09 Dec 2016

Mobile App Design Inspiration, Ultimate Guide And Resources

By 1stwebdesigner.com

With so many mobile (Android or iPhone) apps being released in such a short period of time, designers need to really create apps that stand out. In this roundup we’re sharing 50 beautiful mobile app designs with excellent UI experience in mind. Also at the end of the post you’ll find some more resources to follow top mobile app design trends.

Mobile apps are even changing the way we design anything nowadays! Everybody is pushing to higher resolution with new retina displays (iPad3) and I believe whole web will get super beautiful and sleek soon enough!

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But before it happens we can inspire from these high quality inspirational mobile app designs. It doesn’t matter for which platform you create a design; you can transfer experience from mobile to web, from web to tablets!  As you can see even print and web is not so different now. Big typography, textures, images are used everywhere!

Only one big difference in my opinion is touch screens – for mobile and tablets you need to put big attention in UX, usability. Make sure buttons are easy to click; you effectively use touch controls to swipe, expand, minimize with your fingers.

If you are designing mobile apps yourself, I would strongly encourage to download a lot of these apps on your mobile, tablet and play with them!

1WD is passionate about helping the community by sharing information and resources that will make you become a better web design professional. This post is no different as we present you various UI design concepts for mobile screens we have gathered from Behance.

It is no surprise why everyone is going mobile since responsive design has been in the forefront and design isn’t exclusively for the web anymore. Take a look at these different mobile design concepts to give you inspiration and more knowledge of UI design, especially for mobile devices.

Even if you are just designer not developer, you need to plan whole experience with your design.


Table of Contents:

  1. 10 Best Mobile App Design Collection For Inspiration
  2. 7 Crucial Mobile App Design Tips To Create The Best Mobile App Design
  3. 45+ Most Popular and Useful iPhone Apps For Inspiration
  4. History In Mobile UI World:  40 Best Mobile Design Apps From 2012
  5. 26 More Android Applications You Mustn’t Miss This Year
  6. 8 Fascinating UI Kits for Mobile App Designers
  7. Why Should You Design for Mobile?
  8. Learn Fast with These 15 Apple Swift Tutorials
  9. 8 Tips to Follow for iPad App Designers

10 Best Mobile App Design Collection For Inspiration

OK, now off to the inspirational part – enjoy this mobile UI inspiration with best mobile application designs in one place!

Which is your favorite mobile app by design and usability? Leave your feedback in comments.


1. Arles Festival App Design Concept

The interface need not be flashy, just the basics the user often looks for

The interface need not be flashy, just the basics the user often looks for

Clarity is one of the essential elements of a good UI design.  It should not confuse your users nor give them a hard time figuring out how to use your interface.

And you can find that in this app designed especially for the Arles Festival, which has around a hundred thousand recorded visitors annually since its inception.

Images on top of artists' name tell a lot about each item

Images on top of artists’ name tell a lot about each item

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Boxes and fonts are finger and eye-friendly

Angelique Calmon and Juliette Lima collaborated to create this mobile app design with a simple and straightforward interface which leads you only to the most important information about the festival.

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Good user interface does not have information overload

Clicking each category leads you to more information. However, it does not give too much, just enough overview to let users know what they are. Even the information for each artist and exhibit doesn’t overload on they whys and whats, just a few sentences to help your users decide whether they want to see it or not.

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The sitemap tells you when and where the event is

2. Eda.ua – Food Delivery iPhone App

This mobile design version for an existing website is designed by a group of designers from Ukraine. The app has both an iOS and Android version with a very friendly UI designed especially for the food delivery business.

Edu.ua implements all the functionality of the food delivery service in Ukraine

Edu.ua implements all the functionality of the food delivery service in Ukraine

In order to meet usability standards, the designers conducted an intensive market research and took note of various offbeat ideas. Then, they created and tested an interactive prototype with over 100 wireframes to ensure that the app design meets needs of the client’s business.

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The app has flexible filters and smart searches

The mobile app contains hundreds of restaurants all over Ukraine, so the developers put flexible filters and smart searches to enable users to find what they want in restaurants.

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Ordering food is done in 5 easy, uncomplicated steps. Great app design inspiration.

To make it much easier to order food, users are guided into 5 easy steps which include: searching restaurants around the city, checking their menu, looking more specifically into the dishes  before placing the order, confirming their order and proceeding with payment and delivery options.

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The app gives detailed information about each dish

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The app also has a reward point, very good UI. Well done.

With these steps, the users are saved the hassle of worrying what type of dish they ordered and the ingredients that go into each dish. This is especially helpful for those who have some specific dietary requirements.

3. Workout Book Mobile Design

The Workout Book was designed by Yalantis Mobile and Vitaly Rubstov out of their desire to find a workout app with no frills. Unlike other workout apps, the Workout Book easily records your workouts and lets you see all the necessary information at a glance right on the home screen.

The Workout Book is a no-nonsense straight-to-the-point workout app

The Workout Book is a no-nonsense straight-to-the-point workout app

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Each workout has a color tag to let you easily track your workout

Create your own workout with just a flick of your fingers and press save. Customize, set the day, and the targeted area you want to work on. Each workout has a color tag so you can easily look over them and monitor what you have missed.

After you have finished your workout, just do a few taps and you will be able to see the summary of your workout including the weight you’ve carried and the reps you’ve done for each targeted area.

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The app uses common mobile patterns

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Plot the type of workout you will focus on for the day or for the week.

What makes the Workout Book’s UI stand out is its use of common mobile patterns making even first-time users feel at home. Despite the commonness, the designers translated their own creativity into the app matching users’ expectations.

Review your workout between rests.

Review your workout between rests. That’s how simple, good app UI design should look like.

4. Fantasy Leagues App Design

Whether it’s soccer, basketball, hockey, or American football, you can be sure to find fans – from kids to adults – engaging in fantasy leagues and creating their own dream teams. In fact, fantasy leagues have generated billions of revenue all over the world.

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The Fantasy League mobile app is banking on the popularity of this hobby

The rules are pretty simple, and all you have to do is an app which allows you to navigate and monitor your score and stats easily.

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Team standings are easy to find and access

The Fantasy Leagues app shows a promising future in the world of sports app because of its simple and easy to understand interface. Swipe between pages to build a team, adjust your line-up, and view game stats.

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Swipe between pages to swap teams and players

The app has news feeds for both teams and specific players. The information on each page is short but concise  providing you with the latest news and updates.

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View player statistics and compare them with each other on one page

Another feature allows you to see how your current game fares well as well as team and player standings. In case, you are not happy with your line-up, you can easily swipe and sort players. Placing them in categories according to their positions makes it easier for you to put “who” in “where.”

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Get more in-depth information about your favorite player

There’s also a trash talk feature which works like a Facebook status. Write what you think or feel about a certain player and post it for others to see.

5. Change – Help Make It iPhone App Design

Change is a simple app designed by Linus Lang with an ambitious mission – to help bring change in your community, specifically the people who live in it.

To me it looks like one of the best designed apps from the collection. Read on.

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Simple mobile UI navigation, ambitious goal

It tells you the exact location and distance of a person who needed help from your location. The choices are simple and easy – a pop-up will appear and you can choose to view or cancel.

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Change wins in both UI and UX

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The mobile app encourages “mindful” giving with enough information

If you choose “View,” you will be directed a more detailed profile of that person. If you want to help, you can click “Donate” and type the amount you want to give. Then you can share it on your Facebook profile to inform and encourage your friends to help as well.

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Know a person’s exact location

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Track how many you’ve helped and how much you’ve given

You can also track how many people you’ve helped, the amount you’ve given, and the money available in your virtual wallet which you can give as donations.

6. Public Transportation iPhone App

The Public Transportation iPhone user interface app is designed by Docagan Ese Altunsu to specifically help tourists and citizens of Izmir to easily navigate the public transportation of the city.

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The colors, tiles, and font size all show a good UI design

It shows the shortest route where you want to go in Izmir as well as the approximate arrival time of a public transport – bus, ferry, or metro – near your area.

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The app shows you the type of transport passes by your location

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It also shows you the shortest route possible

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Type of transport is color coded so that you easily know where to look for.

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It is even friendly for those who have poor eyesight

7. Squiryl Social Loyalty App Design

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The icons are as cute as the name of the app

Designed by DHHN Creative Agency, this is a social loyalty mobile app design which allows you to accumulate points every time you shop and dine at participating stores and restaurants.

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Flow is simple and easy – done in three easy steps

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View and swap your rewards easily

With this app, you can use redeem vouchers and freebies as well as swap them with your friends. It is a good tool for businesses that wants to connect more to their customers to establish loyalty.

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The integrated QR code scanner makes things much easier

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The app has undergone 3 revisions before finalizing everything

8. Swing iPhone Music App Design Concept

Swing is an iPhone music app designed by Enis Danis with a simple and easy to use interface with only four, big navigation keys – News, Listen, Artist, Video. The “News” section has bigger windows than the “Listen” category. The news is displayed with their headlines and arranged according to their dates.

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The red and black color scheme characterizes the app – fun and funky

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There are only four categories strategically placed at the top

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Each page category is presented differently leaving no room for confusion

If you want to listen to music, your playlist appears and you can scroll down to search for more songs. Then, start listening by tapping the “Play” icon. Your “videos,” on the other hand, will display on a full screen.

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The tiles are big enough to give a teaser to the more detailed information

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Videos are played full screen by default

9. Lift – Self Improvement iPhone App Design

Lift is a self-improvement and coaching app of Lift.do, now Coach.me. Designed by Leigh Taylor, it is geared especially for people who are goal-driven or for anyone who wants to be more productive.

Don't be fooled by the inbox zero icon

Don’t be fooled by the inbox zero icon

The app’s main page has an indicator to show how much of your goals for the day have been achieved.

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The color and the mobile design already energizes you

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Encourage and be encouraged

As you tick each finished task, the indicator shows it until you achieve Inbox Zero – goals accomplished. Aside from that, you can also check what your friends are doing and be encouraged if they are doing well, or you can encourage them if they need one.

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Monitor your friends’ activities as well and spur each other up

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It also gives you tips to help you reach your goals

You can also get tips how to achieve your goals. The app also flashes some encouragement to lift your spirits in order to keep going.

10. Weather Tile App

The Weather Tile is an iOS app which got its inspiration from Windows 8 apps so when you glance for the first time, you might think it is a Windows phone. Navigating the app is simple and interesting because of its pastel colors.

See, we saved the best for last, hope you will find fresh inspiration to design your own mobile app after going through this article!

The weather app got its inspiration from Windows.

The weather app got its inspiration from Windows.

On the main page, you can find your current location and the weather as well as the key cities in the country making it easier to navigate between locations.

Tablets have bigger tiles than phones

Tablets have bigger tiles than phones

If you click a tile, you will get an overview of the weather for the whole week. You can favorite the location so it appears on your main screen.

You can favorite locations and they will appear on your homepage

You can favorite locations and they will appear on your homepage

The icons automatically change as the weather in that location changes. You can also share it immediately on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Mobile has become the choice of many people when performing their online activities. Therefore, it is advisable that you should consider getting a mobile version of your website. You can get inspiration from these examples or some tips how to create one.

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7 Crucial Mobile App Design Tips To Create The Best Mobile App Design

Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right?


What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined).

If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and newly-discovered gold mine to plow. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for developers as mobile apps continue on growing as the age of smartphones conquer the market.

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Having said so, we go to the topic of the day. You may have raised your eyebrows when I said that app development is still a relatively new and untapped gold mine. You may have thought of going to the app design and development battlefield.

But, before going to the war, let me brief you with some of the things you should avoid doing.

While you’re at it, you might want to look into previous articles:

1. Cramming Too Many Items within the Screen

This is a friendly reminder to app designers. You are designing for a smartphone screen, not a 1366 x 768 desktop monitor. It only means that you have limited spaces to put content.

Do not try to put everything in one place. Trying to compress information within a small screen will be tantamount to suicide. You need to understand how to use elements properly  to your advantage.

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7 Tips to Keep Mobile UI Clean in Your Mobile Design

  • When in doubt, page it out. Use swipe-able pages to put all the content you want without cramming the pages.
  • Make sure elements are tappable. Reserve enough spacing for the user to interact with the element. Remember, you are dealing with non-tactile devices most of the times, so using small elements is a no-no.

Preserve tappable control sizes to around 44×44 points.

