Design, Theory & Ramblings

Why are you building your own website?

Would You Build Your Own House?

No? So, why are you building your own website? You might think that’s quite a dramatic statement. After all, very few people find themselves in a position where building their own house is even a viable option. But let’s just imagine for a moment that it is…

Why is our concept conversion rate so high?

Here at Shape we set the bar high in terms of work output, and look to create awesome relationships with every client from the get go. But why is our web design concept rate so high? Let's take a look at some elements of the process...

Web Design trends : 2017

Each year Web Design changes and adapts to whats current and this year is no different. Check out what we have seen as the latest trends for 2017

5 Reasons Why You Need to Update Your Website

3 - 4 years is a long time in web design. In fact, it’s about enough time for new standards, practices, and technologies to emerge. So, with that in mind, if you’re sitting on a website developed pre-2012, it could be time to think about a refresh. And yes, we know, it might look just fine. But sometimes it’s the parts that you can’t see that need the most TLC.

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.

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. 

Inside the MadeByShape Studio Interior

You all know that we are a Creative and Digital Studio in Manchester. But have you ever visited our studio? We think it's a pretty awesome place to work, the interior is 'delicious' and the people I work with are just bloody brilliant. Here's a look inside our studio ( our home from home ).

How we built It’s A Shape Christmas

As we started to head into October, it became apparent that the 1st of December isn’t actually that far away. This made us realise two things. Number 1: It’s time to crack out the Christmas Playlists - yes Andy has been playing Bublé Christmas for about two months now and I think only me and him still aren’t bored of it yet..! And number 2: We needed to get cracking with It’s A Shape Christmas! 

New client: The Plough at Lupton

A few months ago we were contacted by a potential client based up North in the Lake District. The Plough at Lupton are a small, historic pub located in Lupton, cumbria who offer high quality food with a room to stay.

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