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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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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 



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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Design4Users Blog. Official Release.

Here in Tubik Studio we have had the opportunity to create a considerable number of design stories, all so different and so unique. It gave us the chance to feel all the benefits and pitfalls of design provided in terms of outsource partnership. To go further and get even closer to final users, to feel all the pains of our clients and all the variety of steps needed for creating an efficient product out of thin air, we have decided to take the next step and launch our own digital products.


Today we are happy to announce the release of our first product called Design4Users. It is a content-driven professional platform fully created by the studio team from the ideation and concept phase, to creating branding, developing content strategy and communication model, designing logic and layout (UX), original interface and navigation (UI), providing full-cycle of front-end development and creating responsive webdesign, careful testing and thoughtful content writing.


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Welcome to get a bit more details about the project.


Mission and background


Design4Users is a blog devoted to diverse design issues solving users’ problems. It’s mission is establishing a solid highly informative platform for designers, customers, managers, product creators and marketologists focused on the aspects of user-friendly design trends, process, organization, collaboration, resources and tips.


One more objective of the blog is promoting and inspiring young designers and sharing expertise of well-known masters in the sphere.


Initially, the blog was created as small in-studio platform for sharing useful information on current projects as well as helpful resources, tools, design hacks, inspirational collections etc. Still, growing and active Tubik Blog readers community encouraged us to transform it in the open platform and share our knowledge, practical experience, tips on tools and sources, projects and concepts we find inspiring. And all of them have one thing in common: they are concentrated on design for problem solving, on helping users and making their life brighter, easier, more productive, more profitable and more beautiful.


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Description and functionality


The website is organized around several basic categories reflecting different design directions.


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Design: the broadest category focused on general design trends and strategies. It also features reviews for design books and tools, sets of quotes, historical retrospective on design trends, recommendations about useful resources and articles, stories about designers and projects, advice on organization and management of design processes and efficient collaboration with clients etc.


Branding: the category considering various issues of design for branding and marketing, creating identity, logo design, copywriting and brand naming, marketing research and content management tips.


UI/UX: the category focused on the comprehensive presentation of design processes via practical case studies and articles about design for digital products like websites and mobile applications. Covers all the variety of topics about user interfaces, user experience, user research, usability testing, interaction design, applying psychology and analytics in design process, organizing effective teamwork for complex design projects.


Product: the category offering articles and reviews on full cycle of product design, development and promotion, tips on creating user-friendly problem-solving products, cases of improving lifestyle, professional processes and achieving business goals for products by means of design.


Print: the category concentrated on all the variety of design directions and techniques for editorials and books, aspects of graphic design, illustration, typography and lettering, small print forms like postcards, invitations, posters etc.


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All the categories can feature posts marked as original D4U sections.


  • D4U Inspiration: thematic collections of design works, quotes, videos
  • D4U Interview: interviews with people connected to design sphere, inspiring leaders, newcoming stars etc.
  • D4U Review: books and tools reviews
  • D4U Expertise: presentations of recognized experts in design sphere, their biographies, works, tips, videos and publications.
  • D4U Reading List: collections of recommended articles about from various resources published weekly
  • D4U History: posts about prominent cases and works in the sphere of design in historic retrospective.
  • D4U Case Study: practical case studies giving details on creative process for different design projects.


Design and Layout


Design of the website is accomplished with a view to effective presentation of both copy and visual materials that are provided in wide variety. Basic background of the web pages is dark, aiming at creating stylish harmony and balance for featured images in preview sections and contract with the light background for the article body supporting better usability and readability of copy blocks.


Home page features two blocks of articles: the most popular according to the total number of views and recent, showing the chronological feed of posting.


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The users are provided with the ability to switch to another category immediately from the top menu, footer menu and dynamic menu moving in the process of scrolling and making navigation easy. The articles are supported with tags and recommendations on further reading.


Subscription is fast and simple, enabling users to get the fresh updates immediately after publishing in their inboxes. Also, readers are able to share the content to the variety of social networks right from the article in split seconds.


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Design4Users is the content project fully created, designed and developed by Tubik Studio. Being a comprehensive team experienced in variety of design directions and knowing all the stones on the path, we have decided to set a platform uniting creators via knowledge, practice and inspiration for the sake of design for users.


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For those who are interested to get more about the website structure and content in more interactive way, welcome to watch Design4USers Video Tour.



If you wish to see details and contact information about Design4Users, welcome to check out the Press Kit.

In the next post, we will provide the case study on design process for the website. Stay tuned and join us via Design4Users!

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Case Study: SqueezeOutSwitch. Animation in Code.