  • Facilitate focus by elevating important content or functions. The most important items should be placed on the upper left half (for left to right cultures) of the screen.
  • Apply balance and visual weight to make readers understand the hierarchy of element importance. Larger elements are perceived to be more important than smaller ones. You may also want to enlarge CTAs and buttons so that the users can understand that they are tappable.
  • Align elements properly. It makes your app look classy and professional.
  • Use relative sizes. Texts shouldn’t be scrolled horizontally and images that are of utmost importance should be large enough so that the user won’t go into troubles of zooming.
  • Be consistent. Preserve one brand of design in your app. You wouldn’t want to confuse the users, right?

2. Using Illegible Fonts In Your Mobile Apps

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Legibility of texts supersedes other concerns. If you create an app that nobody can read, it will be worthless. Typography has always been a major concern in any field of digital design. Make sure that fonts and the text can be understood properly.

3. Mobile App Design Readability

When we speak of ‘being understood properly’, we mean that the texts should always be readable.

  • Proper use of proper font faces, sizes, colors
  • Use of understandable words, good grammar and superb copywriting

A lot of apps sometimes disregard texts, but mind you, they are important because they are the main delivery agents of the messages of your apps.

7 Mobile App Design Tips to Improve Readability in Your UI Design:

  • Always prioritize the content when tending to text-size adjustments. Not every text falls into the hierarchy of importance. Normally, when users select a large text size, they to make the content easier to read. However, they don’t want everything in the app to be larger.
  • Make sure that all fonts are legible. If you can’t read it, don’t use it.
  • Never use a font size lower than 11pt. Always put in mind that users may adjust the accessibility text sizes and app font-size should still be 11pt or higher even if they do.
  • Headlines and Body texts can use the same size. You can add some distinction on the font weight.
  • Use only two weights, regular or medium. Never use bold or light-font weights.
  • Use simple words. Never add fancy and highfalutin words. Follow basic app copywriting guidelines.
  • Be sure to be direct in instructions. Users don’t want to read your novel, buddy.

4. Be Careful With Colors When Designing Your Mobile App

Colors play an important role in app design. Some app designers tend to just choose the color they want and then design the app. That is a wrong practice. Colors should always help and enhance interactivity and visual continuity in every app.

When choosing the colors for your app, make sure that they jive together. Here is one article which can help you with color combinations.

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Focus on color contrasts in different circumstances. Some inexperienced app designers usually make mistakes by not putting enough contrast in the navigation bar background and the bar button tiles. This makes the buttons difficult to distinguish.

4 Tips For Picking Good Colors When Designing a Mobile App :

  • Use colors with at least 50% contrast differences. Then test the results on a device under different lighting conditions such as indoors and outdoors.
  •  Try looking at the app in grayscale (or desaturated) form. If you have difficulties in differentiating the interactive and the non-interactive elements, then, you need to increase the contrast between them.
  • Never use the same color in both tappable and non-tappable elements. You should always keep in mind that UI elements that need interaction should always be different from elements that don’t. Make your users know where to tap.
  •  Colors should always enhance the flow of information. Never use it as a distraction.

5. Bad Ad Placements In Mobile App Design

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Now, let’s talk about ads. As developers and designers, we would love ads. They make our apps earn without sending the burden to the users. But for regular users who have no idea about mobile app design and development, ads can be very irritating bugs in the UI. Some ads just pop out and shazam!, you’re redirected to the App Store. Now, this is common mistake for new app creators. So, what do you do?

  •  Never use pop-out ads. These are the advertisements that just pop over the entire page. This disturbs the proper flow of information and could distract with the user tapping on the interactive CTAs.
  •  Place ads on creative places. Usually, ads are placed in the least important part of the screen. Normally, a small portion of the lower part of the screen is set for ads. You may want to free up a small space there.
  •  Some ads, especially in games, give bonuses to the players. I guess this, too, is creative.

6. Making the User Wait On Your App

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Nobody wants to wait. But some apps need a few moments to load. But you have to be careful about this. Splash screens are risky elements to place in your app.

They are normally annoying because you are accessing the content while someone is waiting for you or the device. If you place a splash screen, make it is short as possible. While you’re on it, make it creative.

7. Too Many Mobile App Notifications

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As the designer, you want your app to be noticed and used by people, right? So you might think that you should always remind them that you haven’t used the app in a while? Right? Have you thought of this?

Well, if you are thinking about even doing this, don’t. Notifications, unless they are essential to the users, turn the latter away from your app.

Think of t like this: no matter how nice you try to be, there’s always this one guy who thinks you’re best friends and sends you emails about his life every single hour. Do you even like that random guy? Hell no, right? Then if you don’t like annoying people constantly reminding you, begging for your attention, don’t put them in your apps.

4 Good Tips For App Notifications

  • If your app is a game, provide bonuses for users who regularly check your app out.
  • Try to design a better app. Improve your errors; make it more exciting.
  • Be nice with the ads. Don’t clutter the pages.
  • And lastly, follow the guidelines stated in this article.

Or else, you might end up falling prey to this app-blocker setting.

Final Thoughts On Designing A Mobile App

App design is not a walk in the park. Like web design, it has its pitfalls. If you continue to keep on committing these mistakes and not even learning from them at all, then you won’t be any good at all. Remember that you should learn from these mistakes and create a better app next time. Happy designing!


45+ Most Popular and Useful iPhone Apps  For New Mobile Design App Inspiration

iPhone has gained popularity rapidly and is a must have gadget for nearly everyone now. Even I, an old clumsy Nokia owner, have finally realized it. iPhone is not your typical phone you pull out only to make a call. It can do much more than that. And with over 350 000 apps it would be silly not to fully use the potential this phone’s offering. But which apps to choose and which are worth the money? It can be rather frustrating to pick the right ones for you in all that mess.


This article is here to help you and presents 45+ of the most useful, efficient and awesome apps to keep you on top of the edge every time you use your iPhone – be as productive as possible wherever you go. The apps collected in this article range from advanced bookmarking services to simple photo effect tools. These fantastic apps will help you increase your productivity greatly and get the best from your iPhone. You might ask if you can afford all that? Don’t worry, most of these apps are actually free or at a ridiculously low price for the value you get.

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These apps will help you to organize your notes, photos, bookmarks and synchronize them across your computer and other compatible devices. The USB flash era is over – DropBox is the new ultimate service for transferring files quickly and efficiently.

1. Evernote (free)

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Evernote for iPhone lets you create notes, snap photos, and record voice memos that you can then access any time from your iPhone, computer, or the web.

2. ZooTool ($1.99)

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Zootool for iPhone makes it easy to bookmark, organize and share your favorite images, videos, documents and links from all over the web.

3. Dropbox (free)

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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

4. inClass (free)

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inClass, the amazing student organizer, is here to help you survive school. No matter how complex your school schedule is inClass will help you keep track of all your courses and even alert you before class so that you are never late again. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon, so no more procrastination.

Business iPhone Mobile Apps

Take your business with you in your phone. These apps will help you track, manage and take care of your finances and business.

1. Mint (free)

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Personal finance tools from Mint. Track, budget and manage your money on-the-go. Sign up for a Mint account, add your online banking accounts and access your personal finances — all from your iPhone. Get started for free.

2. Billings Touch (free)

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Billings Touch takes the Apple Design Award winning time tracking and invoicing experience from the Mac and puts it in your pocket.

3. Outpost 2 ($19.99)

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If you use Basecamp, you use it because you want to be productive. You use it because you want a simple solution to what once was a big problem for you. Now, you can use Basecamp on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad just as you’ve always wanted to.

4. MiniBooks for FreshBooks ($14.99)

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MiniBooks puts the popular web invoicing software FreshBooks in the palm of your hand. Manage your clients, send invoices, run timers, and record payments, all while on the go. Plus, MiniBooks fully synchronizes with your FreshBooks account, so you have access to your account even when you’re off the grid. All this for less than FreshBooks’ monthly subscription fee.

5. Scanner Pro ($6.99)

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Scanner Pro transforms iPhone into portable scanner in your pocket. It lets you scan multipage documents, email them and even upload to Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk or any other WebDAV enabled server. Evernote integration is there too.

Task Management Mobile iPhone Apps

To-do lists, RSS readers, project management, brainstorming – keep track of your everyday life in your pocket. These amazing apps will help to get things done right.

1. 42tasks (free)

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42tasks is a tasks management and collaboration app, with cloud synchronization. The 42tasks app will boost your productivity. You can organize your to-do lists and tasks, assign them to other people, share projects and view custom reports.

2. Remember The Milk (free)

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Take your to-do list anywhere with this feature-packed app; never forget the milk (or anything else) again. Remember The Milk (RTM) for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad connects with the popular online service of the same name. With millions of users worldwide, Remember The Milk is everywhere you are: from mobile to the web to apps including Outlook, iCal, Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, and more. Learn more at www.rememberthemilk.com

3. Springpad (free)

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Springpad is a free application that lets you quickly and easily save ideas and information you want to remember on the web, on your iPhone and on your iPad.

4. Instapaper ($4.99)

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Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines.

5. Things ($9.99)

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Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Other to-do applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Either way you are not getting stuff done. Things instead has the right balance between ease of use and powerful features.

6. Quickie to Do ($1.99)

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Fastest to-do list in the store, perfect for ad-hoc, spur of the moment lists. Simple and efficient, a pleasure to use.

7. LocationMinder ($1.99)

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LocationMinder allows you to set reminder alarms that trigger based on location. Even when the app is not running, you will receive the reminders when you reach the area. Designed specifically to work with a new technology in the iPhone 4 for very low power consumption and high accuracy.

8. Wunderlist (free)

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Wunderlist makes it downright simple to organize your daily life. Just create a list and start filling it with things that need to be completed. Keep track of your more important tasks with reminders and notifications.

9. Reeder ($2.99)

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Google Reader client with dozens of useful features.

10. MobileRSS (free)

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MobileRSS is a fully-featured Google Reader client for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. We’ve built a ton of powerful and exclusive features onto an elegant and familiar design platform which makes reading the news fun again. We think you’ll like it! This free version of MobileRSS has ads which can be removed by upgrading to the ad-free MobileRSS.

Most Useful Designer Mobile iPhone Apps

Are you an author on Envato marketplace or just need quick access to your FTP server? These apps will suit designers, developers and other creatives who just love to paint on their phone.

1. cliqcliq Colors (free)

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Colors is an easy-to-use color picker for discovering, converting, and managing colors and palettes.

2. WhatTheFont (free)

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Ever seen a great font in a magazine ad, poster, or on the web and wondered what font it is? Whip out your iPhone and snap a photo, and WhatTheFont will identify that font in seconds.

3. Leaflet ($1.99)

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Leaflet is an iPhone app designed for Envato marketplace publishers. Keep track of all of your account related information including comments, earnings breakdown, statement list and receive push notifications for both new sales and comments. You can also respond to comments and view individual statement entries all in one beautifully designed interface.

4. FTP On The Go (1,59 €)

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An FTP client for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

5. Zen Brush ($2.99)

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Zen Brush is an app that allows you to easily enjoy the feeling of using an ink brush to write or to paint. It allows anyone to easily perform fluent strokes while not compromising on the fascinating texture of a real ink brush. Create works that radiate the right atmosphere by choosing the best background template from our large collection.

Photography iPhone Apps

Picture can save a thousand words. These apps will help to keep your memorable pictures safe, share them with your friends and enhance them with cool effects right in your phone.

1. Instagram (free)

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3.75 Million users love Instagram! It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.

2. Adobe Photoshop Express (free)

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Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand — without wasting your device’s valuable storage space.

3. Photopod ($0.99)

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Take all your photos from Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Tumblr and Dropbox everywhere you go, on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Find the photos you want to see in seconds, edit and crop them or instantly upload the photos you just took with your iPhone to multiple networks without the need to open a new account.

4. PhotoSync ($1.99)

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PhotoSync will transform your photo handling forever. It‘s the first app that makes wireless transfer of your photos/videos from or to your computer and other i-Devices – a breeze. PhotoSync also transfers to Dropbox, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, SmugMug and FTP. You need never use a cable again.

5. QuickShot with Dropbox ($0.99)

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QuickShot simplifies the process of uploading photos to Dropbox. Every picture you take is immediately uploaded without the need for any additional actions. It has all the familiar camera features found in other apps, plus a few not found anywhere else. Queue multiple photos, upload photos in the background, and access all of the standard camera functionality from QuickShot’s simple interface.

6. Camera Plus (free)

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Camera Plus is a free camera app for your iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G and iPod touch to capture photos instantly with some great controls, add cool effects and share them with your Facebook, Twitter or Flickr friends on-the-fly!.

Social iPhone Apps

Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only social networks out there. Play photo games, write diary, listen to thousands of mixes straight away from your phone.

1. Piictu (free)

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Part photo game, part social camera, piictu is a fun + simple way to talk and play with piics from your mobile phone.

