Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Your Say: Do you usually work on a laptop or a desktop?

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 04:11 PM PDT

My Desk by Fensterbme

Laptop or desktop? Which are you most productive on? On which do you spend most of your work time?

These days I find the large screen makes a huge difference to my productivity. I guess I could achieve the same by plugging a laptop into a large monitor.

I still use my laptop daily to get away from my desk. I take it outside or to a coffee shop or library for a few hours most days. It also helps me to stay productive when waiting for my kids to finish their shifts at McDonalds.

Which type of computer makes you most productive? If you use a laptop, do plug it into a larger monitor when possible? We’d love to hear the details, so feel free to share in the comments.

Why Good Website Navigation Is Required

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 01:03 AM PDT

Astrolabe by Charles Tilford

A good website navigation is a crucial factor that determines the effectiveness of any website. The users have to face multiple problems because of poor navigation. A designer must come up with website navigation ideas that are simple, organized and unambiguous.

Good navigation is the key element of an effective website. The question in concern is what exactly does one mean by good website navigation. The answer is simple. It is a meaningful, organized, arranged and unambiguous way of presenting your website and displaying its content to the users.

While designing a website, a designer must put himself in the users’ shoes. The site structure should be laid down in such a way that the visitors are able to find the relevant information quickly and without much hassle. The navigation of any website must be simple so that the users can use the website. The users come to your website to use it, not get confused by it’s weird and perplexed navigation.

The significance of a good website navigation must be fully comprehended by the designers. In fact, this is one of the most important tasks that a designer must accomplish. A site navigation acts as the entrance for users to navigate through its pages. Therefore, a good navigation must be a very basic thing of a good web design. If this property of any site is not intuitive and clear, then the visitors will leave the page immediately. At times, it is so well hidden that the users get baffled, and they simply leave the site never to return.

Internet surfers are very impatient, and they cannot stick to a website more than five minutes. In this case, the designers need to come with dynamic web design ideas that would hold the visitors to that site. One important thing that a designer must understand is that it is the visitors who suffer from poor navigation. Here are the difficulties that a visitor faces because of poor navigation:

  • The users aren’t able to locate the pages and thus, it becomes difficult for them to find their relevant page.
  • They won’t get a proper overview about the site which compels them to leave your site.
  • A poor navigation leaves a poor impression of your website on the visitors, and this ultimately gains a negative feedback for your site.
  • The visitors are misled that often results into landing on the wrong pages.
  • The visitors are sure to get confused and their confusion make them leave your page instantly.

A good website navigation is the most crucial factor in determining the effectiveness of a website. The dynamic presentation of any site is futile if it does not provide a crisp and clear navigation.

A web designer must come with website navigation ideas that make sense to the visitors. A website does give space to lots of creativity, but it should not overlook the significance of a good website navigation.

AudioJungle Music Brings People Together

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 06:04 PM PDT

What tune did you march down the aisle to when you got married? Chances are it wasn’t an AudioJungle track. Shame on you.

But if you’re single, here’s a great idea for when you’re ready to tie the knot. Do what this couple did, and choose AudioJungle! Not only did they march down the aisle to a tune by Andy Slatter (Slats), they also featured it on their Flash wedding invitation (above). Now that’s a forward-thinking couple!

Matt, the groom, even dropped Slats a nice note after the wedding. Now that’s thoughtful.

Hi Andy,

I just wanted to let you know that I bought your “Happy Clappy” song and used it in my Flash-animated wedding invitation. I think it worked really well, and people loved the cartoon – in fact, we actually used your song as our processional because that’s how we roll.

It was originally interactive with a password and RSVP functionality, but I converted it to a straight video and put it on YouTube.

Thought you would appreciate knowing that. Thanks for the great music!

- Matt”

Congratulations, Andy. It must be nice knowing your music was used in such a significant way. Maybe “Wedding Marches” will be the next hot category on AudioJungle!

And here is Andy’s track, “Happy Clappy“. It’s not what you’d typically hear at a wedding!

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