Thursday, 2 July 2015

Cracking Social Media: How Facebook Decides What Is On Your NEWS Feed.

We all know the power of social networks, how can We not when we spend much of our lives flicking through countless pages of content. Some of the worth, but most tenuous part at best.

Marketing your business on social networks seems simple enough; create a presence, publish relevant content, likes and get critical mass to do the rest.

Just looking at the number of monthly unique visitors on active social media gives us all hope:

    Facebook:   1440000000
    Instagram:  300 000 000
    Twitter:       236 million
    LinkedIn:   187 000 000

Ironically, overcrowding of the contents will be one of the biggest obstacles will be overcome. There are more than 18 million business pages on Facebook alone. Users are much more stimulated and plenty of choice.

Having a basic understanding of how the media, manages content could give you an edge.

Many of us pretend to understand the algorithms they use Facebook to calculate what appears on your news, but as Google’s, no one has any clue.

Lars Backstory, Facebook engineer says that there ae more than 100,000 individual weighting parameters which determine what the content of their food is.

However, there are some elements that are common knowledge:
  •     Types of emails that receive the most user interaction; photo, text or video.
  •     What messages a user hides.
  •     How a user does interacts with paid advertisements.
  •     And finally, the device and the internet speed.

The three pillars of Edge Rank also play a key role in determining whether to show on a news service:
  •     Affinity, or the amount of a user interacts with your page.
  •     Weight, Facebook priority in videos and photos.
  •     Decay, the older you publish less likely it will be shown in news channels.

When you thought it could not be more complicated, Facebook also monitors user behavior to determine the visibility of news:
  •     How does a user interacts with the page authors and post.
  •     The types of message to a user interacts.
  •     How users interact with a pole.
  •     And the most obvious, the number of complaints or negative comments received.

There are some key strategies that can help gain maximum exposure:
  •     I post-peak: the less content that is shared, the more they stand.
  •     Share photos of you and your team: people can relate to real experiences.
  •     Participate with your followers with questions: do not try to connect your product, just listen.
  •     Share valuable information; Facebook loves pictures, so try to graphics or pictographic.

Succeeding online is always a battle of numbers. Not implement any strategy without understanding how you will measure your success.

Make informed hypotheses and validate analysis and conversion metrics. As a start-up would the life cycle model MVP; build, measure, learn.

His strategy will be developed alike to discover what works versus what does not.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

How To Overcome Creative Stalemates

Any time you've been looking through directories of design or other publications, keep up on what's happening in the industry, when it happens to a working group of the most creative and technically competent strides than anything I've done so far?

I do not mean a little better - I'm talking about working in a completely different stratosphere well.

I know I have. More times than I'd care to admit now. But stop for a minute to consider why this happens. You're a creative person. It creates for a living - so why your work is seems to hit a 'glass ceiling' creative occasionally, and his colleagues think you are surpassing light years?

I will explore some of the reasons that designers can knock creative stagnation and what you can do to get beyond its limited design.

You keep looking at the same subject

This happens in all creative disciplines, from design to the fine art of writing music. Creative people tend to see a lot of creative work they like, and tend to avoid work they do not like or understand very well.

While this is normal, it has the unfortunate side effect of making your job boring and generic. As a command input into a computer, which is what comes out. So if you only eat a certain type of work, that's all you're going to have to base their creativity.



Expand your horizons design. Read new things and see new genres of art and design that normally you would not mind. You never know where you'll find inspiration. Even something as strange as natural phenomena or Sky Mall catalogs, you can unleash a creative storm in his brain.

Bad Design Makes You Sad


It's true: glaring design work is depressing. And when you're sad, it is less likely to produce good work. A few years ago, I went through a period of wondering if I still wanted to be a designer more as my job and all the work I was seeing seemed to be stuck in mediocrity.

It was not until I stumbled upon a treasure of incredible work being put out by my colleagues that my enthusiasm for the design came back, and plunged headlong into a new creative project.



We humans, being social animals, we tend to imitate everything we see our fellow humans do. If people around you are doing wrong, boring, boring work, which not only will begin to adopt the mindset that the design is boring, you will also begin to imitate that kind of work. Do not get caught in that trap. Look great job and be inspired by it.

You have bad taste

Ira Glass famously that "taste is why your work disappoints." I would say it's worse if your job did not disappoint him because that would mean that the taste is not good enough to know when your job is bad.

This is another reason why it is so important to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to look at new and different work.

