When I’m not a digital Designer I’m a digital Artist

You guys know the merits of digital art, but back in Suffolk in the Dark ages of 2019 it was akin to blasphemy. All the same, my light-bulb moment came courtesy of PC World, when, late one December armed with my linux drive full of holiday snaps, I went down to transfer the files to my PC laptop. But £50 and one phone call later I was informed that they couldn’t transfer the files and that my hard drive was corrupted - this was worse than when Boots slapped 'Warning!' Stickers on my artful portraiture!...

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How do you find the right website designer?

What to look for when hiring a  freelance web designer or freelance graphic designer. A freelance web designer or a freelance graphic designer is a design trained and skilled person who works for themselves and can be hired on their own to work directly for you. This means  that they work for many different client's instead of for one company or agency who in turn works for many different clients. In that respect they are like a small one man business, or sole trader. Some freelancers may work in a team of freelancers making sure they cover a far reaching set of skills.

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Website Build

As with any web design agency, I thoroughly research and use industry recognised products, platforms and frameworks to give what in my view is the best solution to the requirements of my clients. In the last year I have come to believe that platforms such as Shopify, Squarespace and Wordpress are now sophisticated enough interface and administration systems to allow us to work with the pre-built tools and concentrate on design, user experience and keeping the cost down when designing for small businesses.

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A bit about Web Design

A website designer, is a name often used for the requirement of design and build of a website, but in this instance I am talking about just the design aspect. Each element of the design process needs to account for the different device view ports, so when thinking about designing a website we now think about it across any device from mobile to tablet, laptop and desktop, offering the best experience for that device. 

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What business taught me about Marketing

10 things I learned along the way each making it a little easier to gain great clients…

My first job was selling flowers on the side of the road with my friend Polly. We were 5. My house was on quite a busy street with, it seemed, quite a few elderly people living on it. Her house in contrast was up a completely quiet lane with the odd horse, virtually no cars and definitely no foot passers by.

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Suffolk Skylines

I've got to admit that I carry out my photography on my smart phone. I have an amazing SLR and traditional photographic training, but I found I kept missing the moment by not carrying this unwieldy object around with me. I shrunk down to a ‘pocket’ camera but realistically whose pockets are they meaning... not mine, and I’m not one for a handbag either so there became many moments I missed and wished I hadn't. 

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Why I was drawn to Digital Art

My grandmother is an amazing oil painter, my mother is great at drawing horses (except for their feet), my mother-in-law is an incredible fine artist and my husband is pretty hot too! My aunt went to art school and was a flamboyant painter, punk and new romantic and my other granny had a wonderful 1950’s style of interiors never shy of strong lively colours. As we look back we can usually see what shaped our lives and art has always been around for me. 

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Good Suffolk Food & Drink Website Design

We love our amazingly diverse and entrepreneurial food and drink producers in Suffolk and I'm always trying a new product that comes on to the shelves. We are also fortunate to have two supermarkets - Co-Op and Waitrose in the coastal area that make it their duty to promote and stock local brands. Here are a few sites that I thought reflected the product well, or made me smile.

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One brand or Two?

I often work with estate agents and Departments within an Estate Agent’s portfolio are sometimes diversely different in their outlook, process, marketing and in some cases brand identity. When asked recently the question ‘One brand or two?’ in reference to the visual identity of departments within an Estate Agent my reply was that one brand is always stronger and here's why:

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