5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website’s UX

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website’s UX

In the web world, a good user experience means more than just eye-popping design, intuitive interaction and unique layouts. The goal is to deliver the right information in the right place and at the right time.

Although achieving that goal is both a science and an art form, there are several simple steps you can take to improve your website’s UX right away.

1. Optimize images before uploading

People navigating in a digital environment are almost always in a rush, and for every second a visitor waits for your site to load, their frustration grows. Images contribute to a good portion of that loading time, so before uploading any of them, make sure you optimize and compress them according to their purpose.

For example, if you’ll be using an image as a thumbnail, don’t make users download a full size image. Instead crop it properly and use a compressed format such as JPEG.

2. Place your calls to action strategically

Tests show that CTAs perform better when they are placed where users are looking for the information they need. This means that you can improve your website’s conversion rate by planning the content of each page around a goal, and then adding a CTA where the key information is located.

3. Simplify your navigation menus

Busy menus and too many labels can be both confusing and overwhelming for visitors. To facilitate the navigation, group pages using a dropdown menu, and add a few labels to your footer. Best practice is to have no more than 5 or 6 labels in your navigation bar, and no more than 4 pages in a dropdown menu. This way users can find the information more easily and you optimize the space in the navigation area.

4. Use search bars

Search bars can be very useful for first time visitors or for heavy-information sites. With that simple tool users can easily find what they are looking for. Make sure that the search bar (or icon) is placed in prominent areas of your site such as header, footer or side bars (if applicable).

5. Use content hierarchy

When adding new content to your website, use descriptive headings to create content hierarchy. This can be achieved by using H1, H2 , H3 tags to write headlines for an article or page. The bounce rate of a website can be reduced when the users follow a path when looking for relevant information and well planned headlines help with that.

 

November 2, 2016 0

How A Label Was Designed

How A Label Was Designed

What’s in a label? More than you might think. The packaging shape and materials need to be considered, along with where and how the item to be labeled will be displayed.

Of course, the label should be pretty, or at least interesting to look at. It needs to be eye-catching and informative as well, while clearly portraying the brand associated with the item in question.

And if you’re in Canada, don’t forget the french translation. (The french translation has foiled many an otherwise perfect label design.)

With so many elements to consider, designing a label can be a serious undertaking.

We’ve designed a few labels in our day here at Hot Soup Creative. Most recently, we worked with Calgary-based Tearrific to design a new logo and a set of 23 unique labels for their range of hand-blended teas.

We sat down with Justine, a member of the design team that built out the final concept, to discuss the process that Hot Soup underwent with Tearrific to create the new labels, from the first idea to the final product.

What was the first thing you did, after meeting with Tearrific?

The first thing we did was to create mood boards. We create mood boards to communicate the ideas that are stuck in our head. By collecting different images, text, textures, colours we began to form a theme for the design and were able to explain this theme to the client.

After that, we created 10 examples, so that Tearrific could look through them and choose the one they liked best. Clients can’t always describe exactly what they’re looking for, but they’re usually pretty good at picking out what they like and don’t like.

What was the next step, after choosing a concept?

Once Tearrific chose the concept that spoke to them, we created variations based on that concept, to home in on a final design they really liked.

Once we had that design, we built it out for all the other flavours, making sure that the formatting matched up, despite different numbers of ingredients, and other variations.

tea label mango tango tearrific

How did you move from the final designs to the physical, printed labels?

Once we were happy with the designs, we printed out some examples and laid them out, to see what they would look like in real life. On the screen, things are a lot bigger, so it’s helpful to be able to see the physical labels, in their real-life dimensions.

Then we sent the finished files to Tearrific for their approval, and made some last-minute changes before sending them off to the print company that we work with.

What were some of the challenges that this project presented?

We designed these labels from scratch, so all of the elements were our own original artwork. That meant we were working with massive file sizes, as the art files piled up. The client was also very involved in the process. This is a good thing, but it meant that there was a lot of back and forth, and a lot of changes were made in the process.

What was your favourite aspect of the project?

With all the changes that we made throughout the process, working so closely with Tearrific, it felt really good to come out with a final product that they were happy with.

 

-Your Creative Team

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