2. Momento ($2.99)

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Momento is a unique diary/journal writing application which provides a quick and easy way to privately record moments throughout your day. Connect with popular web services, such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Foursquare, Gowalla, YouTube, Vimeo, Digg and Last.fm, to collect and display your online activity as part of your diary.

3. 8tracks Radio (free)

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8tracks is handcrafted internet radio — a “social” alternative to Pandora. Featuring hundreds of thousands of mixes created by people who know and love music, the 8tracks iPhone app gives you easy, free and mobile access to the best collection of playlists on the web.

4. Skype (free)

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Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

5. Path (free)

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Path is the simple and private way to share life with close friends & family.

6. GroupMe (free)

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Free group messaging with anyone you know. Works on any phone.Now works over data—no text plan required.

7. Spout ($0.99)

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Introducing Spout, the newest way to enjoy news, messages, tweets and comments; delivered to your screen as a beautifully rendered up-to-the-second display of social content.

8. Bump (free)

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Bump makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with another Bump user. And now, you can message with your friends who aren’t near you – just add them as a friend inside of Bump and start messaging immediately — it’s kind of like a long-distance “virtual bump”.

Other & Misc iPhone Apps

All the other fantastic apps that doesn’t fit in any other category. Check out Ben the Bodyguard trailer to find out what I’m talking about.

1. Fast ($1.99)

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Fast is an innovative writing system that will save you time when typing your sms, mail, or more generally any text. The feature that differentiates Fast from other writing systems is that Fast learns from what you write, and updates itself by drawing from your vocabulary.

2. Ben the Bodyguard (3,99 €)

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Ben protects photos, contacts, passwords and other sensitive stuff on your iPhone or iPod touch. He’s your own personal security expert. Peace of mind on the go with a distinct attitude and opinion. Ben’s guarantee — “Your secrets are safe with me.”

3. Gas Cubby ($4.99)

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Gas Cubby is the ultimate tool for tracking gas mileage and vehicle maintenance. Whether you’re a hypermiler, or just want a reminder to change the oil, Gas Cubby will save you money and keep your vehicle operating at its peak.

4. blip.me (free)

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blip.me is a fun, useful, and free way to turn your mobile phone into a push-to-talk walkie-talkie.

5. Find My iPhone (free)

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Find My iPhone is free for anyone with an iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch (iOS 4.2 or later required).* Just sign in with your Apple ID on your qualifying device and turn on Find My iPhone to allow you to locate it. Then use the same Apple ID to turn on Find My iPhone on your other iOS 4.2 (or later) devices including iPhone 3G, 3GS, or iPod touch (2nd generation or later). Find My iPhone is also included with a MobileMe subscription.

6. Rowmote Pro ($4.99)

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Rowmote Pro is the ultimate wireless remote, trackpad, and keyboard. A gorgeous universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with everything from a multitouch trackpad to full extended keyboard support, and with no-configuration control of dozens of the best Mac applications, it is a must-have for any home media center or presentation.

7. Free Full Screen Private Browsing (free)

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Finally, you can view all your websites privately and in full screen for free. This is the simple, no frills web browser you’ve been waiting for.

8. Where (free)

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Join more than 4 million people who rely on Where everyday to answer the question, ‘Where should I go next?’

9. quiQR ($1.99)

quiQR iPhone app is a Real-time QR code reader and creator.

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History In Mobile UI World:  40 Best Mobile Design Apps From 2012

Since we updated this article recently, we still have some mobile app designs left from 2012. Check how the mobile app design world looked in 2012. Look how far have we come in just a few years!


1. Camera Genius

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Camera Genius is a camera iPhone mobile application that significantly increases standard functionality. It has separate focus and exposure areas, picture editing tools and effects, social network sharing features and more. Great idea to blend SLR with phone and the UI design is nice and clean.

2. Istid

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Overview of the shops selling good quality ice cream. The usability and typography are great.

3. Jauntly

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Mobile website of Jauntly – a simple goal setting web application. Simple design with a beautiful color scheme.

4. ChowNow Tip

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Tip screen for the forthcoming ChowNow mobile ordering platform. Crisp design with a gentle touch of texture.

5. Wieden + Kennedy BlackBook

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Browse employees alphabetically. Awesome contact list.

6. Nike Fuel+ App Concept

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A new concept for Nike Fuel+ app. Fine contrast and vibrant colors.

7. Moodswings

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Moodswings helps you add and track your daily mood through time and location. Check how people in your neighborhood are feeling and understand the reasons behind your mood swings. Good concept brought to life with a beautiful design.

8. MemoCards

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MemoCards is the ultimate flashcard app for language learners. Excellent design that combines both usability and creativity.

9. Grocery List

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Make shopping easier with ordered lists.

10. Quote Roller

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Quote Roller for iPhone lets you access your QuoteRoller account from wherever you are. Lucid and neat web app’s transfer to mobile.

11. AirCasette

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AirCassette is a unique cassette player application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Creative design but the functionality lacks a bit.

12. Meernotes

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Another to-do list app yet this one really feels like a notebook in your pocket.

13. Mingle

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Mingle is the new, fun way for professionals to network anywhere they are. Modern and glossy interface which might not go with the app’s goals.

14. Sudoku

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The best sudoko app for iPhone. Tough game but at least you have a beautiful interface.

15. I Do Lists

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I Do Lists is a list creating app. But it’s for lists of things that “I do” rather than things “to do”. It combines good graphic design with ease of use.

16. RaceSplitter

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RaceSplitter is an easy-to-use, yet powerful race timer, that allows you to time a race or training session, and get splits and relative standings while out on the course. Clean interface and great functionality.

17. Billings Touch

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Billings Touch is a part of a unique time tracking and invoicing solution called Billings Pro. Clean and crisp design makes it easy to keep an eye on your money and projects.

18. Ogorod Stuff

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Ogorod Stuff is a great way to share pictures of your clothes, gadgets, vehicles and all the other stuff that you use everyday. I don’t see the point of this app but you got to admit that the design is neat and refined.

19. TV App

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TV Show tracker app idea with glazed and pixel-perfect interface.

20. WoooBee

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WoooBee is a location based service, where you can share the hottest spots in town with your friends and receive discounts. Beautiful color scheme with pixel-perfect elements, yet it looks like the functionality of the app won’t be that great.

21. Probki.tv

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Blogging app for those who are unlucky enough to spend their lives in traffic jams. Clean interface with a touch of retro.

22. Arla Köket

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A cooking app with trendy design and great color accents.

23. Air Dictate

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An iPhone app that uses Siri’s speech to text to dictate text to your Mac. Luxurious look with a nice touch of texture.

24. iPhone Restaurant App

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A restaurant app concept with a warm and cozy look.

25. Jet Lag

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Suffering from jet lag? Flying between timezones may cause your biological clock to run amok making you feel tired and disoriented. Jetlag App helps combat these feelings so you can enjoy your trip and be alert all day long. Minimal design with a nice color scheme.

26. Italian Challenge

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Deepen your knowledge of Italy by answering more than 1000 questions that this app offers. Attractive design with cool illustrations.

27. UN News App

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The UN News Reader is a free mobile news application for quick and easy access to all stories from the UN News Centre. Perfectly aligned elements and plain design.

28. redpepper

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Mobile website of an advertising agency. Bold and engaging design, a great transfer from the web version.

29. Bosquet

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Your new favorite Forrst app? The appealing design might help make it.

30. My Seeen

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A movie app concept with clean, pixel-perfect, detailed design.

31. tmn wallet

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With this service customers can purchase products in vending machines, catering spaces and custom food delivery services using just their mobile phones. Clear and bold.

32. Mountain High

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The official Mountain High app for your next ski and snowboard experience. Bright and rich interface with bold accents.

33. Readability

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Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, iPhone or iPad. It’s all about simplicity and the reading experience.

34. Red Stamp

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Email, text, tweet, facebook, and paper mail personalized photo cards, notes, invitations + announcements right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app itself is very simple but those photo card designs are awesome.

35. Snapguide

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Snapguide is a simple, beautiful way to share and view step-by-step how to guides. The good looking design and usability makes creating a guide fun.

36. crouwelclock

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Clock made from kick-ass typography.

37. Calvetica

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A super simple calendar app using Helvetica typography that looks worlds better than inbuilt.

38. robick

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Robick is an audio player for listening to music deeply. change and visualize the way you listen to music.

39. eBoy FixPix

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Tilt your iPhone to explore eBoy’s mind-boggling art and find the right angle to solve the puzzle. Graphics by the Eboy artists.

40. SKTCH

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SKTCH is a generative drawing application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Instead of adopting traditional “brush” based drawing, SKTCH is about presets, created by a number of digital artists around the globe. In this app, you’re the designer.

Want more?

app.itize.us

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app.itize.us is a painstakingly curated presentation of the best produced and designed iPhone and iPad applications available for download via the App Store.

They Make Apps

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Home of the finest mobile app makers.

Meer.li

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Meer.li is a place where exceptional mobile designers connect, show off their designs and promote themselves.

What’s your process when you design mobile app? How do you go from creation to release stages? Mobile application design is not easy, but very rewarding. Best of luck!

Aware of some more awesome mobile apps? Share with us in the comments!

Now let’s look at some great Android apps you should be aware of if you use Android Phone.


26 More Android Applications You Mustn’t Miss This Year

With powerful smart phones and tablets releasing every year, more and more tools are coming to help out developers and designers in their work. The thing which makes all these devices useful for the developers is their compatibility with the Android apps.


However, with thousands of Android apps available to download, it can be very hard to choose the most useful one for you. To help you out, we have collected 26 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

1. Adobe Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express

This is a free Android app for your smart phones and tablets. It is a very proficient image editor for making quick edits. Many of its features include:

  • On-the-go photo editing
  • One-touch adjustment for contrast
  • One-touch filters
  • Snap. Edit. Share. Smile. Photo magic.

2. Color Mood Designer

Color Mood

This app helps you to find the right color combinations.

  • Quickly finds the best color combination for your design
  • Brings multiple color swatch books to your meetings without carrying laptop
  • Compatible with all android devices

The app can be downloaded as demo version for free and the full version can be purchased for US$3.00.

3. iFont(Expert of Fonts)

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This is a free app which is designed to install beautiful fonts on your phone. It allows you to download hundreds of fonts directly to your phone. You can choose from a large list of fonts, preview them and even compare them to get the best one.

4. DroidEdit Pro (code editor)

DroidEdit

This app is a text and source code editor for mobile phones and tablets. It is useful for the new generation tablets that have external keyboards. Many of its features include:

  • Syntax highlighting for several languages
  • Several color themes
  • Configurable shortcuts
  • Dropbox support

The app is available for US$2.94.

5. Toggl Time Tracker

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This app is a simple and convenient time tracking on the go. For all the freelancers that work by hour, this is the best app to download. Track your daily routine and know how much time you spend on each task. The app is free to download.

6. Evernote

Evernote

Evernote is a very handy app for the freelancers.

  • Save notes at any times during the day
  • Save pictures and voice recordings as notes and annotations
  • Sync all of your notes across your computers and devices

The app can be freely downloaded from the Google Play Store.

7. WordPress

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With WordPress on your phone and tablets, you have the power to publish. The app makes it very easy to create and consume content. You can write, edit and publish posts to your websites. You can download this app for free.

8. Image Shrink Lite (Resizer)

Image Shrink This app is very helpful for designers in quickly resizing the images. You can also share and send the images through it. Many of its features include:

  • Automatic rotation according to Exif tag
  • Batch resizing of multiple photos (for full version)
  • One click deletion of resized photos created before

9. Programmer Keyboard

Programmer Keyboard

Programming can be very hard for many developers if done on phones.

  • Has a full QWERTY keyboard and code completion
  • Includes many important keys that our phones don’t support such as: CTRL, ALT, and Arrow keys

You can download this app for free.

10. Syntax Highlighted Code Editor

Syntax Highlighted

This is one of the favorite apps for developers and programmers who like to work through the phone.

  • You can edit HTML, CSS, PHP, C/C++, and JavaScript.
  • You can create a whole website from your phone or tablet.
  • It gives you the advantage of not having to deal with an FTP server all the time.

The app is free to download.

11. Fontest

Fontest

Fontest is a free developers and typography tool that allows you to quickly preview your favorite fonts rendered on the Android. Many of its features include:

  • 6 high quality free fonts
  • Support for adding your own TTF and OTF fonts
  • One-tap switch between uppercase and lowercase

12. Fresco Paint Pro

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Fresco is a very easy-to-use painting app that features filters, layers and more.

