Design – SaveDelete https://savedelete.com Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:34:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Making Your Portfolio Website Stand Out https://savedelete.com/design/making-your-portfolio-website-stand-out/225406/ https://savedelete.com/design/making-your-portfolio-website-stand-out/225406/#respond Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:34:24 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=225406 request freelance services template form - MightyForms

If you don’t have a portfolio website yet, you are officially out of excuses. Even if you’re not coding-savvy, you can count on platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace and many others that are almost, if not completely code-free. That said, you need to make sure you have a killer portfolio website so you can stand […]

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If you don’t have a portfolio website yet, you are officially out of excuses. Even if you’re not coding-savvy, you can count on platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace and many others that are almost, if not completely code-free. That said, you need to make sure you have a killer portfolio website so you can stand out from the crowd.

We’ll be talking specifically about tips that are less talked about, so less design inspirations and more presentation musts. No matter what design choices you make, remember that this is a reflection of who you are and what it’s like to work with you. The content needs to be optimized for your potential clients and how your set of skills can help them.

Make it easy to reach you with a contact form

The main reason that you need a portfolio website is to make it easy for people to find your work and decide to hire you. If they can’t easily find a way to reach you, very rarely they will try harder to find out.  You can increase your number of clients just by having a contact form in an intuitive spot on your website.

Create a custom contact form with a powerful online form creator, like MightyForms that is completely code-free. The last thing you need after working hard on a website full of personality is a bland contact form that doesn’t even have automated functions. MightyForms makes it easy to create e-mail notifications and confirmation messages so you can offer the best user experience.

Quality over Quantity every time

Another great tip that will help you stand out is to prioritize every content by its quality, instead of listing every single job you’ve ever done in a long, unfiltered list. This means showing off jobs and projects that you know will resonate the most with your potential new clients.

A great way to make sure you’ve picked the best projects to highlight is to check if they helped you make great connections and if the client gave you a recommendation. Those are the best endorsements in the eyes of your potential new clients since it further proves that you are a valuable asset for them and the results they need.

Share your process and your results

Which brings us to our last tip that will make your portfolio website stand out: share your work process and your results. You can encourage more people to want to work with you simply by sharing stories and step-by-steps of what it was like to work with other clients.

Sharing results may seem like the most obvious thing, but in this case, try to go beyond showing just what you worked on. What benefits did your work bring to your client? How much did they save on resources like time and money by working with you? If your work was part of a larger project, how well did that project do? Answer these questions with respect to your clients’ confidentiality, of course, but it’s a sure-fire way to convince your potential clients that you care about their success as much as your own.

Learn more about lead generation and workflow automation to scale your solo or small business and you are on your way to success.

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Boosting Your Business with the Help of a UX Agency https://savedelete.com/design/boosting-your-business-with-the-help-of-a-ux-agency/217242/ https://savedelete.com/design/boosting-your-business-with-the-help-of-a-ux-agency/217242/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 16:15:12 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=217242 UX Agency

Nowadays, most companies try to have some digital presence, whether via a website, social media page, or a mobile app – all to help potential clients find and interact with them. The thing is that you don’t have to be a technical wizard to set up an essential web presence. However, if you want to […]

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UX Agency

Nowadays, most companies try to have some digital presence, whether via a website, social media page, or a mobile app – all to help potential clients find and interact with them. The thing is that you don’t have to be a technical wizard to set up an essential web presence. However, if you want to score from whatever digital channels you opt for, make outstanding products, and boost your client conversion rates, you’d need a more professional approach to the problem.

There are user experience design agencies that help their clients – businesses of all kinds and sizes – develop the best products so that their audiences would enjoy them. And, with a tint of patience and persistence, you can find an outstanding company that will provide you with all the needed UX design assistance.

Why Should You Work with a UX Agency?

Clients are the focus of any business, no matter the niche or type. They are the end-users of your service or product. According to a study conducted back in 2014 by the Design Management Institute (DMI), companies that were focused on user experience when developing their products have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) by 228% since 2004. And while this study isn’t exactly new, it shows a steady tendency of end user’s appreciation of properly designed products.

When you have a UX design agency like Clay.Global taking care of your project, you get their knowledge and experience concerning all kinds of design aspects for different user types in one package. It may take a while for you to find a reliable user experience design team, but when you find one ultimately, its specialists will make sure your product or service will be valued and appreciated by the end-user.

After discussing your project with you and setting a timeline, the UX agency will get to its process that includes research on trends, user types, and visual representation, among other things. All of that is to develop a product that will suit you and your particular audience.

Above all, hiring a UX agency for your project allows you to rent talent instead of hiring specialists. It’s a massive advantage because you don’t need to form a team and wait for the staff to get used to each other and get acquainted with your business model, goals, and mission statement. You hire a team of design experts that know how to do their job and know it well. You have a timeline the agency abides with, and you don’t need to think about what to do after the project is completed. You fulfill your payment duties and enjoy your product. Depending on your needs, you can even save on your costs. But the right UX design agency will cost a considerable sum nonetheless, so you have to strategize ahead of time and make sure your budget allows such expenses.

What Can You Expect from a UX Design Company?

First of all, the UX agency you hire will focus on defining the problem. This stage includes revealing issues with workflow, feature gaps, user pain points, etc. In other words, anything that is related to the future experience of your end-user. Whether it’s a service or product, you want it to flow and fulfill the end user’s need for convenient and unhampered use.

After this initial stage, UX agencies usually develop several ideas and try to get some feedback from users, in general. This step may include surveys, interviews, and following users’ daily routine. This way, your design agency will get detailed information about the audience that is going to use your product. The team will then form workflows, personas, and user stories, among other things that will lie in the framework of your project.

Dealing with a UX agency also provides you with flexibility. In what terms exactly? As your project’s design process progresses and reaches the testing stage, it may shift to another direction. An agency that has experience and proficiency in dealing with all sorts of trouble will do everything to find the best solution possible and bring the project to the needed result.