This applies even if what is next is worse than what you've been looking for. It can actually be a good thing, because at least you know that there is something worse than no. Crappier only to find work, your taste and ability to separate right from wrong have improved.

The secret to truly original designs

Good. Now that we have reviewed some of the reasons why people run into brick walls of inspiration, I'll just come out and tell you how to create more original designs. Ready?

The secret of originality is to do things that are completely unrelated to the design. When you travel, read a book, painting, cooking, playing an instrument, learning a language, write a short story, or play a sport that is doing more to enhance their quality of life in general. You're actually giving your brain a much needed creative thinking about their problems rest.



Many people think that simply can "break through" through a challenging design problem, but this is especially true. All you'll end up doing is wearing yourself out, and so-called "creative block" will be closer to being solved. Often, a simple break from the workstation will fire these creative neurons and give an avalanche of new ideas.

When you're busy doing something else, it does not mean your brain has stopped thinking about the creative challenge. By contrast, still chewing back - only now you're dealing with something else and leaving her to really think.

Upon return to it, like a download runs in the background on your computer, your brain has worked its way through the maze and reach a new solution.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Freebie: Responsive Sports Icon Set (40×4 Icons, AI, CSH, PNG, PSD, Sketch, SVG)

Free icons are always great to liven up our work with minimal effort. Today, we are delighted to launch a free set of 40 sports icons in four styles and six formats. Each icon in this set comes in four styles: flat color, glyph palette Google materials, and the dashed line. In addition, icons are transformed line of response in four sizes, comprising a single icon on each breakpoint. Thus, details are adjusted according to the size, preserving the style and identity of the icons.

All icons are included in six formats: AI, PSD, SVG, PNG, CSH and Sketch. We have optimized the SVG format, producing very light and small files to improve their websites and applications' performance. It also facilitates the creation of web fonts much easier. The set is still in its infancy with a lot more icons currently in production. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.



Each icon in the set is called and is filed in the appropriate folder, making the search for icons very easy.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Web Design: The Fast Track To Optimizing User Experience And Visibility

Graphic design once existed as a single entity for commercial activity, a form of static visual communication through the use of typography, space and imagery.


While the role of graphic design not initially changed with the advent of the Internet and website development, graphic design soon evolved to meet the demands of screen-based applications, and this progress continues in order to meet the changing demands.

Design-driven user experience

Graphic design can see that they have really evolved, and is now integrated into the infrastructure of the very modern, skillfully constructed websites. Now not only simple static graphics or brand identity is offered, but in the heart of the great user experience and visibility of the site itself.

Today and in expert hands, web design really offer facilities like web browsing, based on actions to design web response (RWD) or high performance search engine optimization (SEO) networks.

It's intuitive, stupid

High quality, well designed graphical navigation involves not only intuitive navigation panel or button design, and therefore a good user experience, and it also impacts on other grounds.

These include SEO, graphic design, where the navigation button, your naming convention over the fate of the button, we all know that the search bots to crawl your website. For example, if the button is embedded in an image, the robots do not drag most images, making navigation appointment carefully crafted will be invisible.

What will be swept under these circumstances is the alternative label (alt tag) and this could easily reduce their search rankings and website visibility.

Now you see ...

But the issue is not limited visibility to the naming conventions navigation and alt tag. Some search engines now occupy more compatible websites to mobile search rankings than conventional desktop sites.

This means that you need to design using RWD design techniques and technologies. RWD Web design techniques to create websites designed to provide optimal user experience in a wide range of devices, from desktops through tablets, to mobile phones.

RWD websites are designed to fit graphics to a display device using determined based on the proportion and flexible images to provide a simple and very visible navigation content easy to read, and with minimal scrolling, panning and networks size switching.
Words and pictures

While web design technologies and design techniques discussed here will deliver a great user experience, they cannot save you from other issues that revolve around the visibility of the site.

While on-page SEO relates to the content of text instead of web design, content that is shown through graphic design can be critical to the aesthetics of web design, but is also key to the visibility of the site.

Wordless

As most marketers know, techniques are known in the SEO pages for maximum visibility, and these include securing key phrases appear in areas such as headlines and the first parts of paragraph and sentence.

However, this key should be embedded SEO content critical in an image for aesthetic effect, the words become invisible to the search engine robots and die, which significantly reduces the search rankings of your website.

