Posts Tagged ‘UI’

Say Hello to .NET MAUI! A First-Class UI Framework

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

For years, developers have been waiting for a cross-platform .NET scheme for every type of project. Well, the wait has been over this year with the announcement of .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI), a single-stack UI framework that supports all modern platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows.

If you are interested in the mobile app development space, you must have heard by now: Xamarin Forms is evolving into .NET Multi-platform App User Interface (MAUI). If not, then you are at the correct place! This post will tell you all about this .NET evolution and what it might mean for you.

Introducing .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI)


Introduced at the 2020’s Microsoft Build developer virtual conference, the .NET MAUI framework is an evolution of the Xamarin Forms toolkit for building beautiful native UIs for Windows, iOS, and Android from a single codebase. MAUI also adds MacOS support to the mix. It will also support new devices such as Microsoft Surface Duo.

The word ‘evolve’ here clearly says that nothing is going away! The evolution means that all UI stacks are equal, and everything will get faster, better, and easy for the developers.

MAUI is a part of Microsoft’s recent efforts towards unifying the .NET platform. Why? It is currently a segmented one, intending to improve app performance and simplify multi-platform app development. The native features of each platform and UI control are within reach in a cross-platform API for the developers to provide no-compromise user experiences while sharing even more code than before.

Scott Hunter, director of program management at Microsoft, said in a post:

“With .NET 5, we begin our journey of unifying the .NET platform, bringing .NET Core and Mono/Xamarin together in one base class library (BCL) and toolchain (SDK)”.

The first public preview for MAUI will happen later this year, with general availability targeted together with the release of .NET 6 (November 2021). 

Key Features of .NET MAUI


  • Single Project Structure

One of the amazing features. The project structure is now single source for multiple platforms, with single-click deployment.

Images, fonts, and translation files can be easily added to a single project, with native hooks set up automatically. 

  • Slim Renderers

In .NET MAUI, the renderers that are available right now will evolve to slim renderers. The renderers will be reengineered and built from the ground up to be more performant. 

  • Visual Studio Code Support

.NET MAUI will support the Visual Studio Code (VS Code). It has been an enduring wish from a lot of developers,

  • Multiple Design Patterns Support

Model-View-View-Model (MVVM) and XAML are first-class features in .NET MAUI. Developers can now implement the Model-View-Update (MVU) pattern. MVU promotes a one-way flow of data and state management along with a code-first development experience, which updates the UI by applying necessary changes.

To help developers make a smooth transition of existing apps to .NET MAUI, Microsoft plans to provide ‘Try-N-Convert’ support and migration guides like what they have been offering for migrating to .NET Core.

Here’s a glance at the differences between MAUI and Xamarin.Forms:

How MAUI and Xamarin.Forms Differs from Platform Perspective:

How MAUI and Xamarin.Forms Differs from Features Perspective:

How MAUI and Xamarin.Forms Differs on Tools:

How MAUI and Xamarin.Forms Differs on Others Key Parameters:

We, at Successive Technologies, are excited to use the MAUI framework for the development of multi-platform apps. Having an experienced team of cross-platform developers and .NET, we clearly understand the uniqueness of each platform and build multi-platform apps for any business as per the requirement.

Top 5 UX Strategies for E-Commerce

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Present customers are more picky and discerning than ever. According to the latest survey by Adobe, 38% of online shoppers leave a site just by looking at the design. 68% of users wouldn’t submit a form if it requires too much personal information. That’s the reason why most of the businesses are working hard to have a clean & easy to navigate e-commerce store. This will not only give a better user experience but will also make purchasing intuitive. But, what is e-commerce user experience, why it matters, and what are the top UX strategies for an e-commerce store? 

Have a look: 

What is E-Commerce User Experience?

An e-commerce user experience (UX) is to—

  • get inside the mind of your end-user;
  • identify what can provide the user with a simple, enjoyable, and logical shopping experience.

Why UX Matters for E-Commerce?

