2017/11 (What is) Responsive Design?

2017/11 (What is) Responsive Design?

When people talk about a Responsive Website, they are usually talking about one that works well on a mobile phone. Responsive means however, that it should work on any size screen. Even larger ones. There are more than 200 (about) different standard size screens from mobile ohones to desktop screens. What about the screens you see in hospitals or train stations? Shouldn’t a website scale nicely outwards as well as inwards? Read more

2017/09 (Anti-) Social Media

2017/09 (Anti-) Social Media

The third-place win of the German right wing AfD party in the recent election there left many people stunned.  Stories in the media asking who voted for the AfD mirrored those in the US after Donald Trump was elected president. Almost as if something was happening that no one had any idea about. Like a cold shower hit them.  In our always-connected lives, it is very interesting that many people are living in such a bubble.  Read more

2017/08 Conversation is King

2017/08 Conversation is King

Remember life before the internet and mobile devices?  Remember communicating without emojis? How about sending a letter to the editor and having it edited before it appeared a week later in the local paper? Turning the radio off and driving to work without hearing a phone or navi?  Do you recall not mistaking propaganda for news, or having friends who had beliefs different from your own?  Then you missed a great breakfast meeting Tuesday with just such people.  Hope you can join us next time. Read more

2017/07 I Click Therefore I am

2017/07 I Click Therefore I am

We were recently told by a friend it was “pretty scary” how you always seemed to see items advertised on one platform which you had viewed on another platform. At some level, it probably is disconcerting.

Tracking pixels (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacon) are one of many ways websites repeat to users what they see on another site, in the hope they will click on it. Read more

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

Recently a company relaunched their website.  They had a website made for them which is neither responsive nor offers a mobile option off to the side of the desktop version. This company is not a client of ours, but we do know one of the main stakeholders. Interested, we of course asked about the reasoning behind the project.  Was it a soft launch, stealth launch, prelaunch …? Well, we learned that it was none of the above. They had simply taken a long, hard look at their users, a longer look at the needs of those users, website analytics, all the bits and pieces. Then they decided they only needed a desktop friendly website. Read more

2017/05 Our Relationship with (Tech) Things

2017/05 Our Relationship with (Tech) Things

“Technology. Everyone’s so afraid of missing what’s next they never bother to fix/optimisewhat’s here now.”  I read this tweet by Luke Wroblewski a few days after the team had the same sort of conversation during a project meeting. We were reviewing what to keep and what to throw out of a website.  The client wanted a real spring cleaning, and they wanted something new – something fresh. The problem with “New” is that it soon becomes “Old”. As they say: “There is really nothing wrong with a bologna sandwich.” Read more

2017/04 The Ghost in the Design

2017/04 The Ghost in the Design

We may think of Mobile First and Responsive Design being in answer to a mostly mobile phone accessed internet. However,  Samsung just unwrapped its new 3400 pixel monitor and kids are accessing the internet more and more from their game consoles. So how do we ensure our websites will be seen regardless of device size? Mobile Different, Mobile Forward, Device Agnostic, Resilient Design, Pattern-Based Design … there has lately been a lot of discussion about how we ensure visitors can access and use our content regardless of screen size. Read more

2017/03 Our Take on User Experience

2017/03 Our Take on User Experience

Two User Experiences in the last week stand out in my mind – one rewarding and one hellishly frustrating, and both involving accessing an account on a banking website.  According to Wikipedia “User experience (UX) refers to a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product, system or service. It includes the practical, experiential, affective, meaningful and valuable aspects of human–computer interaction and product ownership. Additionally, it includes a person’s perceptions of system aspects such as utility, ease of use and efficiency.” Read more