What It All Comes Down to

Selecting the right UX agency is a strategic decision, and that will have a long-standing effect on your company. Hiring a user experience design company will ensure that you provide your customer base with the best possible solution for their needs. Considering that a professional and trustworthy design agency will take your project through a painstaking process of research and development, keeping you updated throughout all of its stages, you will get the product targeted on your particular audience.

Having a team of talented and experienced UX specialists is a recipe for a successful product or service that will boost your client conversion rates and, as a result, your revenue. It doesn’t mean that your marketing department will have no work – on the contrary, they will have a solid material that will turn into a sales machine, if handled correctly. Thus, if you want to take your business one giant step towards success, you should look for a reliable UX design agency.

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Ancient Crafts That are Making a Comeback https://savedelete.com/design/ancient-crafts-that-are-making-a-comeback/215026/ https://savedelete.com/design/ancient-crafts-that-are-making-a-comeback/215026/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:11:54 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=215026 Ancient Crafts

If you are a fan of crafting or all-things ancient you might be pleased to know that there are some ancient crafts making a comeback. These crafts were used for hundreds, if not thousands of years to make intricate or sturdy items. We’ve now seen a resurgence in these crafts that help us get a […]

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Ancient Crafts

If you are a fan of crafting or all-things ancient you might be pleased to know that there are some ancient crafts making a comeback. These crafts were used for hundreds, if not thousands of years to make intricate or sturdy items. We’ve now seen a resurgence in these crafts that help us get a glimpse of those simpler times.

Let’s take a look at just a few of those ancients crafts that are finding their way into 21st century life:

Polelathe Turning

Every single village in England once had a wood turner who worked on a polelathe. A polelathe was used to make wooden bowls and plates and this practice was used up until the 1700s.

A polelathe was made from posts and timber beams and drove a sapling that was anchored at its base. Some cord was wrapped around a chuck that would be hammered into the wood that was being turned. Pushing down on the treadle that was attached to the cord ensured that the chuck turned. This ensures that a hook or a chisel shaped the wood.

Blacksmithing

Blacksmiths used the heat of a fire to forge iron and steel. Often confused with metalsmithing, blacksmithing involves using an anvil, hammers and fire to shape and join steel and iron. This method is used to create curtain poles, jewelry, fire irons and much more.

A small forge is needed so that the metal can be heated up to 1,832 Fahrenheit. A anvil along with bending and cutting tools and used and slotted into the anvil. Other tools are used to create a variety of designs. While it can take many years to perfect the skills required for blacksmithing, the wait is always worth it.

Dry Stone Walling

Dry stone walling was used in Britain until the middle of the 17th century. There are currently approximately 125,000 miles of these walls in Britain. In fact, some of these walls date back more than 5,000 years. The walls were built when the Enclosure Acts came into place and they were looked after very well. However, there is very little need for these walls as other materials can now be used, even if the end product is not quite as attractive.

Big base stones are laid first and in a shallow trench. Then on top, large and flat stones are placed. On the very top of the dry stone wall you will find stones sitting upright. The tool that is used to create these walls is a sharp-edged hammer. However, many wallers try not to cut stones at all.

Dry stone walling is undoubtedly hard work but the walls end up looking beautiful and the result is a wall that has the ability to last for hundreds of years.

Many new walls have been built in Britain and other countries over the last few decades. This is due to a resurgence in the craft that seems to breathe new life into often neglected areas.

In the United States, dry stone walls are often referred to as “Stone fences” or “Rock fences”. They are typically found in areas that have rocky soils. These areas are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England. Other areas where you will find these walls/fences include Virginia and the Napa Valley in California.

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4 simple (but necessary) ways to build your brand identity https://savedelete.com/design/4-simple-but-necessary-ways-to-build-your-brand-identity/214882/ https://savedelete.com/design/4-simple-but-necessary-ways-to-build-your-brand-identity/214882/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:16:43 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=214882 brand identity

What is a brand? Before you start building your brand identity, you need to have a clear idea in your mind about what a brand is. This is tricky because a brand is not easy to define. Author Marty Neumeier said “a brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or organization” and […]

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What is a brand?

Before you start building your brand identity, you need to have a clear idea in your mind about what a brand is. This is tricky because a brand is not easy to define. Author Marty Neumeier said “a brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or organization” and left us all a little confused…

But he isn’t wrong – humans are emotional beings who often base their choices on how a product makes them feel rather than strictly what the product has to offer. As Seth Godin wonderfully puts it, “A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.”

So what is brand identity?

Brand identity is the visual side of the brand made up of all the imagery, typography, colors and other visual elements that identify and distinguish the brand in the mind of the consumer. Strong visual branding elements can make the brand stand out among all other alternatives and lets the consumer connect the brand with a set of brand attributes, benefits, impressions or emotions. This is why it is very important to choose your visual branding elements carefully.

Building brand identity

What brand identity you aim for depends entirely on what your brand personality and positioning is, what buyer personas you are targeting and how you want those personas to feel about your brand. Your brand personality is determined by your brand’s vision, mission, core values and the keywords that you think define your brand best.  If your brand is built for Generation X and wants to come across as trustworthy and reliable, you might want to go for a more classic, even vintage, look for your brand – case in point: Gen X’s beloved, Harley Davidson. If your target demographic is Millennials and Gen Y, a minimalist look might suit you best to convey your brand’s modernity, like Catalyst Design Studio.

This decision depends entirely on your brand but we can help you figure out what elements you need to keep in focus when you begin building your desired identity.

Colors

Your branding colors are the first thing the consumer is going to notice about your brand and will greatly affect how they perceive your brand because all colors evoke different emotions in the consumer’s mind. Hence, it is important to do your research into color psychology before you make a commitment to a set of brand colors. Here’s a useful infographic about what feelings certain colors may induce:

Image credit: The Logo Company

McDonald’s color choice, for example,  is all about creating a warm and happy experience for families and friends, while a brand like Coca Cola is always focused on experimenting with exciting new ideas and adding youthful energy to its communication with consumers.