UI animation has been the subject of hot debates for a long time. Designers work over the sophisticated animations to make interfaces attractive, original and functional while developers often support the idea that slick and complex animation takes more effort in the process of development than necessary.


As you know from our previous posts devoted to the issues of interface animation, here in Tubik we support the position that wisely used animation is the powerful and multi-functional tool enhancing user experience. We checked that on numerous design projects of diverse purposes. Our complex motion design concepts have been used by developers who like challenges and want to present high-level skills in coding.


Broadening our professional horizons, we also started sharing our design concepts on GitHub, to show how design, even quite complex and specific, can be brought to life with code. Today we will look at more detail at SqueezeOut Switch animation of the interface interaction.


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The design concept Switch Control Animation was presented on Dribbble featuring animated switch control that can be used for accepting or declining the changes on any settings screen. The main motion design style the designer aimed at was adding some gum effect when the control is switched on and off. And this sort of design details can become a bit of challenge for developers.


The animation in code representation is made of two parts.


The first part works like that: when user makes a tap on the screen, the circle has to move to the opposite side until it is covered by the baffler. Then animation slightly slows down, the circle changes its appearance, goes up to final point and features bouncing. The baffler also shows the animated pulsing with the circle. The oscillations decay.


The second variant takes place when user tries to move the circle manually, like pressing it and pulls to the needed side and then can release. While the user pulls the circle, it changes its position within acceptable range, up to maximum stretching of the baffler. The baffler stretches only to one side in that case. If the user releases the circle not taking him to the middle of the switcher, it gets back to its initial position and pulses. The baffler will just get back to the initial point. If the user takes the circle further than the middle of the switch, it goes to the opposite side, both the circle and baffler pulsing, and the circle changing its image.


Animation of the circle movement doesn’t create any problems. This is the standard task which can be solved with UIView animation and CASpringAnimation. However, animation of the baffler is more challenging.


In case when animation is done with Core Animation, setting the initial and final path, then the arc performance is unpredictable. In addition, the form of animation can be inappropriate and the problems with color change can raise.


In animation, the change should be done discretely. When should it be done? If you do it in advance, then the good point is when path is at its initial stage, which means it features the straight line in the middle of switch. So, you have to create an array with the set of paths and colors and place it into CAKeyframeAnimation. The approach gives the working outcome, still the code will look messy and illegible. Moreover, the circle will need to be moved manually for synchronization.


In this case we can use CADisplayLink (timer of screen redrawing) and manipulate with presentationLayer (the copy of the layer which is visible on the screen at the moment). In the method launching CADisplayLink, we will change the path for the buffler. The points which form this path depend on the position of the circle in the switcher. The position of the circle is animated with UIView animation. Therefore, animation with UIView will smoothly change the bearings of the circle layer, while we are changing the path of the buffler on the basis of those bearings.


The path for the buffler feature two UIBeziePaths.


UI animation code


The first one goes from the point 1 to the middle of the circle edge at point 3. Control point for this curve is point 2, it proportionally depends on how far the circle moved out. The second line goes from point 3 to point 5 and its control point is point 4. In this way we can get the line of the buffler edge smoother.


The method of forming path for the particular extreme point




The method of animation on tap  



For reaction on pan we added UIPanGestureRecognizer. Here is the method that processes it



Welcome to review the GitHub source code for this animation. New cases are coming soon!

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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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Tubik Products: Feel the Way of Outsource Clients.

Design is always the story of creative process for a particular purpose. However, the story itself can be written in a hundred of different ways and styles. It can be done individually or become the result of effective teamwork. It can be simple or complex. It can be narrow and specific or multipurpose. It can be outsourced or fully accomplished in-house. There are tons of shades for this story and all of them influence the final result that goes to users.


Here in Tubik Studio we have had the lucky opportunity to create a considerable number of design stories, all so different but all so definitely bright. It gave us the opportunity to feel all the benefits and pitfalls of design provided in terms of outsource partnership. To go further and get even closer to final users, to feel all the pains of our clients and all the variety of steps needed for creating an efficient product out of thin air, we have decided to make the next step and launch our own digital products. Extended design practice we have got through the years encouraged us to dive into all the path of product creation, testing, promotion and analysis to obtain that precious knowledge that will enable us to be even more helpful for our clients all over the world.


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No doubt, full-scope product design is not the way to start light-headedly. First of all, we had to analyze how design provided in outsorce differs from product design provided in-house. Let’s look over some insights together.


Outsource design


Being a team with a broad portfolio of outsource projects and having studied experience of our clients as well as plenty of successful product companies, we have marked out the following points needing consideration.


