Design, Theory & Ramblings

A brief look into our ‘making an awesome website routine’

One of the key roles as a Web Designer here at MadeByShape is to think of how not only the page elements interact with each other, but how best to interact with the user.

UX or User Experience is 'the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product.' 

So what do we do? 

From Design Student to Digital Agency Director

When I was a student at Wigan & Leigh College or University of Salford, I used to absorb as much information as possible from other students, graduates and industry professionals. My main questions when I was younger was ‘How did you get into the design industry?’ and ‘How did you make a name for yourself?’

I’m now 30 years old and finding myself answering that question on a weekly basis to students when I provide lectures at universities, talks at events or via social media.

Here is my journey from the beginning…

My Top 5 Free Icon Websites

As a Designer I use iconography quite a lot within my creative work, some projects more than others.. I have a few go-to websites I love to use and can pretty much find exactly what I’m looking for from no more than 5 websites, Here are my top 5 free icon websites I use on a daily basis.

Keep Your Website Brief Away from Marketing Agencies

Now, before we get into this, we are not out to sling mud at every single marketing agency on the planet.

There are many out there - in Manchester, and beyond - who work wonders with their clients. 

Whether they offer SEO, PPC, PR, social media marketing, or good old fashioned print, they know what they’re good at, and they consistently deliver.

Here’s Why Typography Is So Important for Your Website

There’s no two ways about it: The words on your website matter.

But this post isn’t about what those words say; here we’re going to discuss how those words look.

Typography and font-choice cannot and should not be an afterthought when designing and developing a website. They have a far-reaching impact on so many important elements, including user experience, user perception, readability, and even mood.

Your website in comic sans

For this blog I decided why not have a little bit of fun and change the fonts on a few websites to the infamous 'Comic Sans', why? because its the font everyone loves to hate and I thought well why not give it a chance and see what site look like when they are converted to comic sans and also I thought it would be funny as well.

How Often Should You Update Your Blog?

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: 

The more often you update your blog with high quality, unique, and insightful content, the more likely it is that your visitors will subscribe, read, and share.

You’ll also boost your performance on social media, boost your search rankings, and boost your referral traffic.

And you’ll ultimately increase your email database, lead generation, and customer retention

What I’ve been up to this month - April 2017

As it’s been a while since I showcased my latest work I thought it would be best to show you 3 or 4 of my latest designs I have been working on, there is a vast variety this month featuring and Advertising agency, a Bakery, Paint retails and a leading Commercial Vehicle Leasing company.

Just How Important Are Infographics in Marketing?

In any given day, there are 2 million new blog posts, 500 million tweets, and almost 5 billion Facebook updates all uploaded onto the internet.

So, how exactly can you distil all of the new (and relevant) information into something more palatable for your audience?

In any given day, there are 2 million new blog posts, 500 million tweets, and almost 5 billion Facebook updates all uploaded onto the internet.

Large websites and performance in Craft CMS

We’ve been using Craft CMS for around 3 years now, and like most new CMS platforms the first projects you put through it are small. Mainly the gauge the capabilities and also longevity of the CMS.

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