Web Design Trends for 2016

As the new year approaches we are getting more and more questions from clients and associates regarding our expectations for web design trends in the new year. In terms of design, we expect to see many designers move away from flat productions and also include more video on their web properties. Here’s a list of our top web design predictions for 2016:

 

Our Top Internet Trends for 2016

1. Responsive websites become the norm

2. Mobile first becomes a reality for latin american web development

3. Cryptocurrency usage increases exponentially in the new year

4. Memory consumption increases in a linear fashion, limiting the user experience

5. More customers flock towards open platforms as differentiation diminishes

6. The startup bubble finally implodes

7. USB-C is widely adopted

8. Interactivity and real time applications continue to fill up the web as Node.Js and similar technologies gain ground

9. Designers start to move away from flat web design as the pressure to differentiate increases

10. The use of video and audio in websites increases dramatically

 

In terms of general Internet trends the authoritative report is probably KPCB’s yearly Internet Trends presentation. Here’s their full presentation:

 

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 2015 Internet Trends

Multiplying Education

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*ip has developed a modern web presence for the Math Multipliers educational program. Initially backed by the Clinton Foundation, Math Multipliers identifies and nurtures young leaders that become math tutors across the Dominican Republic. The program has expanded across the nation and will also pursue international opportunities.

The solution includes a multilingual CMS solution, web development and design, search engine facilities and social media integration. This eLearning solution has been crafted so that hundreds of high school students can independently browse and update the site for society to consume. Please visit the site at http://www.multiplicadores.do.

*ip Presenta “eCommerce en R.D.”

Inicialmente en español, el kit de negocios incluye una presentación acerca del eCommerce dominicano preparada por Jordhy Ledesma (360 slides) y un kit de herramientas con informaciones relativas al eCommerce local que los gerentes dominicanos deben conocer. Los documentos son distribuidos de forma inmediata y segura a través del payment gateway internacional GumRoad.


Comprar eCommerce en RD: Guía Práctica y Toolkit de Negocios ($295 dólares)


Contenido de la Guía Práctica (360 slides)

1. Antecedentes del Comercio Electrónico Dominicano

1.1 Cómo empieza el eCommerce en R.D.?
1.2 Cuál es la situación Actual?
1.3. Comercio Electrónico en Latinoamérica
1.4. Indicadores Claves en Latinoamérica y el Caribe
1.5. Barreras del eCommerce en R.D.

 

2. Proyectos Notables

2.1. Históricos: Ciberplaza de Codetel, ePymes de la Unión Europea, Enel.net
2.2. Banca: Bancrédito, Asociacion La Nacional de Ahorros y Prestamos
2.3. Marcas: EPS, Pizzarelli, Casa Mora
2.4. Exportadores: RG Global Caribbean, UNESCO Manos Creadoras
2.5. Gobierno Electrónico: DGII, ONAPI

 

3. Casos de Estudio Exitosos en eBusiness Dominicano

3.1. Best Buy & Rosetta Stone: Investing in Language Learning
3.2. Pizzarelli & Grupo Bona: eBusiness + eCommerce
3.3. Desarrollo Alsuper.com.do: Inicios y Crecimiento
3.4. ONAPI: 120 Millones Procesados al Año
3.5. WDALAW: 300K+ Visitas, SEO, SEM & SMM

 

4. Herramientas Claves para Superar las Barreras Locales

4.1 Bitcoin
4.2 Leverage/Apalancamiento
4.3 Partnerships
4.4 Dropshipping
4.5 Exportación
4.7 Barnacle SEO

 

Contenido Toolkit (aprox. 2500 páginas)

– Artículos de gerencia eCommerce
– Artículos de implementación técnica
– Directorio internacional de soluciones de eBusiness
– Directorio de soluciones locales
– Datos relevantes acerca del eCommerce global
– eCommerce en Latinoamérica
– Elaboración de su estrategia
– Manejo de expansiones
– Directorio de herramientas (análisis crediticio, análisis gradiente, soluciones de envío, tiendas en Facebook, etc)
– Impuestos (comentarios de Caricom, políticas impositivas internacionales y análisis del problema de la evasión fiscal en suplidores)
– Legal (ley dominicana de comercio electrónico y otros documentos de interés)
– Optimización de conversiones
– Personalización de tiendas
– Pop up shops
– Selección de revistas recomendadas para operadores de eCommerce
– Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
– Datos macroeconómicos pertinentes al eCommerce dominicano
– Documentos introductorios al bitcoin, dropshipping y otras herramientas claves
– Galería de infográficos
– Directorio de expertos nacionales
– Directorio de firmas y productos Idóneos para la implementación nacional
– Caso de estudio “Best Buy, Investing in Language Learning”
– Informes varios
– Tendencias

