04 March 2014
One of the most important parts of a successful website design or redesign is user research. It’s something that is often overlooked though, usually due to budget. Without it though you could be wasting whatever budget you do spend.
Any good web designer will include user research as part of the website creation process.
04 February 2014
Meta tags are part of the code of Web pages. People visiting your Web page don’t see them but search engines do.
Although the description doesn’t directly affect your search engine ranking they do improve your chance of a visitor clicking through to your page from the search engine results page.
07 January 2014
I recently had an email from someone asking about adding keywords to their site. They’d been advised to add keywords to their meta tags.
While this was good intentioned advice, it’s not actually good advice.
13 October 2013
One of the current trends for Web sites (and Apps) seems to be “flat” design, it first became big with the Windows 8 “Metro” interface and then was followed up by iOS 7. Of course those aren’t the only examples, but they are the most prominent.
But “flat” design isn’t really flat it’s just the current way of expressing content centric and unashamedly digital design.
13 September 2013
In the last blog post I wrote about the problems with WYSIWYG editors for writing Web site content. This time I’ll look at the alternative, describing the meaning instead of controlling the appearance.
25 July 2013
I’ve just finished reading Content Strategy for Mobile by Karen McGrane and it’s helped me reach a destination I’ve been heading over the past year or so. Most CMSs aren’t fit for modern Web sites, they assume a single output (the desktop/laptop screen) and that’s no longer true. The myth of WYSIWYG content editing is dead. So what does that mean for Web designers and content creators?
16 May 2012
Lately I’ve heard lots of people talking about Web design and crafting, Dan Cederholm even wrote a book called Handcrafted CSS. I’ll admit that I like to think of myself as being somewhere on the road to being a Master Craftsman of the Web (I even had a call from the Guild of Master Craftsman once, although they probably just wanted my membership fee).
09 March 2012
Do we have to exclusively either design in the browser or in a graphics editor. Maybe sometimes switching methods will help us escape a creative block.