Designing with the end (user) in mind
2 June 2020
From wine labels and websites to logos and brochures, the criteria to justify beautiful design rests upon how well it serves its function.
The saying rings true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The criteria we use to determine if design is beautiful or not, might seem subjective. Simultaneously, there are universal laws governing design trends. Parallel to this, design should serve a set goal and support the function of the design, whether it’s graphic design, illustrations, digital or print design. Therefore, to determine if a design is good or not, you also have to keep in mind how well it performs its function as well.
It is at our core to collaborate with our clients and to work with them. We take care to understand our client’s goals and ideas. So, keeping the briefs in mind, there are four main questions we ask:
Every design should serve a purpose and function, whether it’s for decorative purposes like a modern daybed in a 5-star hotel, or an eye-catching company logo to stand out from your competitors.
Therefore, the purpose of a design is determined by the user’s needs, whereas the function is determined by how the user will interact with the design.
It has been proven time and time again that the more users find a design attractive, the more they will interact with it. Take websites for example. Even though a product-focused website like evetech.co.za serves the purpose to sell laptops, the look and feel is extremely cluttered and therefore not functional. In contrast, Cape Town Gin Company’s website was designed with a young and vibrant audience in mind and to feature their product range. Our solution was to incorporate their bright colours and balance it with white space to make it easy for the user to navigate through the website to learn more about the product range and explore a few recipes.
Designing for the sake of making something beautiful and aesthetically pleasing should not be confused with the role of a designer. The criteria to justify beautiful design, therefor, rests upon how well it served its function. For wine labels, the product needs to stand out on the shelf and the consumers should be able find the information they are looking for. With regards to websites, the web users need to navigate through the content effortlessly and take action where prompted.
It is also the role of the designer to ensure that the final work is in line with the client’s brief, target audience and the goal of the design.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, our team of outstanding designers design with the end user in mind. Feel free to browse through our portfolio and contact us to take your design to the next level.
18 March 2020
Utilising video conferencing tools to stay connected is not a new idea. Neither is working remotely. The latter trend has been gaining more prominence over the last few years as teams and expanding and requiring more flexibility while companies require larger talent pools (among other reasons).