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5 Easy Ways to Enhance the User Experience of Your Business Website

Periodically updating your site is essential to maintaining easy navigation for your viewers. Whether your site is running slow, infected with a virus, or just hasn’t had any modifications in its layout for a few a while there are always new ways to improve the user experience. Here is a handful of easy ways business owners can improve user navigation and improve the overall quality of their website:

1. Update for Speed

Every second spent loading the page is a second closer to a user losing interest. There are plenty of tools online that allow you to test the speed of your site like GTmetrix. Test your site now and then and make sure it’s not taking 5 minutes to get from one page to the next. If your site is lagging, consider updates either in server software or website software. If you use a type of software like WordPress, where it is free to use, distribute and it has a large community of developers and users who contribute back to the code, there tend be more frequent updates.

Keep in mind that the more traffic and users your site accumulates the more attempts you’ll see at spamming and virus infection. Make sure you have security measures that are constantly sweeping for any potential threats to the functionality of the website.

2. Bring in New, Quality Images

Let users know how you are progressing by using fresh, high-quality images of your latest products and services. One good way to revamp your site is to embed a PowerPoint on your homepage to show some of your latest happenings with the business. Improving the layout of certain images in a shopping section is definitely necessary from time to time to increase organization and exploring if your site allows users to shop online.

3. Contrast and Texture of Color

Never underestimate the power of color psychology in designing a website, especially with the background. Make sure the background color is one that is both easy on the eyes and evokes the right message to potential customers. For example, the website of a private doctor would do well to use various shades of the color blue because it evokes trust and is commonly associated with adaptability (water) and healing. The more serious the nature of your business the less variety of colors you should use but always use clearly contrasting shades as well as a distinguishable font.

4. Improve Source of Feedback

If you have the personnel and do a substantial amount of business online consider implementing a 24/7 help chat. One of the best ways for a smaller business to communicate with customers and respond to feedback is actually with a blog or forum for discussion. Obviously you won’t be able to respond to every compliment or complaint voiced in these sections but it will give a good source of constructive feedback from your users.

5. Social Media

If your business is not utilizing major social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn you need to start TODAY. Social media is arguably the most important aspect of online marketing today and allows you to tap into far too many networks of potential business to ignore. If you are already running pages with these outlets, make them accessible from you homepage or contact page. Use them to spread the latest entries of your blog and implore your users to follow you on them to keep up with all of your latest news.

Conclusion

For business owners it is important to constantly be looking for ways to improve yourself whether it be your products, services, or methods of marketing. Remember, the best ideas you can get are from the users themselves.  Always be open to feedback, always be open to change.

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Apple iWatch Concept Design by Jivaldi

Apple products are probably some of the most speculated, concept’d, and redesigned products on the planet. When people aren’t busy loving Apple products, they are either busy redesigning them or making concepts of them. One very anticipated product Apple groupies have been waiting for (especially with the recent announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear) is the Apple iWatch.

With no known release date or confirmation and only speculations on what the Apple iWatch will look like (if there will even be an iWatch), there have been many designers and companies pumping out their own concept designs. One design that caught my attention was the iWatch concept by Jivaldi. Jivaldi is a consulting, branding and internet marketing team based out of Northern California. Mainly focused on internet marketing, they also build and design websites, iPhone apps, and iPad apps.

The Jivaldi team created this amazing Apple iWatch concept design that features a full 360 degree design that wraps around your entire wrist. This concept is essentially an iPhone that wraps around your wrist. If you take a look at the concept sketch below, you can see various the inclusions and features of this concept.

iWatch Concept Sketch

As you can see, this iWatch concept includes:

  • Camera
  • Small Speaker
  • Headphone Jack
  • Side Volume Buttons
  • Charge and Computer Connect Port
  • Power Button Similar to iPhone
  • Curved iPhone Style Home Screen
  • Rounded Screen for Watch Display

The thing I love most about this concept is its lack of a wrist band like other concepts depict. I think the full 360 design is awesome, although it does beg the question of sizing and fit for various wrist sizes.

Here are the rest of the Apple iWatch concept design images from Jivaldi… (click images for larger versions). Keep in mind this is a concept not endorsed or proposed by Apple.

iWatch Concept Design Packaging

iWatch Concept Design Packaging

iWatch Concept Design Side View

iWatch Concept Design Angle View

iWatch Concept Design Front View

iWatch Concept Design Side Roll View

iWatch Concept Design Facetime View

iWatch Concept Design on Wrist

iWatch Concept Design Turned Off

So there you have it, the Jivaldi Apple iWatch Concept Design. What are your thoughts on it? Anything you would add to it/take away from it?