Tidal Wave of e-GOV Innovation

A tour of our most successful goverment projects and how we create a new digital infrastructure that changes the world every second. We discuss impact, standards and e-government technology.

e-Government Services are the Cornerstone of Modern Societies
Our most impactful work is related to e-government developments. In this respect, we’ve built new standards, won awards,  created platforms for international collaboration and national organization among other major things. Jordhy Ledesma has carefully crafted platforms that can stand the test of time by adhering to international standards and pushing the infrastructure of the national Internet forward.

We’ve introduced intranet systems, CMS, advanced search facilities, custom made system, Coldfusion data stores, Microsoft .net real-time web services, and new software and designs that make our national government sites world-class. Even the Society for Information has taken notice, nominating our online producer for a global e-government award in 2005. We expect to continue our amazing string of achievements in e-Government in order to accelerate national growth and better life in our region thru practical digital interfaces.

What Makes an e-Government Site so Special?
Almost a year is required to produce an e-government site, they are among the most complex websites to produce. Agreement from dozens of managers, compliance with many laws and approval from multiple agencies is needed. We test for accessibility, speed, ease of use, content comprehensiveness, advance search facilities and three click information architecture. OPTIC and W3C standards heavily regulate the production of these websites. Excelling at e-Government equals success at the highest ranks of web production.

Production Criteria

W3C Standards. e-Government websites are the only type in Latin America that must adhere to stringent standards due to international and national regulations. The W3C and OPTIC standards are *ip’s specialty and our adherence to W3C has been applauded several times.

State of the Art Document Management. Every governmental website developed by Information Providers has a full repository of all the legislation that is relevant to the institution. Saving visitors time and money and making thousands of pages accesible thru advanced search facilities. As an additional transparency measure, most of our e-government websites include an open government section with all the contracts, bills and critical information. Setting up these systems is a major conquest for Latin America and a great badge of prestige for our firm.

Patents. Our online producer programmed and designed the intellectual property registration system of the D.R. ONAPI went to win the Presidential Medal of Honor for this and other innovations.

New Principles. We make government social by integrating e-government into the lives of millions. Every major social network has been integrated to make government more accesible to all.

Innovation. The Superintendence of Banks’ website was the first government 2.0 property of the region. A massive production that shares the largest financial database of the country with economists and scholars from 93 countries.

Finance. Online financial calculators are present in almost all our e-government productions.

Mobile. All our productions are ready to be browsed in mobile devices, both tablets and smartphones in a variety of mobile systems.

Value. The governmental content follows a strict curation process to bring the best value to citizens.

Speed. Sites are stress tested to perform at optimal speed even in slow computers, promoting high traffic.

Agencies and Projects

EUROPEAN UNION

ONFED, PRIL, PROEMPRESA, E-PYMES, CODESPA FOUNDATION
Working for these large group of European institutions helped us grasp the extent of European collaboration in Latin America.

AMERICAN COOPERATION

DOMINICAN CRAFTS, CIGAR FAMILY FOUNDATION, FONDOMICRO, BPE
With funds from UNESCO, USAID, etc, these organizations create a path of rejuvenation for Haitians and Dominicans alike. We helped by giving them professional images online that capture the nature and importance of their work.

DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT

SUPERINTENDENCE OF BANKS (SUPBANCO)
As one of the most complicated sites of Latin America, sb.gob.do allows an entire country to protect their financial assets while bringing free information on the Dominican economy to thousands of economists and scholars around the globe.

SUPERINTENDENCE OF SECURITIES (SIV)
The securities market of the D.R. is online thanks to *ip, siv.gov.do is a prime example of our work.

SUPERINTENDENCE OF PENSIONS (SIPEN)
The Superintendence of Pensions’ website displays a design that allows every visitor to reach any piece of content in less than three clicks.