  • You can create digital artwork on your phone or tablet.
  • With tons of brushes, Fresco brings a real drawing experience to your Android devices.

The app is available to download for US$3.55.

13. Skitch – Snap. Mark up. Send.

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If you see something that gives you an idea, use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools and send it quickly. You can share your thoughts with others instantly. You can use Skitch for many reasons such as: Events, School, Home and for Fun. The app is free to download for your devices.

14. Skype

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Skype is very useful for all freelancers. Millions of people use Skype to stay in touch with the people that matter the most. If you are working with other freelancers that are living on the other side of country or even world, Skype makes phone calls very cheap. The app is free to download.

15. TweetCaster for Twitter

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When you want to stay update with the most expert designs and topics from around the world regarding the Web, TweetCaster for Twitter is the app for it. You can use multiple Twitter accounts and post simultaneously on Facebook and Twitter. The app is free to download for your mobiles and tablets.

16. Typomapp – Navigate Typography

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Discover new things about typography or organize your knowledge in the field of letters. Typomapp is a great approach to learning the art of typography. The app is updated continuously so that you can read new facts and figures about typography. The app is available to download for US$1.45.

17. HTML5 Guru

HTML5 Guru

This app is especially designed for the beginners that are curious about learning the latest technology related to HTML5. The app also includes syntax with all the details and explanations regarding tags. The app is free to download for your Android devices.

18. Photo Illusion

Photo illusion

This is a picture app that allows you to edit photos with filters and effects.

  • You can easily apply filters and many other effects on high-definition images
  • It allows to you crop and rotate photos without losing the quality

The app is free to download; however, the Pro version is also available with many more features and no ads.

19. Google Analytics

Google Analytics

With this app, you can access all your Google Analytics Web and app reporting profiles through your Android devices. Get access to your analytical data from anywhere. Download the latest version of this app for free and keep an eye on your summary statistics from your home or office.

20. Adobe Edge Inspect CC

Adobe Edge

This app is purely for the web designers and developers who are looking to target mobile browsers. The app has many features including:

  • Wireless pair multiple Android and IOS devices to your computer
  • Sync browser with your computer
  • Target a device for debugging, select an element in the DOM and make changes to your HTML markup

21. Color Touch Effects

Color Touch

The app allows you to recolor images and apply cool effects to them. Select any image, turn it to gray or any other color that you want. Its features include:

  • Easy to paint
  • Two fingers zoom
  • Splash various colors to your pictures with vivid colors

22. FxCamera – a free camera app

FxCamera

FxCamera is an easy and creative camera app for your Android devices.

  • It has more than 30 filters to choose from.
  • Share your photos among your friends and interact with people from all around the world.
  • Instantly share your photos on the Twitter and Facebook.

The app is free to download.

23. AndFTP (Your FTP client)

AndFTP

AndFTP is a FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP client. It can manage several FTP configurations. It can be used with both device and FTP file browser. It allows you to download, upload, sync, and share with resume support as well. The app is free to install on your devices.

24. Mindjet Maps for Android

Mindjet Maps

Mindjet is the best way to visually capture and organize information.

  • Brainstorm your ideas, take down notes and track tasks from the convenience of your Android device.
  • You can take your work with you and access it from your Android devices.
  • You can also use keywords to organize and sort your Mindjet files.

The app is free to download for your Android mobiles and tablets.

25. TED

TED

This is a must app for you, whether you are a designer or a developer. It presents talks from the most fascinating people around the world. The app is totally free to download and the talks include:

  • Education
  • Designing
  • Business
  • Music
  • Medical

26. Creative Portfolio

Creative Portfolio

This is a perfect app for all the freelancers, designers and developers who wish to showcase their work to anyone without having any Internet connection. It allows you to customize your portfolio and decide what work you want to show and how you want to show it to the people. The app is free to download for your Android devices.

So, this was the list for the 26 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss. All these apps are a must for designers, developers and freelancers. The list can go as far as you can imagine; however, I tried to present you the best apps that you should use.

If you have an app that you use daily but I have missed here or there is any app that shouldn’t be in the list? Please share your thoughts about it in the below comment section. I would love to hear it!

We promised resources, so here they are.


8 Fascinating UI Kits for Mobile App Designers

UI kits are a boon for mobile app designers and it is no rocket science to guess the reasons. As a designer using these kits, you get to experiment with styles, create customized interfaces and most importantly, save your time.


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There are a number of ready-to-use UI kits available, which are immensely handy for designing mockups. Additionally, it is not just the expert designers who can use these kits to their advantage, but also rookie designers, who are looking forward to learning the ropes fast.

Here is a roundup of some of the most fascinating UI kits for mobile app designers, which will make app design a breeze and also give you a new perspective and inspire you to put your best foot forward.

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The Free Material UI kit has over 40 UI elements and templates to choose from

1. Free Material UI Kit

Free Material UI Kit is the best tool for exploring the basics of Material Design – the minimalistic design language by Google. Packed with many Material Design UI elements such as – profile, statistics, graphs, buttons, navigation menu etc., the app is a delight for UI designers who want to give their app a modern look and feel. Pick and choose from over 40 UI Elements and Templates, more than 30 icons and 7 application categories for the next big project that comes your way.

This UI kit has a fantastic winter theme

This UI kit has a fantastic winter theme

2. Winter UI Kit

Ardent Game of Thrones fans, this is your chance to step into Ned Stark’s shoes and say “Winter Is Coming”!! No, Winter UI Kit doesn’t have anything to do with the show; it just has a fantastic winter-themed design, which is quite evident from the color palette. With more than 50 UI elements and icons supplied as 100% scalable vectors, this kit is worth trying out at least once. The app comes with a commercial use license as well.

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Do is one loaded UI mobile kit

3. Do

Just like its short and to-the-point name, clean design is one of the mainstays of Do UI Kit. The official website claims that Do is “THE MOST VERSATILE TO-DO APP UI KIT YOU’VE EVER SEEN” and I won’t counter that claim because it does have features that allow you to build different varieties of apps. Loaded with as many as 130 screens, 10 unique themes, and more than 250 UI elements, the kit helps you organize elements in UI in a structured way. Get the UI kit free for Photoshop and Sketch.

Woohoo is a UI kit for iOS

Woohoo is a UI kit for iOS

4. WOHOO: Free Mobile App UI Kit

Wohoo is a well-crafted UI kit for latest iOS – the iOS 8. The PSD files in this kit have 100% vector-based layers and are Retina HD ready. The kit is quite useful if you have app ideas in mind for three iPhone models – iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. It would be unfair on my part to skip the mention of fully editable components, which provides ample scope for you to experiment with the UI design.

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Elven is optimized for Retina display

5. Elven iPhone App UI Kit

If you are specifically looking for a UI kit for iPhone, Elven iPhone App UI Kit is one of the best options that you can have. The app provides some basic elements using which you can design the UI of your app. Optimized specially for the smartphone’s Retina Display, it has elements that are built on layer styles as well as vector shapes, giving you the option to view them on 2x zoom without affecting its scalability. To use this kit, you need to have Photoshop version CS4 or above.

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CafeGrapp is another UI kit for the iOS8

6. CafeGrapp

CafeGrapp – a UI kit for iOS 8 looks promising enough with its aesthetic, flat design. It offers an engaging interface with perfect placement of objects. The UI kit offers 7 PSDs – Splash, Login, My Profile, Flavors, Flavors Maps, Go and Side. Even with a limited number of PSDs, it doesn’t fail to deliver the best results and leave a great impression on you. Even the color palette is different and gives a fresh look and feel to your mockup. Give CafeGrapp a try and you will be stunned with the result for sure!

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This UI kit is made specifically for the Apple watch

7. Apple Watch GUI Kit

The next UI Kit on our list is specifically for the Apple Watch as you must have already guessed from the name. The kit has more than 270 templates across 6 categories, which indicates that it provides scope for designing numerous UI mockups. It also hints at the fact that you can use this resource to save your time for designing any kind of app for the 38 mm and 42 mm wearable from Apple.

The UI kit uses a version of San Francisco font, which is Apple’s new system. Alternatively, you can also settle for Roboto font, which is similar to San Francisco. The UI kit has unbelievable details to create UI for the wearable, which is like a dream come true for designers. The kit adheres to Apple guidelines, which makes it a must-have for each and every aspiring UI designer.

Otrion is based on Flat Design standards

Otrion is based on Flat Design standards

8. Otrion Mobile UI Kit

Otiron Mobile UI Kit is completely based on Flat Design standards. From the fonts to the layout and the color scheme, everything points towards a flat design. The kit has as many as 24 highly customizable PSD Files, Smart Objects and many elements such as free Google and icon fonts and has True-Retina Display is what makes the kit advanced and your mockups look a lot like the final deliverable. Even the color styles are changeable in this kit. A well-documented Help file is also included in the kit, which comes in handy for beginners trying their hand at it.

Conclusion

Creating UI mockups for a mobile app is an arduous and time-consuming task for designers, who already have a number of other tasks on their plate. This is where these fantastic UI kits come to their rescue. So, take your pick from these kits and design apps with beautiful UI using Retina-ready, Flat/Material Design templates and design mobile app UI in a short timeframe.

What other UI Kits do you think needs to be on this list? Share your opinions with us via comments.

About the Author:

Jaykishan Panchal is a content marketer at MoveoApps, an android app development company. He enjoys writing about Technology, marketing & industry trends. He is a tech enthusiast and love to explore new stuff. You can follow him on Twitter @jaypanchal8.

Now we are going to talk about why you should definitely design for mobile.


Why Should You Design for Mobile?

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Why Should You Design for Mobile?

Nowadays, more and more companies are resorting to designing for mobile or adapting the mobile-first design. It seems that most, if not all, companies have a mobile version of their websites. In fact, if you  don’t have a mobile version, you’re missing out on a lot of things.

For one, more and more people are using their mobile devices more than their desktops. According to a 2015 statistics, adult users spend 2.8 hours on their mobiles and only 2.4 hours on their desktops.

Aside from the amount of time, the following statistics also shows why it’s time for you to adapt a mobile first design in case you haven’t yet.

  • Advertisers have spent a whopping $13 billion on mobile advertisements in 2014 alone.
  • 34% of people are now using their Smart TV rather than the traditional TV
  • 9% of people have Smart watches
  • 7% are reported to have owned Smart wrist watches
  • 73% of consumers use their mobile devices to do their shopping

With all the numbers shown, it is evident that more and more people have become dependent on their mobile devices. The next big question then is “how do you adapt for mobile”?

1. Define Your Objective Now and for the Future

Technology is dynamic. Every year, something new comes up  – new design, new gadgets, new tools. new trend. Therefore, it is safe to assume that three years from now, there will be more and more significant changes in the technological landscape.

However, when you have decided to adopt a mobile design, you should think of something that is easy to adjust, evolve, and adapt. So that when change comes, you don’t have to start from scratch. Instead, you can do some tweaks and adjustments saving you a lot of time and money.

Therefore, you need to define what your goal is at present as well as your goal in the future. You also need to factor the advantages and disadvantages of  just creating an app versus a design which works across different devices.

2. Create Your Content Stacking Strategy

There are already hundreds of possible combinations and operating systems you can utilize nowadays. With these   tools and resources, a lot of screen resolutions also come with it. Therefore, as web design professionals, you have to think about the details, such as grid layers and stacks, carefully.

To make sure that all your content display properly across different platforms – website to mobile and  vice versa – define how your content modules are going to stack and reorder themselves. One of the best ways to do this is by using a simple number approach, sketching the changes when you display the content, and letting your team work through it. Create a prototype and continue to make definition where necessary.

3. Don’t Get Too Hung Up on Different Devices

While it is true that you should consider that there are different devices, not all mobile devices have touchscreens. Therefore, not everyone has the same screen input or resolution. However, you don’t need to focus everything on it. Remember, if you have great content, people will want to visit your page and read your content no matter how it is presented in various devices and platforms.

When you’re designing for mobile or have adopted the mobile-first design, you have to understand that technology is fast and so are changes. What might not have worked a year ago, might work now. Thus, the code you have used a year ago might not work now. Make sure that your client also understands this reality, so he will be up for the challenges and  changes that come in the future.

We said that this article is also about resources so in the next section you will find tutorials that can teach you to code in Apple Swift. Ready to learn? Let’s roll!


Learn Fast with These 15 Apple Swift Tutorials

Swift is the Apple’s new programming language that has become so popular among the programming community. Apple announced the release of Swift programming language 4 years ago. It was one of the many experiments done for replacing the next era of Objective-C language.

Since then, there are plenty of Apple Swift tutorials that have been released on the Internet by programmers. Although many of them are free, the problem with these tutorials is that most of them are not very good, especially the ones developed during the early stages of Swift.


