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Connected Ideas: This is How (and Why) Collaboration Will Make You Be More Creative and Successful

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We all want to excel at almost everything in this world to make life easier for us. I mean, if we were good at everything, we could get the job we want easily, get salary raise fast and basically do anything we wanted because we just could. However, what we often forget is the fact that we are not perfect. There is always something lacking in us, but the best way to put it is; we can’t do everything… alone. For that reason, there comes the saying “everything will be fine when we are together.” Yes, humans are born social beings, which means we can’t do or live alone. I may work as a content writer, but to be honest, I do my work best when I collaborate with the web design team. When I think about this, I can’t help thinking about you as well. This time, I’m going to share my experience working together with the web design team in my office despite being in different teams to build high quality website together. Keep reading this article to learn more!

If you are a business owner looking to improve your business website, there are several aspects that you need to understand in order to achieve the high quality website that you desire, especially in the design and content area. These are what you need to do first:

  • Gather your employees from different teams together
  • Create a new project that connects your employees together
  • Make sure everyone has their own part but there is a part where everyone works together
  • Help them discuss and share ideas with each other
  • When everyone has done their part, start to collaborate
  • Don’t forget to celebrate your achievement and well-built friendship

Well, that’s when we are talking about collaborating with people within our company. We know that collaborating doesn’t always have to be with people inside the company, right? Yes, I’m also talking about collaborating with other companies. A while ago, I saw a skincare-focused company collaborating with a makeup-only company in an event. Let’s say the skincare company is called Ellie and the makeup company is called Lily (both are not real names, though). Both companies agreed to collaborate with each other and create a project together for an upcoming event called Beauty and the Feast where beauty products open their booths in that event alongside with food booths. They also named their project “Ellie x Lily in Beauty and the Feast”. The project went really smooth and it gained so much attention from Ellie and Lily royal customers. How did they achieve this? Almost using the same method as the points I have mentioned above, this is how you collaborate with other companies:

  • Gather your employees and ask for their opinions and suggestions for this kind of collaboration
  • Collect names of the companies and what industry they are from
  • Select one up to three companies that you think will be beneficial for the project
  • Learn more about the companies’ values and how they work
  • After reviewing thoroughly, choose only one of them that suits your company’s values
  • Contact them and meet them personally
  • Communicate ideas with them and see if they agree to collaborate with you
  • If they decline your invitation for collaboration, try the second or the third company you have chosen before, but always come with plan B
  • If they accept your invitation to collaborate, make sure to gather your employees and they also gather theirs
  • Interact, discuss, have meetings arranged and socialise if you want to
  • Make sure you and your employees use polite and friendly language and manners when communicating with the other company

So, why is collaboration advisable for us? These are why:

  • You and your company will get the opportunities to grow
  • You will learn more new stuff
  • You will value friendship more
  • You will strengthen your relationship with other companies without unhealthy competition
  • It will boost and improve your brand awareness
  • It will boost customers’ interest in your products

…and guess what? You don’t have to be a designer to make this happen. You can do this anytime as long as you have plans for the future. When you can incorporate insights from a wide range of individuals, including non-design team members and prospective customers, you will be better positioned to create a usable, innovative interface that helps your company stand out.

That’s Why It’s There: The Role of Web Development for Your Business

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Website is no longer an option when it comes to having business. It is a compulsory asset for a business. When you have a business, having a website is one of the best ways to boost your marketing efforts. Let me make it easier for you to understand. Supposing you were just starting out a small business providing light meals or snacks in your area and the only people who knew about your business were your family and close friends – they were your first buyers. At the first two months, your neighbours knew about your business and decided to give it a try. However, unless your neighbours, family and close friends (and each of them) told their acquaintances and friends about your products, you couldn’t expand your business and increase your brand awareness any more than that. For that reason, online marketing is needed. In this day and age, you don’t come to your target audience door-to-door anymore – you reach them through online marketing efforts. Yes, that’s where website comes in. A website is one of your business assets that can help you increase your brand awareness and improve your online visibility so that your target audience, a.k.a the people who need your products can find your business and buy from you. However, creating and building a website is not that simple. You need web development for that. Why is web development so important? What’s the role of web development for your business? Keep reading to find out!

Web development allows your business to be 24/7 at service

You may have your own marketing staff or marketing manager or others with their own roles in your company both online and offline, but at night time, it’s time to sleep, fellas, even you too. However, with your website and its good web development, it can act as your 24/7 marketing staff. People are absorbed in online activities that they will just surf the internet for more information or looking for answers or something they want. If you have a skincare business and you have an active blog on your website, you can still ‘persuade’ your potential buyers even without having to meet them in person. If they are curious with your products in the middle of the night where you and your employees are still sleeping, your website can do your work by providing information and details about your products and your business as a website can be accessed 24/7.

Worldwide marketing

Well, it is not just about being viewed by your local target audience – the world can know too if your website is doing well in other aspects like web design, web development and SEO. With an online website, you can link up to social forums and market your product/service to a massive audience all around the globe. You can regularly advertise and share your work on social forums to gain more than actually targeted audience.

