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Can Design Make or Break your Business?

Did your know that the design of your website could be the deciding factor for whether or not a customer will do business with you? In fact, users take only 0.05 seconds on average to form an opinion about a website… and 94% of those first impressions are related to design!

Is your website design falling behind? Here are several key design tips to keep your users engaged and take your website to the next level.

Bold Font

We hate to break it to you…. but most users will only read about 20% of words on a webpage. To avoid your users getting lost in large blocks of copy, use bold text to really help your messaging stand out. Not only does bold text make your website more functional, but it can also bring a fresh, modern look to your website.

Visual Hierarchy

Visual hierarchy is the arrangement and presentation of design elements to show their order of importance. This design principle is crucial for leading users to your “call to action”, which is ultimately the most important aspect of your website.

A call to action is what prompts the user to take action on your page by contacting your business or buying a product. A recent study found that 70% of websites for smaller businesses lack a clear call to action. Without this design element, your website could be missing out on significant customer conversions.

Personalized Content

Consumers are tired of a generic interactions and want an experience to be tailored specifically for them and their location. Even a small amount of personalization goes a long way towards boosting engagement. In fact, 93% of companies who incorporated personalization to their website saw a significant boost in customer conversions. And a recent study found that 44% of people said they would become a repeat customer after a personalized shopping experience with a brand.

Photography with Graphics

Grabbing a users’ attention and keeping them interested with your site is crucial for converting visitors into customers. A great way to do this is by introducing eye-catching imagery. A big trend we’ve seen this year is to mix photography with graphics and here’s why:

  • It adds depth to your site and draws people in
  • It gives your website extra personality
  • It reinforces company branding
  • It grabs immediate attention

Overlapping graphics with photography is a great way to add a creative flair to your site as well as unify your brand personality.

Mobile Ecommerce

The year of 2020 set a precedent for mobile online shopping. Mobile ecommerce traffic grew by 25% in the first quarter of 2020 – making up 71% of total traffic!

With 45% of consumers saying they are shopping more on their phones since March 2020, it is more important than ever before to ensure your mobile web design experience is flawless.

Could your company website use a boost? Contact us today to see how we can help you take your website design to the next level!

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Design eCommerce Marketing

Spectruss Builds Custom Platform for New Medical Spa, Refine Aesthetic Studio

The Client

Refine Aesthetic Studio, an affiliate of Plastic Surgery Group, is a new premier medical spa located in downtown Chattanooga, TN. Our team at Spectruss used creative design and e-commerce web development to build a custom website for Refine Aesthetic Studio.

We also manage their digital marketing, advertising and social media platforms to help build brand awareness and increase online visibility. Other creative work includes event planning, PR, promotion and creative packaging.

Check out our work in the video below!

Web Design

Our creative team was eager to design a beautiful platform for Refine Aesthetic Studio that would readily attract clients. We thoughtfully chose color schemes, images, and layouts that would provide a visually appealing online experience and successfully portray the company’s overall brand image.

Ecommerce

We built a custom website with ecommerce capability to offer online ordering for Refine Aesthetic Studio’s skincare lines. Our goal was to create a convenient online shopping experience for clients to easily purchase their favorite skincare products. Designed to be responsive on all platforms, customers can use any device to shop on Refine Aesthetic Studio’s site.

Social Media

Social media is an effective platform for your business to gain exposure and build customer relationships. Our team managed Facebook and Instagram platforms for Refine Aesthetic Studio to build brand awareness through engaging content that showcased their services, products, and upcoming events. In just one month, Refine Aesthetic Studio saw significant social media growth.

Print

Using print materials is a great way to present potential customers with valuable information about your business in a small, portable form. Our creative team designed visually engaging literature to help build a recognizable brand and promote the offered services for Refine Aesthetic studio.

Photo + Video

From headshots to Instagram stories, we captured quality content to utilize on Refine Aesthetic Studio’s website and social media accounts. Our team will come to your business to create engaging videos and take beautiful pictures that will showcase your company brand.

