User Experience (UX)

Tree Structure and Visual Cues to Organize Data and Guide the User

by Jessie Lacey
12/13/2013

Organizing data visually is an easy way to present users with different options. This is called "tree structure" in graph theory, a way to clearly show a hierarchy of choices. Here we examine once such tree structure.

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Building the Best Blog: Role of UX

by Jessie Lacey
10/21/2013

This past several weeks I was tasked with upgrading the DirigoEdge default blog template.  I was also asked to bolt-in an integrated blog to a client's website. While developing the user experience (UX), functionality, and design of several blogs (e.g. landing page and blog post page), I got time to think seriously about the anatomy of a modern blog, and how to use a blog for a brand’s audience.

It is easy enough to blindly snap-in a Wordpress, Drupal or BlogEngine.NET blog template.  Generally, you take it AS-IS. It is an entirely different matter to build-out a blog engine template from scratch.  It really gets you thinking.

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Designing for people: Interaction design and personas

by Victoria Kuhn
04/19/2013

I've been rereading the book: The Inmates are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper. Besides a catchy book title, it's chalked full of great info and perspective to "walk in the shoes" of digital users.My favorite chapter is Chapter 11: designing for people. Simple, right? Not always. There are at least three "types" that work on a website: marketer (who often doubles as a writer), creative, and coder. Each expert approaches interactive design, defined very broadly here, from a different perspective in my experience at Dirigo. We bring our brilliant expertise and with our brilliant blind spots too.

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Using Geolocation and GeoIP and in web applications

by David Addison
08/18/2011

We often find our clients in the dilemma of providing a local service and also needing to have a national presence for their website as well. Geolocation is being used to improve the relevancy of the way that businesses communicate with customers. We use GeoIP to displayed dynamic information based on a user's location.

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jQuery and Safari animation display problems

by Anonymous
09/13/2010

Apple's Safari 4 has some trouble displaying jQuery animation with serif fonts? When “animate()” is used with serif font on a darker background image a trailing (unwanted) line is left behind. This post details our experiences and our fix.

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Using a consistent style for your web content

by Victoria Kuhn
05/26/2010

Just as people have their own personal style, your website content should have a style too. At Dirigo we’ve developed a style based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

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What's new in HTML 5: 5 cool features

by David Addison
09/24/2009

HTML 5 is the newest generation of Hypertext Markup Language that is being developed by WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group). Although, the development of HTML 5 is still in progress (and has been since 2004), and we might not see the final version until 2022, some of its features are already supported by major web browsers.

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A few Dirigo blog style guidelines

by Victoria Kuhn
04/22/2013

Our clients always ask for hints about maintaining their new website (and blog). It's like a new car so how does one keep the paint shining and the inside smelling like a new car. You know, keep it clean, get the oil changed, and rotate the tires! Create a content/editorial schedule and follow it. And if branding, consistency, and the user experience is important, check out the guidelines we've provided.

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Another Successful Responsive Website (RWD)

by David Addison
04/18/2013

We've launched another responsive website. We've been using an adaptive responsive approach to web design (RWD) for better than a year now. It is our preferred solution for multi-device support. Each new project before us is approached as an opportunity to experiment and push ourselves to improve our responsive workflow and techniques. Not all RWD sites are created alike—that's for sure. By starting with content on this project, we ensured that all of our website’s content was relevant and appropriate to all users, mobile or otherwise. This project was wireframed and designed in Photoshop for the smartphone and desktop. Tablet considerations, for the better part, were designed in the browser. We celebrate another milestone: best Dirigo RWD site ever.

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iPhone Application Development: Tab Bar with Multiple Views in Each Tab

by David Addison
12/15/2010

A tutorial covering navigation and tab bar controllers for people who are somewhat new to iPhone development or people who are just curious about how it works.

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Hyphens, and en dashs, and em dashs, oh my!

by Victoria Kuhn
06/02/2010

Adhering to a standard style when writing your web content adds polish and professionalism - and helps the user have a great and consistent experience. It is subtle, some of your readers may not even be aware of it. But the lack of it will stand out.

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Website dimensions

by David Addison
05/11/2010

Our research as of the writing of this blog article suggests that almost 86% of the computer browsing population has a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. In this post I discuss our stock 3 column website dimensions.

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