Choose colors that reflect your brand personality and attributes, keep your visuals clear and easy to understand and/or read, and make your brand stand out from the crowd.

Logo

The next step is to design a beautiful logo using the colors you have picked out. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when designing a logo:

1. Keep it simple

Avoid unnecessary complexity in your logo that might make the logo hard to read or comprehend for the consumer. Less is always more.

2. Keep the design scaleable

The design should be useable for everything from an app icon to business stationery to a billboard advertisement.

3. Be unique in your approach

Try to avoid clichéd designs and definitely avoid copying your competitors. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing and experiment with new designs. After all, you are trying to stand out, not blend in.

If you are not a design genius (most of us aren’t, it’s okay), PosterMyWall is a great online graphic design software to help you design your own customized logo easily, no design expertise needed. Simply pick a logo from the hundreds of templates available and customize it using your own colors. That is easy to do using the hex color picker in the editor. Pick a color or add your chosen brand colors’ hex codes to customize. Add your own text and voilà! Your logo is ready to go.

Typography

Did we say your logo is good to go? Well, almost. One more thing you need to take care of is the typography you use for the text you are adding. In fact, your font choice is important for all the imagery you are creating for the consumer. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when choosing the right font:

1. Keep it unique and memorable

Don’t follow trends just for the sake of following trends. It’s good to be different.

2. Keep it legible

Don’t compromise on readability. The consumer has to be able to read your brand name at first glance; it is unlikely they will make an effort to demystify your brand name instead of moving on to the next, more legible brand.

3. Keep. It. Scaleable.

The typography must look good on every platform, from your business card to your billboard ad.

4. Communicate your brand personality

If you are going for a classic identity, you might want to use Serif fonts like Playfair Display or Times New Roman that make the brand look traditional, trustworthy and respectable, or script fonts like Alex Brush or Petit Formal that come across as elegant and unique. For a modern, minimalist look, sans serif fonts like Roboto and Open Sans work best, or for an informal, artistic vibe, Amatic would be a good choice.

Here are some fonts for you to try:

There is a wide variety of fonts and font styles available in the PosterMyWall editor. There is something for every brand personality but if you still don’t find what you are looking for, you can upgrade to PosterMyWall’s Premium subscription and upload custom fonts for your brand.

Branded Imagery

Your brand identity is not limited to the branding elements you use. All marketing visuals you create and publish, like social media graphics and blog imagery, will be building associations and projecting a certain image of your brand in the mind of your consumer.

Use supporting visuals for your content that are on-brand and in line with the brand personality you are trying to project. Pick a mood for all your content and stick to it, whether it is bold and colorful, dark and moody or light and airy. A lifestyle blog, for example, might want to go for a light, airy and elegant feel in their content so all promotional visuals and web graphics for the blog must consistently reflect this vibe.

Maintaining a particular aesthetic might sound like a lot of work but, again, PosterMyWall makes it surprisingly easy. Simply search for the keyword that best reflects your requirements and find hundreds of options to choose from. Searching for ‘lifestyle’, for example, returns these beautiful, fully customizable images to work with:

Even if you like a template but you think it is not on-brand for you, you can simply personalize it by adding your own fonts, branding colors, imagery and logo, all with PosterMyWall.

For on-brand imagery, even if you don’t have your own brand portfolio, you can choose from PosterMyWall’s massive stock photo repository featuring Getty, Flickr, Pixabay and StoryBlocks stock images.

On PosterMyWall, you can pick a size for whichever avenue you are creating a visual for, for example, social media graphics, blog imagery, web visuals, and even flyers, banners and other sizes. If you like a template that is not in the size you need, you can resize it very easily using the resize button in the PosterMyWall editor.

Conclusion

According to Jeff Bezos, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” To make sure what people are saying about you is good, and only good you must put in the necessary effort into building a brand that makes people turn heads. It seems like an intimidating task at first but if you keep your approach organized, tackle all brand identity elements one by one, and make good use of helpful tools like PosterMyWall, you will soon be knocking other brands out of the park!

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5 Reasons Why a Web Builder is the Best Choice for Creating a Website https://savedelete.com/design/5-reasons-why-a-web-builder-is-the-best-choice-for-creating-a-website/213084/ https://savedelete.com/design/5-reasons-why-a-web-builder-is-the-best-choice-for-creating-a-website/213084/#respond Sun, 22 Sep 2019 05:38:53 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=213084 Web Builder

One in three small businesses have an online presence to complement their offline business. If you didn’t start leveraging the power of the online yet, you are missing out on so many opportunities! If you’re also a small business owner, then you must consider building your website soon. Creating a website may be a very […]

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Web Builder

One in three small businesses have an online presence to complement their offline business. If you didn’t start leveraging the power of the online yet, you are missing out on so many opportunities! If you’re also a small business owner, then you must consider building your website soon.

Creating a website may be a very difficult task if you want to do it yourself, as you need to learn coding and web design. Of course, there’s another option, to just pay someone do to it for you, but a new website from scratch may cost from $3000 to $6000. Moreover, there is a chance that you will not like the result. The middle ground is using a website builder – like WebDo. A web builder is a powerful tool that allows you to build a professional website without coding or design knowledge. In this article, we are going to explain 5 reasons why you should use a good website builder to create a website.

Fast turnaround.

One of the first reasons for considering a website builder is that it allows you to create a website in less than an hour. If you hire a web design team it could take even months to have your site finished, not to mention all the going back and forth with the brief, contracts and so on.

On the budget.

Another reason to take into consideration is the cheap price of a website builder platform membership. Compared to the fees of professional web designers, a web builder will cost you the equivalent of a restaurant lunch. Moreover, take the WebDo website builder for example, it even offers a free version to get started, and you can upgrade to the $24/mo plan only after your site has reached a certain level.

No coding skills required.

You don’t have to know anything about HTML or CSS, not even web design basics, such as color combinations, choosing the right fonts, or other special design skills. WebDo comes with helpful tutorials so you can get started fast. The dashboard is intuitive, that even without the guides you will be able to master it in no time.

Hosting included.

