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Here you’ll find our latest news, company updates, and events as well as some reviews of the latest trends and technology.

Ben Logan
9 November 2009

Video is a key component of an internet presence and sites such as YouTube and Vimeo offer to host video for no additional cost. High bandwidth sites would have previously incurred significant charges for streamed video but now any site owner can frequently publish their video content online for no extra cost. Why caption videos? Multimedia presentations (rich media) usually involves image, sound and motion. This can present accessibility barriers to some people with disabilities, for instance visual impairments, hearing loss, photosensitive epilepsy, cognitive and learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. Captions and subtitles make videos accessible to a…

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Ben Logan
9 November 2009

Every now and again a tool comes along that we really love to use and Balsamiq is one of them. What is Balsamiq? Balsamiq is a tool for rapid software prototypes with a whole host of pre-built controls to quickly visually communicate interfaces to various project teams. Digital sketching The whole purpose of prototyping is to quickly identify ideas on paper and to explore how they could work without committing hours of design and development time for something that was never going to work. Balsamiq speeds this process up as it actually contains loads of inbuilt widgets, layouts and visual…

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Ben Logan
21 April 2009

In this article we look at ten tips aimed at improving the usability of your homepage. Your homepage gives an impression to end users about how professional your organisation is. Users may arrive at your site at a landing page or an article deep within your site and they are highly likely to navigate back to the homepage in their journey. 1. Is it clear what you do and what your site offers? This should be immediately apparent to the end user, and if you have one, your tagline should help summarise in one sentence the purpose of the site…

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Ben Logan
20 April 2009

In this article we look at ten tips aimed at improving the usability of your e-commerce web site so you can convert more traffic on the site into sales. Given the wealth of discussions going on about a global recession it has never been a more relevant time to review your site and ask yourself if it is really working for you? 1. Provide multiple payment options Allow visitors to pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal, cheque or any other means you can and not just an online payment system. It pays to be flexible with your approach. 2….

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Ben Logan
26 February 2009

Paper prototypes are used to clarify requirements and enable draft interaction designs and screen designs to be very rapidly simulated and tested. This is the perfect opportunity to get a bit creative and involve key people on the project team, who have little-to-no technical background into the design process. It’s easier to throw away paper! The whole purpose of prototyping is to identify ideas and to explore how they could work without committing hours of design and development time for something that was never going to work. Even the most creatively drawn paper prototypes are much easier to screw up…

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Ben Logan
23 February 2009

Navigation is absolutely critical to any website and getting it wrong will have fairly negative effects on your end users and their experience on your site. Don’t make your end user think too hard As web site designers and architects you should be looking to simplify the navigation and make it intuitive to the end user. Your web site user should not have a difficult time finding their way around your site and they could become extremely frustrated and never want to return to your website again if they do. Navigation systems on the web There are lots of different…

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