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Friday, May 8, 2015

How to choose colors that fit your brand



Color increases brand recognition by 80%, and 85% of shoppers place color as a primary reason for why they buy a particular product, according to a infographic from KISSmetircs. It is essential to choose a color or a combination of colors for your brand.

Color meaning

  • Red – exciting, strong, energizing, fast

  • Orange – sociable, adventurous, affordable, warm, optimistic, cheerful


  • Yellow – happy, uplifting, creativity, challenging

  • Green – reliable, sympathetic, generous, adaptable

  • Turquoise – idealistic, creativity, compassionate, healing, self-sufficient

  • Blue – loyal, caring, reliable, conservative, idealistic, devoted

  • Indigo – responsible, obedient, sincere, structural

  • Purple – individual, creative, inventive, psychic, mysterious, fantastic

  • Magenta – loving, supportive, innovative, artistic

  • Pink – unconditional, understanding, warm, innocent, feminine

  • Gold – wealthy, luxurious, victorious, beautiful, attractive

  • Silver – modern, sleek, scientific, distinguished, calm, imaginative, feminine

  • Black – powerful, protective, comfortable, sophisticated, mysterious

  • White – innocent, pure, equal, simple, neat, open

  • Grey – intelligent, classic, mature, refined, conservative, neutral

  • Brown – practical, comfortable, reliable, friendly, humble, natural, organic


Source: Empower Yourself with Color Psychology

How to select your color

  • Choose a color that best describes your brand’s personality.
    Brand’s personality is like human’s personality. Choose colors that represent your brand’s personality; your brand is strong, sophisticated and mysterious; adventurous, optimistic and self-confident; or idealistic, creative and inspiring.
  • Know the impact of colors to consumers.
    The research shows colors have a significant impact on the logo and the brand.
    The study revealed that blue logos invoked feelings of confidence, success and reliability; green logos invoked perceptions of environmental friendliness, toughness, durability, masculinity and sustainability; purple logos invoked femininity, glamor and charm; pink logos gave the perception of youth, imagination and fashionable; yellow logos invoked perceptions of fun and modernity; and red logos brought feelings of expertise and self-assurance.
  • Consider cultural interpretations.
    For example, blue is the most preferred color across cultures. Red is the color of happiness and celebration in China, often seen red is being used in New Year or wedding. Black associates with death in Thailand.

Here are some resources you may find useful:





NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS  - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

How Website Design Affects Your Business

Here are some reasons how the design affects your business.



1. Credibility


According to Stanford University, the study shows 46% of people judge the credibility of a business based on the design.

It's not enough that you just have a website but you must have a professional-looking design. Since many people now search for information online before making a purchase, your site may be the first chance to make a good impression to potential customers.


2. Responsive design


Why does responsive design matter? A responsive website is designed to fit any size of screen when someone is using to view your website (desktop, tablet, smart phone, etc.). Here why responsive design matters to your business.
  • The number of smartphones globally used will reach 2 billion in 2015. The number of smartphone users is growing each year. If your website is not responsive, you risk losing a big number of visitors to your site.
  • Google released the mobile friendly update on April 21st. The update will potentially give a ranking boost to mobile-friendly pages in Google’s mobile search results.
  • Responsive design provides the better user experience for each device. The better your website pleases visitors; most likely they will come back again.

3. Slow loading web pages


40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Once visitors find you on search results, they click your website. You have only 3 seconds to have your webpage load, if not you have very high chance to lose potential customers.


4. Good content


If your website do good jobs for all of above reasons, but you don’t have good content. That will be huge impact to your website.
  • Write for fast reading. People tend to be in research mode when they are reading online; use one concept per paragraph, make sure the key idea is at the beginning, and remove redundant words.
  • Have content that relevant to your business.
  • Provide useful information and images that visitors expected.

Your website is part of your business. You may use it as one of your marketing tools and with some other reasons. It should give you the best results to your business.



NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

How do I design a logo?

Logo design is not just creating an identity or brand, but it needs to be scalable, memorable, versatile, and appropriate.

Some rules that I always stick with when designing a logo.

1. Simple

    A simple logo makes it easier to recognize and remember than the complex one. The other reason is the more shapes being used the harder to keep them clear in small size.


2. Memorable

    Your logo should be unique and stand out from the others in your field. I usually try to avoid the overly used symbol. For example, how many logos incorporate with Alaska flag that represent business logo in Alaska? Because you do business in Alaska, it doesn’t need to have Alaska flag in your logo. “A logo doesn’t need to say what a company does” David Airey, he writes on the popular logo design site Logo Design Love.


3. Versatile

    A good logo should look good in black and white as well as color. It should stay effective when print on different kind of mediums.


4. Appropriate

    Your logo must be relevant to your target audience. A logo is designed for a lawyer should look and feel professional and conservative, which is opposite feeling with a child day care logo.


NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good Practical Typography for Web Design


Typography effective in web design can be the significant impact to engage or turn away your visitors.


1. Readability


The aesthetics are useless if visitors can’t read the content. Choose a simple font is better. I would try to use no more than three families with clean and clear look at around 12-14px. The creative fonts should use for headlines or quotes. Also the background and font color should have high contrast.

2. Fonts


To convey your message on web design, choose a font that feels like it could work.
  • Serif – traditional and conservative look
Times
Century
Palatino
Garamond
  • Sans Serif – modern and uncluttered look
Arial
Tahoma
Lucida Sans
Franklin Gothic

3. Size


As mention earlier, the size between 12-14px looks good and easy to read but titles or headlines is harder to make decision. I usually try out different sizes until I get the one that big enough to grab attention as I need on the web page.