If you’re not a tech-savvy person, this will be a lifesaver feature for you. Web builder platforms also include the monthly costing fee in your plan. They cover a wide array of technical problems that might appear with your website. So, don’t worry about downtime or security issues. You can also purchase your domain name from them and even get personalized email addresses with a web mail account. Pretty much, this type of platforms offer you all the tools you need at just a couple of click away.

DISCLAIMER: Q-Bis Consult SRL – the “Cloud platform for software applications” project is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Program Competitiveness 2014-2020.

The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Union or the Government of Romania.

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Top Ten Sans-Serif Fonts. https://savedelete.com/design/top-ten-sans-serif-fonts/211854/ https://savedelete.com/design/top-ten-sans-serif-fonts/211854/#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:36:37 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=211854 fonts

If you have read any of our other articles, you probably have learned a bit about typefaces. Typefaces are the big “classification” types in which we group the fonts, and we can find four of them: serif, sans serif, script or slab. Today we are going to concentrate on the sans serif typeface: similar to […]

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If you have read any of our other articles, you probably have learned a bit about typefaces. Typefaces are the big “classification” types in which we group the fonts, and we can find four of them: serif, sans serif, script or slab. Today we are going to concentrate on the sans serif typeface: similar to serif, but with similar strokes across all letters and without the adornments we call serifs.

This very professional typeface was created as a variation of the serif type, and started as we know it roughly around the XVIIth century, where it started to be used in books and publications. The sans serif typeface can also be classified in four major groups: grotesque, neo grotesque, geometric and humanist.

So, before you go search for sans serif fonts on fontsly.com, wouldn’t you like to know which sans serif fonts are the most popular and the best to use on the web ? Well, here we are going to give you a little list with the top ten sans-serif fonts:

Open sans: Designed by Steve Matteson, comes in 10 different styles from light to extra bold. A very professional, simple, neat and clean font that can fit a lot of different feelings thanks to its different styles.

Roboto: The official font of the Android family, it was designed by Christian Robertson. It also comes in 12 different styles, from thin to ultra bold. A very modern font type, it combines the best of fonts such as Helvetica and Arial.

PT Sans: Created by ParaType, it comes in different 4 styles and with bold, italic and normal versions for all of them. A very elegant and dynamic font that is a favourite of web designers.

Exo: Designed by Natanael Gama, an interesting fact about this font is that it was originally funded through a Kickstarter project and then released for free use of everyone ! It comes in 18 different styles so you are going to have a lot of choice with this font, and it has a lot of curves and shapes it is very dynamic and cool.

Exo 2: Originally a variation of exo, it is very similar to the original but it has been made more legible and bigger, also removing many of the details of the original. So if you like exo, but this font isn’t legible enough for you, exo 2 is for you !

Ubuntu: The official font for the Ubuntu operating system, it was designed by Dalton Maag and it comes in 8 styles from light to bold. This font is rounded, quirky and fun, really stylish for those who want a little pep in their project.

Nobile: A less well known font, it comes only in 2 weights and 4 styles, so there is not a huge amount of choice, but this font compensates for it with its elegance, class and versatility. It is also very readable at small sizes, so it is great for those of you that like small lettering.

Montserrat: Originally created by Julieta Ulanovsky, this very simple, elegant font was designed by the old signs and posters on the Montserrat neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. This font also has a great readability, so it is perfect for lengthy projects.

9. Roboto Condensed: A version of Roboto, this font is less geometric and mechanical, and features more friendly and open curves. It is also somewhat smaller and more compact, which makes for a more natural and flowy reading rhythm. Perfect for those that love Roboto, but would like something warmer, friendlier and more approachable.

10. Raleway: Raleway is another elegant sans-serif font. Designed by Matt McInerney in a single style, it was eventually expanded into 9 styles. The simplicity, style, geometrical shapes and size of this font make it perfect for headings, titles, logos and other large size usage.

So there you have it, a list of the top ten sans serif fonts ! Now that you have learned more about them, why don’t you go to fontsly.com to download some of them and start experimenting to see with those that fit your style, personality and the idea you have for your project ? Fonts can really convey a particular feeling and vibe, so we wish you luck in finding the one that’s right for you !

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Top 6 Questions You Need to Ask to Identify Your Business’ Website Needs https://savedelete.com/design/top-6-questions-you-need-to-ask-to-identify-your-business-website-needs/211051/ https://savedelete.com/design/top-6-questions-you-need-to-ask-to-identify-your-business-website-needs/211051/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:17:54 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=211051 Website needs

Before you canvass around for a web hosting service provider or hosting plans, take some time to review the following questions and determine your business’ specific needs. 1. What is the size of your webpage? Webpage size matters significantly in terms of website performance and SEO ranking. These are some of the important reasons why […]

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Website needs

Before you canvass around for a web hosting service provider or hosting plans, take some time to review the following questions and determine your business’ specific needs.

1. What is the size of your webpage?

Webpage size matters significantly in terms of website performance and SEO ranking. These are some of the important reasons why you should give attention to your web page size:

  • Loading speed: A website load speed is one crucial factor in ranking web pages. Websites and web pages that load faster are ranked higher compared to slow-loading sites. The reason behind this is that users don’t find slow-loading sites useful for their high bounce rate. 
  • Mobile search: According to Luke Wroblewski, Google’s Product Director, 3G phones are slower by 40% in loading website pages compared to desktops. 4G phones are also slower than desktops by 12%. The only means to improve the loading speed is to reduce the webpage size.
  • Cost of Web Hosting: Website hosting plans are bandwidth-based. Meaning, your host will estimate the bandwidth size based on the size of your webpage and the number of site visitors and pages. If your site is filled with large-sized pages, chances are, you’ll need to pay more for higher bandwidth.

2. How secure should it be?

The website is any business’ brand and storefront. It’s also the business’s first contact with its customers. If the website is not secure, business relationships and customer trust can be compromised.

