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Stop Using These Used-to-Be Web Design Trends If You Want to Attract More Customers in 2018

Stop Using These Used-to-Be Web Design Trends If You Want to Attract More Customers in 2018

In a world where everything is constantly changing as time goes by, we are expected to adjust to the changes, especially business owners. Why? Before answering that question, first let’s define what exactly a business is. Business is the act of selling goods or services and earning profits through satisfying human needs. Basically, a business owner earns money for a living through fulfilling people’s needs especially those who need what the business owner has in store. With that knowledge in mind, a business owner has to do what it takes to make those people stay. Well, it is always possible to do that in this era, where everything is almost digital and can be reached anywhere and anytime they want.

One of the ways you can do to reach your target audience in this era is by having a website. A website is one of the important elements in communicating with your target audience and providing information about your business so that they can find reasons to trust your business. However, building a website sometimes is not easy. You have to harmonise and combine every components needed in building a grandiose website for your target audience to see. One of the very crucial components in building a website is a web design. If SEO is the component that can boost your online visibility, let’s just say; “introducing your website” to search engines and web development is one component that brings your website to life, then web design is one important component that makes your website “feel alive.” Want to know more? Well, if you are a business owner, especially if you are just starting out, this article is perfect for you!

Just like fashion, interior design, or even cosmetics, web design is also changing with time, because of the trends. Trends are always coming in the future, whether you like it or not. If business owners want their business to run smoothly, they need to pay attention to the trends. Pay attention, not immediately change to the trends. Just because something is on trend, that doesn’t mean you have to follow every one of them. While trends have to be adjusted to your business too, there are trends that are just not right no matter what kind of business you have is. Below we have provided you with web design trends that are not cool anymore.

Bevel and Emboss

Have you ever worn a skinny jeans when it was the “it” in its time? Then suddenly now when you look at a photo when you wore it, you’re like “what was I thinking?” Yes, that is also what happens when you see bevel and emboss now.

Web 2.0 Gloss

The bevel and emboss trend wasn’t suddenly left behind one day in favour of minimalism. Instead, it had to evolve into something even more ornate before we decided to run in the completely opposite direction. Can you imagine a button glossier than your lip gloss? Ugh. No. Sure you can add a glow or two to a button, but overdoing this is not right and will just hurt your audience’s eyes.

Too much cursive text is a curse!

We admit that cursive text is beautiful. Only if you use it for a display on your home’s wall. But for a website? Do you expect that to attract your target audience? One of the crucial parts in a websites is the readable text. Cursive text is beautiful, but it is not readable on a website, especially if you are trying to explain about your business in a bit longer sentence.

Yes, those are the trends that “had their time” but their time is done. Now that with more website design trends coming, more websites are beautifully designed and even provide simpler navigation with “good looks.”  But we never know what the future holds. Maybe designers will work on new things or just patch up the old designs to make them even better in the future. Well, let’s wait for new trends and keep paying attention.

Perpetual Development: 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Continuous Integration

Perpetual Development: 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Continuous Integration

When it comes to software and web development, the conventional wisdom usually goes like this. Each team, or each member depending on the size and complexity of the software in question, work on their codes and continually test their own codes until whatever feature they were supposed to be working on actually works and submit their codes to their manager. Once every member have submitted their codes, all of them gets integrated and run for a final test, where there’s probably at least a 50% chance that that particular software is going to break. Why? That’s because integration error is the bane for any software and web developers.

The problem with that development practice is that it neglects to account for the other codes and features that makes up the entirety of the codebase. In software development, this is perfectly fine as having several standalone teams taking full responsibility of their own codes is much more preferable than having one single large team responsible for the entire codebase. In fact, the micro frontends approach to web development is built on this very same principle. The problem lies in the possibility that those codes might not play well with each other, leading to errors and faults occurring during integration. One of the more novel ways of avoiding this is with the practice of what is called continuous integration.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Continuous integration (CI) is exactly what it says in the title, it is basically a development process in which the integration process perpetually happens every time small alterations and/or additions are made to the codebase. ThoughtWorks’ Martin Fowler defines the process as “a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently, usually each person integrates at least daily – leading to multiple integrations per day. Each integration is verified by an automated build (including test) to detect integration errors as quickly as possible. Many teams find that this approach leads to significantly reduced integration problems and allows a team to develop cohesive software more rapidly”. As you might’ve guessed, this development process brings with it several benefits compared to the standard development process, such as:

  • Less debugging and troubleshooting.

Instead of implementing changes thousands of lines of code at the same time, CI breaks that down into much smaller steps, with only several lines of code changes and additions being integrated at a time but performed several times during the day. The benefit is two-fold, you have less risk of encountering any errors and when you do run into one, finding out what went wrong is much easier as you don’t have to perform the sisyphean task of checking over several thousands of lines of code.

