Design, Theory & Ramblings

Off to a flyer in 2017… What I’ve been upto

After having a relatively steady December after we decided to get all of our work done before the new year, 2017 has got off to a flyer.. With a mix of new clients and existing clients wanting things re-designing I have had a busy few weeks and I must admit, I absolutely love it. There is nothing better than getting my hands on a brand new website. I love the creativity and process which comes from starting a new design. Here is a short list of designs I have done since the new year.. 

7 of the best websites that use Illustration and Animation

Websites can often be missuse illustraions and animations and their sites soon become cluttered. So I've found 7 of what I believe to be the best websites that use illustration and animation to add that extra something.

A Few Thoughts on Juventus’ Brand New Identity

What can you say about the Old Lady of Italian football? She’s been through the wringer a few times over the last decade, but she’s always bounced back. And now, it seems, Juventus has its sights firmly set on transcending the world of football with a new, minimalist, badge design.

Craft CMS 3 Beta

As you might be aware, we love Craft CMS at Shape and have been using it for many years. Over this time we’ve dabbled with the latest instalment… Craft CMS 3. For a while this was only a developer preview and not to be used on production projects. But the buzz around this release has always been high within the community.

Train Xhale Reviewed

Outside of the working life at Shape, the majority of my time is spent training for Triathlons. As we head into the New Year, I have started planning the races I am going to enter, which means I can start to get my training structured around them so that I am prepared for them come race day. 

Andy’s end of year review 2016

3 years ago I wrote a blog post that suggested 2013 was the quickest year ever known to man, well, I was wrong - 2016 has absolutely flown and the popular saying of ‘doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun’ is spoken out loud once more.

2016’s Christmas Adverts

The battle for the hearts and minds of people is well underway as its the Christmas season and with that comes festivities, laughter and... advertisements. Now each year we see a lot of variety of ideas when it comes to the different marketing campaigns and this year is no exception, we have some truly brilliant adverts from the likes of John Lewis, M&S and Sainsburys to name a few.

Our favourite Craft CMS plugins

When we get a fresh smelling new project at Shape, that requires Craft to be installed, we like to have a go-to ‘build’. Over the years we’ve enhanced a basic Craft build by doing such things as adjusting the config files, adding in predefined asset upload folders and also a base folder structure in our templates so we can rapidly develop...

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