Sunday, 23 April 2017

8 of the Best UI Design Websites For Inspiration in 2017

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The essence of excellent user interface or UI design for website is to help users complete a given task as simple and time-efficient as possible. There is no wonder that attractive interface and impressive images are of great importance, but the core part of making a good UI design is to deliver users an intuitive and smooth experience. Many people keep hunting for the best user interface websites to get started into the industry, with different preferences and requirements. Here, I've rounded up the top 8 UI design websites in 2017 where you can get to know the most current trends, design inspiration, designer works & news, UI packs, etc. Please comment below if I've missed out your favorite one.

1. UI Parade

Ui Parade, an inspirational UI design directory website, is committed to sharing the works of UI designers across the website. It provides the most outstanding works of world's leading designers in meant to give richer & better reference for designers in need. Meanwhile, there are premium design tools for designers to pick up.

2. UI Cloud

On UI Cloud, designers can search and discover a wealth of UI design materials website. There is a good collection of the best UI designs, and the keyword search function makes it user-friendly & hassle-free. More importantly, those resources are available for free download. The eye-catching interface and rich resources make it a go-to option for most designers.

3. Fltdsgn

This UI design website is devoted to providing the HTML5, Apps and websites templates for designers. It's a great place to get inspired and stimulate creative thinking, with the support of email subscription. It updates on daliy basis with creative and interesting UI templates.

4. LovelyUI

As its name implies, LovelyUI is a platform that looks lovely for numerous UI designers to share design works and resources, but mainly for the mobile interface UI designs. Its classifications are easy-to-understand and navigate, allowing designers to view UI design works though in different categories by search. The mobile interface to some degree can be like the cooking chef. If you want to make delicious food beloved by others, then you firstly need to have an attracting recipe. Likewise, the App interface needs to attract the eyes of users to provide a good user experience. If you want to learn UI skills and improve the design ability, then this website cannot be missed out.

5. CreativeMarket

As an independent UI design website, CreativeMarket brings together the hand-crafted designs from all over the world. It's a collection of graphic design resources, including UI packs, logos, UI patterns as well as UI templates, etc. This might be the one-stop website for your choice.

6. SmashingMagazine

Founded in September 2006, SmashingMagazine is a technology blogging websites where designers can find various types and styles of designs. Its blogs are mainly related to web design materials, tutorials and business news, providing innovative information for developers as well.

7. Designrfix

Designfix is a UI website that provides the most trendy web & graphic tutorials. With it, designers can find high-quality design works and then share across their network. A highlight is Designrfix keep updating a set of UI topics & tricks on a regularly basis.

8. Mockplus

Mockplus includes a selection of UX/UI design resources recommended for designers, product & project managers as well as developers. For now it has over 60,000 subscribers, and the RSS Feed is also available for users to keep current with the newest updates. Meanwhile, it's an all-inclusive prototyping tool to make interactive mockups on App, web, and desktop.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Microsoft is going to introduce new hardware and software on May 2

The company sent out press invites for an event that will take place in New York City. A person familiar with the company's plans said hardware and software will be unveiled, though the company is not currently planning to introduce the highly-anticipated Surface Pro 5 tablet. It also sounds like the company's rumored Surface Phone isn't on the docket.
The invite says "Learn What's Next" and uses the hashtag "MicrosoftEDU." We can look to that for a few clues as to what Microsoft might have planned.
It's possible Microsoft uses the event to introduce Windows 10 Cloud, which is its take on Google's Chrome OS. The operating system may help power a new generation of low-cost laptop computers that could compete aggressively against Chromebooks. It isn't clear if Microsoft will introduce its own hardware or if it will display products built by competitors.
Microsoft has tried to take on Google's Chromebooks before, but hasn't been able to make its devices as appealing as Google's alternative.
Perhaps that will change on May 2.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

SEO Greece

Top SEO trends in Greece and worldwide

1. HTTPS is no longer just an option.

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) keeps data exchanged between your user's computer and your website secure. Consumers are much more internet savvy than they were a few years ago, and now expect nothing less than a secure experience when visiting a website. The cost to switch to HTTPS is minimal and aside from the security benefits, Google has confirmed it’s a ranking signal.

