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How to design a visually effective product page

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Jul 27, 2017

Product pages ultimately exist for one reason: to showcase a product a shopper is interested in and close the sale. It's where we put our washing machines, dresses, and shoes on display to convince our shoppers that this is what they’ve been looking for, and that we're the ones to buy from.

Here, it's super important that the next steps visually stand out to make it as easy as possible for shoppers to place an item into their carts. There's nothing worse than a frustrating user experience at this stage.

How then can we direct users' attention to where it matters most? This article will show you 3 ways to make your product pages more effective:

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Topics: CRO, UX, Design Strategy

The 3 Ws: A simple framework for effective visual hierarchy on websites

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Jul 06, 2017

 The most basic job of web design is to ensure that users can find what they're looking for as quickly and easily as possible. This is where visual hierarchy comes in, a concept originating from 20th century Gestalt Psychology, which explains how websites can lead or direct users' eyes via certain visual cues.

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Topics: CRO, UX, Design Strategy

Data Driven Design Critique: Lowe's homepage

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Jul 03, 2017

 The 4th of July is nearly upon us, and US retailers are scrambling to promote their holiday sales. One of these retailers is Lowe’s, and today we’re going to critique the popular hardware chain’s current (June 28, 2017) homepage design as part of our new series of Data Driven Design Critiques.

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How carousel banners influence first impressions in eCommerce

Posted by Dominic Harkness on May 15, 2017

Carousels. Sliders. Rotating banners. Whatever you call them, we all know them. They inhabit the home pages of most eCommerce and corporate websites, much to the chagrin of experts and the annoyance of users everywhere.

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Which budget hotel has the best UX design? [Data]

Posted by Dominic Harkness on Apr 24, 2017

 The budget hotel business isn't easy. In a crowded, price-sensitive market, it can be difficult to stand out. For budget hotel brands, a good website is one of the few ways to make a positive impression on potential guests before they choose a place to stay. In this post, we’re going to rank 8 of the top US budget hotel brand websites and see which ones deserve 5-stars in terms of design, and which ones don’t.

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