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Should you build a mobile app or a website?

Posted on April 27, 2016

More time is now spent accessing the web from mobile devices than from laptops and desktop computers. This is why websites need to have mobile versions that adapt to small screen areas. Research has shown that mobile phone users spend more time on apps than accessing websites.

So, this begs the question, should you build an app or a mobile website?

Template driven apps

The cheapest way to build an app is to use an app maker. There are several available including (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

What’s the difference between UXD and UID?

Posted on April 21, 2016

UXD, or User Experience Design, improves the usability of a website. UID, or User Interface Design, is concerned with how the website is laid out according to the principles specified by the UXD. Interface design is about how a web page looks: its colour scheme, logos, images and other graphic elements. User experience design is about the functionality of the website.

Though both UXD and UID overlap in some areas there are differences and, for a website to be successful, you need to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

The bad website design guide

Posted on April 6, 2016

There are plenty of guides to good web design, but not many devoted to bad web design. So, here’s one for you.

The main factors that contribute to good web design can be summed up as:

  • Easy to use
  • Aesthetically pleasing with good use of colour
  • Design elements don’t obscure the content
  • Easy to read
  • Animation that is not overdone

To appreciate good web design it helps to take note of (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

The importance of website prototyping

Posted on March 30, 2016

A website prototype is a demo of a website that shows how the final website will look, feel and operate.

Adobe XD

Adobe recently announced their prototyping tool Adobe Experience, or Adobe XD. The preview version is now available for the Mac OS with a PC version due (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

How to find a reliable web developer

Posted on March 21, 2016

For many people, a website is the first impression they get of a business. Current and potential clients go to a business website for information about a company before they decide whether or not to use them. A great website needs a reliable web developer who will not only design a great site, but be there to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Google tools and resources that inspire good web design

Posted on March 16, 2016

Google isn’t just a search engine; it has its thumbs in a number of different pies around the globe. One of those pies is a suite of tools aimed at helping web designers make better websites. These tools are also all completely free to use. If you are interested in web development then these resources are (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Does your ecommerce web design harm sales?

Posted on March 9, 2016

One of the biggest growth areas in business is through online sales. While high street stores are closing down every day, signalling the death of the high street, many businesses are succeeding with ecommerce websites. The competition amongst sales websites is fierce, which makes it vital to design your ecommerce website to maximise sales.

Unfortunately many ecommerce websites contain design errors that can (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Does your business need a web designer?

Posted on March 2, 2016

Many businesses develop their websites without using a professional web designer, and that could be a serious mistake.

You don’t want to spend too much

One of the main reasons that a business does not want a web designer is due to a small budget.

For very little money you can buy a good-looking WordPress template and have a reasonable website up and running in a day or two. Alternately there are software and content systems that, with a few clicks of the mouse, will (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson
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