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The death of the agency

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With the advances in technology, the way in which websites, apps and any kind of digital platform gets planned, designed and built has changed out of sight. If you go back 10 years, your only real option was to go to an agency – whether that be design, digital, creative, or any other fancy name for an agency offering.

… now you have a bigger playing field to source your supplier.

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Showreel of design work

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Nothing gets me more excited than watching an agency showreel of work. In 90 seconds you can get a great snapshot into their thinking, their style, the kind of clients they work with and the type of projects they take on.

The aim of this showreel is to do just that – it’s a window into my world and some of the projects I have been lucky enough to work on over the last few years. I’m not one to prance around in front of the camera so have kept my appearance time down to a minimum and let the work do the talking.

I hope you enjoy it.

Is WordPress the right CMS for me?

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WordPress is a content management system that is equally loved and loathed by web designers and developers across the globe. Whichever side of the fence you are on, WordPress is an Internet phenomenon with a massive market share – something like 14% of all sites are powered by WordPress.

I’ve designed and built bespoke python systems and ‘off-the-shelf’ CMS’s such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Expression Engine, Drupal and Craft (the new kid on the block). For those of you who have not yet taken a look at Craft, you must – it’s brilliant but it serves a different purpose to WordPress. So I’m in a good position to judge the pros and cons of each system and lets be honest, none of them are perfect so it’s all about making the right choice for your project and your set of requirements. It’s an important decision and not one that you want to get wrong.

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Falling in love with your operating system

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There are a couple of films that have really identified with web designers and creative professionals in the last year. First was the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie that I really enjoyed (especially as a mac boy and designer) but ultimately was no more than a standard biographical film based on his life.

The second film is ‘her’ starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore and written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze. This American science fiction movie tells the thoroughly engaging story of Theodore – an introverted man who develops a relationship with his operating system (named Samantha) and as their relationship blossoms he becomes ever more dependent on her.

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A web designers guide to the perfect creative brief

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I was recently featured in Momentum (a magazine for marketing and creative professionals) in a design article about the 3 steps to the perfect design brief.

1. State the key business and project objectives; establish success metrics
2. Keep it short, simple, clear AND interesting
3. Brief in person rather than via documents

The task for designers is a difficult one. Design is so subjective that clear direction is a necessity. It is scary how much money is spent on marketing that simply does not drive any business value beyond basic brand recognition. Read More

Beer, beats and snags – Revolver Creative opens it’s doors

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Revolver Creative (our new home) is having an opening launch party tomorrow – Saturday 3rd August! With FREE food (cooked by Conrad on the BBQ) and FREE beer, there is no better way to check out this exceptionally cool new creative space, meet some new peeps and have a great Saturday afternoon. Web designers, graphic designers, freelancers, writers, videographers – all welcome.
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