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A Review of the Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF)

During the many British lockdowns due to COVID, I knew I wanted to improve my design skillset. I had acquired over ten years of web and branding design experience but this wasn’t enough. I knew I could improve how I approached my work further by learning UX. As someone who has an interest in ‘why people do things’ and psychology; UX felt like a natural progression. I wanted to upskill myself to add that extra UX string to my bow and build better websites. I began my journey into UX by looking at various courses that I could find across the web. That is when I came across The Interaction Design Foundation. A platform that appeared to have many benefits to someone new to UX or wanting to transition. In this article, I will review my experience of the IxDF.

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What makes a good therapist website?

Are you a therapist wondering what makes a good therapist website? It can be difficult to know where to start when you are building your online presence and knowing how to improve it. Perhaps you don’t have a website but are considering building it yourself through a drag and drop builder, or maybe you are considering hiring a professional? Whatever your situation, in this article we discuss ten of the top tips to build an amazing website that helps you and your users! Continue “What makes a good therapist website?”

The importance of sketching & wireframing

It’s great, you have a vision in your mind of how you would like your website to look, maybe you’ve got a mood board and some examples of other people’s websites and a list of pages you need to create in order to develop the perfect website but have you considered just how important it is to sketch out and mock up a layout for your masterpiece? In this blog post, we discuss the importance of sketching and wireframing.

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The website grid, a digital frontier that makes the web beautiful

Beautiful web design doesn’t just come out of thin air, great web design comes from a carefully planned and thought out process that not only communicates a product or service but is functional, easy to navigate, communicates the right message and is as enjoyable as possible. To help make a website beautiful it is usually the case that a web designer will ( and should ) use an invisible grid system. In this blog post, we are going to discuss three ways you can use the grid system to create beautiful web experiences.

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Monaco Datacentre Cloud Event 2015 Flash Animation

Working in-house for MigSolv data centre & Migration Solutions consultancy I was required to design a large welcome screen digital advert that could be either still or animated. Realising that I had some time to create this design I decided to challenge myself to create a flash animation rather than a still image due to its ability to be more compelling to view than a still image. Continue “Monaco Datacentre Cloud Event 2015 Flash Animation”

Great Design Requires Great Hosting

You may have designed the best website in the world, but it may not benefit you or your business at all unless you have a great web host, too. With all of the options that are available, it can be difficult to figure out what web hosting service will meet your needs. There are several different characteristics that you should look for when you are choosing the best web host for your website.

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BlackArt Album Cover and the design process

I recently acquired some freelance work via Twitter from across the Atlantic where a Philadephia up and comping rapper required a digital painting for his new album. It was the first time I had really considered using Photoshop for digital painting and I knew how difficult painting faces can be using normal acrylics or oils but always up for a challenge and with nothing to lose I gladly accepted the challenge and began discussing the design brief that Max required.

Conversing over Twitter

Being in different countries and a few thousand miles apart separated by an ocean communicating through Twitter and email was a breeze. Max knew exactly the style of album cover he wanted, he had a vision and he explained to me what it was. Continue “BlackArt Album Cover and the design process”

How to write a blog post that has longevity

To write a blog post that has longevity can seem difficult. How come you get a lot of traffic at the start and then less new audience members appear? Blogging is not a new thing, anyone who is anyone and any business who takes their digital marketing strategy seriously will be blogging at least once per week but why are some blogs more successful than others? Why aren’t you getting much traffic and why are other blogs gaining lots of comments when you aren’t? In this blog post, I discuss several ways in which to improve your blog writing skills performance. Continue “How to write a blog post that has longevity”

Build a genuine Twitter following using Twiends

As a regular blogger about all things graphics, web, brand and digital marketing I realise the importance of social media in expanding your reach to a larger audience. Problem is, if you only have a small following then you are only shouting your message to a few hundred at most. If you have bought followers all I can say is… silly you! Bought followers tend to be fake followers and as about as useful as a zombified headless chicken. In this blog post, I am going to discuss, in a very honest way, the benefits and drawbacks of a program I have stumbled across called Twiends. Take a quick look at their promo video below and you too can build a genuine Twitter following.

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How to create free online quizzes to entertain your audience

If you have been working in the digital marketing arena for any length of time you will be well aware of the importance of content marketing. Our audiences are hungry for content and like any staple diet, variety is the spice of life, no one wants to be eating the same thing every single day. There are various ways to offer different content to our users from blog posts, podcasts, infographics, illustrations, videos but also interactive content. One form of interactive content to entertain your audience is to create free online quizzes.

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