In outsource design process you are given a particular design task. That means you are able to concentrate on design tasks only as the strategic decisions are mostly made on the customer’s side. In practice, however, this disclaimer works a bit differently: creating design solutions solving users’ problems and bringing profit to the customers, designers can and often should influence the strategy of the product progress on the market. Anyway, all the final decisions and small or big changes of the product strategy are made by the customers team as they bear the final responsibilities and all the alterations or suggestions should be made in tight collaboration with the side launching the product.


In outsource design you work on the task you are assigned for, you are not a chooser of the strategy and not a decision-maker if this product is needed and if the idea behind it is good or bad. You have to study how to like and love any idea you have to work with because it is the only way to create good result and by the way to earn money. That is not in your scope of work to get into deep layers and tell the client that this idea will not work — your task is to make it work. That is what you are paid for.


In outsource design you need to have good skills of getting dip into the business goals and correspondent wishes of your client. In fact, if you are lucky you get a clear task supported with outlined target audience of the final product, perhaps marketing plan and ideas on client’s stylistic preferences. In other cases, you will get just a general line containing highly blurred task like «I want you to design a social network for drivers» and that is the part of the job to get all the details of how the clients sees it. It can be done by designers, sales and project managers, but whoever the doer of this vital job is, it is the only way to make the process of collaboration on the stage of design smooth and resultative.


—  In outsource design you aren’t always provided with the opportunity to communicate with stakeholders and influence their decisions. You are hired to accomplish a particular scope of works. It has to be mentioned that for many designers it is a benefit as they start work with a particular task in mind and do not need to get involved deeply at predesign or post-design stages. However, there also can be projects at which after launch of the product designers are later given additional tasks on maintenance and alterations of the existing product.


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Product design


— In product design accomplished in-house all the scope of stages from ideization up to sophisticated testing and maintenance is done by one team. This means that designers get more chances of being involved into all the phases of strategical decision-making upon the product which is even more creative and analytical job but at the same time requiring more diverse skills and much higher responsibility.


— Full-scope in-house product design goes much further than actual design tasks. It includes all the creative cycle, with complex of tactic and strategic plans, ideas on commercialization and promotion, budgeting and content marketing, product philosophy and full-scope branding and so on and so forth. It means that the team will need diverse specialists that will establish solid foundation of specific skills strengthening design and bringing effective product into life.


— In product design the creators are the stakeholders. This certainly means deeper involvement of all the participants into creative process and at the same time more responsibilities.


Product design is the domain of higher financial and creative risks. In outsource design, especially when the process is already tuned and clear, the earnings can be more predictable and flexible in budget planning of the company.


— Product design suggests deep concentration on one project and one aim for a long time while outsource projects can be different and support the feeling of refreshment. Should be said,  none of the ways is better or worse, they are just different and sometimes what is one designers’ meat is other designer’s poison according to the individual peculiarities of nature and creative approach.


To sum up, in outsource design you are a vital part of the product creation and support while in product design you are actually in the heart of all the processes being not a part but the whole story. In outsource design you are a sort of hired executive while in product design you are a stakeholder with all the responsibilities of this not-so-easy job.


Broadening the horizons: Tubik upcoming products


Considering all those issues, we have decided to know it first hand: the work was organized in several direction so that our team could obtain as broad experience of full product cycle as possible and it could bring us even closer  to the pains, problems and pitfalls which our clients tackle on their way. We have set the purpose to create products helpful for their target audience and adding some social value as well as giving us comprehensive experience of full path of goal-centered design.


So, the directions in which we are working over the digital products are:

— content

— entertainment

— business

— education.


The first two of the mentioned points are actually represented with the products by Tubik team we are happy to announce. «Content» direction is presented with recently launched website Design4Users and «Entertainment» direction is presented with an application ToonUp which is really close to its release.




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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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ToonUp is a brand new alarm application for iPhones designed and developed by Tubik team. At the moment it is being prepared to release and its live version is coming up very soon. In this case, we have set the purpose to combine functionality with entertainment and support the product of everyday use with stylish graphics, which have been recognized our house specialty by great deal of clients, and gamification elements. If you would like to get updates about its release and sweet bonuses from our team, welcome to sign up here or keep up with the news on its Facebook page.


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In our next articles and case studies we will tell you more about the creative process for these products and unveil some considerations on product design features, issues and requirements. Follow the news!

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WordPress Theme Design: Ready-Made vs Custom.

Today there is no point explaining numerous advantages which a website can bring to personal and business development. Websites provide companies, readers and sharers with a great variety of opportunities and niches, from personal presentation and communication to global educational programs and large business partnerhips or charity projects. Every day more and more people are looking for a way to efficiently use the unlimited potential of the world wide web for self and professional growth without spending too much time on its maintenance and studying how to operate with web dashboards or write code.


