Journal

Documenting my thoughts and opinions in an open and honest way, hopefully keeping rants to a minimum.

First steps into website hosting and domains

Before you can start a website you need to make two pretty big decisions regarding your website hosting and domains.

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Starting a blog – Why start another project?

Why start another side project? A question I am not sure I can answer - but at this moment in time starting to blog feels like the right thing to do.

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User Experience  -  it’s a love, hate thing…

I’m really beginning to dislike the term User Experience (UX) in relation to digital design, it’s overuse and mis-interpretation is not only alarming, but just plain annoying.

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There are two sides to every blog

For a creative, starting a design blog is made twice as hard. We not only strive to create great content - but it has to look and feel the part at the same time. Meaning it becomes very difficult to get anything up and running outside of the working environment.

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Design blog: Introducing Handcrafting Pixels

The work and journal of a designer in a digital world. I started my design blog - Handcrafting Pixels - to document life as a designer in a world being dominated by digital.

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The Rise of User Experience Design

The past few years has seen a major rise in the use of the term “user experience design” or UX as it is commonly known. It seems to be everywhere, especially in the digital space. Companies now have dedicated teams working specifically on it and new job titles like ‘User Experience Specialist’ or ‘User Experience Architect’ are surfacing. So what has caused this sudden rise in popularity? And what are people really talking about when they use the term ‘User Experience Design’.

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Design Accessibility for Ophthalmology Patients

We have recently embarked on a project for our longstanding client Making Research Better. After we originally delivered some print materials and a website, they came to us with the new challenge of individually targeting their Ophthalmology patients.

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Is the Google rebrand a template for education?

Last week, Google announced the evolution of its identity which included a complete rebrand that, in Google’s own words, ‘embraces an expanding, multi-device, multi-screen world’. They also state that the rebrand is necessary to make Google more accessible and useful to it’s users. In fairness to Google, that is as good a reason as any to undertake a rebrand, although in doing so they did send the design and digital world into a frenzy.

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Designing for Responsive Websites

In this post I take the focus off the developer’s and put it on the role of the designer within the process of Responsive Web Design.

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Flat Design: just a design trend or that little bit more?

With the release of iOS 7 I pose the question; is flat design just a trend or does the root of flay design go much deeper than that.

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