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The year is 2013, the competition is tough, the number of web design competitors is high, and you only have 3-10 seconds to make the most recent visitor to stay on your website. If they stay, chances are that they can be converted, and to make them stay, web design plays a critical role.

Don’t get us wrong, we still believe that content is king. However, the web design can highlight and present the content effectively and efficiently, or it can overpower it thus reducing the effectiveness and clarity of the message. When it comes to conversions, web design and the UI play an equally important role along with the content of the website.

Persuasion vs. Clarity

Persuasive web designs, and web designs with clarity, are often considered as two opposite ends of the spectrum. When one thinks of persuasive web design; flash animations, bright eye catching colours, banners, and similar features come to mind. The main aim of a persuasive web design is to capture the user’s attention within the first few seconds of their arrivals.

However, persuasive designs may not always equal conversions. Once the users stay, they start to browse and try to find what they are looking for, and if they can’t find what they are looking for, they move onto another website.

That’s where clarity comes in. If your UI is easy to use, if your text consists of headings and subheadings that deliver the message, and if every page has a clear call to action, your conversion rate will rise. You either go for a persuasive design or a design with clarity, but we recommend you shoot for the stars and try to get the best of both worlds by combining design elements of persuasion and clarity.

How to Improve Clarity

Clarity does not exclusively mean large images and fonts, it means the average user should be able to understand who you are and what you do within the first glance. If you are selling pet products, your headline should clearly say so. The users should be able to identify the call to action, and should be able to find the buttons you want them to click.

They should not have to look too hard for the ‘place your order’, ‘contact us’, ‘buy’ and similar buttons, or they will simply move on to other websites. The hyperlinks should be prominently displayed, and the banners and flash animations should not take their attention away from the text you want them to read or from the images you want them to see.

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Alright, let’s get this HTML5 tutorials guff sorted out. If you website slingers haven’t gotten your mitts dirty on the new generation of browser code, here’s some video tutorials we dug up that are sure to teach a new trick or two:

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Oh, is it the end of 2012 already? Here we go, then. The Top 5 Website UX Trends of 2012, which promises to be the least surprising list you’ll see all year. Because we’ve been seeing these five aspects for a few years now. Single-page sites are back after a long disco-like hiatus, and typography never went away. If anything, maybe we’re seeing the end of web design evolution. This is actually a good thing; we don’t have to change everything every year just because we can, and it would be nice to make a website that doesn’t have the shelf life of a banana for a change.

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We had to wrinkle our nose at this post on 6 famous web design atrocities. It may be more about which re-designs caused the most backlash – draw your own conclusions – but the overall sites seem to be doing fine regardless.

  • Gawker – Wait, what changed? We barely noticed.
  • TechCrunch – Look, any guru worshiped by his own personal cult can’t be said to fail at anything.
  • StumbleUpon – Guilty as charged, but Stumble has been concentrated on shooting themselves in the foot since they grew beyond being a Firefox plugin. Whatever they do to their site doesn’t matter now.
  • Netflix – Again, people still flock there.
  • YouTube – Ditto. And again, we barely detect any change since Google bought it.
  • Target – Hey, they’re a brick-and-mortar store. Do they even care about web traffic?

Still, it’s a good guide to what your user base might backlash about. Our take-away: Prioritize function over style.

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prognosis: Rapidly fading fad

While Web Design Ledger gives us beautiful examples of site layouts that incorporate parallax scrolling in their new styles in web design, we’re going out on a limb to suggest that it might not be here to stay. While it’s a very hip style, it’s fraught with compatibility issues for mobile devices and old browsers – and it takes a real rockstar designer to pull off, a huge investment in effort for a very small return. Artists have one more toy for their portfolios.

Microsoft Metro inspired minimalism
prognosis: Squares are popular again

Big deal, squares and plain colors. We’ve been fighting to get away from this for a decade and now we’re back to it. Techihawk has some nice gallery examples, but we’ve seen this play out before: Minimalist movements quickly become “maximalist” trends, as more stuff gets crammed into the interface until it looks just as crowded as any page ever done by somebody who’s never used the word “minimalism”. So what’s the difference?

The Pinterest brick wall
prognosis: Hot, hot hot and here to stay.

It took a site like Pinterest to wake everyone up to the possibilities of CSS-column-based layout. It’s only 10 years late, but what the ducks, we’re glad it made it anyway. The mavens of Mashable can’t stop raving about it. For any visually- oriented layout, from images to video to catalogs, it’s a perfect win.

