Hand-drawn wireframes

Paper Prototypes: What are they and why use them?

Website design is ever-changing and, consequently, the way that website designers work project-to-project changes as we learn better ways to do things, embrace new technologies, methodologies and processes. One part of web design that we thought we could improve was wireframing, here’s what we’ve done.

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Three large posters hanging from a gallery wall. The first poster shows a dark-haired woman in her thirties, the second a man with a full beard and long blonde hair, the third a blonde woman in her twenties. All three people are covered in tattoos.

The MK&G (Museum of Art & Design) in Hamburg

We visited the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (The Museum of Art and Design) and had a great time looking around the exhibits. The museum has a really comprehensive mix of art and design from ancient art, Islamic art, Renaissance, through to the modern art and Design collections. Here’s what we thought of it…

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A hand-drawn illustration of girl with long red hair sitting on the floor smiling while reading a book she holds.

Visiting Hello Hubmarine at the Derby Book Festival

On Saturday evening, we went to see Hello Hubmarine’s Derby Book Festival event at the Silk Mill (we seem to be there all the time of late). Writing and design goes hand-in-hand and most of our work involves copy writing rather than fiction but we were keen to see what our local (and not so local) writers are up to.

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Bee talk sketch notes

Dave Goulson: Bees, pesticides and politics

Last Friday night we went to the last talk in a series of science talks at the University of Derby. Closing the programme was Dave Goulson, a British biologist, conservationist, and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. Here’s what we learned…

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Sketch notes from talk

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

Last Friday evening we went to the first of a series of science talks at the University of Derby. The talk was about challenging the current education system by 2013 TED prize winner, Professor Sugata Mitra. His approach to changing the current educational system will be seen by some as radical, but we are open to it and hope it will improve creativity in learning.

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Players testing the games

Games@Derby – Game design from Derby University

On Friday we left work a little early to go down to Games@Derby, a showcase of games from the Derby University 3rd year game design students. The Silk Mill hosted the event and when we got there it was packed with people eager to see and play the games.

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TEDxDerby 2015 – the designer’s perspective

Last Saturday saw TEDxDerby, back for a second year. The event was held in The Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and part of Derby Museums. Like last year, we handled the design of the event, this included the website, promotional materials, conference materials and the design of the set.

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Code Club logo

We’re starting a Code Club!

Yesterday we drove through the Derbyshire sunshine to attend a Code Club volunteer training session run by Katharine Childs, the East Midland’s coordinator. The session started off with lots of information about Code Club, the philosophy and the practicalities, and finished with us going through the first Scratch projects. Later we met with a local school to discuss setting up a club with them, all went well and we’re planning to start at the beginning of June.

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How to: Choosing photos for websites

A question I have been asked by a client recently is how go about choosing photos for websites. Our websites are built on WordPress which means our clients can update their sites whenever they need to, but for many they don’t know where to start when choosing images. I’ve written the following guide to help.

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