Category Archive for: Interface Design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


ARIA is Spackle, Not Rebar

Much like their physical counterparts, the materials we use to build websites have purpose. To use them without understanding their strengths and limitations is irresponsible. Nobody wants to live in an poorly-built house. So why are poorly-built websites acceptable? In this post, I’m going to address WAI-ARIA, and how misusing it can do more harm than good. Materials as technology In construction, spackle is used to fix minor defects on interiors. It is a thick paste that dries into a solid surface that can be sanded smooth and painted over. Most renters become acquainted with it when attempting to get their damage deposit back. Rebar is a lattice of steel rods used to reinforce concrete. Every modern building uses it—chances are good you’ll see it walking past any decent-sized construction site. Technology as materials HTML is the rebar-reinforced concrete of the web. To stretch the metaphor, CSS is the interior…

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Designers Tooling Around: Figma

There are already several articles out there explaining Figma and its wide array of features. So I won’t spend too much time explaining what it is, except to say it’s an interface design tool similar to Sketch or, to a lesser extent, Photoshop. But there’s something special that sets it apart. It’s based in the browser and allows for real-time collaboration. For real.  We’ve been using Figma more and more over the past several months and I wanted to give a brief breakdown of how we’ve been using it at Viget and what we love about it. Remote Whiteboarding With teams often spread across three offices, we’ve tried everything to make brainstorming, sketching, and whiteboarding without being together in person feel natural and efficient. Thanks to Hangouts, we have talking and seeing each other down. But drawing and writing together has been harder. Working together in a Google Drawing file…

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Crash Course: VR Design for N00bs

We have a tradition at Viget of experimenting with our own ideas, independent of client work. But, honestly, it’s been too long since we built something pointless. Today, we’re debuting our latest experiment in virtual reality—a WebVR adaptation of the classic circuit-board puzzle Lights Out. It’s a one-player game, with the objective of turning all the “lights” in the grid off. Sure, the final product is neat, but how did we get there? Jumping into the VR metaverse is overwhelming. I was disappointed to find there are tons of libraries for developers—but very few centralized resources for designers. As creatives, we pride ourselves on our ability to apply design thinking to everything. So, where are all the thought leaders in VR design? There’s little to no consensus around even the most basic design standards—like typography or accessibility. Basically, VR design is a wild west free-for-all. However, instead of seeing this as…

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Improving your visual design skills: Thoughts for beginners

Last summer, I set out to improve the visual polish of my client deliverables. Other UX team members’ work looked like it could have been from members of the visual design team, and it was time to up my game. I felt lost, however, in plotting concrete steps to accomplish this goal. While I knew what I need to do — build an understanding of typography and color, and strengthen existing skills around layout and visual hierarchy — I didn’t know what resources to trust, tools to use, or ways to practice. Fast forward a year, and my visual skills — while still budding — have grown. If you’d like to create more visually effective deliverables and improve your basic visual design skills, below are resources and tools to get you started, and some lessons that will help you succeed along the way. Books & Articles Here are a few…

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Stay Away From These User Interface Design Mistakes

The importance of creating a functional site should not be ignored. No matter how the website is beautifully made, yet does not create interest in the site visitors, the website is doomed from the start. In other words, every aspect of the website must engage the visitor, and it all starts with great user interface design. The Importance of User Interface Design for Business Websites Web designers should always keep in mind to provide a functional site that can easily generate interest among the website visitors to create a steady traffic influx. The type of user interface design plays a significant role in driving in a high volume of web traffic. Therefore, carefully deciding which design to use should be of utmost concern. In this day and age, e-commerce has been enjoying a steady growth, raking in sales worth billions of dollars each year. This is the reason why a…

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What Not to Wearable: Part 2

In Part 1, I outlined strategies to coordinate the design goals of digital and physical products. Now, I want to take a look at how employing those strategies might yield wearables that appeal to a broad market. Wearables consist of three designed components: The Product This is the object that will house the hardware.The Hardware These are the technology components that make a product “smart.” It includes the sensors, indicators, transmitters (as well as requisite power sources) that are layered into a physical product to add functionality.The Digital Experience This is the suite of apps and interfaces that the user interacts with in relation to the wearable. It may be on the wearable itself (as in a full-display watch) or synced to a device (as with a fitness tracker). There are many articles (including this one and this one) that offer guidance on designing for wearables. But, they all tend…

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Web Designer – M S International, Inc – Atlanta, GA

Experience designing within CMS (Adobe, WordPress, Expression Engine, Joomla, Drupal, etc.). Work with web developers to apply style and user interface design…From M S International, Inc – Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:30:10 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Web Designer – M S International, Inc. – Atlanta, GA

Experience designing within CMS (Adobe, WordPress, Expression Engine, Joomla, Drupal, etc.). Work with web developers to apply style and user interface design…From Indeed – Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:12:41 GMT – View all Atlanta jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

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