UX is very critical to e-commerce. It ensures easy navigation, helps you find what you need, and gives you the freedom to buy anything in a few clicks. And, the more you give someone ease & convenience to buy from you, the more frequently they will come. (Note: Do you know a second delay in load time can result in approx. 20% low conversions in retail.) This is the only reason that you need to ensure that your company (e-commerce store) delivers the best UX. 

Top 5 E-Commerce UX Trends


  • Simplified Navigation

An easy-to-navigate website ensures an excellent user experience. A big NO to the cluttered menus. The present era calls for Minimal, Consistent, and Interactive designs. Easy menus ensure easy navigation to and from. (Tip: Ensure that your internal pages are a max of four clicks away from your homepage.)

  • Mobile-Friendly UX 

A survey reveals that around 27% of the traffic of business is from mobiles and tablets. Users expect the same experience on mobile devices as they have on desktops or any other devices. Make sure your UX/UI is compatible with both; large screens and small screens. The mobile-responsive UX is leading and will be only the leader in the near future.

  • Personalization

It’s a true fact, people enjoy a website or an app more when it provides individual experiences on interaction. This helps users feel more connected and special. A personalized user interface helps you create an instant bond between the website/ app and users. This leads to great loyalty and affinity towards the brand. Last but not the least, it also helps you produce more revenue.

  • Content as Information Architecture

Delivering the right information to your customers at the right places is primarily the best aspect that needs to be focused. It is not only user-friendly but also SEO optimized. This way you can help your customer from scratch to final dispatch to its usage. Good information architecture results in an online store’s success.

  • Easy Checkout Process

An easy, secure, and fast checkout process is the need of the time. Customers want a payment gateway where you don’t need to key in your personal data again and again. In short, they seek for a process where personal data gets secured by reliable encryption methods. 

The Bottom Line


Despite which industry you work for, your business needs a simple, clean, and attractive UI/UX. Now that, when you know the top 5 UX strategies for e-commerce, it’s time to implement them and reap max benefits. 

For expert advice and assistance, feel free to connect with us. Successive Technologies have been in the market for the last one decade. Our professional designers not only help you improve the look & feel of your website, but also helps you generate more leads, drive conversions, and build customer loyalty in no time. 

Looking for Passionate UI/UX Designers to Enhance Customer Experience? Connect with Us!

What are Mood Boards and How it is Important in UX Design World?

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Summary: Mood boards are the most powerful tool in the creative field. They are a killer asset for both your blog and social media presence. In this blog post, we’ll be briefing you about mood boards, their benefits, and some handful of tips for designing your own.

Do you think you need a degree in graphic design to create stunning and compelling mood boards? Do you think the best toolsets, a creative mind, & the right mix of motivation isn’t enough? If yes, you need to read this. A smart guide to make mood boards & concept boards. 

Have a look: 

What are Mood Boards?

A Mood Board is actually the ‘Board of Moods’ placed together by the designer. It organizes your inspiration at the stage of concept creation. In technical terms, Mood Boards are the visual representation of a concept based design or rapid visual prototyping that includes creative images, typography, color palettes, and other materials. Three main purposes of Mood Boards:

Benefits of Mood Boards

  • Quick mockup production
  • Smooth client buy-in
  • Less frustration, more creativity & fun
  • Includes unique techniques to pitch colors
  • Design process becomes streamlined and time-savvy
  • Add Notes anytime 

Tips to Make Amazing Mood Boards & Concept Boards

Creativity has no restrictions. Likewise, there are no limitations for elements in a Mood Board. You need to choose the right option, create the exact correlation & right balance between all the elements.

Start with a Color Palette

Develop a solid theme, explore new concepts, and make something amazing!

TIP: Use Adobe Kuler to create mood boards color palette quickly and easily.

Make Your Images Visually Cohesive

Your images should be closely-knit and make sure they match up.

TIP: Use images that are similar in shape, texture, and style to create a better impact

Set a Tone for your Mood Board with a Top Banner

Widescreen images work both as an inspirational and dominant image that sets the tone for the rest of your mood board.

Tip: Make sure your Top Banner is well aligned with the overall shape, style, texture, and color of your mood board to maintain consistency.

Layouts!! Experiment with them

These small to large grids can entirely change the look and feel of your mood board.

