Design Inspiration. Finding a Creative Spark.

Feb 11, 2013 by

Design Inspiration. Finding a Creative Spark.

Ok, so you’ve done your research, investigated your audience, plumbed the depths of the brand guidelines and are ready to start a project, now its time to find the design inspiration and that ‘creative spark’. Most projects have a degree of constraint to them, but boundaries are there to be explored, and its an opportunity at the beginning of a project to think with freedom, and invent new and original graphics. A real juggling act to bend the content to fit a new look, but with the flexibility of html 5 and css much is possible.

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Setting up Additional Local WordPress Sites for Testing and Development

Jan 14, 2013 by

Setting up Additional Local WordPress Sites for Testing and Development

Setting up Additional Local WordPress Sites for Testing and Development

As a follow on from my previous posts Setting up a local WordPress Development Environment and Moving a WordPress site from local to live – the next thing I wanted to do was start experimenting with additional WordPress sites and editing themes. I want to be able to experiment locally for speed of access, and knew that I would need one or more WordPress sites installed locally under my MAMP setup.

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Making an e-brochure with Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat Pro

Dec 16, 2012 by

Making an e-brochure with Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat Pro

This month I was asked to produce an e-brochure as part of a product re-brand and launch. My preferred graphics package for this project was Adobe Illustrator taking advantage of refined graphics tools for gradients, shadows etc. and its compatibility with some vector art and graphics I had on file. I then needed to add interactivity to headings, graphics and some button links, with the final document being compressed for e-mail delivery and web download.

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Moving a WordPress site from local to live

Nov 22, 2012 by

Moving a WordPress site from local to live

As a follow up to my previous post on Setting up a WordPress local development environment, the next step is Moving a WordPress site from local to live. You have your site just as you want it locally, and and would like to see exactly the same on your live server. The first step is to find yourself a WordPress host, I use names.co.uk but there are plenty to choose from here. I wanted to make sure my local site stayed exactly as it was for further development, no messing with its .config files etc so decided to work from a back up, and upload from there. Its taken me a while to develop a process I am comfortable with, and this approach now works for me, so here goes …

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Setting up a WordPress local development environment

Nov 20, 2012 by

Setting up a WordPress local development environment

Setting up a WordPress local development environment

As a web designers, developers and SEO specialists we are continually learning new skills. If you have decided to use WordPress for the design and dev of your next site, one of your first tasks will be to set yourself up a local development environ. I chose MAMP Pro as I am working on a mac and wanted to commit to a solid working environment (there is a free version available if you want to try before you buy).  To help anyone along that is heading down the local dev route here are six easy steps to get things up and running, and have you logging in to your local WordPress site.

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