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iOS 8 Infinity by Emilien Durand

There is a lot of speculation on what Apple’s iPhone 6 will look like and you will see various design concepts across the web. Perhaps one of the most popular and creative concepts is one that debuted on the popular designer portfolio website dribbble.

This concept, dubbed at first “iPhone 6 Wrap Around Screen”, was created by art director Claudio Guglieri and features a larger screen that wraps around the sides of the phone. Claudio’s concept was inspired by an Apple patent wrap-around AMOLED display. You can see Claudio’s first shot of it below for the Adventurous RSS Reader app:

iPhone 6 Infinity Adventurous RSS Reader app by Claudio Guglieri

This concept caught on in popularity quickly and was latter dubbed “iPhone 6 Infinity” by London based art director Fabio Basile who created his own template showcasing the iPhone 6 infinity concept which you can see below.

iPhone 6 Infinity by Fabio Basile

You can download the template created by Claudio Guglieri or the template by Fabio Basile. As you can see this is a very cool concept for the iPhone 6 and below we will showcase some of the other UI designs people have created using the iPhone 6 Infinity template.

iPhone 6 PSD Template by Claudio Guglieri

iPhone 6 PSD Template by Claudio Guglieri

Side Indicators by Michael Shanks

Side Indicators iPhone 6 Concept by Michael Shanks

Side Screen by Michael Shanks

Side Screen iPhone 6 Concept by Michael Shanks

Translucent Infinity Screen by Sebastiaan Scheer

Translucent Infinity Screen by Sebastiaan Scheer

Square Register by Chris Cacioppe

Square Register iPhone 6 Infinity by Chris Cacioppe

Phone Concept by Regy Perlera

iPhone 6 Infinity Concept by Regy Perlera

Twitter Prototype by Fabbio Murru

Twitter iPhone 6 Infinty Prototype by Fabbio Murru

Concept Hockey App by Serge Jouqier

iPhone 6 Infinity Concept Hockey App by Serge Jouqier

Poll App by Aaron Humphreys

iPhone 6 Infinity Poll App by Aaron Humphreys

Your Trip App by Jan von Beckerath of NIMIUS

iPhone 6 Infinity Your Trip App by Jan von Beckerath of Nimius

Wide iPhone Mockup PSD by Alex Sekachov

Wide iPhone 6 Infinity Mockup PSD by Alex Sekachov

Infinity Shot by Maarib

iPhone 6 Infinity Shot by Maarib

Weibo App Design by Jiangping Hsu

iPhone 6 Infinity Weibo App Design by Jiangping Hsu

iOS 8 Infinity by Emilien Durand

iOS 8 Infinity by Emilien Durand

Hotel Management App by Ashish Thakkar

iPhone 6 Infinity Hotel Management App by Ashish Thakkar

Cinemark Movie Ticket App by Edwin Diaz

iPhone 6 Infinity Cinemark Movie Ticket App by Edwin Diaz

iPhone 6 Infinity Side Status Bar by Charles Treece

iPhone 6 Infinity Side Status Bar by Charles Treece

So I’m curious to know what everyone’s thoughts are on this iPhone 6 Infinity Concept, do you like it? Hate it? Comment below…

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UI UX Web Designer Jakub Antalik

If you’re a UI/UX designer then you’ve more than likely heard of Jakub Antalik or have at least come across some of his work. Jakub is a UI, UX, and Web Designer from Slovakia and founder of Scrape apps and Tasky. We have featured some of his work on Enfuzed as well in the 25 stunning mobile UI examples. Myself being a fan of Jakub’s work, decided to set up an interview with him to get to know him and his background a little better.

You can follow Jakub Antalik on:

Where are you from?

Slovakia. Banská Bystrica, a little city near High Tatras.

Where do you currently reside?

Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

How old are you?

23

How many years have you been doing UI/UX design?

For about 3 years.

What made you want to become a UI/UX designer?

In the past I worked as a webdesigner in the internet agency. But I love new technologies and applications so I started spending more time with UI/UX works, and it is funier for me.

What University did you attend and what is your degree in?

I was studying economics at University in Prague, but I didn’t finish it, I chose a graphic designer career.

Where did you land your first UI/UX related job?

It was in Prague, accidentally I got some UI job and I was lucky for a really good client, so it was great experience for me.

What are your 3 favorite projects you have worked on/created?

For sure it is Taasky, because it is my own project :) Email client and calendar app.

Tasky

Tasky App by Jakub Antalik

Tasky App by Jakub Antalik

Email Client

Email Client by Jakub Antalik

Email Client by Jakub Antalik

Calender App

Calender App by Jakub Antalik

Calender App by Jakub Antalik

How much time do you spend per project on average?

It really depends from project but it is around 50-100 hours.

What is your favorite non-design related hobby?

