October 12th, 2012
I’ve just completed a redesign of the web site for Grace Magazine. They wanted to go for a more contemporary look than the previous site, whilst simplifying the access to the content of previous issues. The previous site was overly complex with some broken links, so we reduced the navigation to a small set of main navigation tabs. This makes it simpler to see what is on offer. The home page was to contain a description of the latest magazine with a link to previous issues.
As with all design work, it is often necessary to put something together based on an initial specification in order to allow the client to see and decide which direction to go. We went through a couple of design iterations that weren’t quite contemporary enough, but arrived at a bold modern style with direct links to excerpts from the magazines in PDF format. Take a look and see what you think…
May 8th, 2012
What is a web site, and what should it do for your business? For many small businesses there is a feeling that a web site is important, but not much of an idea as to why, or what it should do.
The most important consideration for the small business is what the web site will do for them. For many this is purely informational – an online shop window so that potential customers can find them and find out a little about them before picking up the phone or making a visit. For others it’s about relationship – regular communication about what the business is doing. For many larger businesses the web site acts as a point of sale where purchases may be made. The type of site depends very much on the type of business: often a business requires the personal touch, a face to face meeting before the sale of a product or service; for others with low value, large quantity sales this is not an issue, it’s all about making the purchase easy.
Before considering your web site it is worth asking the question for your business: What do I want this to do for us? If you don’t know this, then you will never be sure it’s achieving the end result.
May 13th, 2011
My son, Stuart is studying graphic design at UCLAN. This is part of his coursework: