Smart User Experience
Recently I consulted for a company. I have replaced the company’s real name with a fictitious company name called Manta. I just re-worked the homepage top part of the website. But, to give the site a grounded feel it needed it. The original site lacked a call to action (CTA) for a potential client. What’s more, I thought the header navigation was too general and wordy. The homepage image as well was too big and busy. When visiting the site the viewer didn’t see any other content below to scroll to.
I reduced the size of the initial imagery which brought up content and showed this content “above the fold”. I placed a large CTA over the image clearly defining what the company did and buttons offered to provide a selection for the user. Furthermore, I simplified the navigation with better choices that were more relevant to the company objectives and also placed a company phone number in the upper right to offer necessary info.
Smart design continued with adding three choices for the user to engage with below the image. This area had graphics and a large button to access the info easily and to offer a large visual to engage with.
All in all I thought the redesign offered a better experience.
From Design to Prototype
Recently a company wanted me to prototype a website showing the mobile and desktop (responsive) versions. The client wanted the piece to feature photography with some text. I’m showing a fictitious header to simulate the finished product you see here on my website as well as colors similar to the finished product.
My approach was a “mobile first” one. I like this style since I frequently use frameworks a lot and especially Bootstrap; I finished the mobile version then added the desktop piece. The client wanted something that would fit into the existing properties and require minimal styling for turning into code. I designed these pieces using Illustrator, Photoshop and got a little into Sketch as well.