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Does your website cater for smartphone users?

Posted on May 25, 2016

Last year research by the communications regulator Ofcom revealed that smartphones are more popular than laptops or PCs for accessing the internet. The average smartphone user spends two hours online each day, which is twice as long as those using laptops and PCs.

Mobile first?

The widespread use of mobile devices has implications for web developers, and businesses with websites. Traditionally web developers would create a website for a large screen, and then add on mobile-friendly features like responsive design, or media selectors to switch to a mobile version of the website (basically a second version of the website that is only seen by mobile users).

If more smartphone users are accessing a website than desktop users, then it could be argued that (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Should web designers deliberately make ugly websites?

Posted on May 18, 2016

There is a current backlash against the trend of flat, material and minimalist website design. A new design movement has emerged, one which celebrates the ugly. It is called Brutalist website design.

Apple pioneered the flat design look in their iPhone and iPad operating systems. Google has joined in by creating a design framework known as Material Design. There are many websites based on Apple and Google’s design principles which use simple shapes, little in the way of gradients and are not afraid of (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Is it time for your website to go VR?

Posted on May 11, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) is predicted to be the next big technology trend, just like it was predicted to be in the early 90s. This time though it looks it might actually happen, so should your website be changed to adapt to the virtual reality world?

Major companies have invested heavily in VR technology. Facebook owns Oculus Rift, Sony is launching a VR headset, gaming company Valve has Steam VR and Microsoft has developed (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

A successful website needs great web designers and great web content creators

Posted on May 4, 2016

The question is often asked: “What is more important, web design or web content?”

The short answer is that both are equally important if a website is to be successful.

Don’t start with content OR design

Many web site designers start with a wireframe prototype that contains the basic layout of the site and a simple site map. After this has been tweaked, design elements like logos, colour schemes, menus and buttons are created and sample web pages constructed.

The danger of this approach is (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

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
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