This is a guest post by Michael Strelitz from Datasafe – who has lots and lots of knowledge and expertise in data protection, IT support and business continuity.
Insight, advice, news and chit chat
Is it good practice for us to offer a completely free website? It’s not completely unheard of.
We have done a few “pro bono websites” over the years.
The project really has to appeal, and be for a good cause.
In the last year we have been working on a number of websites for financial planners and financial advisers in the UK, along with our strategic partner the lovely Abbie Tanner from A Business Innovation.
Abbie does the strategy and content planning, as well as the copy writing and value proposition, and we have been designing and building the websites according to the brief and branding that results from this.
Below we have gone through some of the projects we have worked on so far and we will add more as we go along – so keep checking back!
Julien is one of the two french students (Julien and Caroline) who spent a 10 week internship at Top Left Design. In this post he shares with you a few new things he learnt about design.
Here is what Julien wrote
Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my 10 weeks internship here at Top Left Design. Usually I work more with the programming side of things, and have never really learnt much about the design process. I like coding because I’ve learnt a lot about how to do it, and so now it’s easy for me. But during this internship I saw that design is not so different from coding, you have to always keep in mind some key rules and guidelines to create a good design.
Here are the 7 most important rules I learnt at top left design during my 10 great weeks:
Caroline and Julien are two french students who spent 10 weeks with the team at Top Left Design on a summer internship. 10 weeks have flown by! They have sadly left and will be truly missed by all of us at Top Left Design. In this blog post Caroline shares a little bit about her experience at TLD and the new things she learnt.
Here is what Caroline wrote
Here we are: 10 weeks have gone by, and it’s already the end. When I look at the pieces of paper which I wrote all of my tasks on each week, I think we can say that it’s been amazing. From tasks which took me several days to complete to some which only took me a few minutes, each week has been a new experience.
When it comes to making websites look good, there are a plethora of ways to set a design apart from the rest, without needing to delve into the pit of cliché doom.
A strong design does not need gimmicks, just as it does not need uninspired generic content. The tricky part is finding the balance!
Here are some common culprits, steer clear of these or you might end giving people a migrane – or worse – they might steer clear of your site completely…
There are a multitude of options and ways to market small businesses on the internet. Nowadays it’s important to think about the whole internet as your “playground” – rather than just your website!
Most people are familiar with the concept of having a website to market their businesses but it’s important to consider social media and blogging as well. Read on for some tips on how to use each effectively.
A selection of social media communities and other fascinating Web 2.0 examples – people seem more and more inclined to let the world know what they are up to!
(with thanks to Betti Moser for her help on this post!)