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Journal - By John Stiles

Some witterings from the team at Hutchhouse...

Social Media marketing and PR talk at the University College Birmingham


Social Media marketing and PR talk at the University College Birmingham

Back in June Hutchhouse was invited talk at University College Birmingham. Having stumbled across our company, Lecturer and Year Manager Jo Bates called to ask if anyone at @hutchhouse would be interested in helping out with one of the workshops taking place in November by giving an hour-long presentation.

Responsive web design webinar notes


Responsive web design webinar notes

Thanks to all those that attended the responsive web design webinar on Tuesday the 28th of August 2012. It was great to share our understanding and experience of responsive design, thanks for your questions and feedback. We’ll be incorporating some of them in an updated seminar.

Free responsive web design webinar


Free responsive web design webinar

Free Webinar: Responsive Web Design

Are you losing potential from your website because some visitors are turned away by a user experience that does not suit their mobile or tablet device? This is a question that every website owner should be asking themselves.

WordPress Gurus Oxford & London – LinkedIn Group and Meetup


WordPress Gurus Oxford & London – LinkedIn Group and Meetup

We felt that it was about time that we kicked off a couple of WordPress groups on LinkedIn so that we can create a place to discuss and share ideas about (our beloved) WordPress.

Who needs Flash? Javascript is King!


Who needs Flash? Javascript is King!

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, Flash™ used to rule the roost. If you wanted to achieve anything ‘sexy’ in terms of animation or user interaction then you were more or less forced down the Flash™ route. I’m happy to say that things moved on a while ago with improvements in how browser’s handle Javascript and the emergence of libraries such as jQuery. Flash has quietly slipped away.

Writing hierarchical web content with clear objectives


Writing hierarchical web content with clear objectives

A website’s user interface ultimately needs to fulfil a purpose. Often it can have a single goal such as creating an enquiry or can often need to perform a selection of useful functions like searching, booking and purchasing. However big or small your requirement might be, well structured user interface design and a considered website content strategy will always come into play.

All too often we see websites that perform lots of tasks adequately, but rarely fulfil the objectives of a) the site user and b) the website owner.

Tips on choosing the best web design agency


Tips on choosing the best web design agency

When you first set out employing an agency to design and build your website, there are many factors which come into play. We have tried to come up with a few pointers on choosing a web design agency and some warning signs to look out for.

Like most industries there are varying levels of competency and skill and – like much of the IT industry – web design and especially web development is scattered with jargon. There are definite pitfalls and signals which you should take heed of and certain traits that should be expected and applauded.

Web font rendering techniques


Web font rendering techniques

Having been limited to using the ‘web safe’ font set (Arial, Verdana, Courier, Georgia and Times New Roman) since the dawn of time, it’s been refreshing to see the emergence of several font rendering techniques over the past few years. Here’s a summary of the three most popular solutions.

5 web design techniques to wow your users


5 web design techniques to wow your users

It’s easy to forget some of the impressive, interactive ways in which to wow your users when you are designing a website. Designing in Photoshop or Fireworks (or whatever you design in) does not always give you the scope to easily illustrate how the site actually works, how it feels to use and how to introduce creative elements of interactive design. That’s why we always try to identify ways in which to display and present content and functionality outside of the ‘standard’ toolset of any website designer.

Where have the Giraffes gone?


Where have the Giraffes gone?

With a tear in our eye the new Hutchhouse site replaced the well loved ‘Giraffes’ which have really established us amongst the css blogging community. Ok… maybe there weren’t that many tears, we love the new site!