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  • Forms Archives - Toxic Creative
    up to the service Long winded forms are sometimes more effort than they are worth don t bamboozle anyone A lot of us will have been prepared to join a website only to be confronted with a form which almost seems to require you to give your life story For this reason users should only have to fill out the most applicable information Ensure users you won t post on their social media sites This also comes into play when a website uses Facebook and Twitter capabilities It s always a worry that friends will be spammed and this is often why users will turn down the opportunity of connecting that particular account with their Facebook Twitter page Similarly to the last point it can be combated by being up front and informing users that their profile will never be updated on their behalf Are credit card details entirely necessary for a free trial Whilst businesses would argue that some of these unwanted inclusions are necessary it doesn t have to be this way By making someone give their credit card details before beginning a free trial fills many people with a pang of doubt If this is free why must I give my card details Trust a lot of the time needs to be earned and services are potentially missing out on a wealth of future consumers this way By giving users a free trial without asking for credit card details it is likely to encourage a better relationship Although no direct statistics or research comes into play with this article I feel that everyone will relate to a number of these points and it is also useful for those who currently run a website with similar forms Whilst businesses would argue that some of these unwanted inclusions are

    Original URL path: http://www.toxiccreative.co.uk/tag/forms/ (2016-04-24)
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  • Usability (UX design) Archives - Toxic Creative
    sign up to the service Long winded forms are sometimes more effort than they are worth don t bamboozle anyone A lot of us will have been prepared to join a website only to be confronted with a form which almost seems to require you to give your life story For this reason users should only have to fill out the most applicable information Ensure users you won t post on their social media sites This also comes into play when a website uses Facebook and Twitter capabilities It s always a worry that friends will be spammed and this is often why users will turn down the opportunity of connecting that particular account with their Facebook Twitter page Similarly to the last point it can be combated by being up front and informing users that their profile will never be updated on their behalf Are credit card details entirely necessary for a free trial Whilst businesses would argue that some of these unwanted inclusions are necessary it doesn t have to be this way By making someone give their credit card details before beginning a free trial fills many people with a pang of doubt If this is free why must I give my card details Trust a lot of the time needs to be earned and services are potentially missing out on a wealth of future consumers this way By giving users a free trial without asking for credit card details it is likely to encourage a better relationship Although no direct statistics or research comes into play with this article I feel that everyone will relate to a number of these points and it is also useful for those who currently run a website with similar forms Whilst businesses would argue that some of these unwanted inclusions

    Original URL path: http://www.toxiccreative.co.uk/tag/usability-ux-design/ (2016-04-24)
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  • Web Design Glossary - Toxic Creative
    a website JPEG JPG A compressed image file used to store images for use on the web generally used for large photographic images that require rich color depth Link A way to take visitors to other content on the website or content offered at a different domain Live site A website that is currently available for the public to see and use Log in To use credential sin order to sign into account and use it Margin The space between content and the edge of a page or document Menu A list of pages options or settings which can be used by visitors Navigation Allows users to browse different sections of a website using centralized links Online Store A store that sells its products online to consumers Orientation The horizontal and vertical position of a site device or image Outbound link A link to a third party website Page Refers to an individual collection of posts and other content within a design Page layout The columns rows and visual elements which define a page s appearance PDF The Portable Document Format developed by Adobe used to transfer important documents that cannot or should not be copied or modified by the user Pixel The smallest bit of an image file or screen resolution PNG Used to create a compressed image with mostly flat image colors or transparent elements Post Content published to a blog Publish To submit content for the public to read at their leisure Refresh A button used to ensure the most current version of a site is loaded into a browser Resolution The number of vertical and horizontal pictures in an image or on a screen Screen resolution The maximum number of pixels that will fit on a computer s screen Sidebar Less important site content stored to the left or right of main content Sitemap Shows the structure of a website as determined by content pages and posts created by the designer or website owner Stock photography Photos taken by others that can be licensed for use on a website for any purpose Stylesheet Dictates the appearance of images text and design elements throughout a website by using a central document Subdomain A domain that is within a top level domain i e subdomain domain com Tags Keyword based descriptions of blog posts and content Text Box Allows for the input of large blocks of text typically paragraphs Used to create blog posts post comments and craft other content for a website Text link A link within the site or to another site that uses text rather than an image allowing visitors to click on it and go to the listed website Thumbnail A smaller version of a larger image generally used within large blocks of content or to reduce the amount of time it takes to load a website on mobile devices or slower connections Type size The size of a font used within a site s content generally set in the stylesheet Traffic The number