However, you don’t need to worry because we have collected the best on Swift tutorials. You will surely find something worth learning from these tutorials. Swift is very important to any career related to  iOS development. If you are an experienced programmer looking to make some money, this is the perfect time for you to learn the Swift and stay in the developing game.

Here are some useful tutorials that are of the highest quality and have the ability to teach you everything about Swift. Hope you will find something useful from these tutorials.

If you are interested in understand which programming languages to learn as a web designer, better fit will be this article.

1. Swift Tutorial for Beginners

Swift tutorial for beginners

In this tutorial, you will learn some simple aspects of the new way of coding iOS.

2. The Swift Programming Language

The Swift Programming Language

This is a free e-book tutorial that was officially released by the Apple. As Swift is a new programming language, it adapts safe programming patterns and adds all the modern features to make the programming easier and more flexible. This book is a detailed guide on all the features of the language. You can download it for free.

3. An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift

An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift

There are three key things to consider when we talk about Apple’s new programming language:

  • Safe
  • Modern
  • Powerful

If you know how it works, you will understand that Swift lives up to all these three things. This tutorial will teach you the most important things that you need to know before running Swift.

4. A Quick Start

Swift Tutorial A Quick Start

To learn this tutorial, you will need the latest version of the Xcode. There is no past experience regarding Swift or Objective-C required when learning this tutorial. However, if you have a past programming experience, it will be surely helpful. This tutorial teaches you all the features of Swift with using code examples.

5. Developing iOS8 Apps Using Swift

Developing iOS8 Apps Using Swift

This is a very useful tutorial for everyone who doesn’t have time but wants to learn the language. Although this tutorial is better for the intermediate-level users, it also gives all the basic things you need to remember. The tutorial is about building new apps by using Swift language.

6. Understanding Optional in Swift

Understanding Optionals in Swift

Optional is a very powerful feature included in the Swift language. Optional helps you in saving a lot of time and makes the coding readable and efficient. This tutorial teaches you to easily solve the problems that can come while coding.

7. Swift Cheat Sheet and Quick Reference

Swift Cheat Sheet and Quick Reference

This tutorial teaches you about syntax used in Swift by giving you a cheat sheet and a quick reference on the language. It covers most of the Swift syntax on one page to get you up to making it quick. It includes:

  • Class Implementation
  • Methods
  • Creating and using the object
  • Control flow
  • String quick examples.

The tutorial is free to download by anyone who wishes to learn Swift.

8. Learn Swift in Y minutes

Learn swift in Y Minutes

Swift is the programming language for the iOS and OS X development. It  was created to level up with Objective-C. It is powerful, safe and based on the modern techniques. This tutorial teaches you everything about Swift including the basics, control flow, and the important functions. This tutorial is very useful for all the people looking to learn the language.

9. Getting REPL in iOS8 Swift and Terminal

Getting REPL

This is quick tutorial that will show you how to get the Read-Eval-Print-Loop using Swift and Terminal. You can use the Swift syntax to evaluate and interact with your running app or write new code in a script-like environment.

10. Make a Custom Keyboard in iOS 8 Using Swift

Make a Custom Keyboard in iOS 8 Using Swift

A custom keyboard is very helpful in replacing the system keyboard for the users who has capabilities such as the novel text input method. This tutorial shows you the basics of the keyboard extension and then makes a Morse code keyboard using the latest app extension API in iOS 8.

11. Object Subscripting in Swift

Object Subscripting in Swift

Subscripts are the shortcuts for accessing the elements from a collection, sequence or the list. This tutorial is very helpful for learning how to make object subscription in Swift. There are two example types explained in the tutorial.

12. How to Make a Simple Tableview with iOS 8 and Swift

How to make a simple tableview with iOS 8 and Swift

This is a step-by-step tutorial that will teach you to make a simple table view by using  iOS 8 and Swift. If you follow the tutorial closely, you will get a very beautiful table view.

13. Make Awesome UI Components in iOS 8 Using Swift

How to make awesome UI components in iOS 8 using Swift and XCode 6

This is a short tutorial on how to make awesome user interface components in iOS 8 with Swift. This tutorial can be very helpful for everyone who is looking to learn something useful from this language.

14. Swifting Around

Swifting Around

This is a more challenging tutorial for making the table view with iOS 8 and Swift. In this tutorial, you will learn to create custom cell types. This tutorial will show you the power of Swift and how to use it properly.

15. Swift Cheat Sheet

Swift Cheat Sheet

Swift Cheat Sheet is a short guide for using the Apple’s new programming language. This guide aims to teach you all the key features of Swift language including strings, arrays, dictionaries, and flow control. You can read this online or you can download the file into PDF, EPUB, or MOBI.

To end this article here are some great tips for iPad app designers.


8 Tips to Follow for iPad App Designers

Most of us didn’t understand the real use of iPad but still we bought it. The touch keyboard wasn’t as quick as our laptops, still we used it. And, before we even realized, the iPad had become an integral part of our lives. Now, no gadget is complete without the plethora of apps (good or bad) that come running alongside. iPad was no different.


A market came into existence and everyone was looking for “iPad compatible” design. Guess what, the keyword iPad compatible is already being searched over 50,000 times on Google every month if Google’s Keyword Tool is to be believed. And then there are multiple related keywords. It simplyshows how important the iPad market has become for app designers.

(The usual) NOTE – This discussion will not teach you how to create a riveting iPad app. And, trust me when I say that “I am NOT covering the usual tips that have been covered a zillion times already on other blogs!”

How Many Instructions are too Many?

Personally, I hate apps that have a lot of instructions. What is the use of designing an app when you cannot keep it simple? If your app requires the end-user to read the thick user manual over and over to easily use the app then, my friends, you have just designed a flop app. Remember that you give out instructions for your app users so that they get the feel and move on to the real app. Your list of instructions should never be a turn-off for the app users.

So, avoid the usage of a “question mark” icon on every possible screen of your iPad app. Let the app be the instruction booklet in itself. Seriously, I hate apps with too many instructions!

Now, Don’t Confuse “Hints” with “Instructions”

You know what? Sometimes I feel bad when I get the feeling that my reader may have misunderstood me. Above, I asked you to avoid using too many instructions for people to be able to use your app. “Hints” are a different ball game altogether. Hints are a form of “positive poking” that helps the users move on when they are struggling. So, its good to give away hints to keep the app users interested.

WARNING – Never overdo your take-my-hint-and-move-on style in your app. The end-user might just lose the much wanted interest.

Layout Must Change Comfortably With Orientation

The image above says it all. In the case of orientation sensitive devices like iPad the layout of an app must not be broken with the change of orientation of the device. Though the broken layout might not hamper the productivity of the app, it is surely a turn-off for the end-user. Who would want to use an app that does not understand the orientation of iPad? It is like using an app which was never designed for iPad (or any other orientation sensitive gadget for that matter) in the first place. Consider checking out the Holy Grail of Mobile Layout?

Always Display the Username On Screen

This might sound weird, but with devices like iPad this is a must. iPad is the sort of gadget which will be used by multiple members of a family. I am not saying that iPad is a family gadget, but in many cases it might just be. One family member uses the iPad and then another picks it up. Who would want to use an app or an interface while someone else is logged into it? Worst case would be that you would never know if someone else is logged in until you figure out the data is not yours. Like the eBay app for iPad which won’t display the logged in user’s ID:

So, it is suggested that you clearly show the logged in user’s ID on every page of your app. It will help clear any sort of confusion and unwanted situations.

Never Overdo the Gestures

Users of iPad know that the device understands tapping and sliding. You don’t have to write it in bold and make it overly obvious. A slight mention of “Tap me for more” is all that is needed to keep the users looking for more. You don’t have to explain to the end user what tapping means, how it can be done and what are its advantages. Don’t make it look silly.

The White Space..Pleeeease!

Don’t tell me that this is one of the obvious tips that has been discussed already. I have to discuss this over and over til you guys understand the importance of it especially in the context of iPad like devices. See, devices like iPad can stretch your design or make it look cluttered. If you are creating an app especially for iPad then you can minimize the clutter, but what about the times when the app has to be updated every now and then?

Dynamically updated apps can sometimes break because of the different sizes of images that are pushed on daily basis. So, design your app in a fashion that there is lot of free space available. It helps the user’s mind to relax. Also, it automatically de-clutters the result.

iPad Hails Minimalism. So Should Your App!

Steve Job’s speech below has nothing much to do with the minimalist looks of iPad (and all other Apple devices) but somewhere or other they all connect. I’ll be shocked if you tell me that you haven’t seen this video before. Which bunker do you live in?

One quick glance to your iPad and you will know how simple it is. The device is packed with extremely amazing technology but it doesn’t show off. Now, will you consider designing an iPad app that pops out of your gadget especially when the gadget itself is placed comfortablly in your hands? Follow minimalism and see how your app merges itself with the amazing iPad interface.

Touch is Good but Don’t Over-Use it

Quickly, check the image below before I start explaining what I want:

The CNN app for iPad features a sleek-looking navigation bar at the very bottom. This bar makes it easy for readers to quickly go through various stories and read whichever stories interest them. See how CNN minimized the usage of browser buttons by pushing the important content on one screen itself. It is good that iPad features feather touch experience but sometimes too much slide and touch kills the experience too.

Make it comfortable for the end-user and see how they fall in love with your app.

Hopefully this article will provide a good assistance for you to design and create the next great app for mobile users. We would love to hear your feedback. Until next time, good luck!

09 Dec 2016

You Make a First Impression Only Once, So Choose Best Colors For Websites You Design

By 1stwebdesigner.com

Choosing the best colors for websites you design is crucial for your online success. Regardless, whether or not content is king, this is something that is just as important!

The book’s cover counts too…

I know, I know, everyone likes to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but how else are you planning to grab someone’s attention other than with a fancy cover?

Obviously, once you have someone’s attention, you can leave the rest to content. It’s all about web design colours and how you manipulate them.

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

-Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

Table of Content:

  1. You Make a First Impression Only Once
  2. Right Website Colors Stimulate Human Senses
  3. A Guide To Improve Your Website’s Readability Through Colors
  4. Color Chronicles

You Make a First Impression Only Once, So Choose Best Colors For Websites You Design

There is always a one particular step you would like your website’s visitors to take. It is a step you are always concentrating on the most. It could be your subscribe button, it could be the follow button, or even the buy button.

Whatever that call-to-action button is, always remember that whether people will click on it or not depends on how you make them feel while they are on your website.

Read on, to find out about the five most popular colours used in web design to always leave your website’s visitors warmly welcomed, deeply engaged and even irresistibly intrigued.


1. Pinterest has Pinned Loads of Red

Without a doubt red is considered the hottest colour. If you check out Pinterest’s colour palette, you will notice straight away that red is their primary colour.

Red, often associated with love,  is such a strong and dynamic colour that it can make you feel very passionate about anything positioned closely around this colour.

This colour is often seen in clearance and sales promotions, as its intensity creates a feeling of urgency.

Even though this intensive colour can leave your visitors excited and encouraged, always be careful. Too much red can turn them off at once.

Use red in your colour scheme just to accent your web design. Blend it in a colour mix of white, grey, light blue or silver.

This Is How You Should Use Red

I Bet You Did Not Know

The human eye sees red when it looks at light with a wavelength between 630 and 700 nanometers.
Light just past this range is called infrared, or below red, and cannot be seen by human eyes, although it can be sensed as heat.

Wikipedia

n by human eyes, although it can be sensed as heat.

Wikipedia

Great Use of Red Colour Palette by  jimjim421

10 Associations With Red

  1. Blood
  2. War
  3. Fire
  4. Masculinity
  5. Passion
  6. Seduction
  7. Anger
  8. Force
  9. Energy
  10. Courage

Red Coordinates

Hex Triplet: #FF0000
RGB: (255, 0, 0)

2. Amazon Loves the Strength of Orange

Orange is warm and energizing, but not as intense as red. Orange feels more warm than hot.

Full of energy, this vibrant and friendly colour invites people to do something, rather than making them feel pushed or forced to do so with urgency.

Orange is sometimes considered aggressive, in the way it encourages a call to action, like buy, subscribe, sell or follow.

I recommend using orange if after visiting your website you want to leave someone feeling stimulated, cheerful, creative, and full of enthusiasm.

This is how You should use Orange

I Bet You Did Not Know

Web colour orange, defined as FFA500, is the only named colour defined in CSS that is not also defined in HTML 4.01.