Therefore, a good web design is much deeper than purely aesthetic. While still a graphic medium, web design can make or break your website in terms of user experience and search visibility.

A good web design begins with a graphical input, but to be truly successful, web design reaches virtually all areas of marketing communication.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

How We Redesigned Yelp’s UX With Remote Usability Testing

Usability testing with real users, is one of the key areas that many web designers skip. Often, there is little money in the budget for testing, but usability testing distance can be relatively inexpensive to implement, and the results can make a big difference to a site conversions.

To demonstrate the power of usability testing in the design, we partner with User Testing and optimal Workshop to run some tests on Yelp as part of a redesign exercise.

Specifically we chose remote usability testing because they are quite fast and quite affordable to run, compared with focus groups and other testing laboratory based design. These tests were all unmoderated so users can interact with the Yelp website in the comfort of your own home for the most natural results. Encouraged to think aloud and then recorded their reactions.


 
User research is not writing complex reports - it is asking the right questions and use evidence to support design decisions. In this piece, we'll see how we elect our users, how we set the tasks and what were the results ...

Selecting Users:

One of the first steps is to find out who is testing their designs. In our experience, we have found that demographics are not as important as the behavior and familiarity with technology. How often they do use similar platforms, and how comfortable they are?

Yelp has a base of large users (138 million unique monthly visitors, according to the Q2 of Yelp 2,014 numbers) to our redesigned site still it had to be familiar to the average current user - no sense to alienate power users for there to woo first-time users.

We do not focus on age, sex, income level, or experience in the use of the Web, because Yelp users come from all backgrounds. Because we are handling qualitative data, no need to worry about statistical significance. We follow the best practices in the industry and we ran our study with a total of 5 users who help reveal about 85% of the usability problems (good enough for exercise).

One task required users to log into an account. This meant we had to create two segments of our test base: one with accounts Yelp (3 users) and one without (2 users). For Yelp segment accounts only selected participants who were users Yelp for less than 6 months to clear even more likely to be power users.

Finally, for the sake of simplicity, we only tried the website Coffee in desktop, not mobile devices. (If this was more than just an exercise, we would have tried the experience on as many devices as possible.)


Creating tasks for our users

Each usability test should start with the question: "What do we learn?"

For us, we wanted to learn Yelp semi-frequent users complete common tasks (to identify what features were most important) task and at least one less common (to test the intuitiveness of advanced features).

We gave all users of such common tasks:

  •     Focused task - Find a very specific parameters based on business
  •     Open-ended task - Find a business without giving many guidelines
  •     Very specific task - Find a specific place to learn a specific piece of information

We wanted to learn when both groups of users chose to look in front of sail, how they interacted with filters, and how the decision about which business to visit was taken.

As for less common tasks, we provide a different task for each user group.

As we had heard several complaints from users about Yelp registered Bookmark and lists features, we ask the registered users (Group 1) to save companies for later reference. For unregistered users (Group 2), we ask them to find an event.

Then all the tasks we have assigned to both groups are presented. After each test, we ask users if they were able to complete the task successfully and the level of ease or difficulty (known as the question Ease Individual).

    Imagine you need to book a private dining room for a group of 15 people. Are you looking for an Italian restaurant with an elegant atmosphere? Its budget is about $ 20 per person. Try to find a restaurant near you that matches all these requirements.

    Imagine you are driving through Boise, Idaho, and your car starts making a strange sound right when you're about to stop for the night. His companion recommended 27th St Automotive. Use Yelp to find out if they are open at 8:00 pm Tuesday.

Task Group 1 (account holders Yelp)

    Imagine that your best friend is having a birthday soon, and you be planning a party. Find 10 bars or lounges near where you live would be interesting to study later for the party. Save them so that you can easily find it again on Yelp.

    Go to the place where you saved the 10 bars for the party of his best friend. Keep your tastes in mind, choose one that would be a good match.

Task Group 2 (non-account holders)

    Use Yelp to find a new restaurant near you that you have not been to yet. Do not spend more than five minutes looking for.

    Imagine you are looking for something fun and unique to do in your neighborhood this weekend. Try to find a concert, play, or other event using Yelp.

Once this was done, it was time to begin the test. It took about an hour to get the results before we could see the reactions of users and analyze data.