OFFICE OF PATENT REGISTRATION AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY (ONAPI)
As a winner of the Presidential Medal of Quality, ONAPI and its 100% online service policy are the most vivid example of the progress that Latin America has made on e-Government productions. We are glad to have designed a website that has won so many awards across forums.

CONFEDERATION OF DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES (COPARDOM)
The Confederation for Dominican Employees is one of the most dynamic websites that we’ve produced. Embeded TV channel, online forums (both public and private), realtime CMS, search facilities and a document management system keep this site fresh and updated to the minute so workers can be more efficient and demand their most current rights.

UNIPAGO
The treasurer of the social security system of the Dominican Republic is one of the most security conscious organizations in Latin America. Working with Unipago to produce their corporate website meant rising to higher standards of production to comply with their demands and keep our country secure.

NATIONAL BANK FOR HOUSING (BNV)
The National Bank for Housing is one of the finest Dominican institutions in existence. BNV provides housing for millions of Dominicans. Jordhy Ledesma led the production of this nationally crucial website that now serves hundreds of thousands of inquiries in a monthly basis. The BNV site has been so successful that the media constantly reports on its merits.

INFOLED, DOMINICAN PRESIDENCY
Self-contained legal system to help lawyers navigate the justice system on their own.

DOMINICAN FIRST LADY DISPATCH
This was the first website for any Dominican First Lady, so indeed a major responsibility for our firm that turned into a nice presentation card for our services in the future.

The European Union

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And their Broad contribution to the Caribbean’s Internet Economy

Enter the world of cross continental contributions and you’ll understand the strategy of the European Union. By helping countries in the path of development the EU accelerates the economic growth of some of its key partners with the most efficient capital expenditure possible. One of these projects is the PRIL (a program that fosters civil communication in the DR). The EU contracted *ip’s services to maintain and bolster the presence of this critical program that is targeted directly at the civil community of the DR and Haiti.

ePymes
PROEMPRESA is another EU program that contracted *ip’s service thru open tender and tasked us with the created of the largest small business portal of the Caribbean. Hosted by Verizon, the ePymes portal was one of our greatest achievements of the last decade, one that got hundreds of thousands of visitors and substantial media attention.

ONFED
The distinguished ONFED program also contracted our services to enrich the set of online tools available to small business owners in the Caribbean.

Small Business Owners
Small business owners in the Caribbean have a big impact in European big businesses. For one, they are the suppliers of exotic produce and art that are highly demanded in Europe, and they provide touristic and industrial alternatives at such a competitive price that EU businesses can’t easily replace them.

Producing Websites for Small Business Owners
The selection of these strategic small businesses was initially very hard. Officers of PROEMPRESA wanted us to craft websites for three thousand small businesses, however such a task is not sustainable in the long term. Is best to educate the businesses so they become online conversant and then able to use email, social networks and search engines. Then the biggest ones can apply for a website. After a rigorous selection process we ended up working with a handful of impactful small businesses for which we created an onsite development process. Small business owners would then be able to come to our offices and learn about various things related to web development and online tools.

What was the Geographic Impact of this Initiative?
Small businesses with operations in DR, Haiti and Puerto Rico were impacted. Big businesses, restaurants and supermarket chains in Europe, Asia and the Americas were also very impacted. Online ordering means that the global supply chain of tropical and exocit produce is cut in half and the whole process becomes more reliable.

What is Next for the EU And Online Initiatives in the Region?
PROEMPRESA was a two year program that ended up running for four years.Hundreds of similar aid programs are still in operation and Information Providers is proud to contribute in many of them. Perhaps the most notable, the PRIL program is a long running communication program that seeks to enable the civil society at large to use online tools and become more productive. Jordhy Ledesma has been a key consultant in the project and is working towards maintaining the quality and relevance of content that empowers small business owners and professionals across the region. The tools and services created by the PRIL are among the best of the country and they are generally provided free of charge to small business owners and entrepreneurs. These tools and information systems enrich the business relation of any country that transacts with the Republic. *ip is very glad to be an important part of this information revolution that keeps pushing us forward.

