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Sketching your design ideas

Monday, September 02, 2013

With so many computer-based tools available nowadays for illustration and wire-framing, the humble pencil and paper may at times seem a little out-dated and unnecessary. Yet sketching remains a critical part of the design process, whether you’re revamping a company logo or putting together a responsive website. Here’s why.  Read more

How to design data

Monday, August 12, 2013

From mind maps, bubble charts, cartograms and wordles to waterfall charts, dot plots, candlestick charts and sparklines, data presentation can get a bit overwhelming. So if you have a range of important and interesting facts and figures that you need to get across to your audience, and you want a bit of artistic flair to boot, what’s the best way to do it? Enter the infographic.  Read more

8 rules of website redesign

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With desktop, mobile and social technology developing so rapidly, websites can all too quickly seem clunky and outdated. But whilst it might be tempting to start afresh on a blank page, don’t be too hasty.

Okay, so there might be times when a site is receiving little or no traffic anyway, or is so old that starting again might be the best option, but before you delete anything, you might find that there are more advantages to starting with what you already have.  Read more

Complete Google Map customisation

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Whether you want to show street directions for customers visiting your company headquarters or want to pinpoint your branch locations, adding a customised map to your website can provide useful information and extra detail for your users. Incorporating your own logo and including locations such as train stations and parking areas make it both functional and user-friendly. But that doesn’t mean it’s exciting.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways in which you can add character and creative flair to what can otherwise be somewhat dull and uninspiring.  Read more

Flat design trends

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Probably the biggest UI design trend this year, flat design wholeheartedly embraces the ‘less is more’ approach. Stripped back, simple and clean, its aim is to focus on honesty, integrity and functionality, where beauty of form is dependent upon content.  Read more

Don’t miss your microcopy

Monday, July 01, 2013

Microcopy is the plethora of small pieces of text that make a website, mobile app or retail product easy to use and consumer-friendly.

The unsung hero of good copywriting, typical examples include words on labels, buttons, menus, notifications, headlines, form elements, checkouts, error message, auto-responders and calls to action. Its purpose is to help clarify, explain and direct, as well as ease a user’s concerns and promote consistent branding Read more

Typography terminology: Part 4 displays

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

For the final part in our typography series, we’ll be looking at the most varied group of all – display typefaces. With huge differences in mood, style and design technique, there are still some common features, as well as some distinct categories. We’ll take a look at these and explore what display typefaces are all about.  Read more

Typography terminology: Part 3 scripts

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Intended to mimic cursive handwriting, script typefaces can bring freshness and personality to both creative branding design and more unusual web design projects.

Ranging from the graceful, sophisticated elegance of the most formal to the hurried-looking scribbles and characterful doodles of the very casual, they are an incredibly varied group, but a few rules need to be followed in order to use them to best effect.  Read more

Typography terminology: Part 2 sans serifs

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Otherwise known as Grotesques, Egyptians, Antiques, Dorics or Gothics, sans-serif typefaces are those where the letters do not feature the small finishing lines (serifs) at the end of each stroke. This article gives an overview of how sans-serifs have developed and how they can be successfully used.  Read more

Typography terminology: Part 1 serifs

Sunday, May 05, 2013

If you want to avoid typographic clichés, it's important to have a basic understanding of type history and context. Over the next four weeks, we’ll look at the main classifications of typefaces and their key features, starting with serif.  Read more

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Web design trends in 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Web design trends in 2020Web design has changed an awful lot over the years. Most people would assume that web design is as changeable as fashion design - a constant flux of styles and trends which are hot one second and not the next. But, one of the biggest overarching movements within web design has been the growing dominance of focusing on user feedback to guide design decisions.  Read more

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