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A huge congratulations to Anthony, our multi-talented Infrastructure and Security Architect, on his 11-year workiversary! ✨🎉 We appreciate all your hard work keeping our clients, team, and servers humming along. Thank you! 🙌

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Major announcement time! Today is Lauren’s six-year workiversary!! 👏 Congratulations to our most excellent Senior Project Manager – we all thank you so much for your hard work and dedication! Mile6 wouldn’t be what it is today without you! ⭐️ 🙌

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"How can we make it more intuitive?" - one of our favorite questions. 🙌

Photos from Mile6's post 02/11/2022

The line can get pretty fine between consistency and confusion.

We know consistency in digital product design builds trust, but too much overlap could cause confusion.

For example, reusing the same icons for different purposes, making icons the same color or a similar shape, you may think equals consistency but instead leads to confusion. 🤔

Consistency is good, but not at the expense of usability. When usability comes first in design, consistency often comes along with it and the trust of our users. Oh, and our users will have a positive experience as a plus! 👍

⭐ ️So remember: make it usable first, and consistency will follow!

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When you come across user interface (UI) faux pas in the wild, you might not recognize why but you know something feels off. 🤔 Sometimes these simple tweaks can make all the difference!💡

⭐ Radio button vs. dropdown:
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or confused by the number of options on a product? Sometimes this can happen when radio buttons are used when a dropdown would be better! We're not out here picking favorites; there's a method to the madness. To avoid information overload for the user and save valuable screen space, consider using radio buttons for around four options or less. Four or more? That's what dropdowns are for!

⭐ Shady shadows:
The best way to avoid unnatural-looking shadows on your elements is not to use pure black drop shadows. Instead, add a darker hue of the background color to the shadow to make it look more real world.

⭐️ Not so easy on the eyes:
Do you find yourself adjusting the brightness on certain websites? Too pure a white can be jarring, especially when used in a primarily dark color scheme. Darkening the white a bit will help soften things up. 😎

Do you ever spot these UI issues while surfing around?

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Oh, it happens to be National Fun at Work Day & Data Privacy Day? 😉

We can't think of a more fun way to spend our Friday than resetting our passwords. 😅

A User Persona In Action Through the Digital Product Strategy Phase - Mile6 01/21/2022

A User Persona In Action Through the Digital Product Strategy Phase - Mile6

Not so fast! You'll want to see this user persona in action. You won't believe just how helpful they can be. Check it out now!

A User Persona In Action Through the Digital Product Strategy Phase - Mile6 If you work with us at Mile6, you probably already know how much we love user personas. We talk about them a lot, and for good reason! They’re an essential part of understanding the users of any digital product we build. We create user personas for every client at the beginning of every new projec...

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I mean, they're basically a part of the Mile6 team—happy from our leafy and spiky pals to yours! 🌿🌵

Accessible heading structure - The A11Y Project 01/06/2022

Accessible heading structure - The A11Y Project

There can be only one... H1, that is! 😉

Or there should only be one on a webpage if you want your content to be clear and accessible, but that doesn't have the same ring to it. 😬

The A11Y Project breaks accessible heading structure down in this article:

Give it a read to find out if your headings are as accessible as they can be, but here are some highlights we 💙

⭐ ️Use one unique h1 per page that describes what that page is about. That h1 preferably starts just above the main content.

⭐ ️Use headings to describe the content below. Don't use an HTML heading just to make the text appear bigger or stand out.

⭐️ Use heading levels like the index of a book: hierarchical.

⭐️ Don't choose a heading by its size, but by its level in the context of the content.

⭐️ Don' t skip a heading level from the top down.

Accessible heading structure - The A11Y Project Headings are the backbone of the content of a page. A visitor should be able to scan or navigate a webpage using headings to get a good impression of its content.

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Happy New Year from our super team to yours! 💪✨ #2022

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It's ! 🎉 Did you know the average smartphone user has about 60-90 apps on their phone? 😅 Surely you could download one more to celebrate! Comment below how many apps you would guess you have on your phone right now.