Website threats can be in any of the following forms:

  • Malware infection affecting site visitors
  • Stealing site visitor’s name, financial info, email addresses, and other transaction details
  • Making a website a part of an infected site “botnet”
  • Crashing or hijacking a website

While no industry is immune to hacking and other website threats, retail, healthcare, and financial industries are most prone to data theft.

Your web hosting provider assumes a crucial role in your brand’s website safety and security. Your host will provide the infrastructure where the site will be built upon. And just like building a home, your business needs a sturdy foundation to keep everything safe.

Just because your website has lesser traffic, it doesn’t mean bots can’t exploit it. To keep your website safe, you have to update all your software, improve your content management system, or subscribe to a password manager.

However, if you’re still shopping for the right WordPress hosting plans, check the plans of your host thoroughly and see what security features they can offer.

3. What is the projected volume of traffic on the website?

While you can’t guess the potential traffic, you can make an informed assumption. If it’s a new website, you can already expect to get low traffic volume from the start, unless your business already has a sizeable reputation.

If your website is already up and running for a couple of years, you can review your analytics and make a more informed and substantial guess.

4. What is your expected loading rate?

Most site visitors expect a fast loading website. These people don’t want to spend more time waiting to see what you can offer. It’s for this reason that you should choose hosting plans that can make your website load quickly.

More prominent websites with high traffic volume will require a different hosting level and power compared to a newbie website that has a limited number of audiences.

5. How will you rate your experience in managing and running an online site?

Be real with your website management skills. Are you still figuring everything out, or are you a seasoned website builder and manager? If you need hand-holding, WordPress hosting plans provide beginner resources and have strong customer support.

If you already know your way, prioritize scalability, customization options, and software compatibility over support and ease of use.

6. Will you need a website designer?

If you’re building and handling the website by yourself, then access to a website builder or templates can make it easier for you. However, if you need a professional website designer, check any compatibility concerns when selecting your web hosting provider.

Be real and honest in answering these questions to establish your needs. If you need planning and consultation, get in touch with WP Suites, and talk to their representatives. They will help you assess your business’ web hosting needs and suggest hosting plans that will complement these needs.

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How Can You Develop a Successful Business Website? https://savedelete.com/design/how-can-you-develop-a-successful-business-website/210398/ https://savedelete.com/design/how-can-you-develop-a-successful-business-website/210398/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:20:47 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=210398 Business Website

Several factors determine the success of a business or a company. The important among them are the self-marketing skills and way of attracting the customers. A business website is used widely by most of the businesses for this purpose in recent years. In simple words, a website that displays the product and services has become […]

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Several factors determine the success of a business or a company. The important among them are the self-marketing skills and way of attracting the customers. A business website is used widely by most of the businesses for this purpose in recent years.

In simple words, a website that displays the product and services has become one of the most effective ways to reach the target market and audiences. But this doesn’t mean that not every website attracts large numbers of customers. Only a professionally designed website that serves the interest and requirement of the customers can work as the best marketing platform and money generating machine.

Make your website truly professional

As said above this matters a lot. The business website should have a professional look and features. It is not something like an informative or entertainment website. The business website should have the ability to attract and hold the eyes of people with its professional look, systematic arrangement and clutter-free appearance. Here comes the importance of a reputed website designing company in delhi. Work experience and professional excellence of the company plays a good role in making the website development a real success. Everyone can design and develop a business website. But only the masters in website development can provide you with success assured business website.

Your website design matters a lot

Good website design isn’t just about making it look beautiful. It plays a good role in how the customers or users watch the company, interact with the products, and finally make the decision of whether to buy the product or not. It is said that 75% of the people will judge the credibility of the business with the website design. If the website fails to convince the people in judging the credibility, they will simply exit from the website and divert to the competitor’s website which you never expect or like to happen.

The worst thing is that you won’t get enough time to convince people or visitors otherwise. More than 90% of the people decide to stay or leave the website in just 10 seconds. But this doesn’t mean that it is a herculean task to attract and hold the customers through your website. A well-designed website with crisp and neat look, high-quality contents, video messages, instant chat or message systems and other user-friendly features can easily hold the eyes and hearts of the visitors to convert them into customers. Here are some simple steps that help you get the right website.

Set your goals

Every website has a purpose and hence your website should be purpose driven. It can be anything from encouraging or entertaining the people, selling event tickets, financial consultations, tours, and travel booking, educational services or anything in between. Whatever is the service or services you provide through the website; it should serve it in the way it is intended to do.

So, you should set your goals, before making the website. This helps you a lot in getting a clear picture and vision of what the website should serve and should be. This helps you to make a detailed plan of every single element that you need in the website to achieve the business goals.

Make a plan to achieve the goals

Now you have the website goals with you. Next is to think and execute the specifics to make it happen and this is called scope definition. The website should have the product descriptions, information, gallery, list of services, advanced searches, payment gateways, feedback forums, video descriptions and more based on the character and nature of the website. There is no need to make every features and function used by all of the websites. Professional web designing company will help you to select the right set of features and functions that are needed to put your goals in action.

Creation of content

Content is said to be the backbone of the website. Content can break or make the business for you. Make your content in simple and easy to understand language without using complicated and jargon technology. Explain everything in clear using short lines or paras. Long texts and big paragraphs can’t impress visitors. Analyse the contents and make sure that it superbly explained in brief why the people need your products and services.

Design the website

Once all of the background planning is done, then it is the time to design the website. Say goodbye to out-dated gimmicks, techniques, and principles and make use of the latest tools and technique in website development. It should be a perfect combination of web development science and art of bringing the aesthetical features without missing the professional look.

SEO friendly

This is another important feature to consider when designing the website. The website should have SEO friendly features to meet the criteria of search engine algorithms and robots of the leading search engines to get top rankings in the search engines. Reputed web designing companies of the country with years of professional excellence and in-depth knowledge about the changing trends of search engines assure you with the best SEO friendly design to make you free from the risks of high paid digital marketing tools.