Some Technical Facts
ePymes was the first Coldfusion portal of the DR. The technology allows for dynamic PDF generation, interactive form presentation and Verity search. The sophistication of this systems allowed for the presentation of tens of thousands of documents from which the entrepreneurs could choose. The system also allowed for multi-lingual deployment and realtime announcements. Verizon made this possible by donating several servers in their data centers and giving us full control over them. We went on to program on one of the most complex hardware platforms of the Dominican Internet. In such a state of affairs our firm was compelled to excel and deliver very creative solutions to tough communication problems. We made extensive use of Flash animations, ActionScript, some .net technologies, Java, compression technologies, Verity Search, Outlook integration and MS Office dynamic document generation. Products from Macromedia, Adobe, Microsoft and Oracle were instrumental to our achievements.

Impact of the Information Providers’ Portals Developed for the European Union
e-Pymes’ launch had a broad impact in the small businesses of the region. Both residents of Santo Domingo and Santiago regularly access the site to complete various managerial tasks. As a result, the EU commissioned the development of more portals and several indicators grew significantly including funds requests, online visits, company creations (within the PROEMPRESA program) and so on. Today, most small businesses in the DR file their taxes online, register their brand names and logos using the web (in another portal we developed) and generally use the web browser as a natural tool. This benefits European businesses greatly because now they can interact with Latin American suppliers in a very swift fashion.

The impact of the Proempresa, PRIL and ONFED programs thru the technical efforts of Information Providers have increased the speed of business in the region and given businesses across Europe the benefit of dealing with local providers without using the phone. The most succesful of these local businesses, RG Global uses a website developed by *ip and processes monthly shipments of tropical foods and delicacies in the order of tons of produce that enrich life in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Like RG Global, the online tools and services developed by *ip have impacted the live of millions of Americans, Europeans and thousands of local business owners.

Web 2.0, New Marketing Mix

Print, Radio, TV, Exterior, Web and now Web 2.0, the new ingredient of your marketing mix. Does your company have a facebook page? Do you constantly upload videos to Youtube? Do you syndicate content at least monthly? There’s a new channel on the Internet, which is the new way of getting your clients’ attention. Is the interactive channel, the new type of web site that allows audiences to post their comments, files, messages and videos.

Here at ip, we’ve embraced Web 2.0 as the only viable comunications mean in this new century. First, people want a free Web, with no strings attached. Second they want interactive content, and third, they prefer content delivered to them by viral means. This means trust, this means a stronger relation and a more knowledgeable client.

At the end of the day, after 10 Youtube videos, two facebook pages, 20 delicious bookmarks, one blog and one twitter feed you’ll have a MiniNet. Or a network of 30 minisites, that will drive 10 times the people to your Web site. No wonder Burger King has ONE Web site and TWENTY Web 2.0 sites.

That is content recommended by a friend or associate.

1st Government 2.0 in the Region

Superintendencia de Bancos

With an event celebrated in the Hilton hotel of Santo Domingo, the superintedent of banks, Mr. Haivanhoe Ng Cortiñas presented the first government 2.0 site of the Dominican Republic. The website, developed by Information Providers, is the hallmark of local government sites, a masterpiece that introduces about a dozen new technologies to public administration websites and makes a horde of information available to the public for the first time.

The site includes the first rich internet application for any government site of latin america, a system that allows researchers to pick indicators and craft statistical reports as they wish. The new solution, with over 10 thousand webpages, includes all of the circulars and bulletins issued by the institution in the past 62 years.

Among the many implemented systems are: a reclamation tracking system for user of financial services, an interactive financial entity browser, tag-based navigation, web 2.0 collaboration features, intelligent search engine,  RSS channels, mail list subscription services, a new document visualization services.

Information Providers is glad to have developed such an important solution for  the Superintendence of Banks and will continue to provide great solutions and services for the Dominican government.

Working with The E.U. and Verizon

From January 2004 to  January 2006 we engaged in one of our most complex projects. The production of a full-blown portal that would serve the most dynamic medium and small businesses of the region. The project, spearheaded by Proempresa, The European Union’s nominated organization to forsee small business development in the Dominican Republic, and Verizon, was an outstanding success.