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  • Glossary Archives - Toxic Creative
    first page of a website JPEG JPG A compressed image file used to store images for use on the web generally used for large photographic images that require rich color depth Link A way to take visitors to other content on the website or content offered at a different domain Live site A website that is currently available for the public to see and use Log in To use credential sin order to sign into account and use it Margin The space between content and the edge of a page or document Menu A list of pages options or settings which can be used by visitors Navigation Allows users to browse different sections of a website using centralized links Online Store A store that sells its products online to consumers Orientation The horizontal and vertical position of a site device or image Outbound link A link to a third party website Page Refers to an individual collection of posts and other content within a design Page layout The columns rows and visual elements which define a page s appearance PDF The Portable Document Format developed by Adobe used to transfer important documents that cannot or should not be copied or modified by the user Pixel The smallest bit of an image file or screen resolution PNG Used to create a compressed image with mostly flat image colors or transparent elements Post Content published to a blog Publish To submit content for the public to read at their leisure Refresh A button used to ensure the most current version of a site is loaded into a browser Resolution The number of vertical and horizontal pictures in an image or on a screen Screen resolution The maximum number of pixels that will fit on a computer s screen Sidebar Less important site content stored to the left or right of main content Sitemap Shows the structure of a website as determined by content pages and posts created by the designer or website owner Stock photography Photos taken by others that can be licensed for use on a website for any purpose Stylesheet Dictates the appearance of images text and design elements throughout a website by using a central document Subdomain A domain that is within a top level domain i e subdomain domain com Tags Keyword based descriptions of blog posts and content Text Box Allows for the input of large blocks of text typically paragraphs Used to create blog posts post comments and craft other content for a website Text link A link within the site or to another site that uses text rather than an image allowing visitors to click on it and go to the listed website Thumbnail A smaller version of a larger image generally used within large blocks of content or to reduce the amount of time it takes to load a website on mobile devices or slower connections Type size The size of a font used within a site s content generally set in the stylesheet

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  • Biggest Web Trends for the Year 2013 - Toxic Creative
    when a company is out to make some quick money A telltale sign of a cynical company is a shoddy website with no compatibility features A business has to prove that it respects its customers and wants to develop long term relationships with them Doing this necessitates a larger start up investment but it will pay off in droves when the business is able to sustain itself for a long time Adjust the marketing plan accordingly All of these ideas should be reflected in a company s web design The company should focus on reaching consumers where the consumers already are On an obvious level this means that a company needs to make sure that its site looks nice on a tablet laptop or phone the site needs to load quickly and be easy to navigate on all devices of all sizes On a less obvious level these ideas point toward a need to tap into what customers think when they are shopping for the products or services that the company offers It would be a mistake to design a website that reflects only the employees and corporate atmosphere of a business The site needs to look like it was made for consumers A business would be more successful if it polled its consumers and adjusted its marketing campaign to reach the people who are buying its services Image trends are changing An interesting trend in web design is the increasing number of pixels that are contained in a single image unit Designers are creating multiple versions of the same image with the clearest most detailed versions made to show up on the newest devices Another purely aesthetic trend is the use of one big background image that stays in place Old web templates attached text and smaller images to backgrounds so the background images would scroll along with the rest of the content When the large image is fixed in place all of the content scrolls on top of it With the background tacked in place one way of displaying text is placing it on transparent panels The background is visible underneath rectangles that provide contrast allowing text to be easily read This makes text legible without making the images in the background unrecognisable Less can sometimes be more Minimalism is becoming very popular in the youth market A minimal landing page with a fashionable design can be loaded on any device and if it links to a more complex main website there is a greater chance that consumers will visit that site eventually A landing page doesn t always have to convey every bit of information about a company Building a brand and establishing an aesthetic identity is sufficient in some cases Some new trends are conducive to rapid consumption of information A tool bar that stays attached to the top of a browser while the body of a website scrolls underneath it allows a viewer to access search features and other parts of the website without having

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  • Trends Archives - Toxic Creative
    Consumers can tell when a company is out to make some quick money A telltale sign of a cynical company is a shoddy website with no compatibility features A business has to prove that it respects its customers and wants to develop long term relationships with them Doing this necessitates a larger start up investment but it will pay off in droves when the business is able to sustain itself for a long time Adjust the marketing plan accordingly All of these ideas should be reflected in a company s web design The company should focus on reaching consumers where the consumers already are On an obvious level this means that a company needs to make sure that its site looks nice on a tablet laptop or phone the site needs to load quickly and be easy to navigate on all devices of all sizes On a less obvious level these ideas point toward a need to tap into what customers think when they are shopping for the products or services that the company offers It would be a mistake to design a website that reflects only the employees and corporate atmosphere of a business The site needs to look like it was made for consumers A business would be more successful if it polled its consumers and adjusted its marketing campaign to reach the people who are buying its services Image trends are changing An interesting trend in web design is the increasing number of pixels that are contained in a single image unit Designers are creating multiple versions of the same image with the clearest most detailed versions made to show up on the newest devices Another purely aesthetic trend is the use of one big background image that stays in place Old web templates attached text and smaller images to backgrounds so the background images would scroll along with the rest of the content When the large image is fixed in place all of the content scrolls on top of it With the background tacked in place one way of displaying text is placing it on transparent panels The background is visible underneath rectangles that provide contrast allowing text to be easily read This makes text legible without making the images in the background unrecognisable Less can sometimes be more Minimalism is becoming very popular in the youth market A minimal landing page with a fashionable design can be loaded on any device and if it links to a more complex main website there is a greater chance that consumers will visit that site eventually A landing page doesn t always have to convey every bit of information about a company Building a brand and establishing an aesthetic identity is sufficient in some cases Some new trends are conducive to rapid consumption of information A tool bar that stays attached to the top of a browser while the body of a website scrolls underneath it allows a viewer to access search features and other parts of the

