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13Jun

The popularity of online shopping is growing at tremendous speeds. There are plenty of reasons why people are shifting online, like saving time, looking through the full list of products on offer and their prices in a more appropriate way, the possibility to keep track of special offers and buy stuff at a discount. Many retailers are starting online stores to broaden their client base and engage new buyers in. Setting up your web resource you should not only think about its attractiveness and visual appeal, but also convenience of use.

By building their online stores, small town merchants can open doors to the worldwide audience and gain international recognition. Selling stuff online turns out to be a more convenient way of doing business for both retailers and buyers since people don’t need to come into a local store, stay in the queue, and roam around the store in search of the most appropriate item. None of these are the same as browsing through an online shop with the whole variety products displayed right in front of you.

So, if online shopping is so much enjoyed by modern shoppers, why don’t all merchants get their companies online? The biggest barrier preventing them from following this track is the fear of technology. Many of them think that without adequate support of a pro they wouldn’t be able to set up a fine site. However, that is not true. The web is flooded with thousands of ready-made themes (both free and premium) that can help one develop a store of his/her dreams with a click of a button. The rule of success is rather simple – don’t be afraid of trying something new.

4Apr

Today it’s hardly possible to find a smartphone user who is not familiar with mobile apps and their simplicity. People of all ages – from kids to adults – can find apps that fit their needs and use them for different purposes, sometimes very private ones. So, why not make use of mobile app design and reflect it in a common desktop website that would imitate the style and interface of mobile apps? App style interfaces are distinguished by their intuitive structure, easy navigation and bold design. Let’s come up with the key trends of app style interfaces and have a look at the 15 coolest examples of such sites.

App Style Design Trends

What do we mostly appreciate in mobile apps? Their simplicity and intuitive interface, which can be also applied to app style web design. Such websites commonly feature flat layout and focus on usability rather than gradients and realism. Have a look at wistia. What does its layout resemble? I guess it would remind you of the tile-base Widows 8 user interface. Modern users don’t want to read and look, they prefer to look and do. Wistia meets such requirements perfectly.

wistia-flat-web-design

29May

We all know a lot about the advantages of responsive design. It gives the ability to make site accessible from various handheld devices. As a result, more viewers can visit it thus uplifting the conversion of the site. All this is good, but it is only one side of this problem. Having a site adjust to any screen resolution is a must-have point for site owners, but there is something else behind it. To understand it deeply, you should know a bit more about including the list of its minor cons. Let’s enumerate the main of them:

• You need a lot of time to code it.
• It is expensive. And if you have a low budget, perhaps, it’s better to utilize it for other points of building a site.
• It takes longer loading time.
• It’s not easy to adjust the titles, descriptions etc. on mobile phones. All it goes about SEO.
• Such sites aren’t viewed by search engine crawlers as separate mobile sites. That’s the reason they shouldn’t be viewed as a tactic to rank your website.
• According to the latest researches, people use 1024px resolutions and up, and this speaks not in the favor of responsive design.
Some users without technical knowledge will not understand the difference of layouts on different devices.

responsive layout

16May

What’s difficult in designing a menu for mobile design is a small size of the screen. The idea is to arrange everything intelligently, and thus facilitate the users’ interaction with a site. The way menu is organized determines easy and intuitive navigation throughout the website. Much attention should be paid to designing a menu and all that buttons in order to make the site work.

The following post is focused on such elements of navigation in mobile interface as menus and buttons. Here you’ll see the existing examples of Menus And Buttons in Mobile Design cool execution and wise implementation in the layout. Hope, this post will inspire you for your own great designs.

A bit more inspiration is waiting for you in the post dedicated to Search Forms Solutions in Mobile UI.

Menus

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The Rooms

The Rooms

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Login Mobile

Login Mobile

5Apr

Today there is a huge number of web application frameworks that are designed to support development of dynamic websites, web applications, web services and web resources. Bootstrap has proudly taken the place of one of the greatest frameworks on the design market. Since it’s release in August, 2011, Bootstrap has undergone enormous changes and turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. But as always there is some more space for improvements which is why ever and anon his fathers release significant updates.

