Category: Tips from a Web Designer

Using personality on your website

I am currently conducting a survey of my clients (exciting!).  I will be posting more about that in due course, but looking at the survey responses I’ve received back so far, something stands out pretty clearly.  I asked people why they’d originally chosen Hexagon, asking them to select their three main motivators from: Track record Cost Personality Reliability Recommendations Design Style For over 70% of respondants, personality was one of…

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EU cookie legislation compliance

[Warning: this is a long post! I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible.] You may or may not have heard of Cookies.  In this context, they’re not yummy biscuits, but small pieces of information that many websites store on your computer, allowing the website to ‘remember’ something.  For example, when you comment on a blog, that blog might set a cookie with your name and email address, so…

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Continuous learning: the importance of

Just a little thought… recently it occurred to me how important it is not to stop learning. Rather an obvious thought one might say, but it’s easy to forget when you’ve got 101 other ‘more important’ things to do. Naturally, this is more important in some industries (anything web-related for a start) than in others. And some of this learning takes place just as a matter of course – it’s…

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Making videos responsive

NOTE: Please see updated post/code here: Responsive Videos (updated) (works with latest Video JS version at time of writing – 3.2.0) As part of a recent project, I needed to find a way to make self-hosted video (i.e. video files uploaded to client’s hosting server rather than YouTube or the like) responsive.  I.e. so they shrink down proportionally with screen size. I decided to use the VideoJS plugin as a good…

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A mobile update

Back in July (that long ago?!), I was talking about mobile websites.  As I’m in the midst of creating my third ‘Responsively Designed’ website, (for established Medical Communications agency Ashley Communications – link currently points to their soon-to-be-old website), I thought now would be an opportune time to update you on some of my findings. It has been, and continues to be, an interesting journey.  If there’s one thing that’s…

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WordPress 3.2: What you need to know

Last week, WordPress released WordPress 3.2 – the fifteenth major release of WordPress.  I saw a slideshow on Mashable of how the WordPress interface has changed over the years since 2003 – and wow, it’s come a long way. The focus for this release was to make WordPress faster and lighter, but 3.2 also sees a new & improved administrative interface, and the much talked about distraction-free writing mode (which…

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Introducing some discipline

Running your own business is incredibly different from working for an employer.  You set your own schedule, your own deadlines.  Yes, these are very much influenced by your clients, but nevertheless, you’re not accountable to a line manager for what you do or don’t do. When it comes to how long things take, this can have a big impact.  It’s easy to get drawn into a project & spend far…

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Why convention isn’t a bad thing

Sometimes wacky is good.  Sometimes being different is good.  But often, following convention is better. Why convention is a good thing (we’re talking about websites here by the way…) People know where to find things.  So they don’t feel silly & fed-up not being able to find what they want People focus on the content, not the design.  On taking action, not on sitting back & admiring the graphics.  That’s…

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Showing off your work with WordPress

I’ve recently built three websites – one for a landscape design company, one for an interior design company, and the last for a graphic designer. For each of these, showing examples of past work is crucial.  A picture is worth a thousand words – and all the more so in design.  Design is so subjective; clients understandably need to see examples of your work and style before they commit to…

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