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Do you need a psychology degree to design websites?

Posted on June 22, 2016

To design a good website it helps to have knowledge of how minds work. You may not necessarily need a psychology degree, but a basic understanding of how web design elements affect the brain is useful.


Human beings have a tendency to be irritable, stressed and anxious if they feel overwhelmed. Website visitors are generally looking for a specific piece of information when they come to a website. If they are faced with 10,000 words of content, they may find it difficult to find exactly the information that they want.

There is a balance between providing enough information to satisfy the user’s need, and having too much information. If visitors can easily find the content they want they will (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Websites that stand out from the crowd

Posted on June 8, 2016

Apple and Google have created design guidelines that many web designers now follow. This has led to many websites looking very similar – you can at the very least tell in which camp the designer belongs. To make a website visually stand out from the crowd web designers need to be more creative and challenge what they know.

Flat and material

Apple, in its IOS operating system, pioneered flat design. Apple has published a guide for app developers which they call (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

The dangers of cookie-cutter website providers

Posted on May 27, 2016

Most business owners understand the need for a website. It’s just something you have to have when you set up your business, like business cards, a phone and an email address. Whether you intend for your website to be the sole source of your business leads, or whether you’re just getting one because it’s the ‘done’ thing, a website is usually one of the first things a person gets when they start their new business.

It’s this naivety, or lack of vision, that causes so many awful websites to be set up. It’s also because of this naivety that so many cookie-cutter website providers have flourished.

What do I mean by ‘cookie-cutter’? They’re the companies that offer websites for pennies, or even for free. Companies like (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

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
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