Paid Advertising

Paid advertising is an excellent way to increase business growth by driving traffic towards multiple online platforms. Our team created and implemented advertising strategies to reach a specific target market and grow brand awareness for Refine Aesthetic Studio.

Event Planning

Our creative team organized events for Refine Aesthetic Studio from start to finish. We designed promotional materials, creative packaging and sent out a press release to local news outlets to help drive foot traffic to the new medical spa.

Interested to see what Spectruss can do for your business? We’d love to chat! Give us a call at 423.800.8633 or email us at [email protected]

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Design Marketing

Email Design Trends for 2020

We’ve entered into a new decade of email design.

It’s important that we adapt our email strategies to appeal to new audiences and keep ahead of the competition. Check out the trending 2020 email designs below that will be sure to spark new interest and grab the attention of your readers!

Design for Dark Mode


We’ve all heard about Dark Mode. This new feature on digital devices displays copy on a dark background and a light foreground. This setting is gaining huge popularity and is a solution for those with light sensitivity. More people are using dark color schemes as the default setting on their digital devices and find bright designs to be a jarring experience.

Designers should start using darker background colors in their email designs to stand out against the many bright-colored email campaigns we saw in 2019.

Use Minimalistic Design

The power of minimalism is in the beauty of simplicity. Inboxes can get quickly jam-packed with emails, so cut through the noise with an easy-to-read design using plenty of negative space. By simplifying the content and making it easily digestible, you provide a clear call to action for the reader.

Minimalistic design in emails has been gaining attention over the last year and is expected to continue to soar in 2020.

Apply 3D Visuals

Designers are getting more creative with their use of visuals in emails. 3D visuals have already begun to gain popularity with big brands because it delivers imagery that is more realistic and intriguing. In contrast to traditional flat imagery, 3D visuals bring products to life and spotlight key messages.

Using 3D imagery in email campaigns brings a wow factor to the table and is expected to continue to gain major traction in 2020.

Ditch the Columns

Switch it up and don’t be so boring! So many emails follow the typical column layout which starts with the email header at the top followed by the product image, description, and so forth.

This year, think beyond the conventional email layout and start using broken grids in your designs to create a more engaging experience for your subscribers.

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Business Design Marketing

Spectruss Now Offers Month-to-Month vCMO

Month-to-month means no long term commitment. We all know the painstaking process of signing to a year long commitment. If things don’t go right, you still have to finish out the contract. We give the freedom and ability to go month-to-month with our vCMO service and give you the peace of mind to cancel at any time. But, we are sure that’s not going to happen, because you’re going to love our services!

We offer four different vCMO levels: entry level, silver, gold, and platinum. Each level provides more hours of service with a lower cost per hour. That’s the beauty of having no long term commitment. You can change the level of work you may need each month!

So what exactly is vCMO? Well, vCMO or virtual Chief Marketing Officer, is a service we provide that covers all strategic marketing for your business. Our team of professionals strategize the best ways to maximize your company’s growth and then implement those methods to provide the largest ROI for your business. Within our vCMO service, we provide all aspects of web programing, graphic design, videography, photography, content writing, advertising, digital marketing, and social media management. And if your company already has a Chief Marketing Officer? Great! We will work along side them to assist with any and all outsourcing needs. Since we do everything in-house, we provide strong brand consistency and high quality results.

We realize not everyone is ready to sign a contract, which is why we are excited to offer our month-to-month vCMO services to demonstrate the work we can do to grow your company. Ultimately, our goal is to establish a long lasting relationship with our clients. When you grow, we grow too! We are confident in what we do and we know that when you experience our work for your company, you’ll want to stay with us!

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Design

Bring Your Brand to Life

Every company starts off with just an idea. Imagine an idea that can be brought to life surpassing your wildest dreams. That’s how Spectruss treats every design project. We are passionate about creating beautiful designs that proudly reveal your brand to the world!

Our in-house creative director, Justin Aragon, has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee. His background in architecture has helped shape his career as a designer. Our creative director says, “My architectural training and knowledge of the classics have helped me identify and incorporate the qualities of timeless design to every project.”