Test the website

Once you have developed the website, don’t launch it without testing it with the real people. User testing helps you to get real-time insights on how the people see and use the website. This test is the process of identifying the weak points of the website including irrelevant contents, missing functions, bugs, security features and more. This helps a lot in identifying the problems and to fix it before the website is launched to the online world.

These are some of the important tips that help you to develop a successful website. Only the best website designing company in Delhi can follow all of these tips along with the suggestion from the clients. They work hand to hand with you to develop the business website with powerful features to make it successful.

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Hottest Design Trends of 2019 https://savedelete.com/design/hottest-design-trends-of-2019/210094/ https://savedelete.com/design/hottest-design-trends-of-2019/210094/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:33:53 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=210094

Design helps us understand the world a little better, and trends place these designs in time. The year of 2019 is a year of contradictions or put opposites. This is also the trend that can be seen in designs. Every year the trends take various turns depicting the latest ones for that year. In the […]

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Design helps us understand the world a little better, and trends place these designs in time. The year of 2019 is a year of contradictions or put opposites. This is also the trend that can be seen in designs. Every year the trends take various turns depicting the latest ones for that year.

In the year 2019, design trends come from varying eras and paradoxical ends of the visual spectrum, so you need to stay on top of this to ace your game. As a designer, you must do so since understanding these trends can help you get a fresh and innovative perspective to your job. We bring you the trends for the year 2019, and you could come up with ways to implement them in your work in your unique style.

1.     Asymmetrical Layouts

The past few years have seen a change in the trend where designers are opting to stray from the standards patterns losing their rigidity and trying on more designs that are free-flowing or asymmetrical. Standard templates like Canva and Squarespace had helped designers understand and begin creating beautiful websites and graphic products when they had no idea what a grid was. The designers of today want to create products that are more alive.

This was how the asymmetrical trend was born. This trend has given designers the freedom to create movement and designs that are free of rigidity and had recently turned entirely predictable in their way. This layout, however, requires attention from its makers since it takes a path of its own, making its makers and users curious as to what this design would lead to making it unpredictable.

2.     Art Deco

The tag of ‘modern’ was put alongside designs since the artistic movement began to post the first World War. The two great styles from this era that are undergoing a renaissance are the highly ornamental and glamorous Art Deco designs of the 1920s and those of the organic forms of the Mid-Century period of the 1950s and the ’60s.

This trend can be highly seen in the logo work used by the designers and will be prominent in the year 2019. Designers are embracing and incorporating these into their designs that bring out the best of that era. This influence can be seen in the topography as well since sans-serifs has gotten narrower and leggier like they were pulled from a classic A.M. Cassandre poster design.

3.     Metallics all the way!

Metals in all forms have always been used in designs to bring in the shine, and bling and gold is a metal that never goes out of style. 2019 is the year of more bling than ever being incorporated into designs. If you talk about 3D designs than bling takes the whole art to a whole other level making it look sophisticated and expensive as ever. It has been the trend to show metals with a colour effect. These designs look mesmerizing and look all the more beautiful when light hits the surface of these designs. Gold is the way to go when it comes to metallics, and we will see a lot more of it on packages and other places as well.

4.     Mid-Century Modern

In response to the Art Deco period, designers discarded the flashy and flaunty pieces of designs and embraced the stripped-down and organic, clean parts. The mid-century era has had an influence over areas like interior designs and fashion for the past few years; it has been slowly making its way even in the graphic part of the plan as well.

It can be seen in a big way in the designs of the post-war era. It thus became custom for companies beginning their business than to incorporate such illustrations within their work. A wide range of companies now are launching beautiful websites that are bursting with designs from this era but with a twist of today’s modern period. We can see it in this year’s models, and 2019 is thus the year of such dream vintage colour palettes.

5.     The Fluid Effect

 The fluid effect transforms water into graphically based designs that are a visual treat as also the trend of 2019. These trend expanses into various liquids like water, oil or any other liquid-based substance. It’s contemporary, and we hope it stays the same in the months to come. It is great freedom to designers who work a lot with typography. Since liquids have a varied thickness and different states of being in the liquid form, it becomes easy to work with as well as improvise with the various liquid effects.

The liquid effects and feel will be present in web designs in combination with the full-width open compositions and liquid-y textures. When it comes to liquids patterns draw their path and create unique patterns and shapes, which makes things easy for graphic designers. When this is combined with floating elements and futuristic colours, the entire piece seems surreal and dreamy.

6.     Isometric Patterns

Open compositions, generally, leave some things out and isometric designs create whole universes in these gaps left behind. Although isometric designs sound technical and complicated, it is but a method of drawing a 3D project in two dimensions or 2D. The pattern created is clean and straightforward; it has a depth to it that flat designs cannot bring out. This is widely being used in the creation of icons since the ones created with the help of isometric patterns are more tactile and warmer than plain flat designs. Also, these use much less space than 3D models, so it is like hitting two birds with one stone!

7.     Buxom Serifs

2019 is to be the year of the serifs with the serifs getting beefier year on year and illustrations getting slimmer every year. Last year gave us some fantastic plump serifs that seemed to come from the days of cast-metal type. While sans-serifs and hand-drawn fonts will continue to be highly visible, 2019 is the year where the range and diversity of serif fonts will explode.

Customization is what brands opt for to flaunt their signature style and pattern to the world, and this is also what designers turn towards. Serifs being used widely and regularly have turned them to be too predictable and boring, and hence, designers are opting for newer styles than the clean sans serif.

8.     3D- The Language of the New Generation

3D has proved itself time and again and is perhaps one of the few trends that have stuck up in the past few years. It has also established itself to be stable and will be one of the trends that have worked this year as well. 3D has evolved itself with time, and now there are varieties which can help create masterpieces with immense depth in them.          

9.     Maxi Typography      

Typography has always been a part of designing for as long as anyone can remember. But every year the trend for typography keeps changing. While some last for decades others, wither away with the onset of the new trends. Typography too can take different shapes and forms. It could be flat or in 3D shapes as per the desire of the designer. It could be mixed with effects like metallic and fluidity and given different forms and looks.