Understanding this growing need, there are platforms providing needed functionality: they allow people with intermediate or even basic skills of using the web to start their own website or blog quickly and easily. As the issue is debatable today in perspective of design and user experience of the websites created on these platforms, we have decided to add our ideas to this global discussion here in our blog. Naturally we will start with the most popular option which is widely used worldwide and is called WordPress.


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What is WordPress?


WordPress is a content management system (CMS), at the moment it wins the top position in its niche. Content management systems are web applications created for making and operating (aka managing) different sorts of content via uploading, editing, and publishing posts containing copy, images, audio and video etc. So, this is the multifunctional platform for blogging, both personal and professional, and also creating websites for various businesses or non-profit organizations and movements.


There is a number of content management systems nowadays, all of which have their wide or narrow audience. However, at the moment WordPress presents the market leader opening wide opportunities for setting websites quickly and easily. Let’s look closer what are the benefits attracting people so much.


What are general benefits of WordPress?


To the benefits that have really positive impact on any sort of website set in this CMS we would definitely mention the following:


— WYSIWYG  («what you see is what you get») editor that enables people to work with the system and operate with content without knowledge and skills of coding in HTML or other languages. This means that, for example, professional copywriters or journalists can be involved straight into the process without necessity of additional training. Basic skills of operating with text editors is enough to start publishing. Moreover, it’s a great way to start for those people who can offer their services and goods but are really far from any sort of coding.


— Individual and group operations. One WordPress account presenting a website or blog can be controlled and filled with content by either one admin user or multiple users. That enables efficient teamwork which is especially appreciated for big informative resources.


— SEO-oriented URL formation and copy processing. Content applied in the products created on the basis of CMS can be automatically optimized for search engines that creates higher chances for the content to reach its readers. In addition, in the admin dashboard writers are offered the ability to even work over optimization of all the images uploaded to posts.


— WordPress offers its users detailed documentation and technical support, which makes interaction with the platform much easier.


The rich system of plugins enables to effectively adapt the websites along the requirements of its creators and final readers/users.


The variety of themes (design templates) enables users to select the design which is the most suitable for their aims, target audience needs as well as their own tastes.


Definitely, there are many other benefits, but the outlined ones are among the most popular features creating the feeling of user-friendly and multipurpose resource. Furthermore, today they are added with steadily growing field of design for WordPress themes that have already formed a huge repository of themes and templates for the users worldwide. So, let’s look a bit closer at the design aspect of the story.


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What is a WordPress theme?


A WordPress theme is a set of design templates that determines the general visual concept of a website as well as the interactive layout of its interface. Basically, it is the designed frame of a website which later will be filled with content. Themes are the way to display your content in attractive and edible manner to the final visitors and readers.


The theme can be chosen from the admin area and there are several ways to apply:

— the theme can be used in its original variant without changes;

— the theme can be slightly modified with the help of plugins or adding alterations to the original code;

— the theme can be massively changed via alterations in the code.


Themes define website layout on different pages (for example home page, post page, about page etc.), design features and elements (color combinations, typography, theme icons, buttons and illustrations etc.) and perhaps some special features (for example, sliders, preview models, menus, footer and header options, widgets etc.).

Summing up, choosing a WordPress theme, users can expect them to contain:

— typefaces and fonts styling

— the general visual design stylistic concept of the website

— color palette that often offers several combinations to choose from

— widgets availability and options for their location

— layouts of the webpages

— stylistic solution for blog or website archives.


There are themes that can be chosen for free and the ones that are paid for. Some of the themes could be defined as universal which means they can be adapted for different sorts and types of content, while others are designed aiming at more specific purposes like e-commerce, personal blogging, business presentation, portfolios, social communication, professional blogging for particular topic etc.


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Vinny’s Bakery — website design concept by Ernest Asanov


In this perspective, the big question worrying many people thinking over the options of dealing with WordPress is the choice of selecting the ready-made theme, making slight alterations or creating totally unique design frame for their content management. Let’s consider this issue a bit deeper.


WordPress Theme: ready-made, ajusted or customly designed?


Actually, the theme choice is an issue of great importance. Visual impression is actually a card of invitation which gives readers of your blog or visitors of your website general imagination about its purpose and utility as well as can engage their interest to learn more. Carefully chosen theme can literally define the success of the business as well as reduce the chances of attracting broad audience.


