The Business of Web Design 2014 #tboWD

tboWDOn the 18th July I attended an excellent all day conference in Cardiff about ‘The Business of Web Design’ arranged by Joel Hughes (of  Port80 fame). The day had a full on schedule of speakers  that covered all topics from going freelance to enhancing profitably and education clients to say the word we only want to hear – ‘Yes’.

There were some excellent snippets about working on the relationships with your clients and how the size of your agency really does not matter, its the work you produce that is key to your success and how good marketing can really enhance your company.  The conference really hit on a few key points and I have come away with some great ideas for the future.

Here’s the twitter roundup feed from the day https://storify.com/imaginateonline/the-business-of-web-design and also some winning selfies that we were awarded with a bespoke magazine for.

Bring on the next one!

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My favourite band I never saw…

siameseAs Siamese Dream celebrated it’s 21st birthday I thought back to my teenage years and stuck the album on Spotify. With every chord and riff it reminded me of the countless hours trying to learn the tabs for Mayonnaise, and failing miserably to replicate their sound by cutting out all the middle on my little Peavey practice amp and whacking the treble, bass and of course distortion on full.

Some albums and bands seem to move seamlessly across decades, Maiden, Slayer and the likes of Hendrix seem to sound or at least fit in with the current time. I find this album does the opposite and pulls me back to  that alt rock / grunge period. I will always regret not seeing them live at that point. It was clear to see after watching Metallica at Glastonbury that it is always best to see a band in their prime!

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My first Parkrun

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Last weekend I did my first Parkrun. The idea had been buzzing round my head for much of 2013, along with a few other things that never quite materialised. A new year gave me the added incentive to sort myself out and work back up to fitness.

I decided that although I could probably get round the run ok, the fact that I had enjoyed a few too many mince pies and the like over Christmas meant I should probably ease myself in. Thankfully my mother in law had got me a copy of Men’s Health (what is she trying to say!) which had a couch to 5k  plan I could use.

After some initial achey knees I was soon back into the flow of things and decided to do the run early, largely due to a friend agreeing to do it too which meant there was no way I could pull out.

Saturday brought with it drizzly rain but undaunted we lined up with getting on for 500 other people at Cannon Hill Park.

It was all over in a blink of an eye, and was great fun! I didn’t mind the kids flying past me as despite there being so many of us we were all racing with the clock.

There’s no need for Mo Farrah to worry but a time of 29.04 was the fastest I have done which has set the bar well for future weekends!

To find out more about Parkrun’s in your area visit http://www.parkrun.com/

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And that is why you don’t want to spend too much time swimming and snorkelling!

fishIt had been such a fun holiday, blue skies, hot sunny days and lovely balmy evenings. We had been snorkelling every day, learning where the best spots were at our local beach and a couple of spots further afield. 

We made plans for the last day, a kayaking trip across the bay to an island that we had heard was a beach turtles lay eggs on. After seeing one on one of our morning swims we were keen to get over and see what it was like.

I wasn’t quite prepared for what followed when I woke up in the middle of the night. Continue reading

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Summer Solstice 2013 – A #microadventure

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It had been a long time in discussion. Dates came and went with all manner of reasons and excuses. Finally after reading about “THE #MICROADVENTURE 2013 CHALLENGE” commitment was made, days were booked off work and the proper planning began.

The first choice was the location and Crickhowell became an early front runner due to having a route over Crug Mawr that had been aborted 3 times due to mechanical or weather based problems. As the days went on though the weather didn’t look like it was going to be great so a back up location of Church Stretton was also decided upon so that we could go where the weather might be kindest. Continue reading

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Getting Started with Responsive Design

Originally written as part of an article published  on www.creativebloq.com (http://www.creativebloq.com/responsive-web-design/get-started-5132987) Saturday, 25th May, 2013 

It is three years since Ethan Marcotte penned the term responsive web design in his renowned article of the same name name on alistapart.com. Things have moved forward at pace both in the ways we deal with responsive design and the amount of devices that now allow us to access the web and finally large companies like Starbucks and the Guardian are embracing the responsive ethos.

So, what is responsive web design and why should you start using it? Continue reading

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It is OK to hoard… you never know when you might need something!

bitsMy name is Sush and I am a hoarder… There I said it!

People say a tidy desk tidy mind and the like and as much as I try to adhere to this tidy and clean way of existing I can’t help stashing bits and bobs that seem like they might be useful in the future.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not like a person you would see on the telly living in filth with 3feet of rubbish everywhere but as a designer I have a habit of keeping pictures, magazines and images in a badly organised fashion. I also love gadgets and so there are countless old phones, hard drives and pc/mac bits and bobs like an elephants graveyard.

So today I was so pleased that for once my stashing and hoarding turned up trumps. Continue reading

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