  • It’s integrated in an agnostic environment

Software development can be somewhat esoteric. There are weird instances in which a code may work just fine in one environment but fail once it’s moved to a different one. With a centralized CI server, tests and integration can be run in an environment mimicking a real world setting so that when your boss tells you that your code doesn’t work when he tested it, you can confidently tell them that the problem is on their end and not on your code.

  • Reduce conflict between teams and/or members

In the standard development practice, the first thing that always happens whenever integration errors occur is mudslinging. If their code runs well in isolation, it’s not like anyone is going to voluntarily sacrifice themselves to the altar which would eventually result in mudslinging, only passive-aggressively. I’ve actually seen this happens once so using a completely unbiased third party like a CI server for independent review could keep this internal conflict from happening.

  • Keeps the sanctity of your code

The CI server will only merge the changes and additions into the existing codebase if, and only if said changes pass the prerequisite tests. There is absolutely nothing worse than deploying a set of broken codes and having to rollback updates because of that. Take a look at this case with the video game Sea of Thieves. They took down the server for the game to implement an update for the game, and after several hours of players reporting problems with the update, they took down the server again for an emergency maintenance. That still didn’t fix things and they took down the server again for the third time in 24 hours for another maintenance and even then, the game is still apparently suffering from certain issues.

It used to be that updates are implemented rather infrequently, but if you’ve ever paid any attention to how often a mobile app gets updated in the past few years the you should’ve noticed already how often small updates and bugfixes are deployed. The same thing applies to websites. Now that static websites are nearing the point of extinction, web apps with varying levels of interactivity is the norm. Even browser games are now massively popular, with hits like Agar.io, Slither.io, 2048 etc beginning their life as a web app before being launched as a native mobile app. While major updates to a web app is still relatively infrequent, perpetual improvements are always happening in the background, making practices like continuous integration a necessity for web developers around the world.

 

Asymmetrical Design for Your Website: Whimsical Beauty Added in the Trends

Asymmetrical Design for Your Website Whimsical Beauty Added in the Trends

One of the crucial parts in building a website is its web design. A website without its web design is like wearing a fancy dress without putting on some make up; your website could go live, but the website would seem lifeless. If you have a business website without having it designed, this could be a lost cause to your business. Why? That is because with web design, it could also determine how long your web visitors will stay interested in your website. With so many designs out there, business owners compete with each other to impress their visitors with their website, so that they could get more potential customers turned into real paying customers through keeping up with the trends. Are you one of the business owners who feels challenged with the trends? Or do you want to be the trend and want to have a better website look? Then, this article is especially made for you!

As time goes by, there are more and more web design trends coming. One of the popular designs that never seem to be out-dated is asymmetrical design. In asymmetrical design, there are designs containing elements that don’t create a mirror image. Although just like the name “asymmetrical”, these asymmetrical designs are, in fact, balanced, but just not through perfectly similar halves. It may be difficult to design it and to achieve the look, but once finished, the result is whimsically so stunning and beautiful. Not only does this design give you perfect harmony or balance, but it can also represent modern and class. The concepts of asymmetrical design are very influential because it has attention-grabbing techniques and imagination-provoking elements in it.

You can ask your designer to mix and match symmetrical and asymmetrical concepts within a design project. If they divide the design into smaller sections there will be parts that contain different types of balance. (Think of panels in parallax scrolling sites or the design of an image within the canvas).

Using space

The concept of minimalism design trend that is good for this design is using so much space for an easier balance of a simple object or image against a larger white or dark background. If there is a balance between white, or negative space, and elements in the design, it should create contrast. This will direct the eye’s movement across the design.

Emphasize motion

Imagine you see a wedding ring falling to the ground. You can already sense the motion. This also applies to the motion you can “feel” in an asymmetrical design. Your eyes will move from the larger, heavier part of the screen to the lighter part, naturally. Overall, this design brings more imagination for you.

You can add focus with colour

Good asymmetrical colour patterns are usually the ones that are high in contrast and colour combinations. You can add bright hues against black or a toned photograph that has bold white typography on top. High colour contrast will be the focus and visual weight to specific parts of the design.

You can create asymmetrical colour combinations by using the colour wheel. Choose the colour combinations that fall outside traditional colour rules for a sense of asymmetry. You can use colour to highlight and emphasize other elements in the asymmetrical outline. Colour “gets along” well with elements such as geometric shapes, typography or even in the background to get the balance.

Creating asymmetrical design may be tough for your designer at first, but if it is done properly with well-planned strategy, the result will be much more beautiful than you can imagine. Your visitors might not even leave your website! If you are interested in using asymmetrical design for your website but haven’t found the designer yet, you can contact us and our team will be ready to help you.