App design trends

Mobile design: App design trends in 2018

Mobile applications are growing in number by day and mobile usage is skyrocketing. App design trends are moving quickly but rarely just disappear in a year, instead of fading over time. We can still see some of the trends from 2017 continuing into this year. Here are some of the popular design trends that will continue to evolve throughout 2018. Rich Colors Colors have always been a designer’s favorite tool when creating eye capturing interfaces. Colors inspire, set the mood,…
app idea

I have an idea for an app: where do I start?

If you are reading this, you have surely been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, or have an undeniably unique and awesome app idea that just needs to be a reality. In all of the excitement of dreaming up this new possibility, you might have found that you are like so many other entrepreneurs and do not singularly hold all of the skillsets to get from point A to point B (or even know what point A should be). Yes, for…
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What is the difference between a sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype?

Prior to the development work that brings your application idea to launch, all of the above terms represent a step that is beneficial or completely necessary in getting off the ground. When kicking off with design and development, these words are not interchangeable, though the differences can be hard to spot if you’re hearing them for the first time. A sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype are all unique ways to visually display the requirements of your application with varying levels…
mobile or native

Mobile App Or Responsive Website in 2017

One of the most underlying questions that every internet entrepreneur should be asking is whether to make the website mobile responsive or start from the scratch and build a native app.  The answer to this question is by no means simple, but there are guidelines that can lead you in the right direction. In order to come up with the best solution for your business and customers, you should tailor it based on the factors detailed in this post. Responsive…
ecommerce_web_design

Ecommerce Web Design: How to get Beautiful and Functional Design for your Online Store

As a web designer, working on designs for an e-commerce site is always a challenge. On the one hand, you want your designs to look great, and you want to bring something new and exciting to each project. On the other, there are several rules you have to follow and there is only so much invention you can bring to the table, since in the end, the only measures of a site’s success are conversion rates and sales. So how…
design consistency

How to achieve cross-platform design consistency with style guides

Why consistency matters Consistent design is a popular topic in the design community, but it is often misunderstood.  At FarShore, we look at design consistency as an experience.   And in an effort to provide a quality experience to users, it's necessary to be consistent in user interface, messaging, and content across a brand’s mediums (website, iOS or Android application), communication (social, email), and even offline (offices, marketing materials). This consistent representation enables a user to recognize elements and anticipate the…