Easy and convenient for your target audience

A well-developed website can not only help you gain more prospects, but it can also help your target audience too. Having a physical location of your business is nice, but not all people can be willing to go there, let alone have time to go there, especially those living in other countries or cities. After all, who needs to go all the way down to an offline store when they can get it all online?

Seen as credible

Your website can also act as your ‘office’. This is where it can provide as much information as needed for your target audience. If your target audience is having a hard time finding your offline store, your website is your online store. Promoting your products or services by a few clicks can grab the attention of consumers from various parts of the world. The website of a company can prove remarkable to gain business not only in a shorter time but also with a much bigger audience. If your website is well-developed, then your website can be considered as a credible source that can be helpful for your target audience.

Yes, that’s why is there. Web development helps your website be accessible anytime and if you put the right content in it, your website can serve as your business ‘customer service’ and even your ‘marketing staff’ for 24/7. If you need more information about website development, feel free to contact us and let our team help you grow your business.

Manipulating Size and Space: Using Fitts’ Law to Improve Usability in Web Development

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You might’ve noticed for a while now that only the space bar is given prime real estate space in your computer’s keyboard, right down in the bottom middle are; it has also been made bigger than any other keys. This isn’t without reason as the space bar is typically one of the most frequently used keys in a keyboard in any given setting and all ten of your fingers need to be able to reach the space bar quickly and easily. This design makes typing easier and more comfortable for all of us and the reason why even in vintage typewriters that doesn’t have a space bar, the space keys are usually hard to miss.

This manipulation of size and space is based off of a predictive model of human movement in the field of human movement and ergonomics referred to as Fitts’ Law. In the field of man-machine interface, of which web development and UX design is a part of, Fitts’ Law is used to give more prominent to functions that are more important or more often used than others. As is the case with the humble keyboard, Fitts’ Law can be used to improve the usability factor of your website, making it a much more hospitable place for users, which is the ultimate goal in UX design.

Fitts’ Law in a nutshell

The gist of Fitts’ Law is actually pretty simple. The law predicts that the time required to move to a target area is a function of the ratio between the distance to the target and the width of the target. The space bar is an example of Fitts’ Law being utilized to the maximum and if you take the time to observe the world around you, you’re going to find more example of Fitts’ Law being used. In cars for example, the brake pedal is always bigger and easier to reach than the accelerator so that under emergency situations, you could easily stop your car from whatever it is you’re about to run into.

Car pedals don’t take into account the possibility that you might actually have to outrun something but that possibility is far more remote than having to stomp on the brakes. In a man to machine interface, this is referred to as a hierarchy, where the amount of visual weight is given based on the function’s importance or likelihood to be used. We’re far likelier to run into something than having to outrun something and this simple reason is why the brake pedal takes priority over the accelerator.

In the field of web development, Fitts’ Law main priority is to improve usability but the law is often used for the purpose of marketing as well. By subtly altering how elements are presented in a webpage, it is possible to subtly nudge users into performing certain preferred actions with the keyword here being subtlety as blatant sales tactics can and do impede usability. Fitts’ Law manifests itself in several different ways in web development and you want to pay extra attention to the following methods.

Buttons should always be easily clickable

The easiest way of making buttons clickable is by increasing their size but buttons could only get so big before their size becomes an usability issue. You want them to be easily clickable yes but there are other ways you can do that other than having to rely on size. To begin with, you can establish clear boundary with the space around them by making use of contrast. Black buttons over a white background for example would be hard to miss and you can also make it so that the CTA buttons aren’t immediately surrounded by other distracting elements, which leads to my next point.

The issue of space and distance

Another way of making buttons more prominent is by making sure that they’re not surrounded by other elements. Google’s homepage for example is still solely dedicated for search with other Google services hidden in the menus. By isolating your most important CTA button in a section of the page where they can easily be seen, you can subtly direct user’s attention to that button. This is a good thing for usability as well as you don’t want buttons on your website to be too closely grouped with each other as you don’t want any misclick to happen, especially for buttons with opposite functions.

On the other hand, for buttons and functions that are related to each other, you want to group them close to each other. The username and password field is always located next to the login button as they’re directly connected to each other. For related buttons, you want to make sure that they’re clearly distinguished from each other by using proper borders. This is especially important with mobile interface as space is even more of a commodity in that field.

Give ample clicking space

If your website make use of forms in some way, and it probably does, then you’re probably going to make use of radio buttons at some point. Now, radio buttons tend to be annoying because they have a very small amount of clickable space and it’s not rare for me to feel like I’ve clicked on that button only to find out I’ve missed it by several pixels. To alleviate this, you might want to consider making the label clickable as well, but ensure that this information is presented to users so that they don’t waste time aiming for those teeny-tiny radio buttons even when there’s ample clickable space sitting next to the radio buttons.