As one of our prominent clients Verizon received our product development and publishing services for two years during the production of the ePymes portal. During this time-frame we created the biggest Spanish portal for small businesses in the Caribbean. Our work included programming, art revision, web production, digital media consulting and web development.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ, NASDAQ: VZ), branded as Verizon, is an American broadband and telecommunications company and a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It started in 1983 as Bell Atlantic (based in New York City) with a footprint covering New Jersey to Virginia and emerged as part of the 1984 Breakup of AT&T into seven “Baby Bells.” In 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired former independent phone company GTE, and adopted the name “Verizon”, a portmanteau of veritas (Latin for “truth”) and horizon. The company’s headquarters are located in the Verizon Building at 140 West Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

About The European Union

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. Institutions of the EU include the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Court of Auditors, and the European Parliament. The European Parliament is elected every five years by EU citizens. The EU’s de facto capital is Brussels.

SIV: e-Government at its Finest

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Our production of the Dominican Superintendence of Securities website won the National World Summit Awards and was nominated to compete in the global WSA prize organized by the United Nations in the forum of the Information Society. This website brought, for the first time access to every major decision point about listed securities, an online securities school to educate the country on financial matters, a dynamic library, transparency repositories to open up the whole agency to its citizens, multilingual search facilities and content management system and real-time integration with legacy systems.

The Superintendence of Securities of the Dominican Republic is celebrating another major milestone in it’s short history. It’s website, created by Information Providers, was nominated as best global e-Government solution by the prestigious World Summit Awards. Information Providers is proud to have taken part in this major achievement and we wish the agency the best of luck in the competition.

Our producer Mr. Jordhy Ledesma was nominated in the as e-Government category of the awards. In regards to the project Ledesma said: “siv.gov.do is one of the finest government portals in Latin America. Its broad set of services and ease of use is without parallel in the scope of governmental websites”.

Information Providers congratulates SIV in its achievement of the national distinction that is winning the Dominican World Summit Awards.

Itabo: An Energetic Production

As one of our prominent clients in Information Providers, The AES Corporation (at the time EGE ITABO) received our consulting, product development and publishing services for three years. During this time-frame we created several sophisticated web products energy provider. Our work included intranet development, interactive-CD programming, art revision, web production, digital media consulting and web development.

The key production time in this endeavor was between January 2004 – January 2007 (3 years 1 month) in Santo Domingo and Haina. We got the distinct honor of working directly with dozens of AES managers, directors and VPs. Our multiple successes with this client go to show how much personal relationships account for streamlined achievement of technical projects.

About AES and ITABO
The AES Corporation is a Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power. The company was founded on January 28, 1981, as Applied Energy Services by Roger Sant from the U.S. Federal Energy Administration and Dennis Bakke from the Office of Management and Budget. AES is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and is one of the world’s leading power companies, generating and distributing electric power in 27 countries and employing 27,000 people worldwide.

EGE ITABO was one of the largest energy producers of the Caribbean. Itabo had several plants in Haina, Dominican Republic. Most of the generation was achieved thru thermal sources. ITABO was the second largest employer in the energy generation sector of the country.

A New Face for Miss Universe

Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2004

Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2004

When Jordhy Ledesma took the Miss Dominican Republic Universe project as both web producer and corporate sponsor he wasn’t sure what to expect. From March 2004 to  2007  we worked with the Miss Universe Organization in Santo Domingo to produce some of the most engaging web properties of the Latin American Internet.

We didn’t know what to expect with the construction of a new website for the pageant. Information Providers created a website and magazine for Miss Universe Dominican Republic and we had more than 4,000,000 visitors from over 40 countries in only one month. We never expected those numbers, not in our wildest dreams.
Alan Genao, Partner, G&P Marketing

As one of our prominent clients at Information Providers, The Miss Universe Organization in Dominican Republic received our consulting, product development, publishing services as well as corporate sponsorship for three years. During this time-frame we created engaging portals and magazines and help drive over 3 million unique visitors to its online properties. Our work included consulting, magazine design, art revision, web production, digital media consulting and web development.

About Miss Universe
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. Along with the Miss Earth and Miss World contests, Miss Universe is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf+Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996. The pageant is broadcast on NBC, simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo and webcast on Xbox Live. Alongside its rival Miss World and Miss Earth, this pageant is the most publicised and most awaited beauty contest in the world.