The breakdown of data usability

To compare qualitative data we had now, we have a quantitative test with 35 users with a closed-type card and proof of first click. You can learn more about quantitative user tasks, but we'll just summarize the main points of view:

    The search bar was the starting point for almost all tasks. It was also the option preferred backup when users were unsure of how to interact with the site user interface (for example, search for "Bars" instead of clicking on the category). Our new design definitely need to prioritize the search bar.

    The Events tab not noticeable. When asked to find an interesting activity, a user was to search bar, while the other sailed through the top section of Yelp. If we wanted users to interact effectively with the events told in Yelp, we need to make it easier to find.

    Price categories were unclear. When a budget is administered find a restaurant, some Users were not sure what they meant dollar signs. In our new design, we have added price ranges to symbols.

    Filters are not prioritized correctly. People are not used 7 Coffee filters 47, and the most popular filters that emerged in the tests (eg, "accept credit cards" and "Open Now") take multiple clicks to access. Our redesign reorganized in groups of 4 filters for easier access.

    The photos are a key part of the experience. When asked to find restaurants with a certain environment, users relied on photos. Our new design makes more visual Yelp.

    Markers need be simpler. Currently, you cannot just keep a restaurant or business directly from the search results - you need to visit each individual page marker. Our new design allows you to save a company with a single click on the search results page.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

2015 Guide To Responsive Web Design

Responsive design is fast becoming part of the essential elements in web design 2015. A technique of web design that offers users an intuitive and functional web version for all mobile devices. The reliance on mobile phones and tablets in addition to laptops and desktop screens larger, is increasing exponentially. Web users are beginning to expect websites to suit the login screen and, if not, the result is often a very frustrated user. The good news is that responsive design is not as complicated as it seems and can be implemented in a number of ways. We have prepared a quick cheat sheet to help you on your way to success responsive design.

The easiest way Responsive web design is a website that changes its format to match the screen of the device which is accessed from. However, the tool can also provide the opportunity for web designers to tailor content to different users; for example, by accessing the user's location of a web site you can tailor information to them on a geographical basis.

If you need convincing of the year to make design a priority response is 2015, the use of Google Analytics can be very persuasive. After submitting your website to the analysis, you can see directly how many users are accessing your site through mobile phones by selecting 'Public' and then 'Mobile'. More iPhones sold babies born in New Zealand, we can almost guarantee that it will be more than you can imagine.

To make the design change response there are two main ways you can go down; creating an adaptive website with various designs fixed width set for common devices, or using various designs of fluid grid for truly responsive user experience. There are positives and negatives to both what is important for weighing up before making a start. The positive aspect of various designs of fixed width is that you can have more control over the web aesthetics on every screen size. However, the use of fixed-width designs your website does not have the ability to respond to changes in the size of the browser. If you have ever had to have two windows open simultaneously, you will understand the struggle that leads us to the most complete version of responsive design; using various fluids grid designs. Fluid grid work distributions based on the ratios rather than the more traditional pixels, which allow to change the content browser according to size and fit mobile devices. This web content is given a percentage of the browser or screen to take and as the size changes the window view, content is taking up his percentage allocated browser. The percentages can be calculated with a simple algorithm: white / context = result, in whole or pixels / pixel = percentage content.



As the browser size is an issue that arises mainly with desktop and laptop screens, a smart way to implement the design of response may be having fluid grid layouts designed for computers and fixed width designs for mobile devices. While saying this, there are a variety of devices currently on the market, with more and more coming all the time. It becomes almost impossible to keep up, so it may be best to let your website do the work for you, respond to new devices through the use of multiple fluid grid layouts.

To ensure all your website is sensitive, it is important to think about their images. Fluid imaging, image resizing within the confines of a grid of fluid. This is easily implemented through the CSS: img {max-width: 100 %;}. This single line of CSS code will ensure that the images on your website will never appear stretched or pixelated, giving a clean and professional printing.

2015 A first approach 'mobile' is what is recommended. As the title suggests, it is an approach in which the web designers focus on the production of a smartphone experience and then move up the ladder of devices, from intelligent desktop to mobile screens. This is because the mobile web browsing is likely to eclipse the desktop navigation if they have not, therefore, is your target demographic. Smartphones have more capabilities than their predecessor’s desktop, so they can design for the likes of a touch screen, in the first instance, rather than as an afterthought. Screens smartphones are only able to display the core of your website, no sidebars, advertisements or social media buttons. It's much easier to start simple and work up.

