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  • When Separate Mobile Sites Make Sense

    Is responsive design or a separate mobile site the best next step for your company? Let's look at a few scenarios when a separate mobile site may be in your best interest.

  • Modular Web Design: Designing With Components

    Learn how utilizing modular design can increase design consistency, accommodate a wider variety of content, and streamline your workflow.

  • When Bad Design Makes Sense

    When elements of a design come together in harmony it feels like pure and total bliss. But as designers there are times when it’s our duty to work against our own intuition, and at the expense of our own bliss, because sometimes bad design decisions make good sense.

  • Structuring Navigation for Higher Education Websites

    Managing the website for a higher education institution can be challenging when trying to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Start your site off right with the proper navigation for your audience. 

  • One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Using Responsive Design Responsibly

    Is Responsive Design always the best solution for mobile websites? We look at how it should and shouldn't be used.

  • Optimizing for Touch

    There's a notion that optimizing for mobile means optimizing for touch- it's high time we decouple the two. Here are five touch friendly tips to get you started.

  • What is Complexity Creep, and How Can Web Designers Avoid it?

    Sometimes, as more features are added to a site over time, it can become harder to understand for new users. Learn how to avoid this complexity creep from a designer's point of view.

  • Hiding and Simplifying Content

    Often when trying to design simple interfaces, we have a tendency to want to hide information inside of panels and tabs. But be careful you aren't doing more harm than good. Here are some considerations for designing simple interfaces.

  • Kicking Off Your Mobile Project

    If you're struggling to develop your mobile strategy, learn how to kick your project off right, build consensus within your team and pave confidently forward.

  • Beyond Multichannel

    Your customer's form an impression of your brand based on their experiences across channels. With increasing expectations for anywhere anytime access to your products, services and support, I hope you're doing better than my post office!

  • How to Boost Page Performance: Image Compression Tips

    There are many aspects of page loading times that are uncontrollable, but one part you can control is your images. Here are some tips to compress your images.

  • Dayparting: When Timing is Everything

    WSOL offers their thoughts on the strategy behind dayparting, sending customized communication to your clients based on the time of day.

  • Common Web Design Myths

    Although on the surface, design may seem like a simple task, there are many factors to consider when creating the best experience possible for users. Read on to find out four common web design myths.

  • Post Discovery Discovery

    Discovery is often thought of as the first stage of a project, but learning shouldn’t begin and end there. By baking learning into your long-term workflow you can ensure you’re celebrating a site launch, not a site funeral.

  • 10 Reasons to Go Mobile Now

    We all know how important our company's mobile presence is, but it may be harder to convince your boss to spend the budget on mobile. Here are 10 Reasons to Go Mobile Now that are sure to convince your boss too.

  • 7 Intranet Adoption Tips

    Intranets increase efficiency throughout the entire organization daily but, when it comes time to making changes or implementing a new intranet it is vital to make sure that process goes smoothly. WSOL has put together 7 Tips to help you along the intranet adoption journey.

  • Resource List: Practical UX for Mobile

    Links and resources mentioned in Dennis Kardys' talk at 2013 Breaking Development conference in San Diego.

  • Your vs. My: Creating a Conversational Interface

    When it comes to talking to users, many sites end up tongue-tied, having trouble keeping focus on who is talking to whom. Here are a few tips on how to refer to your users, and when to use "your" vs. "my" in your interface.

  • 7 Reasons Why You Need Discovery

    When an agency suggests investing in Discovery for your web project, you may be thinking, "What's the point?". But Discovery is a critical step toward paving your project's success. Here are seven reasons why!

  • A More Flexible Workflow

    With new design techniques becoming commonplace, we're seeing a lot of exciting changes to the traditional design process. Here's a look at how we went about adapting our workflow to incorporate more prototyping, better design conversation, and new types of deliverables.

  • My Picks for SXSW 2013

    With over a bajillion sessions at SXSW 2013 to choose from, I've narrowed them down into a shortlist of ones I think look interesting and hope to catch.

  • Approaching Your Mobile Project

    Over the last few years we've helped a lot of organizations integrate mobile into their web strategy. Most of the people we talk to realize that they need a better way of serving content to their mobile audience, but aren't sure about how to get there. 

  • The Accessibility Objective

    Think of accessibility not as a feature, but as an objective. If you think the purpose of web accessibility is to reach a miniscule number of impaired or disabled users, I’ve got news for you, it's a lot more. When accessibility is your objective, you're reaching for the future.

  • Keep Talking About Responsive Design

    It seems like everywhere you turn there’s a new post about responsive design. You might even feel like it’s getting played out. Do we really need another post on this topic? The answer is emphatically, “yes”. We need a lot more of them. 

  • Envisioning a Responsive Future

    People often ask about what the current standard width for websites is these days. But rules of thumb like this no longer apply, and perhaps they never did. 

  • Common Misconceptions about Designing Websites

    Realizing that you are not your website user seems like common sense. But being able to set aside your own preferences and think about things from your audience’s perspective is more challenging than it sounds. 

  • Why Discovery is Essential

    A guide to building a blueprint to help make your website design project a success.

  • Design Beyond Device

    As the number and range of internet enabled devices on the market continues to grow, designing fixed dimension websites just doesn’t seem to make sense anymore. If you really want to communicate with your audience you need to have a more adaptable website. 


Dennis Kardys

Dennis is the Design Director at WSOL. His focus is on helping clients realize the importance of user-centered design, and developing elegant and intuitive websites. You can follow him on twitter @dkardys

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