Website redesigns – what to think about

April 5th, 2010

I’ve done a bunch of redesigns lately and It’s been a challenge, to say the least. But I’ve learned a bunch about what not to do when you redesign a website. This is especially important when you are redesigning active and popular websites. If the site has been the same since 1996 and there isn’t much going on, it’s quite easy to redesign, but if it’s a popular site you have to be a little more careful in your redesign. These are some of the things that I have been thinking about during the redesigns, I hope they’ll help you too.
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5 things to learn from print designers

November 3rd, 2009

Print designers struggle, when they have to make a web layout. And with good reason, websites don’t have the same dimension constraints and a web page calls for a more fluid layout. Some things are not easy, nor smart, to do on the web. Drop caps, Image wraps, large images just to mention some. But we should learn from print designers. They make great designs in the offline world and some it can be used online too. Below you’ll find 5 things to look out for and some examples of webdesigns that already use these techniques.

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Doh! Usability tip #3 Make it easy to compare your products

September 27th, 2009

Have you ever been to a website and had a hard time finding the product that would be the best for your needs? Have you checked lately that you aren’t making the same mistake on your own site? You really should. It might be really easy for you to decide which product is the best, but are you part of your own target audience? Often you won’t be. I have a few examples for you from the web hosting business. A business where people need to compare different packages.

Let’s start with one of the worst examples I could find. Laughing Squid

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