web design

Charity websites must tackle content design & information architecture

Charities and third sector organisations face a number of challenges when it comes to web design. One of the most obvious is an abundance of content aimed at numerous different personas.

There are beneficiaries, volunteers, fundraisers, donors etc., all of whom need to find certain information on any given charity website.

10 no-nonsense web design trends for 2018

Web design may be maturing, but it’s still subject to fads, fashions and whims. If we’re lucky, who knows, some trends might just be user friendly. So, what’s coming in 2018? Here are a few predictions… (And don’t forget that subcribers can download our User Experience & Interaction Design for Mobile & Web Best Practice […]

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Website design briefs: Be very careful what you ask for

Be careful what you ask for, is always sound advice. And when you’re briefing an agency to create a new website or ecommerce store you need to be extremely careful.

The consequences, good and bad, of that briefing will stay with you for some time. The results of dodgy assumptions or the wrong focus can be costly to fix once you’ve discovered your expensive new site is a flop.

23 examples of duotones and colour filters in web design

Duotones were one of the trends we identified in web design for 2017.

I’ve rounded up 23 examples of websites using duotones (or sometimes gradients, colour filters or a classy monotone / grayscale).

There are various reasons these effects abound, notably allowing informational websites to use authentic photography without distracting from navigational elements or important copywriting.

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10 sensible web design trends for 2017

Why have I used the adjective ‘sensible’ in my headline, instead of something more click-worthy like ‘crucial’?

The answer is that web design trends in 2017 should be all about meeting the user’s needs.

Gone is the temptation to show off what the browser can do, in its place is a passion for proper design; form follows function.

Can Southampton FC break the hegemony of crap football websites?

I think of football (soccer) club websites much as I do automotive websites; traditionally pretty poor and, dare I say it, a reliable indicator of little digital knowledge at a board or senior management level.

The stereotypical Premier League club website would have a big interstitial with a button to ‘enter site’, then a clunky UX that’s too busy, not mobile-friendly, or both.

Oooh, cars! We review the new Lamborghini website

Lamborghini launched a new website at the beginning of September.

We can be pretty sure the product photography will be good – that’s the supercar stock in trade – but is the rest of the website any good?

Here, I examine what works, what doesn’t, and what’s up for debate.