Modern Day, Modular Web Design is Like a Monumental Lego Project That Requires Organization, Planning, Management, and Teamwork

Web design in Today’s World

Web design has evolved rapidly from the days of early Facebook, when middle and high-schoolers gushed over the new online platform that blew their minds, quickly after they created a new account.

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They felt a sense of raw freedom and independence, as their impressionable, not yet fully matured, adolescent souls squealed to be heard on digital media, delighted by this new advancement in technology.

But if Facebook was cool, then the milestones that programming made in the next decade were super-cool, as web applications sprang up, inspired by the new social media engine.

As hastily constructed web pages, and applications sprang up all around the inter-web, engineers realized the potential that the web held. Today, talented UI/UX designers and engineers are sought around the world to work on applications.

These applications are complex tools that have rapidly changed the web.  Flaky, cutesy web pages have faded from mainstream culture, as UI/UX design has emerged, quickly gaining in momentum and popularity.  The need for intelligent, cutting-edge designers and developers has grown enormously, and today, having a good UX/UI means more $$$$$ all around, and greater profits.

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Modern web design involves UI/UX, and looking into any modern design studio, you will find designers crowded around a huge portfolio of work spanning several computers. These designs are key to building the world’s newest products, that everyday users gush over for countless hours, and house designs like the one below.

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But planning, organization, management and teamwork is really really really important…

Having worked on an application’s creative team, I have learned a lot about designing and developing applications.  UI/UX web design involves structuring web content in a hierarchical fashion, to address users needs.  Modern websites are designed by UI/UX Designers who are familiar with front-end engineers responsibilities, and have a good understanding of website dynamics.  Web pages which are designed with high consideration of their users are responsive, compatible-across various browser windows: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

They can be viewed with ease on different devices.  Applications like Netflix, for example, can be viewed on different devices and are tested with Google’s Developer Tools. See different views of Netflix.com being inspected, below.

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The design of Netflix is elegant, the varied structures and squares are flexibly nested together, into the masterpiece that is the nation’s most popular television application.

Modern web design can be likened to legos  (Zhang, 2017).  In a typical full-fledged lego project, a finished result is expected and illustrated on a manual for an enormous, beautiful ship.

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There are different lego pieces involved in building the masterpiece which is the finished project.  Similarly, UI/UX designs for modern-day mobile-desktop applications involve assembling modular software components together to create a beautiful, functional application.

In order to create a highly functional application, designers should have a good understanding of responsive web design, CSS, bootstrap, and other design libraries that will be used to style the skeleton of an a modern day html5 application (Zhang, 2017).

Similar to the basic framework of an enormous lego project, a front-end engineer lays down the skeleton for the entire project using html or html5 code (for AngularJS), and adds the necessary stylesheets.  With a solid designer, the designs for mobile to desktop are all in place, as is the stylesheets, and libraries that will be used consistently throughout the project.  The designer is satisfied with the designs and the team members meet to finalize the designs, like the manufacturers of a ship verify the designs before the ship moves on to the building phase.

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The engineers work steadily to build out the pages and style them with the style guides set out by the designers, and the back-end engineers build out the API’s and server-side connection.  With good organization and talented engineers, the team finishes the application within the given time frame.

Become enlightened by what the New Possibilities Team has to say about Modular Web Design.  Co-work at goElaborate.com, A NYC Digital Media Company!

Works Cited

Zhang, Samantha. “Learning from Lego: A Step Forward in Modular Web Design.” Medium. Feb. 17, 2017. https://medium.com/5000-things/learning-from-lego-a-step-forward-in-modular-web-design. Accessed November 15 2017.

Pinterest vs Tumblr

     

 

          Pinterest and Tumblr are considered curatorial social spaces, according to the NY Times, with the additional blog component for Tumblr. But after the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr, it’s following has become stagnant while Pinterest is coming up strong and predicted to soon rival Twitter in its amount of handlers. Social media has been around for decades but has only started trending now, which means out with the old blog spaces and in with the new real time one sentence life update.

 

 

          Google is the leading data search engine with the ability to image search as well, but while Google has the literal answer for image keywords, Pinterest has the creative answer for users with aesthetics in mind.

The great thing about Tumblr is that it effectively combines a variety of image content under a number of tags that is seen worldwide, and with gaining a following they can choose to get to know you personally via opinion blogs and messages.

 

Forbes Magazine recently did a study on the top four networking applications ranking Facebook ($170 billion), Twitter ($23 billion in stock), and Linkdin ($20 billion) as the top three but Pinterest ($5 billion) is climbing fast in popularity. It’s estimated to go head to head with Twitter in the next year. Surveys say that many of the users are identified females, myself included, but it has no target gender, and male identified users are testing the waters more and more.

 

I recently became a Pinterest convert. I was previously a Tumblr addict adamantly resisting the fact that something new could be better than Tumblr.My partner recommended Pinterest to me because I missed the visual inspiration I got from Tumblr but without the time investment needed to search and sort in comparison to Tumblr and Google.

 

 

          Pinterest brings to the table immediate satisfaction in all things visually pleasing to the eye, the interface allows for quicker browsing and more exploration in order to create personal mood boards in which others can view or you can choose to hide.

 

It’s an excellent time waster without the feeling of wasting time and its impersonal unlike a lot of other networking social media sites whose main focus is  blogging to meet people.

                                

I’ve been through many networking blogs from Xanga to Livejournal, to Myspace each with a target audience and it’s funny to see how they grow and decay leaving way for new social enterprises.

 

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Why Go Digital? Good Question!

Digital media is influencing how we produce knowledge. digitalThe objective of going digital is to showcase your resources and to become a leader in your industry.  Your business’ footprint will be with people always, inclining them to either buy or support what you are selling.  The channel to achieve this is via media. But if you are not convinced, here are some reasoning behind the digital ——- .

Cost

The costs of print, television, and direct mail advertising add up quickly, and can easily blow through a companies budget. Going digital eliminates a lot of the costs of advertising, while allowing the company to reach a wider audience. Business can now create websites, use social media or use tools such as Facebook Ads all at low to no costs to get their brand out. The use of digital media does not have to replace traditional marketing but rather can be used as a strategy to bring in a wider audience while potentially saving money rather than spending.

Customer Experience

The digital world allows businesses to enhance customer satisfaction and build relationships with consumers like never before. Digital use allows consumers to reach out to businesses with more speed and effectiveness, make purchases immediately, and research the company – its history, values, current affairs etc.  Marketers need to head in the direction of the market, well consumers are facing screens – phones, laptops, tablets, you name it. You know where they are, its time to use it!

Define Your Brand

Using the internet allows companies to define who they are to their consumers. They are able to personalize even the smallest of details and set the aura for their company.  Also, through the use of social media businesses can show consumers a side they may have never seen. Showing off different aspects can make a big difference in today’s competitive market. Bringing this into perspective, when a consumer is choosing between which bank they’d prefer, the simple fact that one engages in community service often could be the winning factor.

Question remains… Why Go Digital?  Reason: simply said, we need it!  Digital is not just an on and off.  It is an influencer in our lives, the decisions we make, every call to action, the way we think, media drives us!