TIP: Use:

a) Running Bond Pattern: These are brick-paving patterns that showcase uniformity and robustness.


b) Classic Square Grids: To showcase alignment and balance in your design.


c) Mixed Grids: To showcase your uniqueness and creativity.

Conclusion

The prime advantage of designing a mood board is that there are no defined rules. Try it in your next project. We, at Successive Technologies, blend creativity and innovation to deliver user-friendly interfaces and enterprise-grade quality designs, applications. Our design experts incorporate modern technologies and the right toolset to create interactive, user-centric, and result-oriented digital products. Contact us to get started with your creative journey.

Don’t vex. Focus on UX!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Even if you aren’t a technology junkie or a design major, there is one term that has been used so many times that it has carved a niche for itself in the back of your mind, much like a constantly buzzing bee — ‘user experience (UX).’ It may seem like a voguish trend but has in fact, been around for quite some time. With an increasing dependence on mobile phones and other devices, it has gained immense popularity in the last few years.

Aimed at increasing customers’ satisfaction towards a product by making it easier to use and access, UX Design has become an inseparable part of technology. All design and engineering must be carried out keeping in mind that at the end of the day, the product has to be used by the customer. As Steve Jobs says — start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology.

UX engineering encompasses better navigation, findability, usefulness, and credibility. Not just this, it focuses on content strategy, information architecture, interactive design, typography and much more. From small-scale benefits to vast influences, it also has a wide range of applications in business. Stay with us to know more about these!

1. Be the puppeteer

With more and more entrepreneurs and startups popping on the landscape, the business world is becoming fiercer by the day. Hence, one of the main motives of each enterprise is to rise above its competitors. For achieving this, it is essential to have user experience engineering skills in the arsenal as they can have a huge impact in mobilisation of prospective customers.

This is evaluated with the help of conversion rates (defined by Wikipedia as the proportion of visitors to a website who take action to go beyond a casual content view or website visit, as a result of subtle or direct requests from marketers, advertisers, and content creators). A case study by Masha Kokovina from Vintage Web Production highlights how they were able to improve conversion rates by 75% by just fixing minor UX problems. These can include placing the call to action button at the right position, having a video on the landing page, increasing the font size of the text, etc. Analysing why customers are leaving or being retained is pivotal to enhance the user experience and consequently, improve the conversion rate.

2. Smaller hole in your pocket

It is rightly said that a stitch in time saves nine. Instead of resolving an issue much after it has already caused damage, it is better to enhance usability and fix the problem during the design phase itself. UX engineering helps achieve this by incorporating the right set of features at the grassroots level through different usability testing tactics. Feedback obtained from customers at an early stage can be used to rectify errors using user-centered design processes. This leads to formation of an apt product and circumvents large expenditures.

3. Do you exist?

The first thing that entrepreneurs do when they have a light-bulb moment for a startup is go to GoDaddy.com and register the domain name for the respective website. From the biggest multinational companies to the smallest restaurants, official websites have pretty much become the existential proof of any organisation. They help businesses interact with customers by making information easily accessible to them at any hour of the day. However, since this has become a requisite now, just having a website does not suffice. It must be accompanied with an amazing user experience which hence, boosts businesses as explained above.

4. Oh, won’t you stay with me?

At the end of the day, what really matters is how content your customers are with your product or service. The success of your mobile or web app is interlinked with its ability to satisfy its users. Just because an application is built doesn’t guarantee that it will experience a surge of utilisation. With immense competition in the digital world these days, users are more than willing to switch to a different product or app if they are dissatisfied with the former.

Statistics have also revealed that organisations that focus on user experience tend to retain customers much more than those that don’t. The question ‘do i like using this product/service/app?’ bears much more weight than ‘what is its worth?’ or ‘is it even useful?’ Enhancing user experience is key. Happy customers also tend to spread a good word about your product and this helps in popularising businesses.

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“User experience is everything. It always has been but it’s still undervalued and under-invested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.” — Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter

My team and I are avid seekers of technology. We would be delighted to know what you’ve been doing to contribute to this evolving madness. Feel free to strike conversation with us!

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