When it was first announced Designival seemed a little underwhelming but that was largely due to the time between the announcement and when the speakers and programme of events were announced. I’ll admit even then I had never heard of Sara de Bondt, James Jarvis or Simon Manchipp before but it’s far more interesting to be surprised by someone new… continue reading ⇢
You may have heard by now that we recently launched a new website for the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo near Liverpool. We try to fit one charity project in a year at interconnect/it to give ourselves a challenge that wouldn’t normally come up. I should come clean that part of the reason for doing this project is that we were… continue reading ⇢
You may have heard of Gill Sans. Designed by the sign-writer Eric Gill in the 1920s it is as much a British icon as fish & chips. You only have to look at the BBC, or any high street to see it. This article, however, is not about about a typeface (in case you were wondering) but about the redesigned… continue reading ⇢
It was close, but no cigar… one of our sites was nominated for the Clynol Best Salon Website of 2007 award. Sadly we didn’t win it, but we looked at the competition and then at which site won. We realised that with many of these awards the depth of analysis isn’t that deep.
I just read an interesting article in A List Apart about how browsers that are forgiving of bad markup and css are bad for the web. And I totally get it. In fact, a failure of how standards apply to web pages is one of the reasons why, until really quite recently, I’d avoided having anything to do with Web… continue reading ⇢
I was reading through some project management methodology just now (yay! My life is full of joy at last!) and came across the phrase “The Wicked Problem” in this line on Wikipedia: Steve McConnell in Code Complete (a book which criticizes the widespread use of the waterfall model) refers to design as a “wicked problem” – a problem whose requirements… continue reading ⇢
A little while ago I came across a story about a couple of firms who had been sued in 2006 by Getty Images for illegal use of images on their websites. One of the companies was a small accountancy firm in Liverpool, and the other a taxi firm in Taunton. Both small companies. Fair enough – you steal a picture,… continue reading ⇢
I’m going to shamelessly nick a few images here from a site we designed, manage and host (Sniff Petrol) , but which is run and written by someone else. In finding this he showed a great example of why you should think about any new features you add to a website. The idea seemed good enough – Car Magazine added… continue reading ⇢
Expensive mistakes can be avoided by just being a little bit careful. Imagine you’d spent many thousands on this marketing campaign, only to get it plastered around the web… for the wrong reasons. I bet this chap’s getting the mick taken out of him something rotten. If you can’t see it, try looking for the exhaust.
iStockphoto.com is one of those little secrets that people outside the web, design and photography worlds rarely hear about. Yet once you’re involved in this industry you learn to quickly spot pictures because frankly, they’re all over the place. But we don’t mind – it’s a cheap source of images and graphic art for clients who are working to a… continue reading ⇢