2. Long-form content will continue to perform well in the search results.

Long-form content, which I consider to be more than 2,000 words, has been shown to perform better in the search results. It’s something that many marketers adopted a couple years ago and it’s still the “sweet-spot” for those looking to rank organically and provide the value needed to convert website visitors into leads, sales and revenue.

3. Social media will be an even larger referral traffic goldmine.  

Think about how much activity and engagement occurs on social media daily. Products and services are being discovered on social media, consumers are turning to social media when they need customer support and brands are active on multiple platforms daily -- it’s a major source of quality referral traffic.

4. Home-based voice search will increase.

Google Home and Echo by Amazon allow consumers to search for anything they want without lifting a finger -- literally. You can get the answers to almost anything, and these services will continue to evolve and add new features. You can already request an Uber and order pizza from Domino’s. I have a feeling we are going to see this technology grow rapidly this year, giving local businesses a new way to be found.

5. Google will show more love to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

It’s no secret that Google is a fan of AMP. Webpages load instantly, therefore providing a much better user experience. Here’s an explanation directly from the AMP open source website: “AMP is a way to build web pages for static content that render fast. AMP in action consists of three different parts: AMP HTML is HTML with some restrictions for reliable performance and some extensions for building rich content beyond basic HTML. The AMP JS library ensures the fast rendering of AMP HTML pages. The Google AMP Cache can be used to serve cached AMP HTML pages.”

6. UX (user experience) will continue to provide trickle down benefits.

There are several benefits of providing a pleasant user experience that have a direct impact on your SEO. Visitors stay on your website longer and engage with more of your content, which reduces your bounce rate. This also increases the average time on site and odds of a conversion occurring, or at the very least a social share or follow.

7. Mobile-first strategies have become a necessity. 

With so much traffic coming from mobile devices, it really causes you to think about the mobile user first when designing page layouts and offers. The good thing is that there is no question -- mobile traffic percentages continue to grow. There will always be businesses that just don’t see a large percentage of mobile traffic. Take this chemical storage building web page for example -- the majority of their traffic is going to come from a desktop user in an office setting. They have a mobile friendly contact option, which is good, but a full-on redesign isn’t as crucial as it would be for a consumer e-commerce website.

8. Links will continue to be a by-product of excellent content.

Links aren’t going anywhere -- they are still a key ranking signal. Rather than stress about how to secure them, create content that is so good that people share it and link to it without you having to ask. Infographics and detailed case studies and reports will tend to perform better than standard blog posts. There are infographics my agency did years ago for brands that continue to acquire them links every week naturally.


Friday, 9 December 2016

ARM-Based Windows 10 Portable PCs!? Hell Yes!

In an unexpected move, Microsoft tonight announced a major new partnership with Qualcomm to port Windows 10 to ARM. No, not Windows 10 Mobile. Real Windows 10 on a new generation of portable PCs.
“What we’re really providing here is choice,” Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson told me earlier this week. “And Qualcomm chipsets have two major advantages that our PC maker partners and customers have been asking for: Incredible battery life and efficient, integrated cellular connectivity.”
Of course, you may be thinking, hold on a second here. I’ve read this story before. This is just Windows RT again, right?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Microsoft’s Push To Turn Your Phone Into A PC Arrives With Redstone 3

In the second half of 2017, Microsoft is working towards the release of Redstone 3, this is the next update coming to Windows 10 after the release of the Creators update that is set to arrive in the Spring. According to new information from both public and internal sources, Microsoft is working on an emulation layer for ARM chips to run x86 applications.
This information, which I had been hearing for some time gains more credibility with a discussion I had last night with WalkingCat on Twitter who has uncovered the tools to making this emulation possible. Currently called CHPE, this tool allows for emulation of x86 on ARM and we should see this sometime next year.
Mary Jo Foley was able to dig up more information about the platform, which is currently called “Cobalt”; this emulation is targeted at phones/desktop and not the server market. To further add credibility to this information, the release of Redstone 3 aligns with Snapdragon 830 that will contain virtualization capabilities that will further make this emulation of x86 on ARM a reality.