Web design

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Written by: afisher

May 13, 2014

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Recently there has been a growing trend to use font icons when designing websites. But what is the advantage of using a set of font based icons over images and why now?

Fonts that contain icons have been around for a long time. Webdings was created for distribution with Internet Explorer 4 back in 1997. However, until quite recently, images have been the most widely used option for creating web icons due to their versatility and near infinite customisation compared to the limited choices of quality icon fonts. So what’s changed?

A brief guide to responsive web design for your business

Written by: bhutchins

January 14, 2014

Responsive Web Design is the latest buzz-word when it comes to designing and developing websites. It’s not a completely new thing, and most agencies worth their salt will have been rolling out responsive websites for a while now, but it’s fast becoming standard practice so if you are a business owner planning to get a new website then you need to know about it.

Responsive web design webinar notes

Written by: jstiles

August 28, 2012

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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

Written by: jstiles

July 9, 2012

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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.

A study conducted by Google and Ipsos found that as many as 79% of top advertisers do not have mobile optimised landing pages. This means that these websites are almost certainly not converting their goals as effectively on handheld devices as on desktop computers. Responsive web design offers a very efficient way of tackling this problem quickly and effectively.

Join our free webinar to learn about responsive web design. Hutchhouse’s Managing Director John Stiles and the team will explore the features and benefits of this ‘device agnostic’ approach to web design and describe the key processes involved.

Are you catering for the needs of your mobile customers?

Written by: Annette Taylor

June 27, 2012

Are you losing potential from your website because some visitors are turned away by a user experience that does not suit the mobile web? This is a question that nearly every website owner should be asking themselves since a study conducted by Google and Ipsos found that as many as 79% of top advertisers do not have mobile optimised landing pages.  By not being one of those people your site will be in the top 21% amongst mobile users and the rewards are huge as we will discuss.

Like your website design but loath your content management system?

Written by: Mitchell Renton

January 3, 2012

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Having an aesthetically pleasing website for your company is most definitely a satisfying feeling.  However, a lot of websites suffer once you access the CMS (Content Management System) and realise that you need a degree in rocket science to use it. Frustrating in most cases, infuriating in others, your content management system is off putting and tiresome to use.

At Hutchhouse we believe the site administrator should have the ability to manage all of the content on all of the pages without the risk of breaking the site. This is a difficult balancing act between allowing clients the level of control they desire whilst delivering a site with a framework that can cope with most eventualities.

If you believe your site carries a lot of value at the front end and all you lack is the ability to manage the content via a good reliable backend CMS system – Hutchhouse can reverse engineer any website and provide you with a usable, intuitive system that will control the content on your site. We believe in giving clients the ability to make updates and additions as often as it’s required without compromising design or functionality.

Who needs Flash? Javascript is King!

Written by: jstiles

December 7, 2011

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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.

Why should you develop a website and a mobile site?

Written by: Mitchell Renton

September 14, 2011

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With the emergence of mobile web in recent years, having a mobile site for your business or charity is becoming more important than ever. Here’s a couple of reasons why…

“There are currently 14 million mobile internet users in the UK. This figure is expected to rise to 17 million by 2012 and 19 million by 2013.”

Source: Google

“It’s estimated that by 2015 more people will be browsing the web via a mobile device than a desktop PC”

Source: Morgan Stanley

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