Typography for the year 2019 has been maxi, and that is the trend for this year. Since typography is widely and actively used in the designing process, it will be surprising to see how designers make the best use of these and bring out creative pieces interacting with life and people. A combination of different scripts along with designs is what has been the trend for the year 2019.

10. Opened-Up Compositions

There was a time when designing was strict and had to be followed as per the rules and norms set up by the predecessors of the field. However, with time, the field has evolved and become more independent, and the designers have become more embracing of the freedom they have received by not sticking to the rules leading to artistic pieces.

Open-Up compositions are open-ended and can float away freely, and these design compositions take a firm design hand since the placement of these elements is anything but random.

The Moral Being:

There is an invisible form of competition happening between the traditionalists, i.e. the ones who still put pen to paper to create their designs and the Modernists who are trying to learn an ace the 3D and AR forms of graphics. Designers are also finding a balance between the vibrant colours and subtle tones as well as illustrations and mid-century designs. 2019 has been an excellent year for all forms of design but graphics in particular. So let your creative horses out and bring out your best work!

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Educational Website Design https://savedelete.com/design/educational-website-design/206556/ https://savedelete.com/design/educational-website-design/206556/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2019 05:11:44 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=206556 website design

A notable area where websites are more than welcome is the educational sector. Websites are mostly owned by schools and faculties, authorities in charge of the school system in an area and also libraries. With online classes being more than an abstract concept with many enrollees an online platform is almost basic for an educational […]

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A notable area where websites are more than welcome is the educational sector. Websites are mostly owned by schools and faculties, authorities in charge of the school system in an area and also libraries. With online classes being more than an abstract concept with many enrollees an online platform is almost basic for an educational setting.

When designing a website for such a setting, there are key things you need to ensure as highlighted below.

  1. The Language Tone On The Content

Content is what runs a website and promotes its visibility and the same is true for an educational website. When it comes to such a scenario you need a proper language tone that is relatable by students, teachers, faculty members, and other important shareholders.

A Respectful tone is advised in this case when creating content for a website of its kind. Avoid slang and colloquialism and make sure the language is friendly for the younger users of the site. On attitude and mood, an optimistic tone is much appreciated in this setting.

2. A Friendly Design

When it comes to the homepage’s design we focus on the color scheme and accompanying mood. The mood needs to be friendly and a calming theme is the best option. Also, use friendly colors which are not screaming hence won’t be distractive to the user.

3. Creative Content

Back to content, you can use the easily relatable type is the educational context. Here there is a variety to pick from images, animated explainer videos, graphs, pie charts and many more.

Images are effective in grabbing the attention of site visitors. Explainer videos are nice when it comes to the explanation of various concepts and topics in a short time. You can contact an animation company for such a content type. Graphs and pie charts are a good option for the representation of statistical data. Get the best pick which can communicate efficiently to the site’s users.

4. Customer Support

As it is an educational website, a lot needs to be communicated and made clear. Also as it is a website, some issues are bound to arise. Therefore, a customer support center on the site is a must-have. This helps the users highlight their problems as well as have their queries sorted out.

Have a number or email for such issues. You can also enable the send-a-ticket feature where visitors can send an e-ticket to the site’s administrators in case of any eventuality.

5. Multilingual Support

The educational setting tends to attract many users at times from diverse backgrounds using different languages. Depending on your target demographic according to language, you can make your site multilingual and support various languages.

Bottom Line

These are some of the things you need to get right when setting up an educational website. You can also have a mobile compatible platform for the convenience of users who may need to access the website at remote locations.

Put more emphasis on the content in terms of tone seeing that it is friendly, formal and easily relatable according to suit the audience’s needs.

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Web Hosting Smarts: Tips To Keep In Mind Before Selecting Or Upgrading A Package https://savedelete.com/design/web-hosting-smarts-tips-to-keep-in-mind-before-selecting-or-upgrading-a-package/206008/ https://savedelete.com/design/web-hosting-smarts-tips-to-keep-in-mind-before-selecting-or-upgrading-a-package/206008/#respond Sun, 04 Aug 2019 17:27:10 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=206008 Web Hosting Smarts

There are nearly 340,000 website hosts worldwide, according to data from WebHosting.info. The sheer glut of options for website hosting services can confuse anyone, but it is a number that some need to sift through. After all, if you’re a business owner or a blogger, it’s smart to know possible web hosting options to pursue. So if you’re […]

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Web Hosting Smarts

There are nearly 340,000 website hosts worldwide, according to data from WebHosting.info. The sheer glut of options for website hosting services can confuse anyone, but it is a number that some need to sift through. After all, if you’re a business owner or a blogger, it’s smart to know possible web hosting options to pursue. So if you’re trying to decide what website host package to go with or scoping out upgrades, what should you keep in mind?

Market Leader Services

In any industry, there are clear leaders. In India, Net4 and HostGator are the two web hosts with the most clients, according to HostAdvice’s recent market report. Net4 provides data center and cloud hosting, as well as other services. Knowing about the services provided by market leaders helps you spot other hosts that can offer you the same things or what they may lack. Going through the offerings of market leaders gives you a stronger idea of what would be a reasonable amount to pay. These little points of wisdom can help give you an edge in your decision-making.

History Of Security Strength

If you are delving into an online representation of yourself or your business, you must know that your data is valuable. 76% of Indian businesses were hit by cyberattacks last year, according to security provider, Sophos. You need to take a look at the history of security strength of any web host service you’re considering. Much like the specialized JavaPipe protection infrastructure, the service you’re looking at needs to have a suitable infrastructure for admins. With this in place, you’ll be protected from DDoS attacks and have better servers, too.

Clarify Reasons To Upgrade

Prior to deciding to upgrade, you need to have solid and logical reasons to do so. The average web hosting upgrade costs about $10 to $15 per year, according to writer Jerry Low. He also says that it can cost significantly more depending on the package you choose, so you need to make sure that you have a good reason to upgrade. For example, increased web traffic and frequent site downtime are very good reasons to upgrade. It also helps you determine the services you need. So if the present host doesn’t give them, you can go and look for one that does.

