10 shocking design facts that you don’t want to miss out in 2020
What’s the first thing that you do before buying something online? Check and compare prices, look for product reviews, and view the product from all angles using uploaded images. This all is nothing but a brilliant aspect of website design and development.
UI/UX enthusiasts aim to design webpages for a blog or simple website or an eCommerce store that attracts visitors and buyers.
To us, the design mavericks, innovation in the user side of the product is equally important as it is on the backend. The perfect example of stunning aesthetics and impeccable software are Apple products. They deliver devices that not only have the best quality software but are beautiful on the outside that make you want to own them.
As an illustrator and visual designer at Sarvika Technologies, I love spending my time reading about industry happenings in web design, its history, breakthroughs, and more. Today, I’ll walk you through ten uber-cool design facts that everyone (designer or not) should know.
- The first website.
We all love the World Wide Web; it has converted the world into a small digital village where you can communicate with anyone in a different time-zone on a real-time basis. But did you know that the first website launch was launched in the year 1991? It was only possible when Tim Berners-Lee developed the first web browser for the NeXT computers in 1990 at CERN. No idea what was that time like, LOL.
- Color theme is important.
As soon as I say PayPal, two shades of blue come to mind. Isn’t it superb that how we are able to identify a brand with just colors? Industry experts are of the opinion that brands that stick with a defined color theme enjoy improved website recognition by 80%. Few other examples can be T-Mobile’s magenta, Uber’s black, Facebook’s blue and tons more.
- Use the power of responsive design.
In this day and age of technology, you would be surprised (honestly, I was more shocked) to know that only 11.8% of websites offer responsive design to visitors.
- Most widely used typeface.
Helvetica is one of the most sought-after typefaces. It was launched in the 20th century (1957) by two Swiss-based typeface designers Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffman.
- Egyptian logo designers.
One of the most alluring civilizations to me has been Ancient Egypt. Pyramids, sarcophagus, mummies, rituals and practices, all have stoked the creative side in me from early on. One of the reasons is, Archaeologists believe that Egyptians are the first logo designers as they used to mark their ownership on animals, etc with hieroglyphs.
- Nike’s swoosh.
Did you know that Nike’s logo, the famous swoosh was created by Carolyn Davidson while she was in college in 1971 and was paid a meager fee of $35? Today this logo is reportedly worth $26 billion.
- If we’re talking about logos.
The original logo of Twitter (a revised version is now used from 2012) costed only $15, and that made it the world’s cheapest logo. It was designed by Simon Oxley who placed it on iStock and received $6 after the former took its cut. Another super cool fact is that the cute little blue bird is named Larry the Bird.
- Invention of a widely used term.
The word ‘graphic design’ was coined by William Addison Dwiggins in 1922.
- Who’s that animal on the Firefox logo?
Unlike popular opinion and assumptions, the animal on the logo of famous web browser Firefox is not a fox but a red panda.
- Make sure your website’s first impression is impactful.
Color combinations, intuitive design, minimum load time, etc. are some crucial aspects to be considered while building a website. The reason – Experts say that an average user will only take half a second to build their opinion for the website. Ugh! People. How do you plan to make the best out of it?
To be honest, I can go on and on with more facts but will stop right here. If you wish to know more, simply leave your comments in the section below and I’ll just pick up where I left.
Written by Mohit Bairwa
Mohit is an engineer turned self-taught Illustrator and Visual Designer who likes to leave people agape with his minimalist style of designing. He is a B.Tech graduate in Computer Science, but his love for video games and digital artwork made him explore the trippy world of graphics and animation. In his spare time, Mohit likes to stay updated with the new design trends in UI/UX through articles, communities, and blogs.