Although we celebrated the great holiday of Festivus almost four months ago, I have one last minute grievance I’d really like to air. I’ve officially run out of patience for articles that declare “[Insert Year Here] is the Year of Mobile Design” or mention mobile-friendly design as a “top trend” for the year.
Over the past year we’ve seen more and more companies focusing on producing visual content. The combination of using powerful tools like video, gifs, and infographics and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest putting more emphasis on visual content make it obvious that this is the direction the marketing industry is moving.
“Mobile web browsing overtakes desktop for the first time!” Two years ago that headline was plastered across some of the most popular blogs in the industry. Today, we’re still in the midst of the mobile revolution and it shows no signs of slowing down. For the first time ever mobile browsing has begun to lead the way we design for desktops. With adults expected to spend an average of 3 hours and 23 minutes on voice mobile media, it’s no surprise to see the features we use every day making their way over to their stationary counterparts on desktop.
Whether you’re the VP of Marketing, an Account Manager, or even a CEO, everyone has a preferred process or workflow when it comes to website design. These workflows keep your team running efficiently while saving you a ton of frustration and time in the long run. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find an efficient workflow that works and even more difficult to keep it current.
Every company runs into the awkward in-between phase of “Our site needs a redesign” and “Where do we begin?” With Google’s ever-changing algorithm, the daily addition of new design trends, and constant waves of new technology, it can be tough to figure out what your new site needs and what it doesn’t.
When was the last time you stopped to really reflect? It might seem like a silly question, but when you work in an industry as fast-paced and constantly changing as marketing, it can be easy to forget to slow down and take the time to look back at the work you’ve done. I know I’m guilty of this.
Creativity is often compared to a muscle in the body - challenge it and it will grow, but neglect it and it turns into a Netflix-binging couch potato. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Exercising this creative muscle is essential in any discipline of marketing or design. It helps us unleash an ocean of insight and innovation. It keeps us thriving in the workplace with original thoughts and new ideas. Unfortunately, just like a physical muscle, our creative muscle can cramp up.
It’s almost that time of the year; The holiday season. Soon we’ll be planning our holiday parties, preparing for battle on Black Friday, and, if you’re a marketer, reflecting on the past year and trying to predict what UX design trends to keep an eye on in the upcoming year.