It does mean that in any case users starting their path of interaction with WordPress CMS have to make a decision standing on the crossroads. Should they use a free theme or a buy a premium one? Should they select a universal theme or specified would be more efficient? Should they alterate the theme anyhow or rely upon the original solutions made by professional designers? This sort of questions seem not really easy. And there is no a single universal answer for all of them, which is why, perhaps, the market of WordPress themes is so comperehensive and dynamic today.


Looking at the options and grounding on the extended practice in webdesign for different purposes here in Tubik Studio, we are certain that choosing the topic or asking professionals to do it for them, prospective users selecting the theme should find the answers for several questions:


— What is the purpose of the website? What is it launched for?

— What is the target audience of the website? What is their motif to use your website? What their problems can you solve? What are their general preferences and psychologic peculiarities?

— What is the color scheme appropriate to your content and to the preferences of your prospective visitors?

— What sort of data should be shown on the home page?

— What sort of previews you find effective?

— What kinds of content are going to be presented?


These and many other questions can seem quite specific, especially if we are talking about the idea that is launched just for communication rather than for having profits, like personal blog, for example. However, any project having even a simple goal can use design means directly to achieve this goal. Design with thought-out interactions brings positive user experience and is a solid foundation for successful use of the CMS whatever it is used for.


Free themes


Free themes can work well, especially when users only start dealing with WordPress. They will definitely get all the benefits of the CMS platform, mentioned above, and perhaps even will be able to select the theme which will correspond to their aims. However, they should be ready that the number of variants will be quite limited and there will be not so many themes designed for specific purposes. Moreover, it will be hard to make your website look original as you will use something available to anyone. Still, for users with very limited skills and no experience of coding it can be a great platform to start getting familiar with the process. Knowledge of coding will make possible to alterate some settings and features in the theme.


However, for users starting websites with clear and particular business or personal goals and time frame of their achievement, this option can be too restricted and moreover too slow in providing result. For them, it is vital to start the website with clear, thought-out and recognizable design which will definitely attract their target audience and engage it to interact with the website content. In this case, more active help of professional designers can set the right route. And it can be accomplished in two ways.


Bought ready-made theme


Firstly, users can select the appropriate theme in the directories presenting them, such as ThemeForest, for instance. There is a big selection of various themes which get available for the buyers only after careful review checking the quality of their design solutions and code accomplishment. You can see the theme preview showing its main features. The themes are created by professionals who know how to deal with user-friendly solutions and think over the options not so obvious for average users but influencing final usability and conversion rates. You can see the creators of the theme and review their portfolio if you wish to ensure that they are professional enough. One more positive point is that the themes are categorized, so having specific goals it is easier for users to select the theme they need. For example, if you create a corporate website you set this filter and the list gets concentrated on what could be appropriate for your particular needs. This is a sort of goal-driven start of the way which makes possible to find the best match.


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Adventure Agency Website by Valentyn Khenkin


Customly designed theme


Next step which can be also applied in the process of theme selection and its implementation for a user-centered and efficient website is customly designed theme. That means that all the features of the website like colors, layouts of the webpages, transitions and scrolling animation, call-to-action elements, responsive adaptation and many other design aspects will be customly created, tested and coded specifically for the requirements of this particular website and its target audience.


This approach allows website creators to think over the slightest details which will be empowered by general benefits of WordPress CMS. Design will be purposefully concentrated on clear goals and ways of their achievement, providing unique and custom user-friendly solutions on the basis of user research and then user testing. To make the thing even better, designer or design team curating the website can maintain the small alterations on the basis of practical analytics or provide general redesign on the basis of solutions that already proved themselves effective.


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Customly designed theme created by Tubik Studio for Design4Users


To sum up, every above mentioned approach has its points and peculiarities in the aspects of pricing, adaptability, workflow and maintenance, usability of webdesign and many others. Anyway, we have to emphasize that every mentioned option has its own benefits for its segment of users. There is no one universal variant: each of them is good and appropriate when applied in accordance with corresponding conditions.


If you want to try yourself as a blogger, let’s say, posting short notes about traveling to different cities or visiting interesting events, then trying a free theme can be quite applicable to get familiar with a dashboard and the system in general.


For goal-centered business or personal blogging setting particular aims and timing for them, careful selecting and buying an appropriate ready-made theme can be a more efficient variant which increases the chances of getting more original looks for the website, as paid themes are used not so broadly and can offer more functionality and design templates or features.


For big websites with complex interface or those that require particular originality, creating a custom theme totally adapted to specific requirements and supported by the CMS abilities and benefits can show itself as the best and most resultative option, but can involve bigger investments. Any individual choice of approach should be made on the basis of the particular goals, requirements, target audience and budgeting.


In our next articles we will concentrate more on applying these approaches in practical design perspective. Stay tuned!

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