Heavy fonts usually convey strength, powerful and confident. For instance, headlines with capital and bold grab attention quickly and feel important. On the other hand, headlines with lighter fonts are not noticeable as much as the heavy one.

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4. Hierarchy


Normally when you want to emphasize the element on your web page, you would give it bigger than the others. But it is not the only way. Color, weight, placement, and size are all important to create hierarchy on web pages.




NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Thursday, May 1, 2014

5 Things Your Website is Missing


Chances are your business has a website. To increase visibility and reach more potential customers, make sure your website has these following key elements.





1. Contact information


It is general practice to include a page designated for your contact information. Company’s address, e-mail, map, and phone number should be easy to find on this page.

2. Call to action


A call to action or CTA is a banner or button helps users what to do next. They can be used for downloading a file, get contact information, request quote, or buy now. With effective call to action, you can urge users take action on your website.

3. Social media links


Social media provides the easy way to communicate with your customers and potentials. It becomes a way that people give recommendation to their friends and shares your content with people they connect to. When you add social media links to your site, it will help increase your like and followers.

4. Testimonials


After reading experiences with your products or services, potential customers will be more likely to move forward with your brand. The key to add testimonial is quality not quantity. If a customer gives too long testimonial, quote the parts that sound best.

5. SEO


A properly optimized site can expect increased traffic to your site. Write content that is relevant to your site or topic, and include keyword in the title. Get more info about Search Engine Optimization.




NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Friday, March 14, 2014

Design Login Page for Seneca Safety

SMS Pro is web-based aviation safety software for airlines, airports, flight schools and aviation maintenance organizations. This enterprise-level aviation SMS software was developed by the Anchorage Alaska Web design and programming company - NorthWest Data Solutions for the aviation industry in 2007.

One of our clients has been using this login page for a long time. Occasionally, this client would add a picture to this page, but lately, this login page looks and feels empty. I’d like to add some interesting elements to it.

Screen shot of existing login page.


First Design


We have a lot of images about airplanes, helicopters, pilots, airports, and more that related to aviation. But the difficult part is choosing the right image for its purpose. I chose these images from our client’s website Seneca College. But the problem was all images are small, so I decided to use 3 images instead of one to create this login page. I used red and black to be main color design since it matched with their website and our logo. I had grey color to make the contrast in area I wanted to emphasize in the form.

Screen shot of first design login page.



A second design


Instead of using 3 images, I chose only one. But like I mentioned earlier, the image was small size so I had to help cover the pixel looking after enlarge it. I put the Gaussian blur and another transparent layer with Photoshop on top of the image. It became a good background then I had login form locate at the middle of the page. I changed the color on the form area to make it stand out.

Screen shot of second design login page.



I like this design better but again I’m not the decision maker. So which one do you like better?


NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Difference Between Static and Dynamic Web Sites

You may come across these terms when you’re serving the internet or by your web designer. It’s good to know the difference so you can choose the best solution for your website.


Static websites


A static website is created by tools like HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Each web page is a separate document, that means the way to edit this kind of website is go into each page with knowledge of the code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript.) You would have to use a web page editor such as text editor or Dreamweaver, or pay web designer to update your website.

Dynamic websites


A dynamic website is created using more complex code like PHP or ASP with database driven. You would have a blog, search option, contact form and more. Many dynamic websites can be controlled by a content management system (CMS.) You can change the content through an admin panel which changes the source code in real time, no need to know HTML or other languages.


Many people prefer dynamic websites because they have a lot of benefits.

  • Dynamic sites easy to update
  • That helps to get better on search engine like google since you will always have fresh content on your website and google likes it
  • Rich of feature
  • You can enable and add new features easily in the future
  • It’s impossible to destroy the page layout
  • You always update content and images from admin panel when the source code store in separate files


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NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com

Thursday, January 16, 2014

You Know You Need a Web Designer When…

Your online representative

Would you fix your car by yourself? Most of us would say no. We would hire a professional to insure that we get the best results possible. A professional designer knows how to create appealing website to attract your target audience. First impressions are very important, and if your website represents your company in a professional manner you will gain customers that would otherwise be lost.

Uniqueness

There are millions of websites on the Internet. (Source: How Many Websites Are There In The World?) How are you going to make your website stand out? Purchasing a template may seem like a good idea for creating your own website, but you risk having your website look like others. Also you may need specific features that a template cannot provide you such as a photo gallery or forums.



Design sense

A skilled designer knows how to create quality graphic elements like image resolutions, correct image file type, and other graphic design technique. Designer responsibilities also include the use of right fonts to fit your brand, how to use white space, what colors are most effectively combined, and how to arrange all elements in aesthetical way.

Time

Hiring a professional web designer instead of building a website yourself will save you a lot of valuable time. There is a wide range of skills that are necessary to make effective websites not just learning the basics HTML. Important languages to help creating websites cover CSS, JavaScript, and others.



Search Engine Optimization

It is useless to have a great website if it does not show up on search engine results. A high search engine ranking is important because potential customers will find you on the Internet. A professional web designer knows how to optimize your content, all tags and using effective keywords on your pages.

Browser Compatibility

Different browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, etc.) have different standards for displaying web pages. What looks perfectly fine in Google Chrome may show up as a mess in Internet Explorer. Professional web designers are skilled at knowing how to make websites display properly on multiple browsers. An efficient web designer will test your website across browsers, insuring that the majority of people on different browsers can view your website the way it should be displayed.


NWDS Alaska Web Design


About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. www.nwds-ak.com