When crafting new features, designers always think about scalability: what will this list look like with 50, 500, or 500,000 items on it? However, one often overlooked aspect of a design is the empty state–what does the list look like with zero items?
UI stands for user interface, which is how a user interacts with the interface you create. This includes menus, navigation, buttons, and more. It's a part of the overall UX (user experience) that's focused on the visual aspect of the user's overall experience on a particular website or app.
Designers have good intentions, but small overlooked details can subtly reinforce concepts that exclude certain people, even if your company preaches diversity and inclusivity. Sometimes we get so focused on making pixel-perfect designs, adhering to a particular color scheme, and making great UI that we forget to look at deeper implications of what we design and how it might affect specific groups of people.
Defining your own ethical code is difficult, but if you’re going to work with a variety of different clients, it’s necessary. What types of work would you refuse to accept? How far is too far over the line? Where is the line? Designers must ask themselves these questions to determine their personal ethical code.
Mobile devices account for more than half of online search traffic, and that number is only going to increase. Designing for such a small screen is significantly different than designing for a computer screen, and it’s crucial to design unique interfaces for both.
Typefaces are not pretty decorations; they’re an essential part of your design that directly impacts the readability and usability of your final product.
Content marketing, creating and spreading content to increase traffic, is a great (and relatively simple) way to boost SEO. 93% of marketers use content marketing as part of their strategy.
Using traditional art can be intimidating for a designer who is used to working in Photoshop and Illustrator, but the challenge is definitely worth it. Obviously the traditional art route takes longer and can’t be used for every project, but when you make a deliberate choice to enhance your work using this method, it pays off.
So, you had an idea. You want to sell a product, offer your expertise in an area, or post content online about something you’re passionate about. But where do you go from there?
One of the most challenging aspects of logo design is communicating the complicated company values, mission, and services in a simple logo that translates easily over print and digital mediums.
With the rise of big data, data scientists and statisticians are finding innovative and powerful ways to interpret data and draw conclusions. However, without visualizing that data and making it easy to digest, any important findings from the results will not be widely understood.
Design activism is about using your talents as a designer to create a positive impact in the world. It means using your talents to help non-profits establish their identity or offering to create a logo for an organization run entirely by volunteers. It’s about designers using what they know best, design, to help solve problems and build a better world.
Learning the difference between UI and UX design can initially be very confusing. Designers will tell you that UI is part of UX, but UX is not “experienced” from UI only. But what does that mean? Which one is more important? How do you use them together effectively?