February 10th, 2010 — Web Design
The primary notion behind a graphical icon is to immediately extend your message to the user. If you start with words, it may take more than a paragraph to explain what you have in mind, but an explicitly created icon is alone enough to successfully transmit your message across to the user.
Below, some latest tutorials for icon designing have been given. Take a look:
Make a Detailed Apple iPad Icon
After the launch of iPad, it’s imperative for every web designer to use this new innovation and add it to their toolbox. You can now know the tips and create an iPad icon graphic yourself.
Make a Shiny Paint Bucket Icon
In order to create a plain three-dimensional icon of paint bucket along with paint stains – this visual tutorial is great. This tutorial enables you to control the paths, layer effects and illumination which results in the creation of this glossy paint bucket icon.
Make a Buddy Icon
This is a basic and easily understandable tutorial which explains step by step on how you can create the amazing buddy icon from nick using Photoshop. To begin this creation, all you need is some general knowledge on how to use Photoshop and the Pen Tool (P).
Make a Photo Frame Social Icon
This is an Illustrator tutorial in which you are able to learn how an effective social bookmarking icon enclosed in a photo frame is created. Since the social media buzz is quite high these days, this tutorial will prove to be a good help.
Make a Monitor Icon
This video tutorial guides you on how to create a monitor icon using Photoshop. Consisting of three parts, these short video pieces are all that you need for monitor icon designing.
January 19th, 2010 — SEO
It seems like a rat race is going on in the world of web design. When a good web design is achieved they talk about good programming, and when that is finally accomplished then search engine optimization becomes crucial. So, what’s the new trend in web design aiming towards? “WEBSITE USABILITY”
We all know that website usability, or you can say accessibility, refers to a website that works equally well for search engines and humans. Here are the 3 cool and also amusing tools that can tell if your website conforms to this latest trend or not – without having to hire web design services. Check them out.
Tool 1 – Five Second Test
This tool is helpful to check your webpage usability in seconds. Here is how you can use it:
- Take a screenshot of the webpage you want to check for usability.
- Upload it to the Five Second Test website and a link will be generated to you.
- Float this link by means of social media and let the people look at your screenshot for 5 seconds and jot down the 5 things they noticed in your webpage.
- Obtain the people’s answers through email.
- Improve your webpage on the basis of mass recommendations.
Tool 2 – Feng-GUI
This is another fun tool that works by showing you the heat map of any image you present. Feng-GUI basically generates algorithm-based heat maps to analyze human response after they look at a certain thing. This algorithm analyzes the Color, theme, intensity, size, and finishing of a website.
Tool 3 – Usability Checklist
The third and the last website usability check tool is the usability checklist which you can print and tick mark the “rating” sections wherever you can. You can also create your own ratings if you like.
These 3 tools are indeed a fun way to acknowledge what’s lacking in your website and offers fun recommendations to fix them too!
January 12th, 2010 — Web Design
Developing an e-commerce website means how you attract and interact with you customers and clients. Making it attractive does matter but more important is to engage a user and get more customers.
A good E commerce web design not only increases business by attracting new customers but also retains the current ones.
Well Defined and Focused
The product should be well focused so that the customer is not distracted. Having a layout that’s clear, specific and understandable will not discourage the customers or drive them away. Site should have well defined sections. The navigation menu should be well placed so that the customer doesn’t have to waste time. A shopping cart can make it easy for the customer to buy or remove an item.
Exhibit your Products
Product should be exhibited in a way that the moment the customer enters a site he should know what is your product. First glance of it can either convince a user to be a customer or drive him away. There should be a visible and pictorial display of product too. The display of the product should be organized and modified. Any offers available should be highlighted.
Small sized images
Use of smaller-sized images, if your site takes too long to load, you will lose potential customers.
Search engine Optimization
Options should be available to refine their searches by prices, colors, models etc. Bring in advanced search engine optimization techniques that give compatible results.
Make sure the customer doesn’t have to waste time in making a decision as he gets what he looking for tailored according to their needs. Only require vital pieces of info like the name, shipping/billing address, and payment method. The less time a customer has to waste the more are the chances of retaining him for a long time.
Make sure the content on your site is up to date especially the products information. If your site has a blog, keep it up-to-date. Always update a products price before you get the chance to forget, and make the offers it attractive and catchy.