Sticky headers and footers
prognosis: Only tolerable in small doses

When you browse the gallery at Web Design Ledger’s post on fixed-position elements, bear in mind that these are the sites which do it right. Many, many sites do it wrong, adding toolbar-like clutter to the top and bottom of the viewer’s window until it’s like browsing the web through a letterbox slit.

And our obligatory award for “overuse of trendy design” goes to Fundatia Comunitara, with parallax scrolling, chunky blocks of tomato-soup colors, and a fixed header that devours the top 25% of the viewing area. Granted, the drawings do make it artistic, but scroll continuously and see if you don’t get seasick after awhile.

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The other day we were buzzing around some office cubicles and caught somebody dropping the phrase “web 2.0” into the conversation. They were doing it in an ironic, sarcastic way, referencing how HTML5 is supposed to change everything now too. This gave us pause. For the first time, “Web 2.0” is finally starting to sound like an outdated term, almost as antiquated as phrases like “Information Superhighway”. There’s a number of sites out there who agree:

Effdot spares no words in wishing that “Web 2.0” died the death of a thousand cuts.

This hilarious YouTube parody shows various reactions to the concept. Ironically, YouTube, in it’s birth, was the premiere site that everybody pointed to as “an example of Web 2.0”.

We just can’t wait until the same thing happens to “cloud computing”.

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It’s hard to think of any technology sphere that won’t feel an impact from this, so web design customers may as well know. This Computer World article makes no bones about declaring that Microsoft will no longer be focusing on Windows on the desktop. The declaration comes from Gartner analysts, who cite that the technology paradigm is shifting rapidly away from desktop computing altogether.

Instead, they’re looking to more of the mobile and pad market, with WinRT and Metro. They’ve also already made a jump to this with their design decisions on Windows 8, such as killing the ‘start’ button. Not since the shift from DOS to Windows has Microsoft undergone such a massive user-interface overhaul.

What does this mean for website owners? It means that now more than ever, you cannot count on the standard platform of Internet Explorer running on Windows desktops. The desktop market, already fragmented the past few years, is going to experience a huge fragmentation as a plethora of devices are used to navigate the web.

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It may be kind of an immature thing, but this site makes an important point. It’s aimed at the kinds of “clients” who post on Craigslist, with long wish lists for huge websites for which they explain that they can’t pay you…

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Things these kinds of clients always tell you:

  • “I have a great idea.”
  • “This will be good for your portfolio.”
  • “When the business takes off, we’ll give you a cut.”
  • “It has to integrate with Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Yahoo, and everything.”
  • “It has to be a multimedia Web 2.0 experience.”
  • “We need it by tomorrow.”
  • “Should be no problem for somebody who knows what they’re doing.”
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But just in case you needed to be reassured, ZDNet brings us Google engineer Matt Cutts, with the big news that SEO is not equivalent to spam. Well, take it from us, we are very relieved to hear that!

It’s kind of silly for anybody to have confused the two in the first place, but hey, it’s a big world and we all can’t be computer geeks, right? Actually, like many computer facets, SEO can be used for good or bad. There is such a thing as “black hat” SEO, which uses ungainly hacks and naughty tricks to fool Google’s web spiders into finding your page to be tasty – but as almost everybody knows, these cheap tricks work for about five days and then

Google’s index drops you like a hot rock. Similarly, programming is nor “hacking”, but programs can be written with the intent of being hacker tools. Blogging is not propaganda, but blogs can be used to spread propaganda. OK, we’ll stop there.

SEO is not spam. Everybody clear?

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Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when you’d read this headline? Here, wait, let’s hear it in OSNews’ own words first:

“The world’s most popular operating system will not be receptive to Flash, and Microsoft openly stating Flash is history pretty much means that as a platform for the web, it’s done. Flash may still serve a purpose in other ways, but the Flash most of us know and hate – that’s gone.”

Wha… ? Done? Gone? Flash? DOA? Belly-up? Bereft of life, resting in peace?

Yes, the MSDN developer website seems pretty sure about this. HTML5 is where it’s at now. Throw away those O’Reilly Actionscript manuals and beef up on your HTML5. Meanwhile, Apple Insider can barely keep the gloating out of its coverage of the story.

The hilarious irony in all of this? Linux, the platform the Adobe despised the most, is now the only platform that will give the time of day to Adobe. So, ah, Adobe, do you suppose Firefox Ubuntu users can expect their Flash plugin update on time for a change?


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