All web enthusiasts have been expecting the Bootstrap 3 release since December, but it is not announced still. You can check out the official preview site for Bootstrap 3 to learn more about its forthcoming launch. Just for today it can be said for sure, that the new version will drop some of the existing functionalities and gain the greater ones like improving responsive CSS, and centralizing community efforts. It is going to be “mobile first” and it means mobile friendliness from the start. Another fact about Bootstrap is its mostly flat design.

To make your anticipation of Bootstrap 3 release more pleasant, check out the existing Bootstrap themes of the previous versions that are perfectly designed to make your websites sleek and intuitive.

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Night Club Template

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Religious Template

20Mar

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? There is no strict answer for this question, but one thing is for sure – skeuomorphism imitates life in all the details. It’s a design trend that shows objects close to their real life analogues. In such a way it makes them familiar to the viewers that can act with them as they do in the real life. When the user sees the button in skeuomorphic design, he pushes it, when a switcher – turns on/of, etc. Elements look like objects from real life, and that’s why are inviting for the audience. For example, Apple widely uses this principle in its iOS devices, and all of them are immensely popular for the crowd.

All of you are familiar with audio and visual skeuomorph in design. The first one are most audio effects that accompany your operation with some elements of design (camera, calculator, buttons, etc). The latter are all that textures that are used to make objects close to life.

If you think that skeuomorphism is only a web product, you’re mistaken. There are imitations in the real life too. The fake leather, the hubcaps of wheels in cars (resemble earlier wheel construction), electric chandeliers that look like real candles, etc.

Of course, as each trend, this one has its pros and cons.

Pros
Users feel comfortable with it, it is quite engaging, really sells, it is appealing to the viewers and acts as a good communicator.

Cons
It overlooks functionality, it can confuse, good only for certain sites.

And that’s not all. More about this creative design trend you can learn from An Interactive Infographic about Skeuomorphic Design. If you still have question about:

• History of Skeuomorphism
• Types in Web Design
• Pros and Cons
• List of Free Skeuomorphic Textures
• Examples of First Skeuomorphic UI’s
• Real life examples of Skeuomorphism

feel free to check it out. Being interactive, this infographic will show you everything in creative manner. Revealing the hidden of information will be a captivating journey that you can start just now. Click the objects placed on the shelves, and see what happens. Here you’ll see the full version.

Interactive Infographic about Skeuomorphic Design
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14Mar

All of us have read the celebrity mad libs. It’s a kind of short interview aimed at finding out some interesting facts about people. These sheets are usually posted in some magazines, attracting a number of visitors to view the point of a talk.

What is actually a mad lib? It’s a word game that was invented in 1958. It looks like a phrasal template where you need to fill the gaps with certain words and get the original story.

Is it only a game? No, some time ago this term was used in web design when Jeremy Keith made such a form for his site Huffduffer. His idea was to create the “human-friendly” sign up form, staying apart from the usual ones. Some time later this site showed the increase in conversion by 25-40%.

Do others use it? Yes, and one more time yes. The practice of using this form in sites gave the increasing number of unique visitors. Implementing this kind of form instead of the usual one, the site owners made people interested in this unusual design.

Made lib designs presume not only contact forms. Today’s designs show a number of examples of another cases of its usage. Of course, among them are original pages with the Mad Lib game, sign up forms, sometimes log-in forms, and even search forms. Isn’t it cool?

What does Mad Lib give to website designs?

At first, it’s originality. What else can engage the visitors, but not the unusual way of presenting a content? And what’s more important, it does make you to read the text.

Any drawbacks?

As each design trend, it has some cons. In this case these are the limitation of usage: it’s not always easy to create them and it requires the understanding of the language.

In any case, these is much positive feedback from using Mad Lib elements in website design. The only thing you have to remember is that the use of native language really matters.

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Work Food Out

Good example of human-centric design. You ask the visitor to log in using a polite address. It’s rather pleasant to accept this request.

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Vast

The example of a contact form that is really interesting to use for the search. This site offers to find the desired items in the style of a mad lib game.