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We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from all of us on the Mile6 team! 🎄✨

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It's the most wonderful day of the year! 🎉

Maybe not the day you're thinking of, but for us, National App Day is up there.

Web apps and mobile apps exist to entertain, elevate, and educate.

How does your business utilize apps? Our favorite apps we've built simplify our clients' workflows- make unconnected systems connected. It's an amazing experience to create apps that improve people's day-to-day work processes.

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Our virtual tasting was a flavorful and fun time with the team and connoisseur James! ☕️


Web hosting service so strong Spider-man would be proud. 🕸️🤟

We provide top-of-line and hands-on hosting that beats out other big-box hosting options on service and price. 💪

And be sure to visit our friends for all your Spider-man viewing needs! 🕷️

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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mile6! 🍁

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User flows have many... uses, but let's start with what they are! 🤔

User flows are visual diagrams that outline a user's path while interacting with a digital product (digital product = intangible goods that exist in digital form). 

When creating user flows, we layout a user's path from multiple entrance points through decision points to their conversion point. 🙌

So, why do we need to think through a user's path? 

⭐ User flows help digital product creators make intuitive interfaces (interface = where the user interacts with the digital product). 

⭐ Identifying a clear user flow presents the digital product to the user in the best way possible. 

⭐ When we create user flows for existing interfaces, they help uncover gaps in content and missing screens.

So, what's with the shapes? 🔵 🟦 🔷

The shapes that make up a user flow don't just look interesting; they're symbolic! 

⚡ Start/End Point Capsule: this symbol indicates a user's starting point or exit point. 

⚡ Process Rectangle: indicates steps a user must take to complete their desired task. 

⚡ Input / Output Parallelogram: indicates a point in which information is given or received. 

⚡ Decision Diamond: indicates any choice that a user must make in the process. 

Outlining a user flow leads to an intentional and intuitive experience, undoubtedly leading to warm, fuzzy feelings while using your digital product! 🤗


Happy National Entrepreneur's Day to all the business starters! 👏 Extra special wishes go out to our favorite founder. Tim, what started with you, because of you, has become a growing team of digital product creators! 💪

Timeline photos 11/11/2021

Thank you to all Veterans for your service and dedication. 🇺🇸

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Happy Halloween from the Mile6 team! 🎃

Photos from Mile6's post 10/27/2021

Links make up the web. We're clicking them all day. But what makes us choose one link over another? 🤔 A concept called Information Scent! 💡

Information Scent is relative. If you're searching for a new car, for example, finding one link, "New Car for Sale" has a higher Information Scent for you than another link, "New CARS Movie Tickets."

Users look at multiple factors when deciding if clicking on a link is worth it. They consider the question, "How relevant is the information here going to be for me?" The answer to that question is determined by:

⭐ ️Link Label
Keep a link label brief and accurate. If it's relevant and easy to understand, the user is likely to click the link.

⭐ ️Content with the Link
Next to links, we'll often find an image or short description to give the user more information about what they will see when they click the link. Adding cues will add to the Information Scent of the link.

⭐ ️User's Prior Knowledge/Experience
Your users may have used your site before, gotten a recommendation from someone they know, or seen a review from someone they don't know. These factors all influence how likely someone is to click a link.

In the case of Information Scent, the smellier (i.e., simple, intuitive, relevant), the better for your users. 👏

Timeline photos 10/21/2021

Did you know your short-term memory can hold about seven chunks of information at one time? 💡

And those chunks start to fade after about 20-30 seconds. 🤔

That's some precious bandwidth!

This is why as web and UX designers, we focus on recognition rather than recall.

Examples of recognition in UX:

⭐ Highlight the user path.
Include cues like active navigation items and breadcrumbs to orient the user.

⭐️ Provide tools that help decision-making.
Comparing products or membership levels? Provide comparison tables for all options on the same screen.

⭐ Reduce mental load.
Lessen the amount of information that a user has to remember.
For example, display search terms with the results.

