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Design

  • 3 homes that will give you green energy envy

    Renewable energy is the future. Not only does it reduce your environmental impact, but it also allows you to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on conventional energy technologies. Some architects have been grabbing the green energy bull by the horns and creating impressively stunning designs that are energy efficient — and really cool. Here are three of our favorites. 1. Ecocapsule: The Moveable Micro-Home Image Credit: Nice Architects Created by a group of Slovakian millennials, the Ecocapsule pods look like something from a sci-fi movie. Adorable as they are practical, Ecocapsule homes are powered entirely by wind and solar energy and can...

  • How good design is improving employee training and comprehension

    There can be no doubt that design has a positive impact on a company's training programme and the ability of employees to comprehend a course. This is especially true when it comes to the use of rich media, which if used well, can help employees to understand training and even apply what they have learnt much better. Furthermore, it is very important to have in place very effective and innovative blend of learning solutions and elearning solutions to help a business or elearning company meet its specific training objectives unique to its operations. Effective solutions have to integrate great learning...

  • 6 tips for designing top notch infographics

    Infographics play a crucial role in the increasingly visual world of online marketing. Infographics make complex information easy to understand eye catching, and shareable. Adding of images to your Facebook posts can gain up to 65% more interaction from your fans. You can boost your social media engagement by creating amazing infographics. If you’re thnking how to create an amazing infographic to drive traffic, social shares and links, keep on reading the article. Even though creating infographics is relatively simple and easy, there are some points you need to consider before getting started. This tutorial gives you an overview of the...

  • 5 ways 5G could unleash your creativity

    Digital designers are often hampered by the constraints of the network they’re working with. A mobile app can only include so many features, a website only so many videos before the load time slows down and the user experience suffers. At the moment, web and mobile app design involves the careful balance between user experience and innovative features. But could a new, lightning-fast 5G network change all of this? Proponents think so, seeing it as a way for designers to unleash their creativity without any of the usual constraints experienced today. Here are five ways that 5G could boost...

  • 6 reasons your customers hate your website

    You know the importance of having a business website. You may even have jumped on the ecommerce bandwagon decades ago. However, recently, your website traffic has dropped, and your conversion rates are abysmal. The Web is constantly changing — ‘tis the nature of the beast — and if your website isn’t changing with it, you are likely to find increasingly lower traffic. Here are a handful of common website problems that might be driving your customers away. 1. Your slow load It is 2015, and precious few Internet users still bother with dial-up connections. Because connection speeds increase every day, most...

  • This infographic shows you the real difference between UX and UI designers

    To people outside the digital space, a designer is a designer. Dig a little deeper and you quickly realise that there are many different spheres within the field. Even digital veterans though sometimes battle with the difference between User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designers. In order to try and clear up some of the confusion, design crowdsourcing site Zilliondesigns has produced an infographic detailing the differences between the two professions. Read more: 4 big trends shaping the UX design space And it goes beyond just saying that one deals with user interfaces, while the other deals with...

  • 3 ways a freelance designer can freshen up your website

    Are you tired of your website -- frustrated by its limited capabilities and stale design? Perhaps the problems are easy to identify, but the thought of solving them creates a sense of crippling anxiety. You know that great design combined with intuitive functionality is the key to gaining more customers, but even a truly great in-house design team can suffer from designer’s block every now and then. You may just need a little push to figure out what changes will truly surprise and delight your customers. But you don’t have to invest in state-of-the-art technology or shell out the...

  • 4 common UX mistakes in brand apps (and how to fix them)

    A flawless user experience is a fairytale. Users’ needs are always in flux, and there’s a constant push and pull between mobile designers as to which type of design is best. Yet the UX has the power to make or break a brand’s app. Brands have to consider design, content, performance, and overall usability when building apps to ensure users have the best possible experience. However, it seems like the UX gets compromised in the process. Add in a marketing team that confuses buyer personas with behavioral personas, and you’re left with a negotiated UX. This negotiated UX is often...

  • 4 big trends shaping the UX design space

    We’re all attracted to products and services that are easy to use, bring us enjoyment and improve our lives. We can’t explain why a product is well designed or why we like to use it – it just is and we just do. It’s a decision we make subconsciously without realising that a lot of thought and research went into the product – through a processes known as customer-centric design. Although many South African companies are realising the need for customer-centricity, few understand what it entails. To become truly customer-centric, design, culture and governance processes need to change -- user...

  • Mobile first design: why responding to technology is imperative

    Paradigms change. Sometimes they change naturally. Others need a little nudge in the right direction. Mobile first design is an example of the latter. The idea of Mobile First Design has been around for a while now. Google started floating the idea back in 2010 and really started pushing it shortly after. But Google pushes a lot of ideas and the wake of their changes tend to be both broad and long. There is an enormous audience of developers, advertisers and businesses that respond to the disruptive changes Google makes. It can take a while for all of them to...

  • Design Indaba 2015: Celebrating the continual incubation of ideas

    "Whatever the hell this thing is, it's amazing. I never even heard of it until this guy sent me this weird fake film And now I'm here. How did I get into this?" It was the last day of Design Indaba and Dan Wieden, the man who coined the term "just do it", suddenly made us sit up and realise this is a pretty special conference. Every year Interactive Africa invites some of the world's most creative thinkers to share their creative process with South Africans (and a growing international group) over three days at the CTICC. And every year...

  • Robots built to widen access to art on display at Design Indaba

    Imagine Night at the Museum but instead of animals and statues coming to life, four robots roam the darkened halls -- robots you could control from the comfort of your home. That's exactly what two creatives, playing at the intersection between digital technology and interactive design, dreamt to do and the result blew the world away. Ross Cairns and Tommaso Lanza are two of the many innovative thinkers visiting Cape Town this week as part of Interactive Africa's Design Indaba. With over half a million visitors each year, the conference and expo has become internationally renowned for attracting and showcasing the world’s...

  • Design, process and technology all make big ecommerce sense

    The world of commerce is often presented as a complex place, filled with tainted tactics and mass confusion. And that’s just the brick and mortar variety. Last month we spoke about ecommerce and its evolution to m-commerce -- the point clearly being that companies wanting to get in on the massive action and rapid, warp speed progression of online and mobile commerce platforms had better get cracking, and decisively so. Getting your product, service or solution online and within reach of millions of customers is one giant leap in the right direction, yes – albeit still only one small...

  • Wikiwand is the Wikipedia you’ve always dreamed of

    We can all agree that Wikipedia's interface works on simplicity because Jimmy Wales and his buddies want to deliver the same experience across different machines. Yes, we understand but if we are being honest, we do wish we could get a kickass stylist upgrade to the simple text based UX. Well, the folks at WikiWand have heard our pleas and decided to deliver. The Chrome plugin has taken Wikipedia and twisted its head to give you a slick new interface offering a significantly better reading experience. Installing the plugin quickly transforms all articles on Wikipedia into a responsive page....

  • 5 website bloopers you should avoid at all costs

    The effect of design on a website is like the impact of clothes on you and me. A great outfit enhances our best features and makes us look good, while a badly chosen one either makes us look ridiculous, or worse, makes us fade away into the crowd. This second fate is OK if you’re a person. Not so much when it comes to a website. Users ignoring your site and dropping off like flies is the last thing any website owner or marketer wants. A far cry from the early days of the internet, by now most websites are professionally...