Smartphones versus tablets

Apparently the average user checks their phone about 150 times a day, which i totally believe it is just crazy to see the numbers.  Many of us are guilty of pulling our phones out when we are lonely, anxious or bored.  The author wrote a warning about doing so, this is building a neurological connection between the urge to check our phones and how we feel after we do.  For example, someone that is used to updating their Facebook will soon find the need to do so.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/11/why-addicted-smartphones-not-tablets/

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Simple and painless mobile testing

When testing a mobile website, of course wireless is the way to go but how do we start that?  The first step into install the software, in the demo the user is using Airplay which lets you also stream music or videos to an Apple TV.  Setting up your monitor is optional but the author wrote about using the external display.  Next step would be to set up a reflector and then mirror your smartphone.  The author also mentioned to start recording the testing process.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/12/simple-and-painless-mobile-user-testing/

Hawaii Airlines website

Just how hard is it to completely update the UX design for a company that has been around for 10 years? The author and UI developer wrote about his experiences building a new project from the ground up, some of the things he learned, and what could have been done differently.  One of the things he mentioned in his article was that he made sure to have as few CSS classes as possible.  He also mentioned about staying away from using :extend as much as possible.  I am not familiar with what this is but apparently it works small and the output is confusing and difficult to debug.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/12/lessons-learned-in-big-app-development-hawaiian-airlines/

Using Aristotle to communicate

This article was talking about how Aristotle’s thoughts about communication are still relevant today and can help with a websites usability.  One way to create an impact on a website is by using facts and statistics to get an emotional response from the audience.  Another way this can be done is to add an emotional story to the sight.  It is also important that when trying to persuade your audience to do something, you must come across as being honest.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/10/beyond-usability-designing-with-persuasive-patterns/

Website Usability

This article covers important facts pertaining to usability and ways to attract viewers.  In part of the article it mentioned that when explaining a new product you need to make the product sound very complex in order to entice viewers enough to visit your site.  It is also very important to make sure that your website is easy to navigate through. As a web designer you need to establish a relationship with the people viewing your site so that they also come back later on down the road!

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/10/beyond-usability-designing-with-persuasive-patterns/

Web Designer Trends

This website talked about how “the number of people using mobile devices outstripped people on desktop computers in 2014.”-Jim Edwards.  This being said it is hard to believe that some companies still do not have functioning websites.  This will most likely make the company lose money, if a customer can not find information on a mobile device.

This site also covered how popular grid systems are becoming in web sites.  Which is not surprising considering grid systems lay out information which is easy to read and organized.  Over all the trends are more of a guess, the trends will vary depending on technology that is up and coming.

Url: http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/graphic-web-design-trends-2015/

blog post 10.2.15 Web Design is Dead

While searching for an interesting article about web design i came across one that stuck out, titled “Web Design is Dead.”  At first i thought that there was no way that this could be the case but while reading the article i realized that they made valid points.  One of the things mentioned in the article was that WordPress and other web design websites are eliminating the use for web design.  Why hire someone to make the site for you when you could just start designing it yourself.  The user would then get the site done quickly and have full control if he/she decides to change something.

Another example that was mentioned was that most companies make a business page on Facebook and some do not bother to even set up a web page.  Social media and the expansion of mobile devices have hurt web design in some aspects but i do not believe that web design will quit being relevant.  For example, many web pages do not work well on mobile devices because it is still a newer concept so in this case IT needs newer Web designers to help keep up with the times.
https://uxmag.com/articles/why-web-design-is-dead