Beauty & Brains in Branding & Web

To Think or Not To Think: Happy Website Users Prefer Not To

In his book, Don’t Make Me Think Revisited (2014), Steve Krug defines a usable website as one that a person of average web experience (or even below average) can figure out how to use to accomplish something without it being more trouble than it’s worth. In other words, the user should not have to think while using the […]

The Hidden Costs of “Cheap” Web Design

By now you know how critical a website is to your business. A quick search for “cheap web design” on Google will give you dozens of “web designers” who will have your website up and running in no time. You could even design the website yourself using WordPress or some other DIY web design service. […]

7 Web Design Conventions You Should Never Break

Don’t make them think. This is the key to successful web design. Today, a great website is one that feels familiar the first time a user browses through. Navigating from page to page is effortless, information is straightforward, everything does what it’s expected to do, and users can find exactly what they’re looking for quickly […]

Create Irresistibly Clickable Calls-To-Action ( CTA )

With the pivotal role of converting traffic into customers, the CTA (call-to-action) is arguably the most important feature on a web page. Though it carries so much importance, this critical web component is all too often neglected. Your webpage design might be fabulously flawless and your content may be polished to perfection, but it’s the […]

5 Common Web Design Factors that Hurt SEO

You may have invested a lot of time and money into your website. The design is looking great, navigation is smooth, and you even have social sharing buttons. But something’s not right: where is all the traffic? An all too frequent web design mistake is to ignore the importance of SEO. While your site may […]

Infinite Scrolling: Don’t Jump on the Bandwagon Without Reading This First

Infinite scrolling has been included in many popular web design trends this year. Many websites have chosen this design as an alternative to pagination because they feel it satisfies users’ desires to click less and see more. But is this new trend one that will stick around for long? As is the case with many […]

Going Mobile: Why Your Company Needs M-Commerce Now!

M-Commerce, short for mobile commerce, is the new focal initiative for many businesses around the globe. Many of us have already become accustomed to browsing sites optimized for mobile and even making purchases through our phones. The push towards mobile is no surprise: companies who have mastered this domain are seeing significant results. As an example, […]

The Montreal Networking Group: An event not to be missed

If you haven’t attended a networking event, you’re missing out. They are a great place to share knowledge, make connections and generate business. On November 21st, I attended The Montreal Networking Group’s event at Santos Tapas Bar in Old Montreal, organized by Ali Mohammadi and Billy Markoglou: two very charming and hospitable individuals.

Your Business on the Web: Consider This!

I have been given the opportunity to wear many hats in my current position at HTC. One of these roles involves consulting on web development. Consequently, I have been asked by clients, friends and prospective clients why they need a website, why do they need to update their website and, my favourite: how much should […]

Designing for Mobile Should Be Part of Your Business Strategy

You’ve finally done it! You finally got your slick new website up and running, with a cool jQuery slider, a Twitter feed, a Google “+1” button and stock photography of a cute tech support girl. You’ve tested in IE7, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and everything looks great! Yay! You post a link to the site […]