May 30, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration – Greg Wilson


This weeks blog design inspiration from Greg Wilson. A blog written by  a DJ who lives in Merseyside and performs at festivals across the UK.  On his site he talks about the music he hears, the places he sees and the people he meets.

The look of the design is minimalistic in approach, the off-black Georgia font really makes the text easy to read set against the white background.  Links are presented throughout the site in Strawberry red which brings them neatly off the page.

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January 20, 2014 in Web Design Critique

Web Design Critique: Chris Hoy

This weeks design critique focuses on chrishoy.com, a website for our most successful olympian.  This web design is interesting, it’s a responsive web design with a few tricks up its lycra sleeves; It looks like a Flash based website, and, it’s mobile view takes an interesting stance on navigation.

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June 20, 2013 in Web Design Critique

Web Design Critique: Forty Seven Media


This design critique features the Forty Seven Media website.

The style is colourful, fresh and bright, a creative voice with a dash of rock attitude. Their use of texture gives the design a sense of depth and warmth, and their colour palette has a antiquity that they have some how married to retro. A carefully planned mish-mash of styles, that balances style with a focus on the content.

The bold homepage features a large photo of the founders John & Nate, a very personal and warm greeting; with their touch of rock n roll geek culture; this will divide opinion and sift out clients that share their cultural message. You know what your getting your self into working with these guys!


My favourite part of Forty Seven Media design is their main call to action, a retro shield that boldly states “DONT HIRE US” , “find out why”. Get the viewers attention with an unexpected revers proposition statement. It’s clever, and I bet it works.

A List Apart

May 24, 2013 in Web Design Critique

Web Design Critique: A List Apart

This web design critique focuses on one of the web design industries leading publications, the infamous Alistapart. Their new responsive design is a pleasure to use regardless of device. The overall design is a clean and highly usable one column layout with easy reading large text.

A List Apart

Theres no traditional top main navigation on the homepage as such; but rather the content hierarchy navigates the user; with the homepage featuring the two most recent posts; exactly what 99% of their users want upon arrival. A secondary navigation in the footer holds what we’d consider main navigation.

The branding has had mixed reactions from the web community but I love the simplicity of the branding and I think the emphasis on type from such a large web design player is a beacon of direction as to where the web is heading, after all web pages are 99% text. Bold and brave ALA, I love it.

Type is mostly Georgia Pro, with bold headings set in ITC Franklin, again the Georgia choice had mixed reactions from the community, but I feel it works great in context with the bold headings.

The text and large illustrations (retina ready) allow the user to consume the content with ease. I think ALA have gone with the times and even showcased the web at it’s most accessible and naked best; an art directed text document.

Web Design Bits: Mobile Navigation Examples With No Traditional Navigation

A collection of web design bits that showcase how web designers are tackling mobile navigation. On these designs the web designers have chosen to simplify the design so much that there is no traditional primary navigation in-sight, instead the focus is on getting the user straight into the content. This method ultimately saves lots of valuable space on the mobile screen and takes advantage of the linear scrolling of a mobile.

Mobile Navigation


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April 29, 2013 in Web Design Critique

Web Design Critique: Brain Traffic

This web design critique focuses on Content Strategy agency Brain Traffic, and their new responsive web design. The design is clean and highly usable, the layout is simple with a well ordered content hierachy. Theres no traditional navigation as such; rather, the content itself leans towards a more linear scrolling approach, getting the user straight into the content.

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