Support Feedback Reputation

If you’ve got a website, you can reasonably expect some bugs or issues to crop up. When that happens, you need to make sure that you’ll have reliable support to fall back on. If you’re not quite sold on the testimonials online, try asking your personal network. You can also read up reliable tech publications for their recommendations. The last thing you need is to inadvertently sign up with a web host company with a terrible reputation regarding their support staff.

Since a web host is something that you actively choose, it falls to you to make sure your choice is a sound one. It helps if you can list the pros and cons of different hosting services that you’re looking at and take your time looking them over. With this approach, once you’ve made your choice, you have a reasonable service expectation and are ready to reap the benefits you’ve chosen.

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Flat Design vs Skeuomorphis https://savedelete.com/design/flat-design-vs-skeuomorphis/205825/ https://savedelete.com/design/flat-design-vs-skeuomorphis/205825/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2019 14:59:57 +0000 https://savedelete.com/?p=205825 Flat Design vs Skeuomorphism

Today’s graphic design landscape is vast, and it’s still transforming. Various design trends make their mark while many of them are gone forever. In this arrival and departure of trend, the two design trends that make a lot of buzz are — flat design and skeuomorphism. These are the key factors that influence the efficiency […]

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Flat Design vs Skeuomorphism

Today’s graphic design landscape is vast, and it’s still transforming. Various design trends make their mark while many of them are gone forever. In this arrival and departure of trend, the two design trends that make a lot of buzz are — flat design and skeuomorphism.

These are the key factors that influence the efficiency of a UI (User Interface). It is the usability that originates from how it’s been designed. UI also refers to the overall user experience created out of its use via a Web, desktop and mobile app. In a couple of years, flat design and skeuomorphism have been in the silent battle with each other.

The more the technological advances were made, the fierce the battle between the two became. Designing user-friendly interfaces for ever-growing technology is a challenging process. But how would you make this complex tech persuasive for the common users? As you know, many designers (the ones who are into UI design) have favored other ways or gone with skeuomorphs.

Take for an example— Apple’s iOS. Here, the icon of the phone resembles the classic telephone receiver. Even, the email icon appears as a paper envelope. Here, it makes sense to say that we interact with the object but not in the form they are supposed to be.

Let’s start by understanding the flat design and skeuomorphism one-by-one.

understanding the flat design and skeuomorphism

Flat design

It is the most basic and minimalistic way of design that includes bright colors, clean lines, and flat or 2D illustration techniques. You can associate flat design with Windows 8. When you look closely, you find that the Windows having a user-focused interface with elements in a flat design.

The flat design approach doesn’t include many design choices. It often comes with solid colors as said earlier but with a few or zero details. As far as gradients and shades are concerned, it doesn’t have many choices as well.

It is considered the best design preference for navigating apps and usability. But it is often considered confusing as it pays less attention to detail. However, for a good design approach, you need to invest your time and effort. For example, if you don’t have time or expertise, you can use a logo maker for logo design in minutes. But for sharpness and attention to detail, you need to invest your time in strategizing all the steps, sketching, competitive logo analysis, and all.

For a logo icon, you need to focus on curves, edges, angles, and all the possible dimensions to come up with the right image.

Why use it?

A flat design pitches high on a raw functionality. It counters the manmade design elements for a basic design. You can get the example of flat design by looking at iOS and Microsoft interfaces. As this design approach focuses more on functionality, it makes the user experience more efficient and practical. The user focuses more on the purpose than the design of the app.

Benefits

Because the flat design focuses on simplicity, your mobile or web app with no gradients, drop shadows, and effects provide a clean and clear user experience. Also, it makes graphics load faster without any glitch.

As it comes with minimal aesthetics, it influences designers to take the hierarchy of the objects, buttons information, and color information more seriously.

When this concept gets into reality, you get a stunningly designed minimal aesthetic that guides the users easily to the desired product. 

Skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism refers to realism design. It means the design that imitates real objects, shapes, shadows and more. It is like drawing an illustration that looks like a real image or 3D. Skeuomorphism suggests a particular theme for an application but it often comes too jumbled that impacts the functionality.

The design concept always comes with a green (which is seldom used these days) background. A designer can do it in the right way as it is very intuitive, but it always has a scope of improvement. Brands such as Apple decided to use modern design concepts that focus on functionality, not just the form.

Gradually, the use of Skeuomorphism is taking a halt due to the rise of more mobile devices. Nowadays, apps have to be more user-friendly, responsive and fast. The speed cannot be compromised. As usability and functionality are the core strength of an app, the flat design comes handy.

Why use Skeuomorphism?

When it comes to shape recognition, our brain takes the signals sent by our eyes and then translates it. The use of shadows, shades, and even details helps differentiate between a cube, ball or a cartoon box. Our brain is capable of naturally identifying the textures, depths, levels, and features.

Basically, Skeuomorphism is a bit more intuitive from the users’ point of view to use objects that are closer to reality. It trains the brain to identify the objects even with shallow details and shadows. As compared t flat design, it looks way more stylish.

Take for an example, Safari’s compass browser icon. It has a Skeuomorphic design. The Compass has drop shadows with a gradient that give it a three-dimensional look. It appears close to an actual compass.

Flat design vs. Skeuomorphism

Both the design approaches have their own benefits. Healthy use of these design aspects can help you get a clean and intuitive experience.

But the design philosophy, as well as process, favors a flat design concept. The Web is full of so much information. You, being a designer, have to highlight and find out what’s most important for a design’s perspective.

It should be clear, bold and shouldn’t get a snag with fancy design elements. Once you find out that part, you can decide the hierarchy of the design easily. Use both design aspects in moderation to achieve your design goals.

Conclusion

When designing an app or something else, it is essential to choose a style that best represents your business’ goals by conveying your content in the best way possible. Look into the pros and cons of both design styles to build an app relevant to your brand’s value.

Whether you go for a flat design or skeuomorphic design, keep usability and user experience in mind. Optimize the app well for the end users.

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