Web Design

We build attractive, easy-to-use, and commercially focused websites. We do this for sites of all shapes and sizes including content managed websites, intranets,
web applications and micro-sites.

We pride ourselves on our creativity and ability to design effective and exciting websites, but this would be rendered redundant without the ability to reliably deliver the end site. To do this we have a structured and process-driven approach that involves constant liaison with our clients. By following this approach we ensure our clients are happy; we keep them informed and deliver their websites
on time and to budget.

Part of our ethos is to be easy to work with, and nowhere is this as important than with web design.

To successfully deliver a website to a deadline and budget it is imperative to have a process-driven approach. Ours has been carefully refined from invaluable experience and industry best practices, and serves as the foundation for all our website projects.

Project Scoping

Discovery

As with any communication project, it makes sense to explore the audience, industry/sector and desired outcome – and use the information to develop the functional requirements of a site. All client stakeholders are consulted in the discovery process. So we start with a lot of questions.

Clarification

Once we have determined the overall goals and parameters of a project we can put together a proposed communications brief for clients to debate and ultimately approve. Only then can we know we are all pointing in the right direction and effectively kick-off a project.

Planning

These are largely administrative tasks – we need to set budgets, timing plans, allocate a team and establish the user-testing before we get underway. This becomes the basis of the project plan – what's going to happen and when.

Developing the site structure

Content View

Audit and analyse. Without good, relevant content your site won't be compelling. Content and structure are intertwined – you cannot create one without the other. Division and categorisation of pages is necessarily determined by content, and the way in which you organise a site's content defines the backbone for the structuring process.

Site View

Being able to see the whole site at once is an important perspective whilst structuring. In much the same way that a house needs to be architecturally blue-printed, a site also needs to have its structure drawn.

Page View

This is the site 'storyboard'. With content addressed and the sitemap created we need to look carefully at the site on a page-by page basis. By examining how a page needs to work we can present it in a way that is meaningful and logical to your audience.

Designing user interfaces

Creating

At this stage we ensure your website has a great creative idea, has strong brand cohesion and is immediately engaging. However, the clever bit is working all of this into a design that is user friendly and allows the site to be search engine optimised, responsive and robust.

Confirming

During the visual design phase it's important to take time to confirm the content, page flow navigation and proposed functionality finalised in the development stage and rehearse the user functionality. It's a sensible time and budget-saving exercise.

Finalisation

This is the site 'storyboard'. With content addressed and the sitemap created we need to look carefully at the site on a page-by page basis. By examining how a page needs to work we can present it in a way that is meaningful and logical to your audience.

Building and integration

Planning

This is where all the pieces are put together and made to work, so it's important before launching into this stage to calmly re-address the original expectations and scope of the project.

Building

The time taken in careful preparation will really pay dividends at this point. If everything is in place then this can be a very streamlined process, allowing for the pages to be 'crunched' through in a confident, measured fashion.

Testing

It's important to keep testing the site during the build, in order to eliminate bugs and ensure optimum functionality when the website is delivered.

Deployment (and beyond)

Delivery

The project has been 'hands-on' up to this point, but now it's time to go 'hands-off'. There needs to be a transition between the builders and those who will maintain and update the site post-launch – both in terms of meetings and reference documentation.

Deployment

It's fairly uncommon for a site to go live completely 'bug-free', so in reality the actual launch is really nothing more than a significant milestone in the overall project timeline, with a few factors still requiring some resources.

Maintenance

Everybody wants the new site to be successful so the on-going maintenance needs to be carefully reviewed post-launch. A regular review meeting is always useful, where the site usage, maintenance and infrastructure can be assessed – and problems rectified rapidly.