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  • 5 Tips to Incorporate into your Home Page's Web Design - Toxic Creative
    worth more than gold being able to convey a thousand words to potential customers in the space of a picture is invaluable Your home page needs a few images but more importantly these images need to be related to your business If you sell sports equipment show pictures of that equipment If you re a house painter show pictures of homes you have painted Proudly display your wares or your skills Avoid the pitfalls of amateur web design Your images do not need to shake they don t need to spin they don t need to be animated in any way A simple slideshow is about as fancy as you want to get If you think an animated tiled background or a spinning icon or an animated flame is a good idea you should probably hire out your web design to someone else who knows what they re doing I think I could recommend a smiley team of pros who could help 3 Easy Navigation It s astounding how easily you can find websites designed for small businesses that are virtually impossible to use Your home page should be treated like the title page introduction and index of a book simultaneously Web conventions state that your navigation should be a bar across the top of the screen or a column down the left side Trying an unconventional navigation structure makes it just that much harder to find the information your customers are looking for Your navigation buttons should be clearly marked with words that indicate what the link contains Fancy graphics or subtly related phrases don t work Consider any information you want your customers to have easy access to A FAQ document a more detailed contact page a gallery of photos company background and shipping options are all potential pages to list Also make sure your links work Google Webmaster Tools or manual clicking can check the links It s important that you don t have broken links both for SEO purposes and for customer satisfaction Broken links keep customers from completing their purchases 4 An E mail Signup Field Do you send out a regular newsletter You probably should A regular newsletter encourages customers to remember your business You can provide valuable information important changes to your site or your physical location new contact information and even offers and deals Offer rewards for anyone who signs up through your home page There are plenty of options if you need software to set up a mailing list for you A newsletter does two things First it shows your customers that your business is active Second it gives you a way to transmit important information to customers that don t regularly check your website If you change locations have special sales or events going on it s worth it to be able to communicate with your customers quickly and easily 5 Social Media Integration Does your business have a Business Page on Facebook Do you have a Twitter account to

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  • Think of Your Web Design As Your Marketing Brochure - Toxic Creative
    TEST Again this is distracting Nobody wants to be hit over the head with text If you really want to use caps carefully choose a few words or phrases here and there Avoid Distracting Elements in Web Design Anything that s blinking flashing scrolling or animated should generally be avoided when you re trying to get a marketing message across Just because you can add flashy elements to your website doesn t mean that you have to toss in everything but the kitchen sink Keep the focus on your message You also want to avoid automatic sounds and other distractions Remember you re not designing your website to show off your skills Getting back to scrolling text this should really be avoided for a few reasons First it forces the reader to read at your pace Second it distracts the reader from your marketing message while they wait for the text to scroll along The second worst offender is background audio Even if it s well intended it s a distraction If you were trying to read a newspaper would you want somebody poking at your shoulder or whistling Some other distractions to avoid include Pop up windows Even if you really have a good reason for wanting to include a pop up window on your website fight the urge It s an instant distraction Text over background images In the early days of web design this was thought of as a cool feature Now just try actually trying to read the text that s superimposed over your background images See the problem Too many photos images graphics Photos images and graphics are great but too many of them are distracting and take forever to load If a visitor has to wait for five minutes for your images and graphics to load they re not likely to come back again Organize Your Web Content Once you get your content together it s time to get organised Your site isn t going to be effective if it looks like everything was just thrown together with little or no thought The first thing you want is easy navigation Include a way for your visitors to get back to your home page When a user gets confused or lost they like to start over Use links sparingly when trying to market something to someone you don t want to take them away from your content for too long Another golden rule of website design for marketing purposes is to avoid excessive clicking If your home page is a flash page get rid of it A welcome to my site page is great and even cute for your personal website For marketing purposes however you want to get to the substance as soon as possible Each page of your website should have about 400 words of content If you have pages that fall short combine them with other pages Other ways to organize your site include Try limiting page length to roughly 2 screens

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