1Mar

Bootstrap hit the market in 2011, and caused a real craziness all over the web. People started creating Bootstrap based websites, and today their number grows. What’s the secret of its popularity? This sleek intuitive and powerful front-end framework makes life of web masters much easier. If you look in it deeper, you can find the following great features inside:

- Easy-to-use navigation toolkit;
- Wide management instrument for image and video content;
- LESS for preprocessing CSS;
- Responsive design and lots of other cool things.

That’s about Bootstrap itself. And what makes Bootstrap themes undoubtedly powerful? Here are the main three of them:

  • Framework + child theme.
  • Cherry themes are presented in several archives: one includes framework files i.e. parent theme, another one – child theme files. Child theme inherits functionalities of the parent theme, and allows you to modify it by adding any possible functionalities.

  • Easy sample data install.
  • You don’t need plenty of time for the installation of such a theme. All files needed for adequate template display are installed in three steps.

  • Framework update.
  • When it comes to maintaining these days, a self-respecting company should provide its customers with updates of software or any other products. The same principle works with Cherry themes, once you install the framework, from time-to-time you’ll be able to install updates of the frame. Programmers are working daily and nightly to improve Cherry framework functionalities, by the time major update is ready you’ll be notified within your WordPress admin panel.

Let’s see the way all these features are implemented in themes. Do you like them? Have a look at this collection of Cherry WordPress Themes, and think about how you can start a good site on their basis.

Want moreCherry WordPress Themes? Don’t stop, and go on searching the desired one!

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Entertainment Theme

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Photography Theme

22Feb

Colors stimulate senses. Sometimes it’s enough to use the sappy colors in design to make the visitors feel the joy of the sunny summer noon. Certain colors and their combinations set up the right tone, and send the particular message to the viewers. About the theory of colors and their meanings you can find a lot of information all over the web, but the goal of this post is a search of Color Palettes of Fashion Sites. Modern Trends.

What it the reason for the choice of particular colors? As you see from these examples, the colors reflect the idea of the company.

  • The classic brands prefer to use several colors in design, where black and white are obligatory, and one or two bright ones add the effectiveness.
  • The men’s brands use natural colors in their sites, the ones for women play with both natural and artificial.
  • Companies with young target audience prefer soft and delicate colors, when brands oriented at people of the older age use more saturated tints.
  • The wedding fashion sites prefer elegant color schemes in light colors, the sport sites pitch upon bright energetic colors.

It’s quite interesting to observe how all these secrets are implemented in sites, and I offer you to do it with me.

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freepeople.com

According to the latest reports of popular 2013 spring colors, this site features most of them. Violet, linen, pink, white – they reflect the design direction of the brand. Young, free and modern – these are its main points.

 


Site’s Color Palette:

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versace.com

These three colors: black, lemon and gray have a striking effect. They attract attention, play with it, and fit in the perfect way for this highly classical brand.

 


Site’s Color Palette:

8Feb

Bootstrap is widely used today, plenty of developers enjoy this sleek intuitive and powerful framework. The bunch of features it goes with makes the life of a developer much easier. Cozy in using navigation toolkit, wide management instrument for image and video content, LESS for preprocessing CSS and much more – this is what makes it handy. Besides, Bootstrap themes go with several layouts compatible with various handheld devices, and this gives much more opportunities.

For today much has already been said about Bootstrap, and all this information has evenly covered the web. It would be much easier to find everything about its advantages and drawbacks in one place, and here it is – Bootstrap Interactive Infographic. It turns out to be a real treasure chest for all Bootstrap fans and those who just want to know more about it. Check it out for styles generators, theme generators, free PSDs/fonts/buttons/icons, numerous tutorials and video lessons, plugins, code snippets, shortcodes and whatnot – everything that deals with Bootstrap is neatly arranged here.

This layout reminds Windows 8 Metro interface that is so popular today. This resemblance makes infographic look familiar and intuitive to the users. Its content blocks are divided into subcategories that are marked with different colors. The interactivity makes the work much easier – you just click the blocks to see the information there.
Here is the .jpg version, to see the full one follow the link.

Bootstrap Interactive Infographic:

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