Artists are mostly superstitious. Do you believe in curses, ill-omen signs, witches, magic, aliens, zombies, ghosts, etc.? Do you look at your reflection in the mirror if you forgot your cell phone at home and need to come back and pick it up? Will you cross the road if a black cat has just crossed it right before you or will you find another way? Will you stay at the hotel room #13?
Some people laugh at me but I have my own rituals that help me to avoid troubles. I am sure you also have your fears and secret hacks how not to get into disagreeable. Would you tell me about them? You can do so in the comments section so I don’t feel like a freak 😉
Though… Maybe it’s not so bad to be weird and not follow the herd. Be whatever you want to be, believe the stuff nobody else believes in, do whatever you consider right. Remember that the most important thing is the peace and harmony of your mind and soul.
Cranks have much more chances to create a masterpiece as they see the world, not like the rest of people, they can be inspired by the most trivial things. They are not afraid to look funny and unleash their creativity. So, you can be proud of being a queer fish.
By the way, today, when Halloween is approaching, it is high time to tell the horror stories. Moreover, you will be able to view the terrific infographic created by TemplateMonster team (web design and development company).
Look into the eyes of your deepest fears and hear the spine-chilling voice of the monster. It will whisper the risky design trends right into your ear and even show them. Your designs still can be saved, just follow the tips featured in the scaring infographic below to avoid the danger.
1 . Using glaring colors may make your users’ eyes bleed. But you can avoid bad user experience if you balance them with darks and neutrals. Loud colors work great when used sparingly for drawing attention and guiding the user. Don’t use neon colors as the main background and avoid using them near the main text.
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2. Creating visual noise may harm your design. By visual noise, I mean tiny details. You can use them to make notes. They also act well as balancers, separators, pointers. When you overplay with tiny elements they may distract the user from the main content. Implement tiny details on minimalist layouts and against the monochrome backgrounds. Additionally, they shouldn’t aggravate readability.
3. You shouldn’t create animation just because you can do it. The effects can be annoying. Don’t overload your site with it, don’t mix too many effects, don’t make it jumpy or mechanical. Smooth animation can add usability and increase user involvement, so make it fast, subtle, and straightforward.
4. Do you like to use parallax? Don’t you afraid to cause motion sickness and disorientation? Then, boost your designs by adding a sense of depth at a healthy dose. Don’t use too many floating elements and make the effect subtle.
5. Striving to add a modern vibe and interest to your design you can create chaos. Users like balanced designs, so when overlap, use contrasting types, well-structured blocks, clearly separate text blocks, keep grouped elements in proximity. Don’t use the techniques for content-oriented sites.
6. Petite typography may lead to poor readability. But when used right, it looks stylish, grabs attention, and saves the space. So, you’d better surround it with negative space, use not less than 13pt size, make it visible with contrast to colors/images.
7. Unusual navigation may be confusing. Side, hidden, pop-out, horizontal, subtle edge navigation, single page with markers can be fun. But you should take care of its intuitiveness and accessibility. Uncommon navigation is best for small/medium sites.
8. Stock imagery may create a bad reputation for your brand. Users love custom product photos, so you’d better use them. If you use stock imagery, choose the best ones and make artful edits.
9. Infinite scrolling may turn a website into a usability nightmare. How to avoid it? Suggest call-to-actions, tooltips, point out navigation options, offer a sticky footer, menu. It fits better for social media sites, blogs, shops.
10. Pop-ups may turn your design into devil’s pattern. They are aimed at capturing attention and increasing conversion. When used wisely, they cope with the task. Make them as non-intrusive as possible, simple, distinctive, valuable, mind timing and position, avoid entry pop-ups, avoid asking for contact details, run A/B tests.
11. Sometimes it’s difficult to find hamburger menu. This is bad for UX. So, use a recognizable icon and put the menu into focus. The design must support various browsers for correct icon display.
12. Too long videos in the background with poor visibility and sound are annoying. Use video backgrounds wise and you will be able to establish an emotional connection with the user, tell about product/brand, it engages the buyers. A few more tips: choose the contrasting content color, compress the video, use short looping videos, avoid audio, offer a pause button.
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Over to you
We hope now your designs are safe even on All Hallow’s Eve. Follow our tips and don’t afraid to be bizarre. By the way, don’t be shy to leave us a comment about the ghastly content you have just read. After all, share it on social sites with your friends and colleagues you would like to startle.