Our design team keeps your brand cutting edge, memorable, and consistent across all mediums. From classic, to modern, graphic heavy, to a more minimalistic approach, the Spectruss design team works in every style to ensure a brand aligns with your company. Whether you’re needing a logo, graphic work, branding voice, web design, or all the above, the creative minds at Spectruss can’t wait to take your idea and turn it into a beautiful, timeless brand.

Here’s just a few of the designs we’ve created. Love what you see? Let’s talk!

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Design

Email Marketing Design Trends to Help Reach a Larger Audience

Email marketing is one of the most effective ways to communicate with your audiences. It’s important that your email stands out to your subscribers and speaks a clear and interesting message. An effective design can grab the attention of your reader and increases the chance for them to read your content.

Intelligent Design

Intelligent design within emails refers to the combination of design with technology.  This allows your subscribers to interact within their emails. Creating embedded surveys within an email allows readers to interact within their inbox, without getting redirect to another page.

Typography

Integrating creative and original typography into your email will help it to stand out. Using different fonts will also bring different parts of the email to life. Branding ideas use different typography to highlight certain offers within an email to capture the reader’s attention and lead them to make a purchase.

Videos

Based on a recent study, embedding videos in an email is the latest trend that has proved to increase the email open rate by 19% and the click-through rate by more than 50%. Also, including video content within an email is an interesting way to communicate your message to the reader. Videos grab the attention of the audience while also easily getting your point across. Viewers are more drawn to video content rather than reading through text. A video clip also saves time for the reader and the sender by explaining a concept or product in a quick and interesting way. Including videos in emails is an effective marketing trend that has proven success.

AMP Powered Emails

AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) allows the viewer to stay within an email rather than being redirected to a new web page. Last year, Gmail (Source) announced the addition of interactive emails powered by AMP. AMP powered emails allow information to be updated in real-time, which means that an email can always stay up to date with its content. This is a valuable marketing trend that will drastically change email effectiveness.

Visuals

Visuals have gone to the next level. The new trend is creating 3D images. Using tools such as Adobe Dimensions CC helps designers to create innovate images with a realistic look. This content wows the reader and brings a who new design perspective to the email that your subscribers will love. 

 

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Design

Here’s What You Need to Know about Typography

Top 10 Typography Trends You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018

 

Font vs. Typeface:

 

The choice you make for your brand’s font is an important one because the right one conveys so much about your brand. So, when choosing your font it’s a good idea to know what you’re actually looking for, which is typefaces. You may see the terms “font” and “typeface” used interchangeably, but they refer to separate facets of text display.

 

“A typeface is a set of one or more fonts each composed of glyphs that share common design features.”Like people, typefaces have personalities and moods. It’s the design we often call today “font” such as Arial, New York Times, or Courier. But the font incorporates the typeface plus the attributes, such as the style (bold, Italic, etc). No typeface is equally created, they come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has its own style and characteristic, just like your brand.

 

2017 top favorite fonts:

 

  1. Helvetica
  2. Arial
  3. Georgia
  4. Gotham
  5. Myriad Pro
  6. Corbel

2018 trends from Marketprofs:

 

  • Serifs will dominate
  • Retro Makes a comeback
  • Bigger is better
  • Cutouts and Overlays
  • Highlights and underline
  • Hand drawn letters
  • Gradients will take over
  • Custom fonts will emerge
  • Colorful fonts will be the new black
  • Transparency in typography

 

How to select the right font for your brand

 

1. Match font with your brand’s tone.

First,  select a font that matches your brand’s identity.

2. Use Hierarchy.

After selecting the fonts placement, rank each font by importance. It’s suggested to never use more than three fonts because it’s messy and inconsistent. 

3. Know the basics of primary font types.

Serif

A “serif” is a small line (sometimes called feet) at the end of each stroke in a letter or symbol. It’s often present in print (books, newspapers, etc.). Sans Serif fonts create a classical and elegant appeal and talks to older audiences.

Popular serif fonts: Times New Roman, Georgia.

