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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…
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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…
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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…
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5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should be Using

As FarShore’s Creative Lead, I spend lots of time thinking about ways to create the best designs.  I have settled on a collection of five tools that allow me in every situation to produce beautiful UI/UX designs. Below, you’ll find those five tools-- enjoy!  1. Pen and Paper Let's start from the beginning. If you are a designer who is actively involved in designing web pages, mobile applications, or visual identities, the first thing you need is a pen and…
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Imitation is flattery: Why you should look forward to iOS 8

Apple made a splash on with its myriad announcements at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, and last week, we highlighted how startups can take advantage of iOS 8. But improvements to iOS and OS X aren't all just about developers – users have much to be excited about, too.   Many of Apple's new features, as you may have noticed, strongly resemble those of leading third-party apps. Some call it stealing, but as users, this "borrowing" may mean a smoother…