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Creating a design system from scratch can be tedious and time-consuming. But, this blog breaks down the process into a few manageable steps. 
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Design systems are a valuable asset to your company. They standardize visual elements and maintain brand continuity across platforms. They also allow teams to move faster and communicate better.
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We've worked with a variety of clients over the years, and each client success story is unique. When looking specifically at our higher education projects, we noticed a common theme among them all. Each of the institutions we've collaborated with focused on improving site usability and design.
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Evaluating your website's usability is a good way to identify signs of a poor user experience.
Brick wall
Understand whom you’re building for, employ the right frameworks, organize your codebase, and make your life a lot easier with a CSS preprocessor.
Stephanie Semerville
Stephanie Semerville
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The UX process is an iterative one. Many versions of trial and error will create the optimum result.
Woman using smartphone
Google rolled out mobile-first indexing for certain websites earlier this year. Is your site ready?
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When utilized correctly, white space can make a design stronger and look more professional.
Color swatches
Color plays an important role in the user experience. The color scheme selected for your brand and website should effectively deliver a message to your user about your brand, product, and services.
User Error
Designing a creative 404 page could turn user error into an opportunity for increased engagement and user retention.
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A few weeks ago I attended the Awwwards Conference in San Francisco and gained some valuable insight about the industry.
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Public awareness about ethics in technology has heightened over the past few months.

Frames
Every team and workflow has its nuances when it comes to the wireframing process, but there are typically three sorts of wireframes in production.
Letters
When choosing the right fonts or typefaces for your web project, two names frequently come to mind: Google Fonts and Adobe Typekit.
Web accessibility
Web pages should be designed in a way that makes them usable for all site visitors, regardless of disabilities or impairments.
Home front door
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to your homepage, there are two universal objectives to strive for that put your users first.
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Clarifi is a nonprofit organization on a mission to make financial literacy more accessible. Their website needed to serve as a catalyst for relationships with their users.
Design wireframes
I was tasked with designing key elements for the brand: a logo, website, and various illustrations to use as imagery. Here's how I tackled the project.
Open book on table
At Zivtech, we use a variety of methods to conduct thorough user research.
Woman using laptop

At Zivtech, we use a suite of tools to accomplish broad, synchronized tasks like internal communication and file sharing.

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Take a look at any website or app, and more often than not, you’ll find “flat” elements.

To-Do List in Notebook
If you want to know if your site’s core functionalities are user-friendly, a heuristic evaluation is a great place to start. 
Diamond pattern
In a nutshell, a component is a design element used on more than one page.
James Cole
James Cole
Video game controller
Games are simply another type of experience, so why wouldn’t the same principles of enjoyment translate to how someone uses a website? 
Notebook and pencils

It’s easy to get caught up in the details of design and feature development during a website build.

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Your site’s user experience plays such a significant role in its overall success. Personalize your site's navigation to create a better experience.
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Without a well thought out and detailed strategy, achieving your goals might feel impossible. Here are 7 signs that your project needs a proper discovery phase before investing in any type of design and development project.
Marco De Paulis
Marco De Paulis
Laptop
Companies were selected based on their ability to deliver excellent work.
Mood driven design
Use mood fluctuations throughout your design process to create more positive experiences.
People at a meeting

It seems obvious that user research is a critical part of improving the

Maddie Presland
Maddie Presland
A man stands on a cliff

User experience (UX) is a driving forces behind the success of your website.

A letter slot in a door

After a lot of hard work, stakeholder meetings, and thought, you are finally getting inspiration for a great

James Cole
James Cole
Woman holding a clutch

Too many cooks can spoil the broth. Or, too many inconsistent styles can leave your website visitors totally lost.

Smooth stones

Your website should fuel your business. It should be easy to use, both for you and the visitors you want to attract.

Globe

You may have heard the term “wayfinding” before and nodded along, as you do whenever someone throws out niche jargon.

Samantha Rogers
Samantha Rogers
Compass
While you may have a seemingly well-organized navigation that just needs finessing, your site architecture is the foundation of the entire website experience. Do you really want to build on something that could be cracking at the base?
Code

This post is the second in a series covering Zivtech's usage of Gulp for front-end development in Drupal 8.

James Cole
James Cole
Gulp

Gulp is a mainstay of front-end development nowadays.

James Cole
James Cole
Carousel
Here's a walkthrough guide to styling a slideshow in Drupal 8.
Stephanie Semerville
Stephanie Semerville
Two rows of trees
Don't break the Gestalt Laws of Grouping. Your site metrics will thank you for it. 
Samantha Rogers
Samantha Rogers
Balloons

Proper site architecture allows for content to be displayed in a dynamic and structured way that makes sense to humans and machines alike.

Colored wall
Look at your website. Do any of these problems sound familiar? Here's how to fix them.
Sue Spolan
Sue Spolan
Brain
Your website’s goal is not to show off cool stuff. It’s to get and keep visitors’ attention to your product or service, and to convert customers. That’s why it’s so important to understand how attention comes into play when designing your website.
Samantha Rogers
Samantha Rogers
Colored pencils

Read on for some common design slip-ups that can distract from your site's content. 

Website

A website can serve a lot of different functions.

Colored paper

The Drupal community welcomed the much anticipated release of Drupal 8 a few months ago. What themes are available in Drupal 8?

Alban Bailly
Alban Bailly
Website

Too many businesses think that their online campaigns are the equivalent of taking lots of selfies.

Sue Spolan
Sue Spolan
Code
It’s time to build your next website. The next step is to figure out which CMS platform is best for the job.
Sue Spolan
Sue Spolan
Piggy bank

Your website is outdated and you need a new digital coat of paint. You’re not alone. Many companies created great sites five or ten years ago that are now showing their age. Find out how to save money on your website redesign.

Sue Spolan
Sue Spolan
Girl discovering a forrest clearing

Your way of doing things is unlike anyone else’s. That’s good and bad. While some aspects of your business differentiate you from the competition, others are actually slowing you down. 

Sue Spolan
Sue Spolan
Lights

In Drupal 8, we finally have WYSIWYG in core, but no solution for adding videos and other embedded content. How can we have the ease of use of Wordpress for embedding 3rd party content?

Drupal Themes

We at Zivtech care about accessible websites and strive to make our projects usable by the widest range of people possible.

James Cole
James Cole
Brown bear
Introducing Bear Skin, a comprehensive skin for Zivtech's Bear base theme.
Alban Bailly
Alban Bailly
Web Design

We love Responsive Web Design, and we love Drupal.

Mason Wendell
Responsive Web Design
Breakpoint makes writing media queries really simple. I want to show you a little about how we use it day-to-day on responsive projects here at Zivtech.
Mason Wendell
Drupal Theme
The other day I got to thinking, just what would it take to build a responsive theme for Drupal from scratch?
Howard Tyson
Howard Tyson
Sass and Compass
So you write a lot of CSS, right? I used to be like you. I'll bet you probably write enough CSS to see tons of possibilities in the code, but also maybe you pull your hair out over some of the limitations?
Mason Wendell
Design
We're pleased to announce Mason Wendell has joined our team as Zivtech's new Creative Director.
Web Design
Is Drupal a bad platform for designers? If you were paying attention to the Drupal Planet or the twitter feeds of various Drupal community members and designers in the Drupal world, you might think the answer is a resounding 'Yes'.