Wikipedia

Great Use Of Orange Colour Palette by manekineko

10 Associations With Orange

  1. Optimism
  2. Determination
  3. Fire
  4. Warning
  5. Autumn
  6. Religions
  7. Endurance
  8. Compassion
  9. Halloween
  10. Organism

Orange Coordinates

Hex Triplet: #FF7F00
RGB: (255, 127, 0)

3. Facebook’s Blue Makes Us Feel Safe

You will find many business and corporate websites use blue tones. This colour makes us think about something secure, safe, dependant and full of experience.

Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that every business who cares how they leave their customers feeling in the long term prefers to use blue.

Blue creates completely opposite feelings to red. Blue calms us down and you should not be worried about using too much. You can easily splash blue all over your web design.

This is how You Should use Blue

I Bet You Did Not Know

A survey taken in Germany and published in 2009 found that blue was the favourite colour of 46 percent of male respondents and 44 percent of women.

Wikipedia

Great Use Of Blue Colour Palette by entitydesigns

10 Associations With Blue

  1. Trueness
  2. Friendliness
  3. Magic
  4. Boys
  5. Ice
  6. Royalty
  7. Winter
  8. Police
  9. Sky
  10. Water

Blue Coordinates

Hex Triplet: #0000FF
RGB: (0, 0, 255)

4. Groupon has Some Green Collective Power

Feeling very optimistic right now? Let me guess – You have been looking at something that is green? Maybe it was just a green plant you were looking at, as that would definitely calm you down and make you feel optimistic.

Anyone who is associated with green living or environmental movements will more likely use green at least in some part of their design process.

Have a look at a $100 bill. It is green! Websites like Groupon have a lot of green in their brand, as they are directly dealing with money.

Green is very refreshing and relaxing, leaving people with a feeling balanced and inspired. It represents balance and harmony in a design

This Is How You Should Use Green Color

I Bet You Did Not Know

In some languages, including old Chinese, Thai, old Japanese, and Vietnamese, the same word can mean either blue or green. There is no natural source for green food colorings which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Wikipedia

Great Use Of Green Colour Palette by Skybluue2u

10 Associations With Green

  1. Money
  2. Greed
  3. Growth
  4. Envy
  5. Nature
  6. Spring
  7. Health
  8. Youth
  9. Grass
  10. Hope

Green Coordinates

Hex Triplet: #00FF00
RGB: (0, 255, 0)

5. Yahoo! Splashes a Lot of Purple on their Logo

Purple is very often described using words like imagination, creativity, dignity, nobility and abundance. Stronger shades of purple are more related to spring and romance, whereas darker ones are associated with luxury and wealth.

Purple is used in a variety of beauty, fashion and lingerie products, because purple calms and soothes more than any other colour.

It is also considered to be more feminine and romantic than masculine. When looking at anything purple, many people feel that it appears to be artificial, because of the fact that this colour can be found in nature very rarely.

Just like red, people can find purple too strong and overpowering, making them feel forced, or pushed, to take a certain action. So it would be very wise to pair purple with other colours like black or white.

This Is How You Should Use Purple Color

I Bet You Did Not Know

In April 2007 it was suggested that early archaea may have used retinal, a purple pigment, instead of chlorophyll, to extract energy from the sun. If so, large areas of the ocean and shoreline would have been colored purple; this is called the Purple Earth hypothesis.

Wikipedia

Great Use Of Purple Colour Palette by Miaka

10 Associations With Purple

  1. Wealth
  2. Royalty
  3. Nobility
  4. Sophistication
  5. Romance
  6. Artificial
  7. Exotic
  8. Spirituality
  9. Luxury
  10. Feminine

Purple Coordinates

Hex Triplet: #800080
RGB: (128, 0, 128)

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6. 1WD’s Clever use of Monochromatic Colours

Usually monochromatic colours like white, black, dark grey and light grey should be used as a backdrop in designs with already established brighter and stronger accent colours.

Take a look at our website, 1stwebdesigner – 1WD. We use a little bit of orange as it’s a strong and bright accent colour – but only in a good combination with dark grey and light grey. And white, of course (what colour is our website’s background?)

Just like birds will always fly, black will always represent modernity, mysteriousness, elegance and power. Whereas grey is a neutral color, representing something very calm and invisible, like shadows.

If grey can sometimes look dirty, then white will create the opposite effect. White represents cleanliness openness, simplicity and minimalism.

This Is How You Should Use Monochromatic Color

I Bet You Did Not Know

In digital photography, monochrome is the capture of only shades of black by the sensor, or by post-processing a color image to present only the perceived brightness by combining the values of multiple channels.

Wikipedia

Great Use Of Monochromatic Colour Palette by munsteri

10 Associations With Monochromatic

  1. Power
  2. Elegance
  3. Space
  4. Softness
  5. Heaven
  6. Peace
  7. Innocence
  8. Pessimism
  9. Depression
  10. Boredom

Monochromatic Coordinates

Black:
Hex Triplet: #000000
RGB: (0, 0, 0)

Gray:
Hex Triplet: #808080
RGB: (128, 128, 128)

White:
Hex Triplet: #FFFFFF
RGB: (255, 255, 255)

What Is Your Favourite Colour?

How does your favourite colour make you feel? We have look at top 5 colors. Now let’s see what colors do to our human senses and how colors can be mixed in a website color sheme.


Right Website Colors Stimulate Human Senses

Colors can stimulate and excite people, increase their appetite, make them feel warm or make them feel tranquil. More about this in this section. There are also some great examples to inspire you.


Red simply makes you excited according to those who study chromodynamics. Coke’s website is red – it gives you a feel of a lazy, hot summer day – just when you feel the need to drink Coke.

Image Source: StockLogos

There’s more to colors in web design than just the emotional factor. People tend to gamble more under red light conditions than under blue light. This is the main reason behind cities like Las Vegas using a lot of red lights. Colors have impact on performance. Red lights make people act quicker and feel more powerful, which is not always beneficial, while blue makes people think more before acting. There is a reason STOP signs are red – you need to act right away and stop the vehicle you drive, otherwise you are in danger.

Mixing Colors

Mixing colors is beneficial if done the right way. Mixing very complementary colors is also something people do, but it should only be done occasionally. It shouldn’t be overdone because it has a bad effect on people’s eyes. You can think of a black website with pink text. Now that’s an image I would like to get out of my head as soon as possible :).

There is a very good trick behind using complementary colors together. Drawing a thin neutral white, gray or black line around the two colored shapes will make the eyes see both colors separately. Just look at the Pepsi logo below: red and blue are separated by not only a thin layer of white, but by a quite big one. This white shape blends red and blue better then if they would be placed right on top of each other.

Image source: Pepsi

Colors and Cultures

Moreover, colors mean something else in different parts of the world. While red means luck in China, it means a lack of it in Germany. Huge corporations with lots of financial resources will use large amounts of money to study the effects different colors have on different cultures, before entering a new market. Many think it is impossible, but clients can be lost because of using the wrong colors.

And while huge corporations usually hire experts to do this research for them, the results are not always good. Every designer (and every person in general) has a tendency to like colors or combinations of colors and to use them in different situations because it’s what they personally like. I myself love red and black together, pretty obviously because I’ve been supporting Italian outfit A.C. Milan for almost ten years now. This is not such a good asset when working with colors is your way of earning a salary. It is crucially important for designers to tear all their personal favorites apart and only focus on the clients and their needs.

Colors for a Website

Picking a color for a website means much more then picking your favorite color and turning it into a layout. It means picking the right color in order to get the desired response from your audience. If you know your audience well and figured out which color works best for them, you are already halfway there in the creation process. It is also quite unlikely to pick a color that will fit every visitor of your website, therefore it is even more important to be able to determine which color and tone works best for most users you target.

According to different sources, half of the people visiting a website don’t come back because of the color of the design. The first thing people need to recognize when they see your site are the brand colors. If you have multiple colors and they can’t see the most dominant, it means you should consider a redesign.

  • If you have a blue color scheme, people will likely give you a better response when in a good mood. If you want a clean, white design, it’s fine too. But if you want to make it exciting, use bright red or orange here and there. White and green work great together, and if you want to be stylish and modern without using intense colors, go for white and gray. Such a combination illustrates something glamorous, sleek, fresh and clean. Just look at the classy example below.

  • If you like darker shades, pretty much everything works well with black as long as black is not the dominant color. A website with a black background can be fancy and look good, but is not easy to read. The two simplest combinations you can go for are black and white or black and a bright gray. Although a very powerful contrast, black and orange work really well together, but might require white for balance.
  • If you want to combine both black and white with a color, then they work really well with blue; make sure white is dominant, otherwise you need a very bright blue to dominate. Don’t give black a lot of emphasis in this combination. You can see a good example below. The second example is quite poor and shows how this combination can be put into practice. Not only is the design outdated, but the colors make it even more difficult to bear.

  • Black and white work very well with red too, but make sure red is not dominant, as then it gets too powerful and creates an unbearable contrast with black. You can see two good examples below.

  • A third combination I would recommend is black, white and green, and you can see down below why.

Image source: Website Templates Online

Okay, we have gone trough the suitable colors for websites schemes and how to mix them. Did you ever consider that colors can also contribute to readability of your website? No. Then you are going to love the next section.


A Guide To Improve Your Website’s Readability Through Colors

Colors exist not only to make your site look pretty. Colors have a more important function – to make your site usable. This is why a designer must always think of readability first and beauty second when choosing the colors for a site. We will also talk about tools to use, so stay tuned.


When you think about the number of available colors, it looks easy to pick a bunch of them that go well together and are readable. If you stick with classic background colors, such as white (FFFFFF), or very light gray (F5F5F5, FAFAFA, FCFCFC, etc.) and foreground colors such as black (000000), or very dark gray (080808, 050505, 030303, etc.), or the lightest/darkest pair of the main color (i.e. red, green, blue or whatever color you are using) on your site you might wonder why readability is an issue at all. However, sooner or later you will get fed up with these classic combinations everybody is using and you will want something fancier.
This is where your problems start. These fancier combinations might be pleasing esthetically but in terms of readability they are not necessarily winners. Of course, nobody says it is impossible to find good combinations outside the group of frequently used ones. With the right tools I will mention in this article finding colors with good readability becomes much easier. However, before we go to the tools, let’s review some of the basics of colors and readability.


Color brightness is determined by the following formula:

((Red value X 299) + (Green value X 587) + (Blue value X 114)) / 1000
Note: This algorithm is taken from a formula for converting RGB values to YIQ values. This brightness value gives a perceived brightness for a color.

Color difference is determined by the following formula:

(maximum (Red value 1, Red value 2) – minimum (Red value 1, Red value 2)) + (maximum (Green value 1, Green value 2) – minimum (Green value 1, Green value 2)) + (maximum (Blue value 1, Blue value 2) – minimum (Blue value 1, Blue value 2))

The rage for color brightness difference is 125. The range for color difference is 500.”

These formulas might look pretty cryptic and hard to understand but when you use a tool that calculates the values for you, for instance the Colour Text Legibility tool, or the Colour Contrast tool, you easily get an answer if the colors you have chosen pass the test or not.

However, unless you feel like reinventing the wheel and hunting for color combinations with good brightness and difference, you can stick to the safe choices that have already been developed for you, such as dark text on a light background.

The Golden Classics: Dark Text on a Light Background

All equal, dark text on a light background provides the best readability. Of course, it depends on which colors you choose but the highest readability ratio is achieved when you use black on white:

Black on White

As you see from the screenshot above, readability varies depending on the font size (and obviously the font itself) and a good tool will tell you if the combination you have chosen is good for titles only or for both titles and body text. Generally, the larger the font size, the more readable it is. Don’t count on this too much because as you know, for body text 10-14 is the most used size (i.e. is relatively small), which means that for body texts you won’t be able to use a color that is readable for titles.

Black on white isn’t the only great combination. If you want to see more examples of excellent to good contrast when you use white as a background color, check the first table in this article.

White backgrounds are pretty common but sometimes you will want more color. For instance, some very pale shades of red, green, yellow, blue, etc. make great backgrounds when used with black or another very dark foreground color. These combinations are not as readable as when you use black but still the ratio is good. Here are some examples of combinations where the background color is different from white and the foreground color is different from black:

For Differing Background and Foreground

Ivoryblack (#292421) on lavenderblush1 (#FFF0F5)

Midnight blue (#191970) on ghostwhite (#F8F8FF)

Sgi gray 12 (#1E1E1E) on mintcream (#F5FFFA)

One small trick many designers use to make a page more readable (and more pleasing to the eye, too) is to employ gradients for background. A gradient of white and a very pale shade of any other color works best. Well, you can’t measure its brightness and contrast using the readability formulas but if the two colors that constitute the gradient separately have good readability values, when combined, the result is even better.

