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Oh No It’s Ugly Website Syndrome

Okay it is a silly title but… Your website could be suffering, immediately repelling people from your business, due to an unpleasant condition called Ugly Website Syndrome. And if you think you don’t have a problem with this because people have told you it looks good, well during my research I found this article about […]

Home Office Workspace

I know I love to see posts allowing a sneak peek into other people’s homes and offices, it almost takes away some of the mystery and anonymity of bloggers. Plus having spent some of last weekend doing some mini DIY projects, I wanted to share what my home office now looks like and the little […]

Boost your Blog Post Impact – a CoSchedule review

When you start blogging you realise how much work there is to do on top of writing a blog post because ultimately no-one will read your blog unless you tell them about it… several times. A great way that you will often see other bloggers doing is to utilise social media and let people know […]

8 Essential Steps of New Business Prep

As I’m relatively new to freelancing I am not saying I am an expert but this is what I’ve learnt as kind of the steps to take before going freelance or setting up your business. Some of which I did, some of which I should have and some is an ongoing work-in-progress. When you set up your […]

The Lure of the Tease… What you can Learn from the TV Series Hiatus

Well that image got your attention didn’t it, ps. they say sex sells, but today I’m looking at how a ‘teasing’ approach (hence the image) can have an enticing effect on your customers. Strictly business advice and no dating tips here! When I discovered #GeordieShore trending on Twitter this morning, I couldn’t resist looking to […]

Recommended Clicks for ‘Solopreneurs’

It’s Sunday, what’s better than chilling out and checking out some great blog posts… Here are some articles I’ve been enjoying as I am getting started freelancing, so these are ideal for those with online focussed businesses, new businesses or freelancers. If your a ‘solopreneur’ or freelancer dreaming of travelling and working this summer, check […]

Working with a Designer: Tips for a successful collaboration

If you are thinking of hiring a graphic designer or web designer for the first time or maybe trying to do it better for the second time then this 4-part blog series on Working with a Designer is for you. Part 1 – Choosing a Designer Part 2 – Preparing A Design Brief Part 3 […]

Working with a Designer: Why does design cost so much?

If you are thinking of hiring a graphic designer or web designer for the first time or maybe trying to do it better for the second time then this 4-part blog series on Working with a Designer is for you. Part 1 – Choosing a Designer Part 2 – Preparing A Design Brief Part 3 […]

Preparing A Design Brief

If you are thinking of hiring a graphic designer or web designer for the first time or maybe trying to do it better for the second time then this 4-part blog series on Working with a Designer is for you. Part 1 – Choosing a Designer Part 2 – Preparing A Design Brief Part 3 […]

Working with a Designer: Choosing A Designer

If you are thinking of hiring a graphic designer or web designer for the first time or maybe trying to do it better for the second time then this 4-part blog series on Working with a Designer is for you. Part 1 – Choosing a Designer Part 2 – Preparing A Design Brief Part 3 […]

FASHION GRAPHICS AND VISUAL TRENDS: MAY

In many ways design should be timeless, but of course like everything it changes and trends develop. Fashion is one industry where the graphic design needs to be fresh and modern as much as the clothes themselves. Here are some key trends that I have noticed and some gorgeous visual inspiration: Diamonds are forever (or […]

Jazz up your photos with photoshop actions

Love that retro, instagram look? There are many photoshop actions (a series of recorded steps) you can use to achieve these effects on your photos. Word of advice: use with caution, not every photo needs a filter effect applied it really would be overkill! How to Tweak Photoshop Actions If you read my last post […]

Recommended Clicks for bloggers & creative entrepreneurs

Make yourself a coffee (or your drink of choice), relax and have a look at some of the reads and discoveries that I have been enjoying recently. 0to255 is ‘a simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color.’ – via a cool designers blog noor alqahtani  ‘Links loved’ or ‘recommended clicks’ is just one way of […]

Planning your website: what type of site do you need?

I wanted to create a simplified guide to start a website planning process, these questions aim to help you consider the features or requirements you would like for your website. The answers you give then determine the type of site you may require whether you aim to create your site yourself or want to be more […]

E-commerce Fashion Graphics Trends: April

When you are regularly looking at retailers websites you start to notice common features as well as new trends starting to show, here are a few examples of top trends for inspiration. I have to have quite a bit of restraint when researching for my work involves constantly looking at what retailers are doing on the […]

WordPress Quick Tip: Protect Your Site

Don’t panic yet, but you might be giving away to hackers half your login details… Here is how you can check on your WordPress blog: Ps. It also really shouldn’t be Admin, because it is the most obvious option for potential hackers to try first. There is a tip to change this in the link […]

What is responsive web design – and why does it matter?

I had to stop and think which of my newly created categories this would go under is it design or coding, well kind of both, but the what and the why comes down to design considerations. The how would be the coding part. You may have heard the term ‘responsive web design’ being mentioned in […]

Learning to Take A Break

Unplugged for an afternoon Recently I have spent so much time in front of my computer screen whether at work or in the evenings working on my website and this blog. Then, like many people even when I should be unwinding down for the day I often online on my mobile phone instead. So when […]

How to learn web coding: A review of 6 options

Whether you are interested in fully learning web development or just wish to tweak your site, here are some of the options I have tried along the way in learning web coding. These are just my personal opinions, they may have changed from when I used them and it is really up to you to decide […]

Inspiring video about creativity, failure (and success)

I wanted to share this video that I watched last night on Lynda.com with my free 7day trial subscription. Bruce Heavins illustrations throughout are so charming and funny that it keeps you engaged – in fact I would have watched it just for that! But the message he presents is comforting to know that yes […]

Diamond of an occasion

I couldn’t let the Jubilee pass unoticed on my blog, so albeit slightly delayed…I hope everyone had a fabulous Jubilee weekend with 2 extra days bank holiday! My talented friends Animaux Circus (check out their site) invited me to The Book Club’s Diamond Jubilee Street Party where they were live painting in celebration. The paintings […]

The ART OF GIVING

I was looking for a present for a friend that I met on my Graphic Design course when I discovered ARTHOUSE Meath in Godalming High Street. The illustrative work displayed in the windows drew my attention and the decorated sketchbook I found inside, to me, seemed an ideal present for someone interested in illustration. The […]

Ikea Rast hack

For a long time I’ve needed to get some chest of drawers for my room, however they always seemed so expensive and I didn’t get round to looking for a second-hand set. Via some internet browsing I discovered people ‘hacking’ a cheap set of drawers from Ikea called ‘Rast’ – here, and a website dedicated […]

Making Cushions from old T-shirts

Watching an episode of Superscrimpers, my mind has been rattling around with ideas of re-upholstered furniture and making my room really personal! My first small project was to turn some well-loved t-shirts that although I like the design I wouldn’t wear much anymore into cushions.