Sans serif

Sans serif fonts don’t include lines or embellishments at the end of a stroke. It commonly appears on computer screens and smartphones. Therefore it’s appealing to the younger generation.

Popular sans serif fonts: Helvetica, Arial, Futura.

Script

A highly decorative and elegant font is known as script fonts, with plenty of embellishment and stroke flourishes, and the letters connect. It’s popular in the feminine market.

Popular script fonts: Lobster, Reklame Script.

Handwriting

A casual and personal approach is transpired from handwritten fonts. It’s preferred by businesses who want their brand image to be relatable and approachable.

Examples: Bradley hand, Kristen, and MV Boli.

4. Master mixing fonts.

Try to select versatile typefaces which change smoothly yet noticeably to differentiate between functions within your design.

5. Preview overall design.

See how the font looks within the overall design. The goal is to remain consistent with the template. 

 

Comment your favorite fonts!

 

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Design

Q & A: Justin Aragon, Creative Director at Spectruss

Ten questions with Justin Aragon, Creative Director here at Spectruss

 

Tell us how your background in architecture has shaped your career?

“Architecture is built for permanence. My architectural training and knowledge of the classics have helped me identify and incorporate the qualities of timeless design to every project. Staying relevant over time is very important to me.”

How does working at Spectruss excite you?

“Working with an enthusiastic team, great clients, unique projects and leading the creative side of the business excites me every morning!”

In your opinion, what differentiates Spectruss?

“People usually come up to me and say… “I can tell when you guys did it.” We’ve built a more modern identity that separates us from others.”  

Describe your creative process.

“Developing a strong concept and letting that blossom effortlessly.”

During the creative process, what should others keep in mind?

“Step 1: Question everything. Step 2: Have an answer. Step 3: Slay.”

What does strategic design mean to you?

“Flawlessness. In reference to the previous question: If you have an answer or a reason for every design decision then you’ve developed a superb strategy!”

Can you give us a tip for success?

“Show… Don’t Tell.”

Do you have any inspirations?

Less is More – Mies Van Der Rohe”

Are you seeing any trends?

“I only like trends that have an ability to become a classic. But I always feel like the trendy thing to do is to not be trendy.”

Any advice?

“Give white space a chance!”

 

 

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Design

Learning to Code is the New Requirement for Jobs in Design

Designers who can create beautiful and trending concepts are in high demand. Their skills can take an amazing product and make it understandable and desirable to customers. But a new wave of designers and developers have started to change jobs in design. Designers are learning to code, and developers are learning to design.

Design + Coding

Companies have started looking for designers who can also code. They want people who can come up with a concept, and be able to execute it too. People who can fill these roles are becoming highly desirable. Learning HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript is showing to have its advantages by giving designers a better understanding of their limitations and where you can push bolder concepts. These concepts were often needed to be relayed by developers, but if a designer is already aware, time lost on project iterations may be eradicated.

With this information, designers have begun to take charge. New workshops are opening up for designers who want to learn to code. (https://generalassemb.ly/education/coding-for-designers/san-francisco) This workshop linked takes place in San Fransisco and helps get one ready for transitioning into three types of coding. These skills can also be transferred into jobs in the web development field and UX careers.

 

Recently, at SXSW in March 2017, John Maeda delivered a “Design in Tech Report” where he explored new trends on jobs in design and coding that you can watch here, https://vimeo.com/208035080

 

Coding is something worth considering for designers in the tech field. Developers are quickly becoming more style savvy and integrated into design meetings. While technical skills are a great addition to any resume, they may just be the next thing that gets you hired in the tech designer industry.

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Design

Passageways Sketch

We’re very excited to see Passageways all over the press! To get our creative juices flowing this week, we worked on a quick sketch to visualize how these alleyways can be utilized to create a new network of spaces within the urban fabric changing the way we circulate around our city. It’s been a pleasure working and partnering up with  AIA Tennessee and River City Company on this community outreach project and we can’t wait to see what the participants have in store for the opening! Get more information at http://passagewayschattanooga.com/