I love taking photos, doing some sports like basketball, volleyball or table tennis. Also I like reading books.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Lots of beautiful and inspirational stuff you can find on Dribbble, Behance and sometimes I find inspiration in everyday life.

What design tools/software do you use?

Photoshop and Wacom tablet.

Xbox or Playstation?

Playstation

Mac or PC?

Mac

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Chrome

What would your last meal ever be?

Bryndzové halušky – it is a traditional slovak meal.

What is your favorite book?

Catch 22

What is your favorite movie?

Matrix

What is your favorite social media network?

Dribbble

What are some of your future goals?

My goal is to be the best UI and UX designer. I want to improve myself in UX skills and interaction design in the future. I want to work for the best and coolest apps. Also I want to finish some of my own projects. And of course to be happy. :)

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Frederic Tourrou aka Beasty Design featured

You may have heard of Beasty Design before, we featured his iPhone style business card in our 27 unconventional business card designs article. Beasty Design is a company founded by Frederic Tourrou, a French UI/UX designer & creative director. Frederic is an amazing designer and I’ve been following him for some time now so as you can imagine I was excited when he agreed to do an interview with me and answer a few questions for Enfuzed.

You can follow Beasty Design on:

Where are you from?

I’m from Toulouse south of France.

Where do you currently reside?

I’m still in Toulouse, it’s the best city in France ever!

How old are you?

I’m 35 years old.

How many years have you been doing this?

I’ve been working in design for 10 years. First on print stuff and on UI/UX design for the last 4 years.

What made you want to become a UI/UX Designer?

I’m a really big fan of print. I like the smell of the ink and the noise of a good old Heidelberg letterpress. So I was pretty cold about web design because I can’t feel anything. Then iPhone and the smart phone were born, so I could make interface designs and touch the screen, it was awesome.

I’ve owned an iPhone since the first one and I fell in love with the awesome apps and the “whoa effect” like parallax and other stuff. Now I am studying the Windows modern UI guideline, I feel like there is a lot of work to do on the Microsoft device.

What University did you attend and what is your degree in?

I’m a graduate in business school of 2 years and a graduate in graphic school of 1 year and I also have one year of law school.

Where did you land your first design related job?

I’ve been contacted on my website http://www.beasty-design.com ( new look in progress ) for the creation of a music label identity.

What is your favorite project/design you have worked on/created?

You know the last one is always the one you prefer. I really like the Opinyon App project I’m working on:

Opinyon App project by Beasty Design

I really like the Cheers Wine App too:

Cheers Wine App by Beasty Design

and I love my cute Mail Icon:

Mail Icon by Beasty Design

but it’s not just design, it’s the people I’m working with. I must admit that I’m blessed because all of my clients are my friends now. Some came from San Francisco to visit me!!

How much time do you spend per project on average?

It depends on the time/money my clients have, some have a lot of time and money and some have money but no time etc…usually it’s around 1/2 month for an app but sometimes on some apps I spend 6 months!

What is your favorite non-design related hobby?

Riding my fixie.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love playing with my two young girls, Mayra and Mona, and watching movies and a good meal with my wife.

Frederic Tourrou aka Beasty Design Daughters

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I read a lot of design books. I learn from the best on dribbble and behance and I also practice a lot still making tutorials adding my touch.

What does your office look like?

  • iMac 27 // core I7 3,4go //  fusion 1 to // 32go de ram // NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX avec 2 Go de mémoire GDDR5
  • Macbook Pro 2011 with ssd 16 GB ram
  • Trackpad
  • iPad retina / iPhone 4 and 5
  • Pantone Moleskine and Dot Grid Journal
  • Sony NEX-5N
  • Monster Beat Pro
  • My Jawbone Up 2 that tell me to stop and go for a run you lazy guy :)

Beasty Design Workspace

Xbox or Playstation?

Xbox for playing with the kids.

Mac or PC?

Mac for sure ;)

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Safari.

What would your last meal ever be?

Leg of lamb with potatoes and good red wine from Bordeaux with my family and friends and my kids on my knees.

What is your favorite book?

Perfume by Patrick Süskind the only book you can smell.

What is your favorite movie?

I’m really a fan of Snatch.

What is your favorite social media network?

I’m not sure…Twitter because it’s fast and cool for business. I like Facebook for family stuff. I always use Path to publish.

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It’s always best practice for web and graphic designers to stay with the current trends, otherwise you will more than likely be surpassed by other designers who are with the trends.

Some of the biggest design trends right now are simplicity, flat colors, SVG images (scale-able vectors for browsers), typography, and responsive design to name a few. Awwwards has put together a nice infographic to show what the current design trends are for 2013 below.

Created by Awwwards

Visual and UX Design Trends for 2013 by Awwwards

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