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What is HTML and CSS?

For many of us who aren’t in the know, or those who are new to website development or design, we will view and use a website, whilst being oblivious as to how it is made. However, behind the surface, there are two elements that are most commonly used when creating a website – HTML and… Read the full article.

Tips for Avoiding a Creative Block

Call it what you want mind, mental or creative block, it’s something that many of us have experienced. And when faced with such a dilemma, instead of feeling inspired to overcome such a problem, many of us retreat and spiral into a panic filled with worry about how we’ll miss a deadline, never come up… Read the full article.

What does 2017 hold for the Creative Industries?

We may be part of the way into 2017, but there’s still time to share our predictions for the future of the creative industries this year. But first, let’s recap what happened over the past 12 months. 2016 saw data-driven marketing and advertising boom, and the way we consume content changed completely. With video becoming… Read the full article.

How To Start Your Career in Web Design

Web design is a varied profession that blends creativity with technology. It involves designing the ‘front end’ of a website including the content, graphics, typography and colour palette. Businesses employ web designers to create attractive, interactive web portals that will maximise return on investment through conversions. A professional website will attract new customers, show up… Read the full article.

Best Practices for Web Design

In this digital age, a bold and eye-catching design is extremely important to attract visitors to a site and keep conversion rates high. Your web page should be instantly informative to the user, but the style in which information is presented is just as important as the content. We have collated some of the best… Read the full article.

Advantages of Using WordPress for your Business

It’s true – WordPress is one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) CMS or content management system in the world today. Following its launch in 2003, it is now used by more than 70 million sites across the globe, and these sites are publishing content every single second. From mummy bloggers, SME’s… Read the full article.

The Best Creative Courses For Your Career

In a world where the job market is becoming increasingly competitive and the creative industry is ever evolving, taking on a training course can help to give you the edge over the rest of the competition. Standing out from the crowd is no easy feat, but by investing in your career you’re not only helping… Read the full article.

The Importance of Colour Management in Creative Design

In the creative industries we output designs, illustrations, and photographs in a variety of media; often onscreen or in print. Where tone and colour are concerned, there can be a disparity between what we see on screen, in the design-edit stage of our workflow, and the proofing or final output of our work. Colour Management… Read the full article.

Web Design Trends To Look Out For

The design industry has always been an ever changing landscape of thoughts, opinions which often leading to trends that are rarely evergreen. The digital explosion brought with it a new era of tools and workflow processes that are constantly being expanded to ensure optimum efficiency for design professionals of all capabilities. It’s always difficult to… Read the full article.

Key Skills needed to work in Graphic Design

If you’re reading this it’s likely you already know the power of visual content, but did you know that posts which incorporate images reportedly increase engagement by an average of 650%? Visuals help to sell content, gain better traction and more shares online. They ultimately allow readers to gain a quick understanding of what the… Read the full article.

Career Advice from Creative Professionals

Creative Professionals Share their Career Advice It’s official, the UK’s creative industries are increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider UK economy, which means if you’re looking to gain a career in this growing sector, there’s never been a better time. Design is a vital ingredient for any business wanting to make… Read the full article.

Inserting Animations into Web Projects with Dreamweaver

This video tutorial covers how to take animations created using Adobe Animate CC or  Edge Animate and insert them into existing web design projects with Dreamweaver. The tutorial explains the steps involved in the process of creating a placeholder for the animation inside a Dreamweaver template and adding animation to it. The tutorial also includes… Read the full article.

Design Jobs of the Future

Design and technology is a realm where it’s hard to predict what will happen next, and we’re already in a place no one could have predicted we’d arrive at. Creatively we are all evolving, as are the tech platforms and methods we use, so it’s natural that the job roles required to aid the future… Read the full article.

Creating Web Banner Animations with Adobe Edge

This video tutorial explains how to create animations using Adobe Edge Animate. It covers step by step the process of importing images into Edge Animate and adding them to the composition. The tutorial includes placing the images and then how to position them and to animate them quickly and easily to make design more compelling…. Read the full article.