You may wonder if we are starting with a focus on "mobile first" then maybe we should be creating an application in place, and this is indeed something to consider. Our advice would be that a Web site response may be the best option. In terms of universal compatibility this application is because the world is fickle; With Apple and Android in a head to head competition, some applications may be exclusive to either iOS or Android Having a website response ensures that all devices Internet access to your site may be used without further fuss about which brand to side.

If you're thinking this is all just a little too much work and algorithms are not your thing, then do not worry. There are some excellent front frames (Foundation and Bootstrap are good) that can be used to create a sensitive site. Their networks have incorporated responsive design and have done the work for you. The result is a sensitive web site immediately.

We hope this has been helpful for web designers out there looking to 2015 as a year of change. We believe that progress towards a website that answers will surely benefit both the user and recipients.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

7 Web Design Trends You'll See in 2015

Whether you are a web designer by trade or were forced to work as part of a new society that is short of resources, you find that you have to be in touch with the trends of the year industry .this a number of new styles and designs are trend. Your ability to keep that in mind when working on your site (s) will be tactically useful.


1. Long Travel Sites

Perhaps the most popular trend in the first half of this year has been extended travel sites. Apple on the head with his iPhone on page 6, which showed how it is possible to include a lot of information on a single page of an elegant and convincing manner.The reason for this trend is so popular - and will probably endurance - has to do with the way people access the Internet today. As users of the Internet have fundamentally changed the use of desktop computers to smartphones and tablets, or by adding at least the latter to its arsenal, has become easier to move, instead of clicking small links to navigate to one page to another.

2. Split Screens

One of the most interesting design trends is the design of the split screen in which a kind of vertical shear, divided parts of the page into two or more parts. This design is ideal for businesses that have two valuable products, services or angles that want to promote.You may highlight several elements, instead of having to arrange them in a certain order. EightandFour.com mastered to perfection the design of the split screen. On the left side of the company explains its services, while the right side connecting visitors to the company's work samples.

A large sign in the middle did a good job of spicing the vertical division of another symmetrically. Although this design is probably not suitable for everyone, has its place and is growing in popularity among web designers and businesses.

3. Parallax Scrolling

New technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3 designers have very sophisticated capabilities. Not a few of them choose to push the boundaries.At present, one of the biggest trends is parallax scrolling. This is to make the bottom of the Web page to move more slowly than the foreground. As a result, the user undergoes an intriguing 3D effect adds depth and seems strong enough.

While this is not a standard parallax scrolling design, Sony website shows that it is possible to combine the features parallax with other design elements to create a unique design. It will be interesting to see how long the parallax trend and where you can go one day, but for now this is a particularly interesting design option for creative companies.

4. Responsive Web Design

As we move through 2015, it became clear that the design of sensitive sites is less of a trend and more imperative. This allows your website design To change the perfection sizes without compromising quality or UX, regardless of screen size is available in hers.According to this blog Hostgator, "Using models and liquid CSS network systems, as well as media inquiries, your code can facilitate change with surprising ease. The key is to remember that each device has specific capabilities, your website should reflect that. "

5. Visual Large Headers

Although not necessarily a new trend, large video heads remain a preferred choice for many designers. What is contained in these headers may be changing, however.Websites like Airbnb and Paypal deviated typical static and moving images are now using - even outside - videos to evoke new responses of visitors.When a video is deployed, you must walk a fine line. The movement of the content should be smooth, quiet, and relatively slow movement. All too quickly or make your chaotic and overwhelming unnecessary startup page.The goal is not to surprise people, but to make them think, "Oh, wow At first glance, not even realizing that it was a movie."

6. Storytelling

Many companies, brands and organizations have realized that your site is your number one tool for telling stories. They must commit to stories about not only the content but also by specific web design elements, design and navigation.If what you want is a good example of visual storytelling in web design, UltraLinx has an excellent article that lists 10 examples of law. The common denominator is that each site gives users the ability to interact with various visual elements ... usually by passing the mouse over an icon.

7. Hidden Menus

For years, menu bars have been a staple in the industry of web design. Nobody really tried to contest the inclusion of a menu on the home page. It just does not make sense to anyone.However, the trend towards greater simplicity has inspired many designers to hide their menus Site behind the buttons and tabs. The menu is only revealed when the mouse over the icon in the design of the narrative.

Stay on Top of Trends:

Although certainly not just to imitate what others are doing, it is useful to be aware of what the designers are successful and learn from their techniques and strategies.These seven trends in web design are very popular right now and certainly worth thinking about future design tasks.