Web development

We are looking for a top class Front End Developer!

Written by: jstiles

March 17, 2014

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If you’re a talented, enthusiastic Front End Developer looking to join an ambitious and successful digital agency then we want to hear from you.

What are we looking for? Well, we want someone who loves Front End Web Development, who understands the importance of user experience and who can own Front End for Hutchhouse. We are looking for a top-class front end coder that has a real passion for HTML, CSS (Compass, Sass or Less), Javascript frameworks like backbone.js and uses TDD techniques.

Ideally you have:

  • A deep understanding of HTML5, CSS3, Javascript
  • A thorough knowledge of Javascript frameworks such as Backbone.js, Knockout.js, Knockback.js
  • Am understanding of Javascript unit testing and web browser automation tools such as Selenium
  • Worked closely with Back End teams

About Hutchhouse:
We are an expanding interactive agency based in south Oxfordshire. Formed in 2003 by two leading industry figures, we have launched countless successful websites that delight our clients and give pride to our team. Our clients range from small/medium sized businesses to high street brands. Projects are amazingly varied and exciting, with new challenges keeping our approach fresh and innovative. We’re growing and evolving and we want people with the right skills and a great attitude to join us on the journey.

Sounds like it might be for you?
Full details of this role is available to download here.

What’s changed in Twitter Bootstrap 3

Written by: afisher

August 28, 2013

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Twitter’s popular Bootstrap framework recently celebrated it’s second birthday, and what better way to celebrate than releasing version 3 with a refreshed UI, an improved grid system and a whole raft of other tweaks and updates.

MrColor – A PHP colour manipulation library

Written by: sholloway

May 30, 2013

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Over the last month I’ve been working a colour manipulation library for PHP called MrColor. Please forgive the American spelling, it is the language of the web after all.

The library is built around the idea of having an easy way to work with colour data. Once a new Color object is created you can populate it with colour values, edit those values, use those values to generate new data, and retrieve the colour in the format you require. You can download it or fork it from GitHub here:
https://github.com/syholloway/mrcolor

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.

Web Developer wanted for Wantage, Oxfordshire

Written by: jstiles

March 1, 2012

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Opportunity: Web Developer
Location: Wantage, Oxfordshire
Type: Full-time

You’re a talented and enthusiastic developer looking to join an ambitious and successful digital agency. You love solving creative, complex challenges with high quality, reliable development solutions. We are looking for a top-class coder who knows LAMP like the back of their hand. If you have the minerals to take a brief, question it, shape it and suggest ideas that can help the team deliver what the client expects then you’ll want to work with us.

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

Tips on choosing the best web design agency

Written by: jstiles

July 8, 2011

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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.

Good web design agency traits

  • The project management team can answer your questions clearly
  • Jargon and technical detail are kept to minimum and non-technical explanations
  • The agency are upfront and transparent about their costs (both project costs and any ongoing costs)
  • The web design process is clearly explained
  • Clear milestones are provided with regard to the overall web design and development process
  • The agency can quickly produce examples of work which is relevant to your project
  • Any third party technology or input (if any) to the project is made clear
  • The ongoing website support process is explained
  • Hosting requirements are considered and options are discussed
  • Clear points of contact are established

Poor web design agency behaviour to look out for

  • Points made by the agency are littered with technical details and jargon and don’t make sense to you
  • There are elements of the approach which lock you into using the web design agency (such as hosting agreements)
  • Questions are not answered sufficiently or are skirted over
  • The agency’s approach and processes are not explained
  • The agency mask costs in technical jargon and do not explain the reasoning for them sufficiently (this can be especially true with regards to Search Engine Optimisation – there another blog post in the making on that one)
  • You get the sense that the agency don’t understand your requirements. Each project is different and a ‘boiler plate’ (one size fits all) approach by the agency will make them money but won’t produce a site inline with your expectations.

What you should ask a web design agency

  • Ask for examples of previous work including demonstrations if required
  • Ballpark figures (or hunches) are easy enough to give with small amounts of information. These can easily rule out (or in) whether an agency will fit your budget and save time on both accounts
  • Find out what the company recommends with regard to content management platforms (if applicable) and search engine marketing (social media, web copywriting, web page optimisation)
  • Ask about the level of web accessibility the agency adhere to by default
  • Discover the processes the agency will follow
  • How much contact does the agency need from you?
  • Find out about the key project milestones and what they mean in relation to any proposed timescales

Summary

Most of us will end up working with people we like, but that won’t guarantee a successful project. You should never be afraid to ask a question, even if your questions seem trivial. Any agency worth their salt will take their time to explain their proposal and make sure you fully understand their processes and approach,  without using over complicated technical jargon. Just like any other industry, you are employing experts, so you need to trust their judgement, but beforehand, they need to earn your trust.

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