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As the Digital Marketplace Continues to Grow, Graphic Design and Web Development Need to Continue to Evolve

More and more, consumers are choosing to do most, if not all, of their shopping online, rather than heading to brick-and-mortar retailers. In fact, according to data compiled by Invesp, estimates suggest that Americans alone will spend some $279 billion online by 2015, while consumers could spend up to a staggering $1.4 trillion globally. Because of that, businesses looking to attract new customers and grow will have to find ways to establish a strong online presence, one that allows online shoppers to easily research and buy products. Building a great new website is usually the best way to do that, and using the latest graphic design trends can help owners make sure their site stands out. Bold Graphics Web users tend to move quickly, and will make a decision about whether or not a site they visit has any value in just a matter of seconds. In order to draw shoppers in and make sure they are able to find exactly what they are looking for, site developers need to use creative and engaging graphics. Sites that are bland and too text-heavy will fail to draw interest, even if they have lots of great content or the exact product or service...
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3 Key Areas to Focus While Designing Mobile Website

Designing a mobile friendly website is a challenging task as the design must suit a variety of screens across multiple platforms. The design must be impressive for tablets as well as must deliver a positive user experience for the smartphone users. Web design for mobile is a tricky business where certain aspects must be taken into account. While designing mobile websites, two approaches are very significant. The two approaches are: Build an exceptional mobile website. Use Responsive Design trend to design the existing website to match various mobile devices. Following these two approaches will bring fruitful result for the business but knowing where to start and what to do are equally important. Hence, here are the three key areas for an effective mobile website design.Understand Mobile Website Usage and Behaviour PatternsThe misconception that mobile usage is based only on certain definite things may lead to a misleading web design for mobile. The fact is that most of the mobile usage is to kill the time or to spend some leisure time. Today, people are increasingly using the phones for the same purpose as the desktop. So it is better to plan the web design for mobile keeping in mind the theory...
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To push or to pull, that is the question.

If you are anything like me, whether to push or pull doesn’t always come naturally. Signs which strictly or even helpfully inform us to push, often result instead in a pull, with their counterparts receiving exactly the reverse treatment. With such a plethora of visual cues available to us, why is it that so many people have issues when simply existing or entering a building? Clearly I have too much time on my hands because after a life time of imbibing lattes in a variety of cafes, I think I may have happened on an answer. Door handles. Yep, that’s right, door handles. When they exist we are oh so tempted to pull. When they don’t exist, pushing really seems to be our only means of escape. Put a pull sign on a handle-less door and where would we be? Stumped. Shocked … terrified even? Similarly, put a handle where there is a push sign and before we know it we are doing a version of the hokey cokey that would definitely not impress the judges on Strictly. When finally we emerge on the right (or even wrong) side of the door, we are left red, sweaty and more indeed of...
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5 Web Design Trends Every Small Business Should Know About

As the saying goes, first impressions are everything. If you’re on a blind date and you trip and fall within the first 10 minutes of the evening, you’re probably going to seem like a klutz for the rest of the night. If you spend the entirety of a job interview complaining about the bosses at your last gig, you probably can’t count on starting at that company anytime soon. The same thing goes for running your own web-based business. If your site looks like it was designed all the way back in 1995, your potential customers are likely going to doubt your company’s credibility -- not to mention your choice of outdated gifs and word art. So why give them the opportunity to second-guess your service at all? It’s 2014 now, and more than ever, successful and strategic web design has become paramount to a website’s general success. Studies estimate that 94% of a web visitor’s first impression of a site he or she has never clicked on before is related to the overall design. In other words, if the average web surfer thinks your site could use a few tweaks to better improve its functionality, it probably could. And you...
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Useful jQuery Various Scrolling Snippets and Plug-ins

Scrolling can improve usability of website dramatically. Scrolling with mouse can be a painful experience for visitors, especially on long pages. Probably the easiest way to get things done fast is with the help of jQuery. There are many plug-ins for jQuery that can easy this job, but technically you don't need a plug-in just some of these reusable snippets. Scroll to Anchor Text Create the anchors within your page, easy way to make jumps in relevant content or guide/tutorial pages. // HTML: // <h1 id="anchor">Example</h1> // <p><a href="#anchor" class="topLink">Back to Top</a></p> $(document).ready(function() { $("a.topLink").click(function() { $("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: $($(this).attr("href")).offset().top + "px" }, { duration: 500, easing: "swing" }); return false; }); }); Scroll to Top Scroll to top have become a standard, every website need this. $("a[href='#top']").click(function() { $("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, "slow"); return false; });   Scroll to Bottom $(window).load(function() { $("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: $(document).height() }, 1000); }); Note the use of window.onload (when images are loaded...which occupy height) rather than document.ready.To make things proper, you just need to check the page height and substrack. $("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: $(document).height()-$(window).height() }); Load content on scroll Simple code that does the effect similar to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus –...
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