Web Design, Web development

The new website of Go Lakes has just been put live.

The website features a lot of new content and is based on New Vision Groupโ€˜s new modular CMS Pro and features a number of great new additions such as:

  • Dynamic tabbers
  • Custom-built header slideshows
  • Integration with My Recommendations
  • Social media mashup block
  • Flickr, Twitter and Facebook widgets (including on DMS pages)
  • Content-managed CRM templates
  • A custom DMS icon set
  • …and more!

Click here to go to GoLakes.co.uk

Web Design, Web development

The new website of Visit Oxford and Oxfordshire has just been put live.

The website features a lot of new content and is based on New Vision Group‘s new modular CMS Pro and features a host of new options and modules to maintain and update the site, from Flickr, YouTube and Facebook integration over to the brand-new EA (Events and Attractions) browse pages and live availability information.

Click here to go to Visit Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Happy days! ๐Ÿ˜€

Web Design, Web development

The new Go Leicestershire website went live last month, and already it has been very successful!

If you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet (click here to visit the website), the site features a range of new features such as:

  • New Vision’s brand new Modular CMS Pro
  • A host of new social networking integration options, from Twitter to YouTube, Flickr and more
  • Mapping using GPIN technology and a custom icon-set
  • A wealth of dynamic sliders and carousels (all content-managed!)
  • Content-managed forms, tying directly into the in-house CRM system
  • Integration with ePersonalisation and My Recommendations
  • TripAdvisor Integration on a DMS details level (both for accommodation and non-accommodation)

…and a lot more!

Read on for more screenshots and a video demonstration of the live site (by yours truly)…
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Web Design

3 ways to identify a font onlineWhen working freelance, some of the time when you are working on a client’s website or print material you are being given some sort of branding guidelines to adhere to. Some of the time these branding guidelines exist somewhere in a drawer in someone’s desk, but no one knows where. This is even worse when you have to do some maintenance on a client’s website and have to use an existing font, but do not have access to it or the client doesn’t know who supplied the original.

As a designer, it is your job however to make sure you are using the right font, or the closest font possible if that fails. Here are three great websites to help you on your search… Continue Reading

Usability & Accessibility, Web Design

5 steps for improving website usabilityUsability is a serious concern for many websites โ€“ what does the customer want when he arrives on your website? Does the user know where to go, what to do and how to ask questions or enquire / purchase?

Knowing the usability heuristics is already a very good start, but how can you make sure your website can be enjoyed by as many people as possible without causing headaches or frustration? Continue Reading

Usability & Accessibility, Web Design, Web development

FireFox extensions roundup February 2009 - The Best FireFox extensionsThose of you following me on twitter know I tend to spend a bit of time every couple of days in finding new extensions for FireFox (and sometimes Thunderbird) which are making my life as an Information Architect, Web Designer or Project Development Manager easier. These extensions may be some all of us have been using for ages but never really realised we had them installed, or some we really wanted to see or use for some time, but never really spent the time researching whether these extensions are actually available. This is the list of February…
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Web Design, Web development

Rising Star Games has been redesignedThe new website of Rising Star Games, the Japanese publisher with European roots, has just been put live.

The website features a lot of new content, from news, game profiles and blogs over to forums, user profiles, members exclusive content and more! Plus, the sushi bar concept is working really nicely and displays latest information from the blog, the forum, news and upcoming releases

The website was designed and developed by Melon Design & Marketing on their in-house CMS Engine.

Visit RisingStarGames.com

Happy days!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Information Architecture, Web Design, Web development

Strategies for working with developersWorking in a busy office is one of the best parts of being a designer or information architect – you can bounce off ideas, discuss projects with others and get their input, and you can generally have a good laugh.

That is until the time comes where a new project is being started or requirements are being updated. Usually then some sort of “rivalry” will ensue, and in 90% of the cases it will be between a designer or information architect and a developer or development coordinator. Scope was not fully explained or defined, the design is too complicated to build, or data is not coming from the sources it was meant to.

In those times frustration can quickly result in stress and lack of commitment to a project. Let’s see what we would do to remedy that…
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