Posts categorized: Web Design

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    A successful launch for Rob Blake Associates

    Quick client summary: Rob Blake Associates are experts in building scalable and highly-available web applications on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Previous successes A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with two local entrepreneurs who were working on software that had the potential to significantly disrupt and change the sector it was being… Read more »

  • A rescue story for Caring for Cats

    Quick client overview: Caring for Cats is an award-winning, independent cat rescue and rehoming charity based in Market Weighton, near Hull. A small charity in need of rescue Earlier this year, after reading about how I helped a similar charity overcome their problems, Caring for Cats contacted me to see if I could help them…. Read more »

  • Fairfax House

    Fairfax House undergoes essential works

    Quick Client summary: Fairfax House boasts of being England’s finest Georgian town house. Saved from decay and certain ruin by the York Civic Trust in 1982-84, Fairfax House is now a thriving museum that transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. Project background It was a familiar… Read more »

  • A Gorgeous makeover for Gorgeous Cottages

    Quick client overview: Gorgeous Cottages hand picks the finest luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire. The website allows visitors to search, research and book the cottage of their choice and communicate directly with the cottage owner whilst being protected by the Gorgeous Cottages promise. Intro Gorgeous Cottages, founded by Managing Director Christina Brion, required a full… Read more »

  • Time to find a bigger Fishpond

    Quick client overview: is Ireland’s definitive casting resource that connects budding and experienced actors with casting opportunities in TV, film and stage roles. Intro Recently, well towards the end of 2015, I was contacted by a client who was looking to relaunch their website and required an experienced UI/UX designer to work alongside their… Read more »

  • The Holiday Let gets a summer refresh

    During my agency days I worked on a great project called with another freelance chum of mine. They’re basically an independent holiday lettings website with over 5,000 private holiday lettings worldwide. On the website you can search for lettings, enquire and book direct with the lettings owner. The business has developed, and time has… Read more »

  • Educate your clients about their budget

    As a freelance web designer, I’m often engaged in conversations with clients that surround requirement gathering. The first thing I always ask before starting this conversation is “What is your budget?” Now I’ve heard it said that some clients feel you’re asking this question so any price estimates will be increased to meet their maximum… Read more »

  • MacHeist Beauty

    If you haven’t heard of MacHeist before, let me tell you a little bit about them. MacHeist create amazing bundles of the very best mac based indie software and sells them at amazingly discounted rates. For example, the current MacHeist, nanoBundle2 is selling $260 worth of apps for only $19.95. Not only do they give… Read more »

  • Design concepts explained: Affordance

    The design concepts explained series aims to explain ideas behind design. This week we focus on the concept of affordance and its use in graphic and UI design.

  • 5 Second Usability Test

    Calling all web designers, you may be interested in this cool little tool we discovered that lets you test the usability of your brand spanking new website. So before you start slicing and dicing, stop! Like Grolsch Lager, “it is not ready yet!” As a designer I can stand up tall and confidently say I… Read more »

  • Redesign Phase 1, the non-profit organization who own the popular Firefox browser, are in the middle of a website redesign and have asked the Mozilla community for feedback on the first round of designs. Happy Cog is working with Mozilla Foundation staff and the Mozilla community to address the redesign of the site to accurately reflect the… Read more »

  • update is a project we’re currently working on to provide the housing market a FREE option when selling and buying. Read more about it here. Currently the project is in full flow and it looking fantastic. Whilst we wait patiently for it’s arrival, we have launched a new holding page to enable users to pre-register… Read more »

  • Your CSS framework needs you!

    What’s a CSS framework? A CSS framework can help you achieve rapid development of websites, web apps and mashups. It eliminates repetitive tasks while prototyping designs by using a pre structured CSS/XHTML grid-based framework. Main features of good CSS Framework is to: 1) Rapidly speed up our development time 2) Very small file size 3)… Read more »

  • is a fun little project I decided to do on the spur of the moment. It’s basically an archive of over 900 front pages of newspapers from all over the world on the day Barack Obama, the first black African American, became President of the United States of America. When you put over 900… Read more »

  • What does rising netbook popularity mean for web designers?

    Econsultancy released an article on netbooks, their ever growing popularity and what they could spell for the future for web design. The stats were incredible and highlights why we should start to consider them when building new websites. Read the article below. Netbooks are on the rise. The bare-bones laptops, which typically cost under $500… Read more »