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Apr 19, 2016

The difference between portrait and landscape images

Everybody knows the maxim you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, don’t they? Well the same holds true for photographs and images on web pages. For example; if there is a section or placeholder on a web page which is wider than it is tall then it follows that the content that will fill the space should also be wider than it is tall.

If this is all too obvious for you then please forgive me but judging by the countless times I have been supplied with the complete opposite it would appear that it is not so intuitive to some so in the spirit of keeping things simple I thought I would have a go at knocking up some guidelines that might be useful...

Jun 11, 2014

Close up of man with glasses staring at a screen

First impressions count for a lot, so it's not surprising that during a first meeting people will evaluate and form an opinion about you within the first few seconds based on your appearance and your initial comments. This first impression can convert to the online experience when website visitors form their opinions based on the design and content of a page. This is all well and good because we can control the appearance of our web pages and make sure they contain the words and imagery needed to convey a positive message.

But what about external influences such as search engines and social media sites? In particular the snippets of information found on search engine results pages or links on Facebook or Google+? The fact is that people could be forming an opinion before they even get to your website!

Jun 11, 2014

car speedometer superimposed over road image indicating speed

We all know that for a website to be successful it needs to be getting plenty of visitors and as a result, a huge industry of very profitable Web traffic related businesses have sprung up all over the Web. Some are good and some are not.

In an effort to sort some of the wheat from the chaff; I recently carried out some research for ways to increase visitors to a website to see just what is out there. The thing that struck me was that one of the top search results was a site that took a long time to load...

Jun 11, 2014

Cool dude in shades with stylish design pattern backdrop

Design is about more than just making things look nice and pretty, it is about functionality, usability, accessibility, and more. In short; it is about making things fit for purpose, and nowhere are there more stark contrasts of good and bad design than on the World Wide Web...

Jun 11, 2014

hands holding an open book

The Web design and development industry is always moving forward. Frameworks, techniques and best practices come and go. But even in this fast paced industry there will always be principles and ideas which never go out of date...