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Web design & development articles

Here's our look at some of the more technical areas of the web industry, some thoughts on the principles of design and our general office news.

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Designing for the Elderly

Designing for the over 65s requires you to use logic and critical thinking, but here we'll show that what is good for the elderly benefits everyone. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

Phablets

The ‘phablet’, a hybrid of the smartphone and tablet, continues to be reported as the fastest growing device type. How do users of these devices browse the web and how can websites be optimised for their needs? Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

Investing in Research

Research is often the first expense a client will choose to forgo in order to cut costs. In reality, this only jeopardises the success of your website and may incur more expense down the line as solutions are altered. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

When Every Second Counts

Without a performance budget you risk losing a majority of your customers before they even reach your website. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Reverse Engineering the Squiders Website

It can be an interesting exercise to look at a finished piece of work and then reverse engineer the reasoning and processes that lead you to the end, that’s what I would like to do here. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Podcasts for Web Designers 2015

An updated list of our favourite design focused podcasts. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

Working within Accessibility Guidelines

A cautionary tale of relying too heavily on algorithms to test your design's accessibility. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers/Developers

The Death of Browsing

The turn of the year is often accompanied with reflections on the past and predictions of the future, I've dusted off the crystal ball and gaze into a utopian future of data-led content. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

Dealing in Absolutes

There seems to be a trend in the web industry over the last few years, dealing in absolutes, and it isn't to be applauded. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

Value Based Pricing

Value based pricing can be a great way to avoid time based charging, it doesn't sit quite well with me though. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Social Media Tips

An attempt to reddress the balance and preach a message of moderation in all things social media. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Mobile eCommerce - Tips & Techniques

A few techniques and ideas to help you maximise online sales from visitors with the smallest devices. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Getting to know you

A look at the questions we ask when we start working on a new client project. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Press & PR Roundup for October (2014)

What we've been saying around the web. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

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Who is your Brand?

Using film stars to avoid clichéd responses from your client. Read it.

Intended Audience : Anyone

Talking Design on The 3 Devs & A Maybe Podcast

Listen to Kris talk Design with the lovely guys at The 3 Devs & A Maybe Podcast. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

The Importance of Photography in Web Design

I really can't state enough just how vital a cog photography is, combined with well written copy it is the meat that goes on the bones of any site, no matter the subject. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

5 Podcasts for Web Designers

Podcasts have been, and continue to be, an invaluable source of information for me. Here I share a few of my favourites. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

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What is Design?

A rant followed by a calmer look into the value of digital design. Read or Listen.

Intended Audience : Everyone

19th Century Design Reform Movement & Web Design

An article concerning the surprising parallels between web design and the 19th Design Reform Movement. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

Design is in the Details - Text & Typography

It is the small touches that can lift your design to greater heights. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

We Don't Use CMS Frameworks

There are reasons that we don't use CMS frameworks such as WordPress, here you can find out why. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

I'm a Web Designer

A short rant about the socially awkward answer to the "What do you do?" question. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

An Introduction to Responsive Web Design

As the title suggests an article explaining the basics of responsive (or adaptive) web design. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone

The Web Designer's Toolkit

A list of really awesome websites that help make our job that little bit easier. Read it.

Intended Audience : Designers

Eye Tracking Surveys

It's more than putting content on the page, find out a little more about how the eye reads the screen. Read it.

Intended Audience : Everyone