The Intricacies of Dark Background

Dark backgrounds can be very depressing – not only because dark colors are traditionally related to bad things in life, at least in the Western cultures but also because they are a lot of pain to choose a readable foreground color to go with.
The problem comes from the fact that even if your contrast values are good, this doesn’t make it easier to read the text. White on black might have the best ratio but it causes eye fatigue pretty soon. As Pabini Gabriel-Petit writes, “On a black background, the high-chroma colors yellow (#FFFF00), green (#00FF00), cyan (#00FFFF), and magenta (#FF00FF) provide the best contrast.”

Dark Background Choices

If these color combinations, no matter how readable they are supposed to be, give you the feeling you are back in the 80s or early 90s when monitors were green and the text was orange, you are not alone. I have never used such an antique monitor, so I am not able to tell from experience but always when I land on a site with a dark background and light text I have to read, I get the feeling it is a time machine that takes me back two or three decades ago and my eyes are the first to object.

OK, dark backgrounds might be cute but when I have to read a 2,000+ word article (and the comments under it), this makes me cry – literally! Some sites that care about their users (and their users’ eyes) provide ways to switch colors, so if you don’t like the default dark background, you are not forced to watch it. Additionally, there are many ways to override the default colors a site uses but I’d rather visit sites that use readable color schemes than spend my time fine tuning the colors.

Probably I go to extremes, but I will personally never recommend to use a dark background with light font for sites with lot of text to read – I feel this is a usability sin #1. For other types of sites – i.e. image galleries, or even corporate sites where there aren’t 1,000+ word texts, dark backgrounds aren’t a no-no.

Those Tricky Colors That Fit Nowhere

After I discussed the two most common scenarios – i.e. dark on light and light on dark, the only thing left is to discuss all the other color combinations you can think of. These color combinations include the majority of colors but for one reason or another, you can use them neither for background, nor for text color because no matter how masterfully you combine them, either the contrast is low, or the combinations aren’t esthetically pleasing (or both).

Of course, this doesn’t mean these colors are useless. Not at all – they are great for headings, especially with larger font sizes, and for emphasis, as seen from the next examples:

Red 3 (#CD0000) on seashell2 (#EEE5DE)

Blue 4 (#00008B) on cornflowerblue (#6495ED)

Colors have a huge effect on readability. This is why you need to choose them wisely so that they not only create esthetically pleasing combinations but also make it easier for users to read the text. Text is an integral part of any site and we shouldn’t punish visitors for coming to our site by using hard to read color combinations. This is where we are going to show you some great examples of websites that uses bold color combinations to catch viewer’s attention.

Be Inspired with These Bold Colored Websites

Big and Bold – one of the growing means nowadays to catch the viewers’ attention. Bold colored websites are fast becoming a trend because of its ability to catch the attention of the readers due to their size and boldness.

How do designers achieve this? In the present trends, if you want to make a blindingly unforgettable statement, you need a few things:

  • A saturated color scheme which is bright enough to catch one’s interest without blinding him or her
  • An awesome and probably mind-blowing image (a photograph or a graphic illustration)
  • A uniquely remarkable tagline.

Those, however, are not easily achieved. To attain a beautiful, bold color design, you need to think it through. You also need some design skills and a great deal of guts.

Because there is no single general rule in choosing colors for your design, I will just lend you some inspiration! This is to help you exercise your creative muscles because colors, as discussed in a lot of design blogs, are important to web design.

So, to cut the chase, I present you the examples of beautifully done bold color scheming designs. I hope that it will somehow shed us some inspiration on how to use these colors effectively.

Abby Putinski

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andCulture

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Artem and Julia Wedding

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BarCamp Omaha

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Caramel Budgie

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Collision Labs

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Connect Mania

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Dangers of Fracking

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Dear Mum

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do a backflip

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Dropify

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Verde

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Every Last Drop

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Flow Media

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Gloo Sticker Albums

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Gum

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Hy

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jorgeATGU

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Kick My Habits

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Lets Yep!

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Netlife

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Nineswiss

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Pixilate

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Rainbow Nursery

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Sailthru 2012 Annual Report

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Sánchez Romero Carvajal

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Squarespace

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Studio MPLS

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Tapped

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The Basement

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The Design Files Open House

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Think Big

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Tornobambino

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TriplAgent

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WDG

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Will Fernandes

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Xylem Digital

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YCN Studio

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Bold and big, these websites are genuine examples of designs that focus on the subtle and little things: colors, fonts and placement. These little things result into drastic effects in a design. Yes, this is a dangerous move for a designer. It might even result into the viewer being too shocked because of the bold colors, but the designers took the risk and look what they have gotten! You have seen now a lot of color combinations and bold websites. As we want you to get as much as possible out of this color orientated article we are going to focus on some blue color combination in the next section.


Color Chronicles

This section will be about some great colors that can really fire up your website. We are including a brief description of every color included and some of great pallets that you can use.


Brilliant Blue

Blue is one of the three primary colours and as such is also part of the chromatic spectrum. It is a cool color which covers a relatively wide area of the spectrum, ranging from cyan to a more violet tint. It also meant trust and is widely used for government like  website designs.

Characteristics


According to its proper theory, blues are considered far colours, meaning that they seem to expand whatever shape they fill; a room, for example, will seem larger if painted blue, rather than yellow or orange.

It is easily perceivable by the human eye, given that blue colours present a wavelength between 440 and 490 nm. All three types of photosensitive cells respond to this range, albeit to varying degrees. On the other hand, the inclusive nature of the name means that some shades are (literally) easier on the eyes than others. Nevertheless, blue is a common sight in top favourites.

Symbolism


Although present in living beings (mushrooms and frogs, for instance), generally it has more inorganic and abstract associations.

One of these is the sky. Light tones give a sense of open space and freedom, an overall calming effect. Using light blue backgrounds in web design can make a site look friendlier, but large backgrounds have the risk of becoming dull. To avoid this, take inspiration from nature: the sky is much more appealing when the Sun creates a sort of gradient, rather than when it’s more or less one solid colour.

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“Trondheim omgivelser” by Helene Rojas Nagel

Next is the sea (or water in general). As a symbol of life and vitality, it also represents versatility; you can find it nearly everywhere, filling different shapes in different states. Although it is colourless in small quantities, in reality water has a slight blue tint that becomes more obvious in large quantities. While the image of a still body of water can be considered peaceful, remember that it can just as easily turn into a source of turbulence.

Blue is also a powerful corporate colour because of its association with stability and confidence. This is also why many IT companies prefer to use it in their visual identity, trying to combat the (to a certain degree) volatile nature of technology. Of course this all depends on the company’s philosophy, profile and desired image, but reliability seems to be the most wide-spread.

Some of the more negative associations are cold and melancholy. Less saturated shades remind of murky skies on cold days, while brighter shades closer to cyan have a frostier feel to them. Also, save for eye colours, the presence of blue on the human body is an indication of something wrong. This can be both physical and mental, hence the expression “feeling blue”.

Combinations


Bright, electric shades of blue create a fantastic effect when combined with dark, ash brown. Although it dominates and gives the overall composition a cool feel, at the same time it manages to generate energy. It works well with dark metallic colours as well.

Together with teal or mint green it creates a natural, watery scheme that is also very fresh and inviting. Of course, there must be some balance and hierarchy between the two colours; otherwise they will compete with each other if they have the same intensity.

Using blue for less important details in orange or yellow schemes can cool down the design and take away some of the glare. While traditionally, orange is blue’s complementary, combinations with yellow will have roughly the same effect.

Palettes


01. Complementary blue by tudor.girba

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02. Swimming Sports by julievonderropp

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03. Sunny Shores by twinklebunnytoes

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04. Sea Foam by louisan

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05. Lilac Bathroom by nightzdragonz

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06. Leviathan by matthepworth

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07. Bleu Blanc Rouge by kuler

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08. blueberry pie by elsabartley

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09. Nautical Cruise by thecolorcat

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10. Giant Attack Robot by stevereed.m

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Make Everyone Jealous with Green Themes

Green is a complementary colour that results from the combination of yellow and blue, taking on many of the latter’s characteristics while still retaining its own features and symbology. Interestingly, in many languages, the name itself has its roots in words describing growth, freshness, youth and grass


Characteristics


Green is a tranquil and peaceful colour with soothing properties. The word which best captures its essence is “balance”; neither too warm, nor too cool, calming but still vibrant, easy yet not too easy to perceive. Although present in minerals (emeralds, for example), it is mostly an organic colour.

Studies suggest that the colour improves the ability to concentrate and aids in reading comprehension. In Denmark, during exams, the desks are covered with green tablecloths to help the students focus and to try to relieve some of the stress.

Although no longer accurate, the term “green room” comes from the fact that the waiting room was literally painted green. It was said to relax the performers’ eyes before they would have to face the lights on stage.

Symbolism


Naturally, it represents everything organic, especially the plant world. Now it has become the number one colour for the environment and causes dedicated to preserving or saving it; it has also extended to eco-friendly products and services (the term “green energy” comes to mind).

Going deeper into the topic, it is a symbol of life and fertility. This can come either from the more obvious source of green (plant life) or from water which can occasionally take on greenish shades. Through extension, it can be a symbol of new beginnings, just as tiny sprouts on dark soil let us know that spring is on its way. Saying that someone is “green” means that they are new or inexperienced.

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photo by Martin Lõugas

On the other hand, it can also represent the exact opposite: illness, death and decay. It is probably an analogy to the fact that anything green and visible on the human body is toxic, therefore a sign of sickness. Green mold is also a sign of decay.

There are also some figurative associations, such as luck or envy. A four leaf clover traditionally brings good luck and is presumably the source of the connection. The ancient Greeks believed that envy was caused by excessive bile which would normally give a person a pale green complexion.

Combinations


As mentioned in the previous article, its complementary is red and the theoretically ideal proportion is 50-50. However, the pair should be used in less vibrant shades and as accents rather than main elements in order to avoid a Christmas feeling. Another way would be to use orange instead of red.

For an earthy mood, brown is the obvious choice. Darker and less saturated versions of both give a more somber feeling; keeping the dark brown but coupling it with a vibrant (but not default RBG!) green allows you to place emphasis on elements without adding too much glare.

Blue and a more bluish green make for a nice watery combination, but like with red, a proper hierarchy should be used. Using just the two will make the visuals hard on the eyes and you definitely don’t want that! Both of them work great with dark grays and provide great contrast and emphasis.

Palettes


01. Botany Greens by julievonderropp

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02. Freshaliciousness by whoneycutt

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03. After Vacation by whoneycutt

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04. Peachy Green by books4me22000

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05. Lime Light and Shady by whoneycutt

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06. Elderberry by julievanderropp

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07. Vintage Light by nlarroyo1

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08. Green Accent by reinderdevries

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09. Lettuce carrots and cucumbers by mohdakram12

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10. Turtle by rbb2008

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Set Your Website on Fire with Red Color

Red is part of the primary triad, but it is also on the opposite side in a few senses. Unlike blue, its name is much less tolerant and only a few colours have the luxury of being included in the category. The exclusiveness is present at a biological level, as well: only one of the three types of receptor cells is truly sensitive to the wavelengths characterising red. If you really think about it, just slightly tinting something red will most probably warrant a different name.


Characteristics


Being a warm colour, it tends to be more invasive and will make a room appear to be smaller than it actually is, but when used well and in darker forms, it can lend itself to a cozier environment.

As mentioned, red is somewhat more difficult to perceive and this is because it has the highest of wavelengths. As its wavelength increases, it also nears the edge of what is called infrared, which cannot be perceived by the naked eye.

Colour therapy suggests that exposure to red raises the blood pressure, thus having an invigorating effect. Without going too much into the subject, Eastern philosophy associates red with the adrenal glands and, by extension, with the emotions produced by increased adrenaline.

Symbolism


Naturally, the things associated with it vary with every culture, but there are some general symbols with which we can all agree. In no particular order, these include heat, fire, passion, courage, danger, love and energy.

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photo by Martin Lougas

It is a very human colour which is why it has emotions associated to it. Demanding activities, whether mental or physical, and strong emotional responses imply increased blood flow therefore creating a very straightforward connection with red: blood.

Delving deeper into the human aspect, warmth and energy can be derived. Strangely, the general idea of flames being red has long been rooted, even though orange would be more appropriate. Perhaps it’s because it triggers much stronger feelings which are better represented by fire and we also tend to remember and associate extremes. Warmth and heat also suggest life, but from an inner perspective.