Remember, give users a mental break! 🙌

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Today would be the perfect day for all those cookies we've accepted to materialize. 🍪😉

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When we rethink, redesign and rebuild, we find exciting opportunities for innovation. 🎨💡

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It can help to remember that you're not alone whatever you're going through! Check-in with yourself. Chat with a friend. Seek help if you are able. 💙

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Happy World Teachers' Day to all those who educate and inspire! 🍎⚡ You have always been heroes, but after the past couple of school years, we can't say thank you enough for all you continue to do! 👏


User Personas are fictional characters created to represent a user of your brand, website, app, and more! 🎉

They include personal details about the person and their motivations and any frustrations related to your brand. These are not real people, but we use them as a check-in point for all user experience decision-making.

If a decision isn't serving our users, we rethink the strategy. 💡

So why do we create user personas? Let's explore!

⭐️ Empathy
When we start from the perspective of "How does this affect the user?" we end up with a product they are more likely to engage with positively.

⭐️ Galvanization
In large organizations, different people can tend to fight from their corner. When we approach all questions with users in mind, we row in the same direction.

⭐ ️Ideation
In creating users, we discover wants and motivations that we may have never considered before.

⭐ ️Iteration
As we design and develop, continually bringing the questions back to how they service the users gives us a benchmark to base all decisions.

⭐ ️Quality Assurance
Users help our QA team approach a finished product with users firmly in mind.

Does your team use user personas? (We don't leave home without ours!)

Timeline photos 09/29/2021

A wake-up call for some, re-fuel for others; however you take your coffee, we hope your cup is full today! ☕ ️

Timeline photos 09/22/2021

Too early for pumpkin spice? Happy first day of Fall! 🍂🎃🍁

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May yer coffers be full with loot and yer sails be full with a prosperous wind!

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A huge shout out to our exceptional front-end developer Jim on his 2-year workiversary! Thank you for all you do for the team and for our clients! 🎉👏 🎈

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It's hard to CTRL ourselves during ! This week is designed to inspire and create interest in coding and digital literacy. Check out the resources offers to get a start in the industry. {computer emoji}

Timeline photos 09/11/2021

Although 20 years have passed, we remember and honor those we lost on September 11, 2001. 🇺🇸

Optimized Images: The Key to a Quick Loading Website - Mile6 09/10/2021

Optimized Images: The Key to a Quick Loading Website - Mile6

Image optimization is one thing that can speed up your site. 💪 One or a combination of the plugin solutions we use may be right for you. Give them a try; you've got nothing to lose but load time! ⏱👏

Optimized Images: The Key to a Quick Loading Website - Mile6 When it comes to decreasing web page load times, optimizing images on your website is a fantastic place to start. “Okay, great,” you say. “I’ve got a site full of images. I have a page speed issue.” Let’s start with… What is Image Optimization? The technical definition is decreasing an...

Timeline photos 09/06/2021

"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play." - Arnold J. Toynbee. We couldn't agree more. 😉

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At Mile6, we settle for nothing short of excellence! Our team consistently finds creative solutions to achieve impressive outcomes for our clients. 💪⭐👏️

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What a year it's been! Congrats to our talented web application developer Terrence on celebrating his first year with Mile6. Thank you for your hard work and dedication! 🎊🎉👏

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“Problems and solutions evolve together and must be understood together.” 💡👏 - Thomas Wendt, Design for Dasein: Understanding the Design of Experiences

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Good luck to the teachers and students starting the 2021-2022 school year! 🏫✏️🍎

Terms From the Design Toolbox: Aligning with Your Agency - Mile6 08/20/2021

Terms From the Design Toolbox: Aligning with Your Agency - Mile6

An organized home means you spend less time looking for things (where ARE those keys anyway?). The same rings true for your website.

Planning out your site's information architecture (IA) ensures your users can intuitively find the information they need.

Learn about IA and more in our blog post.

Terms From the Design Toolbox: Aligning with Your Agency - Mile6 Did you know you’re a designer? Designing is a part of our everyday lives, even when we’re not consciously aware of it. Picking out your clothes, choosing your favorite color (ours is blue if you couldn’t guess), and arranging meals on a plate. Since you’re already designing in the real worl...

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