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Back to basics: website design principles

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Website Design | 0 comments

Young designers who are fresh out of graphic design school are often under the impression that they will be able to design spectacular works-of-art for every client. After a few years of nine to five labor, you come to understand the short cuts, what your employer or clients like and the types of briefs you should get before you can your web design project right the first time. If you’ve been working as a graphic designer for a while, you are probably quicker, les

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What you need from clients before you start designing

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Website Design | 0 comments

Getting a fully functional, effective website isn’t something that “just happens” after you sign a deal with a client. Clients can get extremely excited about the idea of having a new website and if they’ve bonded with you, they’ll assume you know exactly what they are expecting. Re-doing work because you didn’t ask the right questions in the beginning is a time-consuming mistake. Here are some things to ask from your client before you get cracking: High

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Why you need unique content on your site

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Website Content | 0 comments

For every hobby, profession, music artist or sport, there are a million websites. All of these sites have content on them, but only a few are popular (and it’s always the same ones that get the top spots on search engines for a specific subject). Why? One of the reasons is because these pages have unique copy that gets updated on a frequent basis. There are a lot of factors that Google, Yahoo and Bing look at when ranking a page (such as reciprocal links, keywords

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Who web designers should network with

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Website Design | 0 comments

Whether you do freelance web design, work as an in-house graphic designer or with a number of other designers in a creative ad agency, there are a few people who can become extremely helpful in your career. Creative people, like web designers, tend to attract one another, but these are some people who you should keep an eye out for in the future: Programmers Most web designers can do a bit of programming and figure out the rest as they go along. Knowing a few softwa

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Colour psychology and your website

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Website Design | 1 comment

Colour psychology has been around for a number of years and many marketers, retailers, restaurant-owners and interior designers use the analysis of the effect of colours on the human psyche to their advantage. Some of the basic connotations and emotions associated with colours:Blue: Calmness, stability. Also associated with men, water and depth. Pink: Feminine, romance, soft, tenderness Purple: Royalty, power, spirituality Green: Nature, money, safety, freshness

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