Red is a very powerful symbol for danger because of its immediate perception and adrenaline-related qualities. Stop signs and stop lights are examples of its daily uses. In part because of this, large quantities of bright red can be overbearing so it should be used sparingly.

Combinations


Given its overall effect, for a balanced result it’s best to either tone down a predominantly red design or use it in smaller quantities to bring more life. This mostly concerns bright shades; while darker tones can still be imposing, they are still more tolerable. It should be noted that it tends to conflict with strong cool colours and will warm up more passive colours like browns.

Its complementary is green and theoretically it should be used in a 50-50 proportion for a harmonious effect. In order to avoid a Christmas impression, their interaction should be kept at a minimum and a third colour should be introduced to keep them in check by dominating quantity-wise. Another solution is to use less bright variants.

As an attention-grabber, it works well on darker backgrounds such as dark grey, ash brown and even black. The contrast is effective even with darker or vintage tones of red. On the opposite side, it can be successfully used on white backgrounds in more minimal designs, but once again with a bit of caution.

Palettes


01. TOOL Remix by whoneycutt

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02. Sea Serpent in Horrible Peril by sethbenson

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03. Shark Attack by kristi

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04. Fire Dragon and Charthouse by mark

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05. Herzin by maya-kido

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06. Oil Flame by rickomoreira

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07. Vintage Poster by robertkubas

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08. Court of the Crimson King by carle

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09. Water Cherries by spongebobgirl949

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10. War on Water by cgriffith

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Bold Brown

To start off, brown is not a colour in itself, rather it is a range of composites. It can be obtained in a variety of ways which can all result in many shades, depending on the quantities used. In essence, it is a mixture of the three primary colours that has a low level of cyan, but it can also be red, orange, yellow or rose with varying quantities of black and white.


Characteristics


Although they stem from warm colours, the lack of brightness makes empirically categorizing browns a bit tricky, as it also depends on what they are associated with. Theoretically, they are warm, but as a rule of thumb, the more saturated they are with their base (red, orange or yellow), the warmer they are. Adding black or white makes it a cooler shade, but it stays warm. Unsaturated shades are considered near neutrals.

They are best used as a supporting elements given their capacity to enhance others. Dark shades of brown are excellent as replacements for black, as they emit the same rock-solid stability, but are not so overwhelming or imposing. This can also reduce the sharpness of the contrast and make reading text much easier and relaxing.

Symbolism


It is a natural colour, organic and inorganic, with ties to earth, wood and even animals (think of fur). In general it brings the feeling of stability and order, as well as security and homeyness.

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photo by Martin Lougas

It could also be said that browns are more human. Skin tones can, more or less, fall into the spectrum and brown eyes and hair are some of the most common physical traits worldwide. There has also been a study that noted a possible connection between brown eyes and facial features which give the perception of dominance.

However, through extension, natural can also signify roughness, and stability can turn into stubbornness. When used excessively, they can make things dull and lifeless, although, ironically, brown can be a symbol of life. Tan or beige without a counterbalance reminds most people of stretches of arid sun-scorched ground.

When representing life, vitality or fertility, inspiration should be taken from nature itself. Earth (soil) alone does not mean life, but it provides the means for it to flourish. Trees protect themselves through dark (or sometimes light), thick bark, hiding their more vital parts. This all means that it should be given, as mentioned previously, a supporting role when aiming for a natural effect.

Combinations


Taking note of the previous points, when combining browns with other colours, they serve as catalysts while still keeping their warmth, but also taking some characteristics from the shade it supports. This leads to surprising and interesting overall effects.

For an earthy and natural effect, green is the best option, although the result can be quite different depending on the shade. With bright green, it will give your design energy and make it more eye-catching, but minty green will result in a cool and vintage look. On the topic of vintage, less saturated browns and pastels are the best options.

Dark brown will definitely make yellow pop, probably not as much as pure black, but the softer and less aggressive contrast makes it much more pleasant to look at.

Light shades (cream, beige, etc.) make pink appear much more feminine, and purple more royal or noble if you will. They are also good substitutes for white in most situations.

Palettes


01. Moss Rose by robertnbrown

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02. Boerne by aschroeder

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03. Red & Brown by shiz0-media

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04. Sunny Day by koralute

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05. Herbs and Spice by whoneycutt

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06. India Brown by jakob

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07. Elegant brown by aakash.bits

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08. Touches of color by jennifer

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09. Chocolate coffee by njayendra

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10. Coconuts and bananas by riopelle

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03 Dec 2016

Article Submission Service

Article Marketing is still a tried and proven way of not only marketing your business but getting good quality backlinks also which are critical to your site ranking in the major search engines.  Many times articles that are submitted to the major article directories are seen showing up in the search results right along side the website of the person who submitted the article.  Why is this?  Because the search engines are all about content and returning search results with high quality content is the search engines goal.  That is why having an article marketing strategy is critical to your website success.

Below are the some reasons why your online business needs Article Submission Services:

  • Link Popularity
  • Attracting more visitors
  • Building Online Presence
  • Articles help to build a relationship with potential customers
  • Establish yourself as an expert in your field
  • Creating awareness and interest in the services and products of your website
  • Articles boost up your brands
  • Generate sales
  • Increases search engine rankings
03 Dec 2016

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is an effective social media tool which has become the most sought after internet marketing service to increase the occurrence of one’s website so as to increase the traffic and generate more sales for the online business. Social bookmarking service facilitates the users to tag the websites with relevant keywords so that they can store them at a specific easily accessible location.

The main feature of sharing them with the other members in the social groups is what makes this strategy an effective one as a part of the SEO techniques for any online business in the global cyber village. Social bookmarking works best to the advantage of the online business as the website that is tagged is exposed to a size able number of users thereby living up to the relevance of social aspect.

Through the multiple accounts that our experts have in different sites they participate actively in the social bookmarking activity. Our SEO Experts will create fresh lists every day to meet the requirements of our clients in varying niches. They then post a link to your site in the relevant niches.

This process is done with great circumspection taking quite some time so that this SEO strategy meets the purpose it purports to. Our social bookmarking service is found to be more reliable as sites are bookmarked by real human beings and links are created rather than the usual computer algorithms.

When our experts make manual submissions and post the link to your website as a specific social bookmark, it is recognized by the others in the social group too as being relevant to what they are looking for and enjoyable too.The more bookmarks you have for your website, the more popular the links become and draw targeted traffic.

Eventually, this results in a high rank in these social bookmarking sites and gets you lifted and indexed by major search engines.

03 Dec 2016

Social Media Marketing

Just a few short years ago, social media began to grow and expand.  People started to connect with friends and family around the world using sites like MySpace.  This social media craze took off and other sites like Facebook, Twitter, Sokule, Tumblr, Google Plus and many others started popping up all over the web.  People could now connect faster and in real time whenever and most times from where ever they want to.

When we think about social media, most of us think about the 800 pound gorilla on the block, Facebook.  However, there are literally thousands of smaller social networks around the web centered on various topics of interest.  Finding these can be useful when it comes to marketing your business and especially for SEO purposes.

Why you need to be involved in Social Media?

Social media has brought a whole new level to our ability to market our businesses and inform potential customers about our products and services.  We all know that the best customer is the one that comes from the referral of a current customer or client and this is what makes social media so powerful.

Social media is referral-based marketing that connects consumers with products and services in a very natural way.  Seventy-four percent of people purchase products and services based on the recommendation of others and social media amplifies this process.  Social media users recommend restaurants, products, services and more to those in their circle of influence and this many times leads to those they are connected with taking some type of action.

Some savvy Internet marketers have taken this and used it to make money for themselves by promoting products they are affiliates for making commissions off the sales.  It is the ultimate in trust based marketing.

Social Media Needs To Be Social

We are not trying to be cliché here.  One of the many mistakes businesses make in using social media is to constantly be selling and pitching their product or service when they need to be developing relationships.  We have noticed our social activity goes up when we share things that entertain our audience or inform them rather than always saying buy, buy, buy.

Being social means you need to be sharing things you or your company are involved with in your community such as charity projects or community based service projects.  Let people know if you are sponsoring a local sports team or if you are involved in the local schools in some way.

03 Dec 2016

Mobile Marketing

With the emergence of Android-based smartphones, iPhones, and tablets, utilizing the Internet via mobile phones has caught on significantly within the past few years.  In fact, there are currently an estimated 6 billion+ people who utilize their phones to browse the Internet and look for products and services. Mobile websites, although similar in some ways, aren’t exactly the same as traditional websites.  For a small business owner, it’s important to understand the differences and how a mobile website can benefit your company.

Page Size, Images, and More.

Although a mobile website and a traditional website are both designed via HTML, contain images and content, and are accessed through the Internet, mobile websites are always a smaller, more condensed version of a traditional website.  This not only makes it easier for people to access sites on their phones, but it also makes it much easier to read information and navigate while using a portable device.  In addition, since mobile phones are typically slower when compared with laptop or desktop computers, the condensed versions of websites make it easier to get to pages without the added time it would take for a traditional website to load.

Different Web Addresses or Responsive Design

Mobile websites also have different domain names than the traditional website name. Think of a mobile web address as the subdomain of the original web address. Again, this is to save room and speed up page load times for mobile Internet users.

However the more accepted format these days is to have your main site built on a responsive design.  This means that your site is built in such a way that it is viewable on any mobile device.  Google seems to favor this type of site and has recently stated they are giving mobile friendly sites higher placement in the search results.

Flash and Multimedia

Most mobile websites aren’t optimized for Adobe Flash and multimedia. Yet, there are several useful tools available that will help your mobile site run these applications if you must have them.  Keep in mind though, that Flash is usually not a good match for mobile-based websites. The sheer amount of room it takes usually slows mobile sites down significantly.

In Conclusion

Most people that use mobile websites are visiting these sites for a specific purpose that necessitates the need for them to go online while they are mobile.  In other words, mobile websites don’t need all of the fancy bells and whistles as a traditional website because most people have a specific purpose, such as locating a business or searching for a new service.  Since mobile websites focus more on providing information as opposed to an extensive design, it’s a win-win situation for both mobile website users who are looking for specific information… and for small businesses that are looking to connect with more local consumers.

03 Dec 2016

Attract, Convert and Retain New Customers

One mistake many business owners make is that they don’t keep up with current trends and the evolution of the website design. Most don’t have the time to do it, some don’t know to do it and others don’t want to pay someone else to do it. This is unfortunate as the internet and doing business on the internet is not going away. If you fail to adjust now, you will get so far behind that playing catch up will be even more costly to you.

Our websites should always be evolving and adapting to how people are searching and engaging businesses on the web. We need to stay on the cutting edge and moving forward with our web presence. That means we need to evaluate and measure the activity on our sites to see if web visitors are slipping through the cracks and we are losing them because our sites are not user friendly and engaging.

Online success is all about understanding our markets and then delivering to them what they want. Our web designs need to make this easy for them but if you have not studied your market and got an idea of who your target audience is, your website is going to fail miserably. It has to invite them in and then call them to take action.
Don’t let your web design grow stale

There are some questions you need to ask yourself about your website. One of them is simply “am I getting traffic?’ Who is coming to your site and how often? Who many unique visitors do you have? What is your total site visits? How long are they staying on your site? How many pages do they look at when they visit your site? Are they looking at your website on mobile devices? All of these are important questions and you need to get a grasp on them in order to begin to measure for website success.

If you are getting traffic to your site but you are not converting, it is a good sign that your site design is stale and lacking the elements needed in order to increase conversions. You may not have good and prominent calls to action. Your web copy could be to complicated and written on too high a level for your sites visitors. The colors can even be a turn off and decrease the effectiveness of the site. Someone may have found your site on their phone but because it was not mobile friendly they quickly left.

Gone are the days of little do it yourself sites that you can put up and get some business off of it and whatever you do, don’t be deceived by those television commercials that want you to buy into their web based site builder and then tell you a couple of clicks later your going to start getting found online. You will get found alright…on page 100 of the results if even that good. Winning web design requires thought, planning and effort in order to get that return on investment you are looking for. If you website is not making you money, you might need to look at getting it evaluated by someone like us that knows how to create high converting websites.

All too often we get calls from people who say they have pretty sites but no business. Pretty doesn’t mean effective. One of the most effective websites we have ever done was a one page site that was pretty ugly but it was meant to be that way because we wanted visitors to understand the pain behind the problem we were trying to solve. It is a fine line but you can have a nice looking website that converts well also but don’t get totally hung up on the looks.

If you are not getting the results you are looking for online, then get your site evaluated. We will be glad to set down with you and help you understand all the possibilities and effect website design can have for you. You will be surprised when we begin to show you missed opportunities and how your site can become a real powerhouse for you that makes your real money.