment for presentation of various products and services;

— the platform will need an efficient and quick system of user support.

 

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Recommended reading

 

Here are some more articles we could recommend for those who would like to get deeper into the topic:

 

What a Unique Selling Proposition Really Means & Why Your Business MUST Have One

6 Incredible Examples of B2B Web Design

10 MUST DO’s Before You Start Designing Your B2B Website

Design is Marketing

The Importance of Design in All Marketing Campaigns

The Role of Design in Business

Refining Design for Business


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UI in Action. 15 Animated Design Concepts of Mobile UI.

Animation in UI is a tool of great power breathing life into the process of interaction. It helps user to get fast feedback, provides opportunities for fast and easy microinteractions, marks out key elements of the layout and adds engaging feeling of live and dynamic process. Used wisely, it is able to add more positive vibes to user experience. It is especially true for mobile applications which have to be organized along guidelines in terms of limited space of the screen and at the same time provide informative and functional interface.

 

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In our previous articles we have already provided ideas about the role of animation in UI design, its potential in boosting effective microinteractions and popular purposes for using animated microinteractions. With rapid growth of mobile devices animation got even more significant popularity and diversity, enabling fast and easy processes for touchable interfaces, especially on-the-go. Therefore, animation is an effective way to make the product simple, clear, bright and user-centered. Today we would like to support that idea with a bit of practice via the set of design concepts by studio designers. It includes motion design practices for animated interactions in mobile user interfaces of different kinds, stylistic choices and functionality. So, welcome to review!

 

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GIF for Blog App by Tubik team

Presented UI features the concept of a blogging app for everyday use. It features lots of images, and the news feed consists of topic-colored tiles for the posts. By tapping on the post author the users are brought to their profile where like in any other social network they can follow/unfollow the person and browse through their recent activity. Slight motion effects add the unobtrusive feeling of interacting with physic objects and livens up the visual presentation.

 

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GIF For Social Network by Sergey Valiukh

Animation features user interactions with a mobile application presenting social network. People usually want to see this sort of app fast, dynamic and clear. Interactions are presented here by simple motions based on colorful UI accents. They show the functionality of the screen and add slight lively vibes to the interface.

 

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GIF for Art Gallery App by Tubik team

It is well-known that designers should be careful with animated elements in UI as too much animation confuses a user, but if a motion accent supports the general layout it brings better conversions. Here designers showed animated interaction in the art gallery mobile application featuring the set of events previews and transition to more detailed information about the particular event. The vertical movement is highlighted with colorful diagonal lines which are keeping the same structure across all the screens.

 

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GIF for Sport App by Sergey Valiukh

Sport apps are popular nowadays as more and more people use their devices to support their trainings, keep the data and track the progress. So here is the design concept for such an app demontrating functionality via animated interactions. The structure is very simple: it consists of a side menu and content. Menu moves from left to right to show all the app sections. The main idea is to make some «rubber effect» for the content when the side menu opens. It serves one goal — to make all content details visible even when menu is open on the screen. Colour palette is all about fresh and bright scheme to motivate users to act and in combination with slight motion accents it creates good mix.

 

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Product Card Animation by Alla Kudin

Presented design concept features animated interactions within a product card in the shopping app. Users can move the photos showing catalogue items,  set the size, see the price and add to cart. Here animated elements support high level of usability: they immediately inform the user about completion of the action. That provides fast and easy microinteractions and saves key data within one screen. At the same time, animation doesn’t overload interaction process and supports clear navigation.

 

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Calendar App Animation by Kirill

This concept presents one more design idea for the app of everyday use with a calendar enabling the person to schedule appointments and add notes. Bright interface playing out rich pallete and gradients is supported with smooth and stylish animated accents providing harmonic support to general visual presentation.

 

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GIF for the Timeline App by Sergey Valiukh

This example shows two UI interactions inside one animation: timer progress and pull down. This is a one-screen app with the minimum of functionality (timer) and the maximum of animation to concentrate user’s attention on the «time flow». Timer can be started by Start button or by pull-down. Of course, such transitions are much more for fun, but they will definitely attract users who like visually original solutions and custom graphic design.

 

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UI Navigation Concept by Ludmila Shevchenko

One more bright animated concept shows navigation design within the mobile application informing the user about city news. Catchy colors and stylish icons are strengthened with original motion design solution for active elements appearing on the tap and enabling further directions of transition.

 

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Force Touch Slide Menu by  Kirill

Another animation concept for the same city news app activates one-touch interaction and shows one more interaction in navigation of the app, this time adding transition to user profile.

 

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Tubik Studio | BuonApp by Ernest Asanov

Here is the interface of a social network for those who like cooking and want to communicate and get updated about this topic in fast and easy way. The app enables using all the scope of social functions: sharing recipes, making discussions, chatting, following, uploading images, collecting favorites and so on. Nice and smooth animations supports general stylistic concept and shows interactions within app functionality.

 

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GIF of Dynamic Scroll by Sergey Valiukh

This concept features a screen of a global social network. The idea was simple: to show user’s timeline with different kinds of posts such as check-ins, media content and stuff from user’s friends or their own. The task here was to add simple game accents which wouldn’t make the simple network too cluttered and would not distract the user. The final decision was to make parallel timelines: the main vertical timeline and bright animated horizontal one. The function of the latter is to show the user where the last post was in terms of place and time.

 

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Cafe Coupon App by Dima Panchenko

No doubt, good food is the great way to feel the world more positive and that is the message behind the presented animated interface design. This is the concept of a mobile application for a chain of cafes providing the functionality for saving coupons and discounts and then using them buying tasty stuff. Interface animation is added to make the screen and interactions more lively and engaging and enable easy microinteractions.

 

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Contact List Concept by Eugene Cameel

This concept is the animated version of the user interface for a contact list app. It features variants of vertical and horizontal scroll as well as other interactions with the application. Animation not only livens up the process of interaction but also strengthen stylistic concept of the app with special visual effects.

 

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GIF Animation by Sergey Valiukh

This simple mobile app consists of just a couple of screens and simply allows to track the current location of your followers on the map. Here is the home screen animation and its dynamics in the process of search, and also the search results gallery. Animations imitates movement of physical cards which makes interaction with neatly organized data base engaging and clear for user.

 

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Healthy Food App by Ernest Asanov

Here you can see the screens of the mobile app organized around the idea of healthy lifestyle and providing recipes and tips on healthy food. Engaging graphic elements and correspondent color solutions are used to set the theme as well as enable fast visual perception of information which is supported with unobtrusive motion design accents. Animation is also used to show various interactions with a product. Together all those features support user-friendly, attractive and informative interface design.

 

In bottom line it’s important to remember: animation which is applied in the interface should have a clear purpose enhancing general user experience. In vast majority of cases, UI designer and motion designers try to find design solutions in which animated elements will satisfy multiple options increasing usability and desirability of the interface.

 

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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